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Album Review: Joel Magid

Pyramids (Self-Released)

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[LYSERGIC LOVESICKNESS] Even psychedelic troubadours get the blues. On his second album, Joel Magid sounds heartsick and hung over, his head hanging heavy with shame, as he ponders the bodies left to    More
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Sounds Like...Good Cheer Vol. 1

Sounds Like...Good Cheer Vol. 1 (Good Cheer)

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[PORTLAND POP PRIDE] With a year in its rearview mirror, Portland’s Good Cheer Records formally introduces itself with Sounds Like…Good Cheer Vol. 1, which gives 16 bands a few minutes each to be    More
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 CHRIS STAMM

Album Review: Eyelids

Eyelids (Jealous Butcher)

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The members of Eyelids have never played coy about what they are: Five rock-’n’-roll lifers paying homage to their record collections. 854, the band’s 2014 debut, made plain its devotion to the    More
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Ezra Bell

We Came By Canoe (Secret Society)

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Benjamin Wuamett sings with the nasally scratch one might associate with a rusty Victrola. It’s a fitting accoutrement for Ezra Bell, a band that seems to go instrument shopping at rummage sales. Bu   More
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Cartridge

Black Heron and the Spoonbill (PJCE)

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[AVANT WORLD JAZZ] After the lonely, shakuhachi-like flute of “Korean Blues,” the opening track of Cartridge’s Black Heron and the Spoonbill, the second track, “Murphy’s Hook,” rudely    More
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 BRETT CAMPBELL

Album Review: Red Yarn

Deep Woods Revival (Self-Released)

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[ANIMAL FOLK SONGS] It’s rare that you get to think critically about an album mostly concerned with cabbage, squirrels and jigging along home. But here we are with Red Yarn’s Deep Woods Revi   More
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Máscaras: Album Review

Máscaras vs. Máscaras (Party Damage)

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[INSTRUMENTAL PSYCH] Of the 20 or so bands drummer Papi Fimbres makes time to play for these days, desert-psych group Máscaras is getting most of his attention right now, with good re   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 CASEY HARDMEYER.

Brownish Black: Album Review

Life Lessons (Breakup)

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[GARAGE SOUL] Don’t call it a throwback. On its debut LP, Life Lessons, Brownish Black is a band serrating the edges of soul music. Sure, the blend of R&B and funk might sound old-school, but wh   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 TED JAMISON

Lunch: Album Review

Let Us Have Madness Openly (Mass Media)

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[POST-PUNK] It doesn’t take a geneticist to map the DNA of post-punk resurrectors Lunch—only a BBC radio host from the 1980s. On its second album, the band wears its debt to such harbingers of Eng   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Vursatyl

Crooked Straights (BBE)

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[HIP-HOP] It has been a staggering eight years since we’ve heard from Vursatyl, in the form of his group Lifesavas’ sprawling blaxploitation hip-hopera, Gutterfly. If Vurs were to put out a    More
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 CASEY JARMAN
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