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Album Review: Poison Idea

Confuse & Conquer (Southern Lord)


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[HARDCORE PUNK] Poison Idea is too often neglected in discussions of seminal American hardcore acts, which might be due to the fact that the band waited 10 years to make its masterpiece, 1990’   More
 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 CHRIS STAMM

Album Review: The Earnest Lovers

The Earnest Lovers (Self-Released)


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[HOMEGROWN HONKY-TONK] The Earnest Lovers are aptly named, and not just for the pun on seminal Opry star Ernest Tubb. There’s no ironic remove in their material, just sincere love for traditio   More
 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 JEFF ROSENBERG

Album Review: Copy

Chalice Agenda (Audio Dregs)


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[SYNTHETIC POP] Copy entered the Portland music landscape in an era when indie-rock bands and laptop artists seemed to be facing off like two lame gangs from West Side Story. Then here was this    More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Guantanamo Baywatch

Darling…It’s Too Late (Suicide Squeeze)


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[GOLDEN OLDIES] On 2012’s Chest Crawl, Guantanamo Baywatch pushed its surf-punk deep into the murk and stayed there, reveling in the pleasures of getting filthy with bygone sounds. It might    More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 CHRIS STAMM

Album Review: Mackintosh Braun

Arcadia (Chop Shop/Island)


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[PASSION PIT PANDORA] Portland synth-pop duo Mackintosh Braun just want you to love them. Playing together since 2006, the pair are well known to television execs—they’ve placed songs on Gre   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Album Review: Michael Dean Damron

When the Darkness Come (Sad Crow)


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[SOMBER SONGWRITER] His much-loved country-punk band I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House may not be entirely a thing of the past, but as he closes in on one year of sobriety, Michael Dean Da   More
 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 JEFF ROSENBERG

Album Review: 1939 Ensemble

Black Diamond Pearl (Jealous Butcher)


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[SOUNDTRACK SANS FILM] Like Talkdemonic before it, 1939 Ensemble is a minimal instrumental outfit that is slowly loosening its internal set of rules. The former drums-and-vibes duo of Jose Medel   More
 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Swahili

Amovrevx (Translinguistic Other)


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[FLOATING FUNK] When they first emerged a few years ago, the members of Swahili were psychedelic sound-painters whose work implied rhythm more often than actually providing any. With second al   More
 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Catherine Feeny & Chris Johnedis

Catherine Feeny & Chris Johnedis (Fluff & Gravy)


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[FOLK SOUL] Early in her career, Catherine Feeny had what seemed like a pretty straight shot at a life of recording safe, folky pop tunes tailor-made for licensing success. But she chose growt   More
 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: No. 2

No Memory (Jackpot)


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[LOST PORTLAND ROCK] At some point, Elliott Smith fans burn through his all-too-finite discography and wind up at Heatmiser’s last album, Mic City Sons. What that record makes clear is that, d   More
 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 CASEY JARMAN
 

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