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Last Week Live: The Helio Sequence at Doug Fir Lounge, 4/13

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Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel of Helio Sequence have been at it for almost 20 years now, turning out textured electro-rock that sounds much more like the work of a quartet than a duo. On April 13, the Hellio Sequence again proved their ability to multitask, Weikel punishing his drum kit in perfect time and running samples while Summers juggled the guitar, harmonica and crisp vocals. The ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 by MARK STOCK

Festival Review: Treefort 2015

Scenes from the fourth installment of Boise's biggest week.

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For a fourth year festival, Treefort is pretty mature. Over a five-day stretch, some 400 bands play about a dozen venues throughout downtown Boise, from impromptu outdoor stages to small clubs and arcades. The lineup is strong, the organization is admirable and, perhaps most importantly, the city loves to play host. The result is a fishbowl scenario wherein bands and fans are constantly runnin...   More
 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: Lost Lander at Mississippi Studios, 2/27

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Much to the joy of the sold-out crowd, Lost Lander played primarily from its brand new release, Medallion, at its hometown record release show at Mississippi Studios on Feb. 27. It's a glistening pop record that marks a departure from the more nuanced dream-rock of its debut, DRRT. Bigger stages are almost certainly in Lost Lander�...   More
 
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by MARK STOCK

Album Review: Lost Lander

Medallion (Glad I Did)


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[EPIC POP] Whereas debut albums often begin with a bang, sophomore records tend to start with a statement. Lost Lander hit the ground running in 2012 with its excellent first album, DRRT, pair   More
 
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Grand Lake Islands

Song From Far (Good Mountain)


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[RATTLED FOLK] Song From Far begins exactly as that: a quiet cacophony of atmospheric rustling that sounds like faraway spirits tuning their collective voice. Very soon, the drifting experimen   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 MARK STOCK

Photo Review: Magic Sword at Doug Fir, Jan. 16

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Since its last Portland show at Rotture about six months ago, the fantasy electro-metal duo Magic Sword has evolved into a revelation. We still don’t know who resides behind the masks, but the Boise band continues to carve its niche deeper with every show. At Doug Fir on Jan. 16, the Keeper and the Seeker—as the two are known —...   More
 
Monday, January 19, 2015 by MARK STOCK

Magic Sword: Friday, Jan. 16

Who are those masked men?


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Last year, on a balmy night in mid-August, a trailer rolled up in Old Town carrying a bunch of gear and two masked men in full-length druid cloaks. Signs posted on walls and telephone poles ar   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 MARK STOCK

Photo Review: Hibou and Appendixes at Bunk Bar, Jan. 4

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Seattle quartet Hibou treated a quiet Bunk Bar school-night crowd to its very own tidal brand of punk-pop on Jan. 4. A thematic guitar effect—languid, loud and lingering—gave the band a shoe gaze feel, despite fidgety structures. Imagine Pure Bathing Culture playing CBGB's and you’re nearing Hibou’s live presenc...   More
 
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 by MARK STOCK

Show Preview: Les Sins, Ben Tactic, DJs Kiffo & Rymes


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[ELECTRONICA EXHALED] As Toro y Moi, South Carolina native Chaz Bundick has excelled at turning out cool, complex electronica made up of groovy basslines and unexpected samples. Chances are, you   More
 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Cotton

The White Eagle (Self-Released)


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[DIY FOLK] At Dub Narcotic Studios in Olympia, less is more. Calvin Johnson’s audio office is a place for artists to bask in their idiosyncrasies, and it’s a fitting context for Portland’s   More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 MARK STOCK
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