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Deep Cuts: Destroyer, "Sun in the Sky"


Dan Bejar, the fast-firing brains behind Destroyer, has been called a lot of things. He’s been labeled the smartest man in indie rock. He’s been called the next Harry Nilsson, the next Randy Newman, the next Lloyd Cole, even the next David Bowie. His lyrics have been fervently studied by music nerds for 20 years, and his voice has been described as everything from hoarse and haunting t...   More
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 by MARK STOCK

Live Review: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard at Mississippi Studios, 8/31


I’m In Your Mind Fuzz is about as fitting a record title as possible for the also appropriately named Aussie psych-rock outfit King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. Monday night, the septet treated a packed Mississippi Studios to a hyper-hypnotic set of mildly surfy, extremely cerebral rock ‘n’ roll. It was the brash and boisterous approach that puts the electric guitar on a...   More
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 by MARK STOCK

Album Review: The Lonesome Billies

It’s Good To Be Lonesome (Cloud City Studios)

Album Reviews
[OUTLAW COUNTRY] Stray from Interstate 5 a ways and Oregon gets a little bit country. “A little bit country” also describes the Lonesome Billies, four childhood friends turned western roadhouse ba   More
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 MARK STOCK

Nick Waterhouse: Thursday, Aug. 20

Just don’t call him retro.

Music Stories
Judging by his music, it’s easy to imagine Nick Waterhouse spending his free time holed up in some vintage-decorated apartment—cigarette in one hand, Agatha Christie in the other—with an old sou   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 MARK STOCK

Best New Music: The Domestics

The Domestics (Tender Loving Empire)

Best New Portland Music
[POP ROCK] There’s an intriguing dichotomy at work with the Domestics, one that enhances each musical story of heartbreak and longing told by principal members Michael Finn and Leo London. On    More
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Ezra Bell

We Came By Canoe (Secret Society)

Album Reviews
Benjamin Wuamett sings with the nasally scratch one might associate with a rusty Victrola. It’s a fitting accoutrement for Ezra Bell, a band that seems to go instrument shopping at rummage sales. Bu   More
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 MARK STOCK

Live Review: Laura Gibson at the Old Church, 6/13


It hasn’t been the easiest year for Laura Gibson. The Portland musician moved to the Big Apple last fall to pursue a master’s in creative writing. Almost instantly, she broke her foot. A few months later, her apartment complex burned to the ground—something Gibson refers to as “a bit of a setback.”...   More
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 by MARK STOCK

Show Preview: Great Lake Swimmers, the Weather Station

Music Stories
[THE FOLK INTERNAL] The Weather Station is the elegant and enigmatic work of Tamara Lindeman, a singer-songwriter out of Toronto. Her fluttering lyrics and sensitive folk sounds are reminiscen   More
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 MARK STOCK

Album Review: The Helio Sequence

The Helio Sequence (Sub Pop)

Album Reviews
[INTERNET ROCK] Like a proud father, Portland has watched the Helio Sequence grow over the years, from Beaverton startups playing the 24-hour Starbucks to Sub Pop darlings. Throughout, the duo o   More
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 MARK STOCK

Johanna Warren: Saturday, May 16

Finding new life under the pale moon.

Music Stories
Spirituality is as subjective as music taste. It can be accessed and expressed in countless ways. For songwriter Johanna Warren, orchestrator of brainy, atmospheric folk, it’s about submitting   More
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 MARK STOCK
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