Album Review: Psychomagic

Bad Ideas (Lolipop)


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[GARAGE POP] Zaniness is an underrated quality in rock ’n’ roll. It reached peak value around the Lollapalooza era, then plummeted in the late ’90s as the market flooded with neo-swing ban   More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Sama Dams

Comfort in Doubt (Self-Released)


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[AVANT ROCK] It might always be necessary to distinguish Sam Adams from Portland’s former mayor-turned-DJ. But as the frontman for his almost eponymous band, Sama Dams, the other Adams has don   More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 TREE PALMEDO

Album Review: Cotton

The White Eagle (Self-Released)


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[DIY FOLK] At Dub Narcotic Studios in Olympia, less is more. Calvin Johnson’s audio office is a place for artists to bask in their idiosyncrasies, and it’s a fitting context for Portland’s   More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Portland Cello Project

To E.S. (Virtual Label)


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[POSTMODERN CELLO] Fusing a bastardized concept of chamber music and contemporary forms has always been a hallmark of the Portland Cello Project. On To E.S., its tribute to the late, beloved,    More
 
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: New Move

“Don’t Wanna Lose” (Self-Released)


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[CLASSIC POP] When it comes to songwriting, Jesse Bettis is an unabashed classicist. That was true of Oh Captain My Captain, his former band, whose widescreen pop drew upon Bowie, Queen and Radi   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Rocket 3

Burn (Self-Released)


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[POP ROCK] The fun of Rocket 3’s debut album, Burn, is in its contrasts. Framed by singer Ramune Nagisetty’s crunchy power chords and sweet, hazy vocals, the album leans toward rock-inflecte   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Future Historians

Portrait of Self (Self-Released)


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[SHIMMERY FOLK] When Future Historians’ Dave Shur set out to put together his band, he had a single quote in mind: “It’s actually very difficult to make something both simple and good.”    More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Atriarch

An Unending Pathway (Relapse)


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[MACABRE METAL] If time is indeed a ceaseless circle, as the opening track on An Unending Pathway posits, then Atriarch’s latest album makes a great deal of sense. Pulling from Christian Death   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

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

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