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Angel Olsen has been singing her entire life. Only now has she found her voice.

Music Stories
Angel Olsen made it clear at the start of her career that she wasn’t afraid to use her voice.  Her solo debut, the 2011 EP Strange Cacti, was bare-boned, acoustic and raw, and highlighted b   More
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 EMILEE BOOHER

Antique Metal Machine Music

The chamber-pop perfectionists of Musée Mécanique ready their second album. It’s about damn time.

Music Stories
Sean Ogilvie and Micah Rabwin, the 33-year-old founding members of Portland folk quintet Musée Mécanique, are casually sitting on the sandy shore of Sellwood Riverfront Park. The breeze ripples    More
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 EMILEE BOOHER

SoHiTek Records: Wednesday, May 8

Not every young person comes to Portland to retire. Some start record labels.

Music Stories
The founder of SoHiTek Records, 30-year-old Erik Carlson, lives the quintessential Portland dream. Aside from owning and operating his own homegrown record label, he also curates the SoHiTek visua   More
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 EMILEE BOOHER

Exploding Hearts 4Ever

10 years ago, a car crash wiped out Portland’s biggest punk band. Finally, the sole survivor tells all.

Cover Story
The Exploding Hearts are the biggest “what if” in the history of Portland music. Ten years ago next week, the band released its first and only album, Guitar Romantic, a record brimming with sh   More
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 EMILEE BOOHER

Battleme: Saturday, March 2

How losing his sight helped Matt Drenik find his voice.

Music Stories
[BASEMENT MIXTAPE] In the fall of 2009, Matt Drenik, then the frontman for Austin-based band Lions, was about to head to the United Kingdom for the biggest tour of his career. Two weeks before l   More
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 EMILEE BOOHER

Theo Craig (Rontoms Sunday Sessions)

Meet the man who made a Burnside bar the epicenter for Portland music.

Music Stories
Theo Craig is one of Portland’s biggest music fans. In January 2012, the chatty, affable 35-year-old became the sole talent buyer for the free Sunday Sessions at Rontoms, which have since tran   More
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 EMILEE BOOHER

Album Review: The Parson Red Heads, Yearling (Deluxe Version) (Second Motion Records)


The Parson Red Heads Yearling (Deluxe Version) Second Motion Records [HARMONIOUS COUNTRY-POP] Re-releasing an album less than two years after the original seems premature. But according to the Parson Red Heads—the gleeful and partially redheaded Portland-based quartet—its new 17-track deluxe ver...   More
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by EMILEE BOOHER

Album Review: Tango Alpha Tango

Live From the Banana Stand (Banana Stand)

Album Reviews
[BLUES ROCK] Portland’s Tango Alpha Tango is best experienced amid a crowded room of sweaty guitar junkies. Logically, then, a well-mixed live album is the next greatest thing. Captured last y   More
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 EMILEE BOOHER

Bonus Album Review: And And And, No Party EP (Thing Thing Thing)

and and and

In this week's print edition, we reviewed new albums from Brainstorm, the Ocean Floor and Federale<...   More
Thursday, November 29, 2012 by EMILEE BOOHER

Album Review: The Ocean Floor

Falling Star Castle (Single Girl Married Girl)

Album Reviews
[EXPERIMENTAL POP] Lane Barrington’s last album was full of questions. Literally. It’s called Pop Quiz, and every track title ends in a question mark. The frontman of the Ocean Floor, which st   More
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 EMILEE BOOHER
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