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Spirit Lake: Friday, Oct. 19

Taking the Oregon Trail to blues-rock nirvana.


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[PSYCHEDELIC BLUES ROCK] Uncle Walker’s Amber Restorative, the debut LP from Portland quartet Spirit Lake, has a history far grander than that suggested by the group’s slight résumé. The band    More
 
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 SHANE DANAHER

Album Review: The Harvey Girls

Sidereal Time (Circle Into Square)


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[PSYCH FOLK] At its best, Sidereal Time, the fourth album from Portland duo the Harvey Girls, recalls Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot in its disheveled folk experimentalism. “Picher, Nowata” and    More
 
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 SHANE DANAHER

Primer: Animal Collective


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Formed: In 1999 in Baltimore. Sounds like: A surrealist Beach Boys with 21st-century editing software. For fans of: The Flaming Lips, Dan Deacon, Vashti Bunyan. Latest release: After pushing the ma   More
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 SHANE DANAHER

Halo Refuser: Wednesday, Sept. 12

You may not have heard of Asher Fulero, but odds are you’ve heard him play.


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[ELECTRONIC] If Asher Fulero has managed to avoid fame while simultaneously building an illustrious musical career, it can be attributed to the fact his energies are spread too thin to accommodate   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 SHANE DANAHER

Still Breaking Out

The Hives have more energy than everyone else in the world. Combined.


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There’s a track entitled “I Want More” midway through Lex Hives, the fifth LP from Swedish rock quintet the Hives, on which vocalist/hyper-kinetic human explosion Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist la   More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 SHANE DANAHER

Album Review: Onuinu

Mirror Gazer (Bladen County Records)


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[DISCO-HOP] While similarities between Onuinu (aka Dorian Duvall) and such electro-pop luminaries as Youth Lagoon, oOoOO and Washed Out can be easily established, Mirror Gazer, Onuinu’s debut    More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 SHANE DANAHER

Primer: Desaparecidos


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Formed: In Omaha, Neb., in 2001.  Sounds like: Adbusters, as set to music by Deer Tick.  For fans of: Bright Eyes (duh), Against Me!, the Thermals, Deer Tick.  Latest release: For a    More
 
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 SHANE DANAHER

Album Review: Wax Fingers

Tender (Self-Released)


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[MATH POP] Tender, the four-song sophomore release from Portland trio Wax Fingers, finds the group growing further accustomed to life within its oddly colored shell. A group of psychedelic day   More
 
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 SHANE DANAHER

Album Review: Pegasus Dream

In Absentia (Sohitek)


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[SPACE DISCO] Even more so on In Absentia than on its previous releases, Pegasus Dream achieves a sunny, seamless concatenation of melodies similar to that perfected by Starfucker and attempted    More
 
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 SHANE DANAHER

The Digital Divide: Dave Allen's Take on Emily White and the Future of Free Music on the Internet

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Last month, Emily White, an intern for NPR’s “All Songs Considered,” wrote a blog post entitled “I Never Owned Any Music To Begin With,” in which she illustrated how swapping CDs and ripping promo albums onto her laptop had allowed her to purchase only a negligible p...   More
 
Monday, July 2, 2012 by SHANE DANAHER
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