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Album Review: Rachel Taylor Brown

World So Sweet (Penury Pop)

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[PIANO SONGS] Rachel Taylor Brown knows how to make an entrance: With a roomful of 50 pianos playing the same notes for two minutes straight. After that, one half expects Liza Minnelli to jump out    More
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Dusks Embrace

The Twilight Enigma (Self-Released)

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[DEATH METAL] Is it possible to record an understated death-metal album? I certainly didn’t think so, but Dusks Embrace has proven me wrong. Certainly, the second full-length by this Salem quart   More
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 ROBERT HAM

7-Inch Review: The Bugs

Double O-Yeah…And Other Hits (Labil)

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[BASEMENT POP-PUNK] Most bands struggle with the 7-inch format: Picking a pair of songs that put an act’s best foot forward, while working within the time constraints of the medium, is no easy ch   More
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Lewi Longmire Band

Tales of the Left Coast Roasters (Self-Released)

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[TRUE FOLK ROCK] Lewi Longmire has been around the block a few times. In 2008, he traced his musical “family tree” for WW and the result was a vast spider web of connections: Longmire has played   More
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Viva Voce

The Future Will Destroy You (Vanguard Records)

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[PSYCH ROCK] You’d never know Viva Voce had such a tumultuous recent history—the duo of Kevin and Anita Robinson has had side projects, full-band experiments and label switches since 2009—from   More
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

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

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