Album Review: Purse Candy

Visions of a Healed Kingdom (Self-Released)


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[DISCO POP] Purse Candy’s debut album will bring to mind a few questions, chief among them: “When did I start dancing?” It’s an album laden with simple grooves, but it will make you move   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Eyelids

854 (Jealous Butcher)


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[INDIE-POP CLASSICISM] “Seagulls Into Submission,” the first song on Eyelids’ debut full-length, doesn’t storm out the gates so much as it glides. Hovering atop a graceful guitar riff an   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Grouper

Ruins (Kranky)


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[HEROIC AMBIENCE] Portland’s Liz Harris, aka Grouper, probably won’t ever be slotted into the same category of chanteuse as Sharon Van Etten or Angel Olsen. What Harris has done in more than   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Greylag: Album Review

Greylag (Dead Oceans)


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[FOLK ROCK] Greylag’s self-titled album is a perfect introduction to Portland’s impending rainy season. The debut LP from the local three-piece is heavy on moody vocals and blustery instru   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Sallie Ford

Slap Back (Vanguard)


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[CONFESSIONAL GARAGE ROCK] Sallie Ford’s debut solo album probably won’t earn the comparisons to Ella Fitzgerald she received with her previous band, the Sound Outside. On Slap Back, she s   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 SHANNON GORMLEY

Album Review: Night Mechanic

Day Surgery (AIO Soundings)


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[BLUE-COLLAR GUITAR POP] Night Mechanic’s third album will hit like a rush of blood to the heart for anyone wondering where all the great indie-rock guitar bands have gone. It’s not just tha   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Lubec

The Thrall (Like Young)


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[ROCK DEVELOPMENTS] At times overwrought in its effort to convey some heavy emotional states, Portland quartet Lubec turns in 11 tracks on a full-length debut that surveys life around the city.    More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Hustle and Drone

Holyland (Red Bull Sound Select)


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[SYNTH POP] Despite its ubiquity on Top 40 charts the past three decades, synth-pop music has rarely felt both modern and sincere. In the ’80s, the omnipresence of chintzy Casio presets often    More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Album Review: Storm Large

Le Bonheur (Heinz)


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[WHITE JAZZ] Less than a decade removed from titillating dowagers at Union Station’s piano bar, Storm Large has so successfully bum-rushed the global celebrity apparatus that her side projec   More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 JAY HORTON

Album Review: Castanets

Decimation Blues (Asthmatic Kitty)


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[FREAK FOLK] Like much of Raymond Raposa’s other work under the Castanets moniker, the swaggering variance on Decimation Blues reveals itself to be the strongest case for his existence in a realm    More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 PETE COTTELL

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