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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

Live Review: Colin Meloy at Crystal Ballroom, 1/21

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It began like any birthday should: With an overly-large cake, a table of poppyseed cupcakes and a song. It wasn’t a celebration on behalf of Colin Meloy, but the last night in the Crystal Ballroom’s 100-year anniversary sweep. A century is no small feat, and the birthday MC had no trouble rattling off an exhaustive list of artists who’...   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by BRANDON WIDDER

The Best Thing I Heard This Year: Portland Edition

WW’s music staff picks its favorite local albums of 2013.


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Blitzen Trapper, VII A consistently suggestive blend of robust alt-country and catchy guitar-picking from Portland’s resident kings of genre-roving Americana. (GS) Epp, Chrome Plated Chronicle   More
 
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 NATHAN CARSON, PETE COTTELL, JAY HORTON, REED JACKSON, CAT JONES, MITCH LILLIE, GEOFF NUDELMAN, MATTHEW SINGER, GRACE STAINBACK, MARK STOCK, KAITIE TODD, BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Various Artists

George Jones (Tribute Album) (Deer Lodge)


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[JONESIN’ FOR GEORGE] The late George Jones was a troubled man. By the 1970s, the country great was known as much for his crippling addictions, visits to the psych ward, occasional high-speed    More
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

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
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