Album Review: Fernando

Leave the Radio On (Fluff & Gravy)

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[SINGER-SONGROCKER] Wikipedia says the name Fernando means “courageous, adventurer, conqueror, and leader,” and as longtime watchers of Portland’s Americana scene know, in the case of Fernando V   More
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 JEFF ROSENBERG

Album Review: The Lonesome Billies

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

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[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

Album Review: Ural Thomas & the Pain

“I’ll Do it For You”/“Pain is the Name of Your Game” (Pres Records)

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[REDISCOVERED SOUL] It has been a decade since Sharon Jones’ influential sophomore record dropped on New York’s Daptone Records, kick-starting a soul revival that led labels, writers and would-be    More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Ancient Heat

Ancient Heat (Self-Released)

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[DISCO? DISCO!] People who actually lived through disco tend to acquire a sort of selective amnesia about it. Maybe it’s the drugs or the anonymous sex or the glitter that scrambled their memories,    More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Wild Ones

Heatwave (Topshelf)

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[COOL DOWN] Heat waves suck, especially when you’re one of the many Portlanders without air conditioning. But there’s also something nostalgic, even romantic, that happens when the temperatures cl   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 SHANNON GORMLEY

Album Review: Mike Coykendall

Half Past, Present Pending (Fluff And Gravy)

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[SINGER-SONGWRITER] Mike Coykendall is known primarily for his role as a producer and engineer who helps build robust soundscapes for some of Portland’s best bands, from M. Ward to Blitzen Tra   More
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Barna Howard

Quite a Feelin’ (Mama Bird)

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[FOLK] At some point, Barna Howard must have become obsessed with the folk singers of the 1960s and just never let it go. Howard’s two albums replicate that world, right down to the aged-looking pho   More
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Ezra Bell

We Came By Canoe (Secret Society)

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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

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

Album Review: Magic Fades

Push Thru (1080P)

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[TUMBLR&B] Magic Fades’ Mike Grabarek and Jeremy Scott have been in the news lately. Maybe you’ve heard about “health goth,” the Internet meme that may or may not be an in-real-life    More
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER


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