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Album Review: Houndstooth

Ride Out the Dark (No Quarter)


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[SUMMER SONGS] Ride Out the Dark, the debut album from Portland quintet Houndstooth, certainly could not have come at a better time. In fact, the album couldn’t have a more apt title: Katie Be   More
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 GRACE STAINBACK

Album Review: The Memories

Love Is the Law (Burger)


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[LOVE STONED] In describing the aesthetic of the Memories’ second batch of basement-pop balladry, “lo-fi” doesn’t quite cut it: If it turned out the band fashioned its four-track into a sm   More
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Wild Ones

Keep It Safe (Party Damage)


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[ELECTRO DREAM POP] There’s nothing all that wild about Wild Ones. If you’re looking for truth in advertising, Keep It Safe, the title of the quartet’s debut album, is a better indicator of wh   More
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Tope

Trouble Man (Self-Released)


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[HIP-HOP] At age 27, Portland MC Tope has become an old hand in the local hip-hop scene. His career stretches back almost a decade, but this year, he seems to be hitting his stride. His new EP, Tr   More
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 REED JACKSON

Album Review: Alela Diane

About Farewell (Rusted Blue)


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[FOLK] On the title track of her new album, About Farewell, local songstress Alela Diane sings, “Leaving is the hardest part, that’s what we always said/ Once upon the other side, it’s best    More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

Album Review: Radiation City

Animals in the Median (Tender Loving Empire)


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[SPACE-AGE INDIE POP] A few months ago, upon hearing “Zombies,” the first single off Radiation City’s new album, a friend of mine compared it to Pink Martini. That’s unfair, but not totall   More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Béisbol

Lo-Fi Cocaine (Bad Cop Bad Cop)


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[SUNNYSIDE SYNTHS] On their full-length debut, SoCal ex-pats Jeff and Ryan Burian channel their sunny home into a disc’s worth of summer-ready jams. From crystalline instrumental opener “Big Folk�   More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 AMANDA SCHURR

Album Review: The Builders and the Butchers

Western Medicine (Badman)


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[APOCALYPTIC FOLK] The Builders and the Butchers’ fifth album is largely influenced by the postapocalyptic literature of Cormac McCarthy, and it shows: Western Medicine is just as cheerless as T   More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Natasha Kmeto

Crisis (Dropping Gems)


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[ELECTRO R&B] Natasha Kmeto can’t get no satisfaction, and it’s killing her. As a singer raised on both the come-ons of ’90s R&B and the all-night throb of house and trip-hop, the    More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Kelli Schaefer

601 (Amigo/Amiga)


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"The mouth is an open wound,” sings Kelli Schaefer on her new EP, and the 28-year-old Portland enchantress lets hers bleed all over these four spectral songs. On 601, Schaefer’s already unado   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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