Greylag: Album Review

Greylag (Dead Oceans)


Album Reviews
[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

Album Review: Bike Thief

Stuck in a Dream (Self-Released)


Album Reviews
[POP DEPENDENCE] Considering the album title is almost an Alice Cooper reference and the band’s name is cribbed from a postwar, neo-realist film, it’d be reasonable to expect a rich tapestry   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Halo Refuser

Into Your Layers (Self Released)


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[A NEW VOICE] Plodding glitch-hop is not what you expect to hear right up front on Halo Refuser’s third full-length, Into Your Layers: The album’s title and pastoral cover suggest romantic bed   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 MITCH LILLIE

Album Review: Sean Flinn & the Royal We

The Lost Weekend (Glad I Did)


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[FEEL-GOOD INDIE] It’s easy to gloss over The Lost Weekend, the second album from Sean Flinn & the Royal We. With its sunny, medium-tempo indie-pop arrangements and vague lyrics about roma   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 TREE PALMEDO

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