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Pitchfork Review Skewers Adrian Orange


Portland might adore Adrian Orange, but Pitchfork has no love for the hometown hero.

Just posted to pitchforkmedia.com today, David Raposa's review of Adrian Orange & Her Band's self-titled release on K Recs is a scathing one: He refers to Orange's shaky and uneven vocals as "caterwauling" an...   More
 
Tuesday, October 16, 2007 by Paige Richmond

Dear You: Dancing With Myself


Portland, I must admit that I am not one of your best dancers. I don't mean the formal, well-trained dancers at the Oregon Ballet Theatre or the more experimental, modern dancers at Conduit and Bodyvox. I don't even mean the bump-and-grinders at Barracuda or American Cowgirls (I've been known to "drop it like it...   More
 
Monday, October 15, 2007 by Paige Richmond

Turbojugend: Way Better Than the KISS Army


Ever feel like being a devoted fan should earn you special privileges with the band you love? Do you sometimes wish you could hang out with other superfans, even following your beloved band from show to show in your own superfan tour bus? Is the only thing missing from your wardrobe a jacket with your fave band...   More
 
Thursday, October 11, 2007 by Paige Richmond

THE REVISIONS, Revised Observations (Dirtnap)


[ACOUSTIC PUNK] Listen to the Revisions’ first full-length album a few times through and you’ll start asking yourself where you heard this band before. You might wonder, “Have I seen this fast-paced acoustic duo play live once, maybe at a reading of punk rocker/author Justin Maurer’s Do...   More
 
Wednesday, October 10, 2007 by Paige Richmond

THE REVISIONS, Revised Observations (Dirtnap)

Debut acoustic album from former punk rockers needs, well, revising.


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[ACOUSTIC PUNK] Listen to the Revisions’ first full-length album a few times through and you’ll start asking yourself where you heard this band before. You might wonder, “Have I seen ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 10, 2007 Paige Richmond

LEAK: The Revisions, "Empty House" from Revised Observations (Dirtnap)


Quiet vocals, a string section and calm guitar are elements you might not expect from the former members of Portland punk bands the Clorox Girls and the Observers—but these are what make the track “Empty House” off the bands' acoustic full-length debut so memorable.

“Empty...   More
 
Tuesday, October 9, 2007 by Paige Richmond

Dear You: Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em


Oregon, I understand that secondhand smoke (and naturally, smoking cigarettes in general) is unhealthy. I watched that episode of America's Next Top Model a few weeks back, where all the models were made-up and posed to show the negative side effects of smoking. I've seen the commercial where a sullen waitre...   More
 
Monday, October 8, 2007 by Paige Richmond

Stereogum Hearts LocalCut (And Nire, Too)


Who ever said that only featuring Portland-based music was too narrow a scope for LocalCut? Not national music website Stereogum, who this week chose Portland's own mellow indie-pop duo Nire as their "Band to Watch." H...   More
 
Friday, October 5, 2007 by Paige Richmond

Shake Appeal Finds Chicago More, Um, Appealing


Portland, we should have seen it coming. Or at least, I should have seen it coming, since when I interviewed Shake Appeal Records founder and native Portlander Joe Dixon back in June, he kept talking about how disillusioned he was with the musi...   More
 
Thursday, October 4, 2007 by Paige Richmond

SCOUT NIBLETT, This Fool Can Die Now (Too Pure)


[SINGER-SONGWRITER] Solo female vocalists usually fall into two categories: The unconventional variety, like Icelandic musician Björk or proto-punker Patti Smith, and the folky singer-songwriter variety, like alt-country's Neko Case or local songstress Laura Gibson, who appeal to indie-rockers and the ad...   More
 
Wednesday, October 3, 2007 by Paige Richmond
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