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Dat'r,Turn Up The Ghosts (Hush)

Dat'r delivers an unexpectedly restrained and likable debut.

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[ART POP] Turn Up the Ghosts, the debut LP of Paul Alcott and Matt Dabrowiak's Dat'r, is odd on a couple of fronts: First, it's being released by the generally unassuming pop-folk-centric Hush Records ...   More
Wednesday, March 14, 2007 Michael Byrne

Small Sails, Similar Anniversaries (Other Electricities)

[AMBIENT POP] Small Sails has at least come close on Similar Anniversaries—the quartet's first release with label support—to bridging the gap between its roots in gallery-style A-V art and record-store appeal. You see, Anniversaries includes a key element of the band's live show that's been missing thus far on its recordings—the filmwork of Ryan Jeffery.

But, unfor...   More
Wednesday, March 7, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Star Power

Can Tony Starlight shine up Sandy Boulevard's darkest corner?

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Ask anyone in Portland—even a Hollywood-neighborhood native—to list all the businesses that have called the odd, triangular building at Northeast 37th Avenue and Sandy Boulevard home, and ...   More
Wednesday, March 7, 2007 Michael Byrne


[DARK SOUL CRUNCH] I've faulted Panther before for a lack of genuineness. I've commented on his costume-wearing, his spasticity and that unrelenting falsetto; in summation, I've said maybe we should just take the theatrics for what they are and revel in the joke. But just the fact that this solo project of Charlie Salas-Humaras' has existed for six years means something. And Secret Lawns, his foll...   More
Friday, March 2, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Parenthetical Girls, " The Weight She Fell Under" from Safe As Houses (Slender Means Society)

Parenthetical Girls take things that should be emotionally wrenching/overwhelming, and rather than let their song marinate in it until the whole thing's a stew of self-immolation--what the kids call emo--they shove it into a blast furnace, and out comes this shimmering object of music and feeling. Zac Penningt...   More
Thursday, March 1, 2007 by Michael Byrne

Thursday Night: Thunder Eyez!

The only way this evening of musician born "eye art" (if you will) could be any less than awesome, were to be if the Grass Hut gallery were really a hut made of grass and there was a monsoon or blizzard or other variety of natural disaster--known and unknown--that arose and claimed the meek grass hut and all o...   More
Wednesday, February 28, 2007 by Michael Byrne

New and Used

Revealing the secret lives of books and records.

The first image on the first page of New and Used (Stiedl, 182 pages, $45), photographer Marc Joseph's lovely and very necessary collection of photos (with short stories and poetry from numerous contr ...   More
Wednesday, February 28, 2007 Michael Byrne

C'mon, Feel The Hair

Revisiting Copy on the eve of his sophomore release

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In the year since Marius Libman— the finely dressed, massively bearded gentleman behind electronic dance project Copy—released his stellar debut LP, Mobius Beard, and took WW's Best New Ba ...   More
Wednesday, February 28, 2007 Michael Byrne

EXCLUSIVE: Panther, "How Well Can You Swim? (E*Rock remix)," Unreleased

Sorry to say, this is a bit of a tease: this track has no plans for release, available only in combo with a limited run Panther DVD. Ouch. It's a proper remix of an already rad song, but this packs in some bonus layers of quick beats in between the metronomic crunchy thuds of the original, and even speeding up...   More
Friday, February 23, 2007 by Michael Byrne

The Blow Feb. 16 at Holocene

[BOUNCE AND SWEAT] Performances by artists like the Blow or YACHT are bound to leave certain types of music fans—rockists, techno heads, pop kids—feeling somewhat empty. Both acts consist of vocals—by Khaela Maricich and Jona Bechtolt, respectively—layered over pretracked everything: beats, bass, synth and backing vocals. Both acts also incorporate frantic calls for attenti...   More
Wednesday, February 21, 2007 by Michael Byrne
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