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Live Review: Ryan Adams at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Oct. 5

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To say Ryan Adams wasn’t always doing so good would be an understatement. The acclaimed singer-songwriter—known most notably for bringing alt-country to the mainstream while fronting Whiskeytown—spent a decent chunk of the mid-2000s on a what seemed to be a solo bender, supporting his drinking habits with a fair amount of cocaine and opiates, while his band, the Cardinals, seem to be ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 by BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Hearts of Oak

New England (Deer Lodge)


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[SHOEGAZIN’ COUNTRY] The term “shoegazer country” is hardly the first thing that comes to mind when talking niche music genres, but it remains an apt description of the warped soundscapes an   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Eric D. Johnson

EDJ (Easy Sound)


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[FRUIT BAT] Eric D. Johnson’s indie-folk band Fruit Bats was always intended to be a solo act, right up to the band’s demise last November. But the aptly named EDJ, Johnson’s first LP under    More
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

Show Preview: Northwest String Summit


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[STRING JAM] When you’ve curated your own three-day festival for more than a decade, you’re somewhat expected to headline at least one night—or in the case of Colorado’s Yonder Mountain    More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

Introducing...: Hook & Anchor


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Who: Kati Claborn (guitar, banjo, ukulele, vocals), Gabrielle Macrae (violin, vocals), Ryan Dobrowski (drums), Erik Clampitt (guitar, pedal steel, vocals), Luke Ydstie (bass, vocals). Sounds like   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Ed & the Red Reds

The Liar’s Dream (Self-Released)


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[INDIE FOLK] Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon certainly isn’t the only musician to ever hole up in a secluded hunting cabin in the middle of the woods to write an album. Portland’s Ed Thanhouser, th   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

Live Review: Band of Skulls at Wonder Ballroom, 5/27

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Southampton’s Band of Skulls has spent the past decade refining a sound that, for better or worse, sounds like a good deal of other bands. That’s not necessarily a bad thing—there’s plenty of people who like T. Rex, the Black Keys and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club—but it renders it difficult to see the trio’s raucous brand of blues rock...   More
 
Thursday, May 29, 2014 by BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Black Prairie

Fortune (Sugar Hill)


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[ROOTS RAWK] If a side project is lucky, there will come a time when the term “side project” no longer applies. It often begins when the band takes on a character rivaling that of the projects   More
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

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: 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
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