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Album Review: Shook Twins

What We Do (Curlypinky)


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[INDIE FOLK] Shook Twins’ latest release, What We Do, doesn’t capture the hazy pleasantness between wakefulness and sleep so much as the emotional instability of the dream. It rises and falls    More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Golden Retriever

Seer (Thrill Jockey)


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[PLATINUM IMPROV] It’s not whether these sounds are fitted together right, it’s just that they’re fitted together. Golden Retriever, comprising locals Jonathan Sielaff on bass clarinet and M   More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Spirit Lake

The Biggening (Self-Released)


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[PSYCH BLUES] Despite the reservations, sometimes bigger is better. From the onset, Spirit Lake’s third album, appropriately titled The Biggening, is more grandiose than the group’s past eff   More
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Coronation

Rumor (Warble)


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[PROTO DANCE] In 1971, Bernhard Mikulski started ZYX Records, feeding an insatiable Western appetite for dance music. The German label clasped dance to rock using newfound electronic instrumenta   More
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Ages and Ages

Divisionary (Partisan)


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[CHORAL POP] On the surface, Ages and Ages’ sophomore release, Divisionary, might appear to shine with as much bright optimism as the band’s debut album, 2011’s Alright You Restless. Bringing    More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Battleme

Future Runs Magnetic (El Camino)


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[ELECTRO-SHOEGAZE] Battleme started as a single acoustic country ballad called “Burn This Town,” which received heavy airplay after its inclusion in the second-season finale of Sons of Anarchy   More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 GRACE STAINBACK

Album Review: Albatross

Albatross (Self-Released)


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[SOLLEE WITH STRINGS] Being a distinct frontman is a double-edged sword for Ryan Sollee. The Portlander’s primary outfit, the Builders and the Butchers, delivered yet another album of brooding,    More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Liv Warfield

The Unexpected (Kobalt)


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[GROWN-UP SOUL] Attention, Sir Paul: Liv Warfield questions your ornithological knowledge. “Paul McCartney got it wrong/ I ain’t never want no song,” the Portland-based belter sings on “   More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Broken Bells

After the Disco (Columbia)


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[VINTAGE POP] By the fourth song on Broken Bells’ sophomore album, After the Disco, you get the sense that, at some point during the recording process, Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton told his P   More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Dirtclodfight

The Main Sequence (Cavity Search)


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[SPACE DIRGE] The Main Sequence feels like a comeback album for Dirtclodfight. No matter that the band, which originally formed in Portland in the late ’80s, actually reunited back in 2004. Te   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 NATHAN CARSON
 

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