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Album Review: Fanno Creek

Monuments (SoHiTek)


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[INDIE FOLK POP] If you think you’ll learn all there is to know about the musicians of Fanno Creek by listening to the first few minutes of their debut album, Monuments, you’re wrong.     More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Sons Of Huns

Banishment Ritual (Easy Rider)


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[STONER METAL] They probably won’t take this as a compliment, but Sons of Huns really are a bunch of charmers. That’s sort of the nature of being a metal band in Portland. This ain’t exactly   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Adventure Galley

Anywhere That’s Wild (Internet Piracy)


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[GLOW WAVE] At first, you would’ve been hard-pressed to make any connections between Portland sextet Adventure Galley and Arcade Fire. But when Win Butler and company reinvented themselves earli   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Casey Neill and the Norway Rats

All You Pretty Vandals (Incident Recordings)


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[DAMAGED ROOTS] For nearly two decades, Casey Neill has been filtering post-hardcore energies through an Americana muse for tales of wry lamentation, and the barroom mythologizing wed to painstaking craft has never sounded so perfectly realized.   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 JAY HORTON

Album Review: Various Artists

Portland Smiles: A Tribute to the Beach Boys (Tender Loving Empire)


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[POP REHAB] It took some time to rehabilitate Smiley Smile. The Beach Boys’ lackluster 1967 follow-up to Pet Sounds and remnant of the aborted Smile sessions was recorded in Brian Wilson’s mansi   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Album Review: The Parson Red Heads

Orb Weaver (Fiesta Red)


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[FOLKISH PSYCH POP] Nineteen seconds of bright, delicate guitar strums and the warbling cry of the Great Northern Loon is one way to start an album. It’s fitting, though, given that the Parson R   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: The Ocular Concern

Sister Cities(PCJE)


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[WORLDLY JAZZ] The title of the Portland jazz ensemble’s new album is a little misleading. Composer-pianist Andrew Oliver’s four-movement suite—which adds top classical musicians, some fro   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 BRETT CAMPBELL

Album Review: Shy Girls

Timeshare (Hit City U.S.A.)


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[SLOW JAMS] Dan Vidmar likes to take things slow. Two years after posting the three songs that, up to this point, made up the entirety of Shy Girls’ recorded output, he’s added a whopping si   More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Quiet Life

Wild Pack (Mama Bird Recording Co.)


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[RUST-BELT POP ROCK] Quiet Life’s “San Luis Obispo” is a carefree slice of twanged-out Americana, bustling with tight, countrified swagger and Tom Petty-ish guitar. It exemplifies the Po   More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Reviews: Strategy

“Clocky Man”/“Snowdrift Dub” 7-Inch (ZamZam)


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[DUB TECHNO] Strategy’s strategy is usually pretty clear: Fuse dub, techno, house and ambient music together using analog synthesizers, then get weird. Paul Dickow, aka Strategy, has kept the    More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 MITCH LILLIE
 

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