Album Review: The Parson Red Heads

Orb Weaver (Fiesta Red)


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[FOLKISH PSYCH POP] Nineteen seconds of bright, delicate guitar strums and the warbling cry of the Great Northern Loon is one way to start an album. It’s fitting, though, given that the Parson R   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Reviews: Strategy

“Clocky Man”/“Snowdrift Dub” 7-Inch (ZamZam)


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[DUB TECHNO] Strategy’s strategy is usually pretty clear: Fuse dub, techno, house and ambient music together using analog synthesizers, then get weird. Paul Dickow, aka Strategy, has kept the    More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Album Review: Quiet Life

Wild Pack (Mama Bird Recording Co.)


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[RUST-BELT POP ROCK] Quiet Life’s “San Luis Obispo” is a carefree slice of twanged-out Americana, bustling with tight, countrified swagger and Tom Petty-ish guitar. It exemplifies the Po   More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Shy Girls

Timeshare (Hit City U.S.A.)


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[SLOW JAMS] Dan Vidmar likes to take things slow. Two years after posting the three songs that, up to this point, made up the entirety of Shy Girls’ recorded output, he’s added a whopping si   More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Red Fang

Whales and Leeches (Relapse)


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[MONSTROUS ROCK] In the clash of stoner-metal titans, Red Fang isn’t going to out-sexy Queens of the Stone Age or out-melody Torche or out-conceptualize its labelmate Baroness, but it will bully   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Neo Boys

Sooner or Later (K)


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[REDISCOVERED PUNK] Ninety seconds into this excavation of the deceptively named late-’70s proto-riot grrrls the Neo Boys, the band flubs a part, stops, and starts the song over, as a live crowd   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Grails

Black Tar Prophecies Vols. 4, 5 & 6 (Temporary Residence)


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[AVANT-GARDE EPHEMERA] For those unfamiliar with the mythology of Portland experimental rock troupe Grails, Black Tar is the catchall name for the various limited-edition releases that the band co   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Blitzen Trapper

VII (Vagrant)


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[ROVING AMERICANA] One presumes that, 10 years into its career, Blitzen Trapper would’ve found its sense of direction by now. But on its seventh album, the band continues to experiment with its    More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Vice Device/Void Vision

Split EP (Accident Prone)


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[DARKWAVE] If Vice Device has any musical vice, it’s dissonance. The dark synth-pop group employs it as much as any Neue Deutsche Welle-loving band should. The real energy on “Fractured Desi   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Album Review: Blouse

Imperium (Captured Tracks)


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[EMBER POP] Despite trading in its synthesizers for guitars, on new record Imperium, Blouse still sounds like an ’80s-adoring pop outfit, albeit one from the tail end of the New Wave era, whose    More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 MARK STOCK

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