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Album Review: Alialujah Choir

Self-Titled (Jealous Butcher)

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[VOCAL POP] Two years ago, I was pretty excited about the Alialujah Choir. A supergroup of sorts featuring Weinland’s Adam Shearer and Alia Farah alongside Norfolk & Western frontman Adam Se   More
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: The Sentiments

Self-Titled EP (Simmerdown Productions)

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[SKA] People hate what they don’t understand. That would explain why ska—a genre Frankensteined into all sorts of obnoxious incarnations in the mid- to late-’90s “third wave” boom years�   More
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: The Golden Bears

Write It Like You Find It (Jealous Butcher)

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[POP OUT OF PLACE] In a strange way, the cover of the Golden Bears’ second album resembles that of Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. Hear me out. Like Rumours, the art for Write It Like You Find It feature   More
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Wow and Flutter

Double Deuce EP

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[7.5% ABV, 100% ROCK] The arrival of new music by Wow and Flutter is exciting not only for the aural treats on the new Double Deuce EP but also for how the band is releasing it: as a download access   More
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Fruition

It Won’t Be Long Ep (Self-Released)

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[ROOTS MUSIC] Pretty tends to eclipse everything around it. And in pop music, that’s generally a good thing. Some of the prettiest music being made today—cough, Bon Iver—doesn’t always hav   More
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Duo Denim

Heat Rocks Vol. 1 (Self-Released)

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[MINIMAL ELECTRO-FUNK] When you get two musicians as talented as keyboardist Ben Darwish (Commotion, Ben Darwish Trio) and drummer Drew   More
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Lovers

I Was the East (Badman Recordings)

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[EARLY ELECTRO-POP] I’m not sure how big of a market there really is for I Was the East, a compilation of alternate versions and B-sides from Portland-based Lovers’ masterful 2009 record, I Am the   More
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: My Autumn’s Done Come

Paper Flowers (Self-Released)

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[NOT FALL YET] On the song that gave My Autumn’s Done Come its name, country singer Lee Hazlewood croons, “Let those I-don’t-care days begin/ I’m tired of holding my stomach in.” The loc   More
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

Album Review: Danava

Hemisphere of Shadows (Kemado)

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[METAL] On its self-titled debut album in 2006, local hard-rock band Danava established itself as a formidable power trio with a healthy laser-gloss of analog synth to push its sound into outer    More
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 NATHAN CARSON

Album Review: Serious Business

Kool (Futro)

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[ELECTRO HIP-HOP BANGERS] Kool, the debut album from Portland duo Serious Business, opens by comparing the group’s music to candy. That metaphor isn’t too far off base. Producer/MC Jason Mam   More
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 SHANE DANAHER

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