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Album Review: Sara Jackson-Holman

River Queen (Expunged Records)


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[PUSHING POP] It seems like a River Styx reference is right there. Portland-based Sara Jackson-Holman opens her latest EP, River Queen, with the line, “Take me with you when you go to the dept   More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Dawn Of Midi: Wednesday, June 18

Hypnotizing the world one post-jazz groove at a time.


Music Stories
It’s not necessarily a reconstitution of New Orleans’ Congo Square—that trading spot where, back in the early 20th century, African, European and indigenous cultures got jumbled up and spat    More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Sassparilla

Pasajero/Hullabaloo (Fluff & Gravy)


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[DEVILISH ROOTS] At its best, Portland’s Sassparilla surpasses its sundry influences. But more frequently, frontman Kevin Blackwell is    More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Josh Martinez

Blotto (Camobear)


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[SUBTLY ODD HIP-HOP] Collaborations with the bat-shit Awol One and Oldominion’s Sleep set transplanted Portlander Josh Martinez on firm experimental footing. But in his case, it’s more a min   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Hot Victory

Hot Victory (Eolian Empire)


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[CLASHING ROBOTS] This is all a horrible, chemical dream, from the savage drumming to the woozy electronic manipulations. After releasing Triangulum Australe a few years ago, the duo of Caitlin    More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Golden Retriever

Seer (Thrill Jockey)


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[PLATINUM IMPROV] It’s not whether these sounds are fitted together right, it’s just that they’re fitted together. Golden Retriever, comprising locals Jonathan Sielaff on bass clarinet and M   More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Fruits of the Loom

Quilt’s heady psych-folk is knit from earth grids, choirs and 40-oz. beers.


Music Stories
A sort of paranormal propulsion nudges each harmony Quilt imbues its music with—equal parts certainty and unknowing, reticence and confidence. Melodies are all-encompassing, admitting just enoug   More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

The Gas Mask Anthems

One society’s junk is L’Orchestre d’Incroyable’s folk music.


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Traipsing through a Technicolor conception of our generation’s Old Weird America, some trashed would-be troubadour crops up with a pair of suspenders helping keep his pants at about waist leve   More
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 DAVE CANTOR
 

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