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Album Review: Rocket 3

Burn (Self-Released)


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[POP ROCK] The fun of Rocket 3’s debut album, Burn, is in its contrasts. Framed by singer Ramune Nagisetty’s crunchy power chords and sweet, hazy vocals, the album leans toward rock-inflecte   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Album Review: The Shivas

You Know What To Do (K)


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[BEACHY FEEDBACK] There are about six minutes in the middle of the Shivas’ new album when the band almost sounds gentle. The dreamy, Pet Sounds-styled instrumental “Beach Heads” leads into   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 SHANNON GORMLEY

Album Review: Atriarch

An Unending Pathway (Relapse)


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[MACABRE METAL] If time is indeed a ceaseless circle, as the opening track on An Unending Pathway posits, then Atriarch’s latest album makes a great deal of sense. Pulling from Christian Death   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Future Historians

Portrait of Self (Self-Released)


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[SHIMMERY FOLK] When Future Historians’ Dave Shur set out to put together his band, he had a single quote in mind: “It’s actually very difficult to make something both simple and good.”    More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Grouper

Ruins (Kranky)


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[HEROIC AMBIENCE] Portland’s Liz Harris, aka Grouper, probably won’t ever be slotted into the same category of chanteuse as Sharon Van Etten or Angel Olsen. What Harris has done in more than   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Eyelids

854 (Jealous Butcher)


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[INDIE-POP CLASSICISM] “Seagulls Into Submission,” the first song on Eyelids’ debut full-length, doesn’t storm out the gates so much as it glides. Hovering atop a graceful guitar riff an   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Purse Candy

Visions of a Healed Kingdom (Self-Released)


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[DISCO POP] Purse Candy’s debut album will bring to mind a few questions, chief among them: “When did I start dancing?” It’s an album laden with simple grooves, but it will make you move   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Sallie Ford

Slap Back (Vanguard)


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[CONFESSIONAL GARAGE ROCK] Sallie Ford’s debut solo album probably won’t earn the comparisons to Ella Fitzgerald she received with her previous band, the Sound Outside. On Slap Back, she s   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 SHANNON GORMLEY

Greylag: Album Review

Greylag (Dead Oceans)


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[FOLK ROCK] Greylag’s self-titled album is a perfect introduction to Portland’s impending rainy season. The debut LP from the local three-piece is heavy on moody vocals and blustery instru   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Witch Mountain

Mobile of Angels (Profound Lore)


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[DIRGE METAL] Witch Mountain’s Mobile of Angels starts with slow, bluesy riffage, which is exactly what fans have come to expect from the band after nearly 20 years together. But around the    More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH
 

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