Album Review: Copy

Chalice Agenda (Audio Dregs)


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[SYNTHETIC POP] Copy entered the Portland music landscape in an era when indie-rock bands and laptop artists seemed to be facing off like two lame gangs from West Side Story. Then here was this    More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Swahili

Amovrevx (Translinguistic Other)


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[FLOATING FUNK] When they first emerged a few years ago, the members of Swahili were psychedelic sound-painters whose work implied rhythm more often than actually providing any. With second al   More
 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Houndstooth

Ride Out the Dark (No Quarter)


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[SUMMER SONGS] Ride Out the Dark, the debut album from Portland quintet Houndstooth, certainly could not have come at a better time. In fact, the album couldn’t have a more apt title: Katie Be   More
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 GRACE STAINBACK

Album Review: The Minus 5

Dungeon Golds (Yep Roc)


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[PSYCH ADJACENT] If the Minus 5 wants to count this as its 10th album, fine. But the dozen tracks on Dungeon Golds originate from Scott the Hoople in the Dungeon of Horror, a 2014 Record Store Day b   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Cool Nutz

#BRUH (Self-Released)


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[ORIGINAL ROSE CITY HIP-HOP] Rappers have always had a penchant for crowning themselves the “king” or “queen” of whatever town they happen to lord over, but few actually have the track r   More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 TJ LOVE

Album Review: Lost Lander

Medallion (Glad I Did)


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[EPIC POP] Whereas debut albums often begin with a bang, sophomore records tend to start with a statement. Lost Lander hit the ground running in 2012 with its excellent first album, DRRT, pair   More
 
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Lord Dying

Poisoned Altars (Relapse)


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[SLUDGE BEASTS] Describing Lord Dying as “stoner metal” is an easy mistake to make. Between the band’s Portland roots and its flannel-clad, Viking-kush aesthetic, one would expect a sludgy   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 PETE COTTELL

Album Review: Eternal Tapestry

Wild Strawberries (Thrill Jockey)


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[FRAGARIA VESCA] Slowly but decisively, Eternal Tapestry’s been easing itself into a more pastoral conception of psychedelia. This new double album, as fragile as any German synth extravaganza   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Tope, Broke Boy Syndrome

Broke Boy Syndrome (Self-Released)


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[RAP CONVO] Tope is Portland’s rapper-next-door. He isn’t an abstract word-scrambler, political activist or LARPing gangsta but the guy you fall into conversation with on MAX or in the coffe   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Ezza Rose

When the Water’s Hot (Self-Released)


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[PLUGGED-IN FOLK] If Ezza Rose’s dreamy, delicate vocals weren’t so recognizable, one might not realize that her latest album, When the Water’s Hot, is the product of the folk songstress who   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 KAITIE TODD

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