Album Review: Sun Angle

Diamond Junk (New Moss)


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[PSYCH-PUNK] One does not simply record Sun Angle. Feeding psychedelic guitars and pan-global rhythms through punk tempos delivered with free-jazz abandon, the band—a collaboration between thr   More
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Electric Ill

Twisted Light (Amore!Phonics)


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[ELECTRO-POP] Kevin Robinson has already made his name as one half of dream-pop duo Viva Voce and the countrified Blue Giant, and he’s got enough cultural currency saved up to indulge in whateve   More
 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: The Shivas

Whiteout! (K Records)


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[GARAGE POP] True fans of the Shivas have already heard the songs on their second album a dozen times over, either through seeing the quartet’s sensational live show or by purchasing a copy of W   More
 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: The We Shared Milk

Lame Sunset (Self-Released)


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[PSYCH-POP] Boone Howard is bummed. On the second album from Portland trio the We Shared Milk, the singer-guitarist sings and plays like he’s trying to navigate through the fog of a particularly   More
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Myke Bogan

Monkeys on the Beach (Self-Released)


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[HIP-HOP] Myke Bogan is a sad-clown rapper. Almost all the material released by the twentysomething MC has filtered heartbreak and loneliness through the sound of an empty PBR can getting crushe   More
 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 REED JACKSON

Album Review: The Woolen Men

The Woolen Men (Woodsist)


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[PUNK ’N’ ROLL] When Portland garage-rock trio the Woolen Men signed with New York label Woodsist late last year, you could almost hear the city gasp. Would our beloved, punk-tinged lo-fi grou   More
 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Tango Alpha Tango

Live From the Banana Stand (Banana Stand)


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[BLUES ROCK] Portland’s Tango Alpha Tango is best experienced amid a crowded room of sweaty guitar junkies. Logically, then, a well-mixed live album is the next greatest thing. Captured last y   More
 
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 EMILEE BOOHER

Album Review: Aranya

Farabequah (Self-Released)


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[METAL OF THE GODS] “Epic” is an overused adjective in the rock-crit lexicon, but applying any other word to the mountainous, prog-y, European folk-metal of Portland’s Aranya would be inaccu   More
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Federale

The Blood Flowed Like Wine (Federale)


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[SPAGHETTI NORTHWESTERN] Conceived as a living tribute to the Westerns of Sergio Leone and the dusty Ennio Morricone soundtracks that accompanied them, Federale has one of the best gimmicks of a   More
 
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: The Ocean Floor

Falling Star Castle (Single Girl Married Girl)


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[EXPERIMENTAL POP] Lane Barrington’s last album was full of questions. Literally. It’s called Pop Quiz, and every track title ends in a question mark. The frontman of the Ocean Floor, which st   More
 
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 EMILEE BOOHER

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