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Album Review: The Reservations

Self-Titled Ep (Gnar Tapes)


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[BIG BEAT FROM STUMPTOWN] As much as I loved Mattress, something about Rex Marshall’s basso profondo voice never seemed to jibe too well with that band’s lo-fi electronic leanings. But with his    More
 
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Quiet Countries

The Ancient Motorcade (Imminent Music Co.)


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[ONE-MAN POP BAND] Sometimes a little love gets you further than a lot of polish. So while it sometimes sounds like the technology on Quiet Countries’ third disc, The Ancient Motorcade—loop ped   More
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Redwood Son

The Lion’s Inside (8 Ball Records)


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[ROOTS-ROCK COCKTAIL] If opening tracks are meant to forecast an album’s mood, then “Long Fall,” the first cut off Redwood Son’s two-disc debut effort, The Lion’s Inside, signals clear sk   More
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 MARK STOCK

Album Review: iAMe

Lame (Taxidermy Records)


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[FRESH HIP-HOP] Northwest hip-hop is most often derided for lacking a distinct regional aesthetic. But the Sandpeople crew—and by extension, iAMe, one of its premier MCs—has a sound. The squad r   More
 
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Bright Archer

Hidden Systems (Bear Island)


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[THE PIANO INFLATES] Good piano balladeers are hard to find these days. Though squealing synthesizers pimple a guitar-riddled indie-music landscape, acoustic pianos are markedly less popular. But p   More
 
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Animal Farm

Culture Shock (Self-Released)


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[THROWBACK HIP-HOP] Animal Farm’s key demographic is hip-hop fans who are sick of hip-hop bullshit. It’s a hungry market, as evidenced by the Portland squad’s formidable success on college mus   More
 
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Tara Jane O’Neil and Nikaido Kazumi

Self-Titled (K Records)


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[EXPERIMENTAL FLUTTERINGS] Tara Jane O’Neil is that rare musician who always sounds like she’s searching for new modes by which to  express her overwhelming supply of artistic ideas. While   More
 
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Ash Black Bufflo

Andasol (Knitting Factory Records)


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[CINEMATIC POST-ROCK] Local music obsessives who pore over the liner notes of their LPs and CDs will probably recognize the name of Jay Clarke. Since moving to Portland, he has been a member of the   More
 
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: New Century Schoolbook

Don’t Hold Your Breath (Self-Released)


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[SHOW-TUNE TWEE] New Century Schoolbook is an orchestral pop quintet composed of what I suspect are ex-drama students. They are literary and enamored of the twee-er edges of pop, and they express t   More
 
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 SHANE DANAHER

Album Review: Destro

Ill.ustrated (Vinyl Fluid Records)


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[RETURN OF THE BOOM BAP] You’d expect a new release from a veteran Northwest MC to sound a little old school. And Ill.ustrated—the new disc from longtime Portland MC Destro, a founding member of    More
 
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 CASEY JARMAN
 

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