Album Review: Space Waves

You Can Ride A Beam Of Light Like A Musical Strum (Mindwave)


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Space Waves bassist-vocalist Sarah Bourland unwittingly sums up the entirety of her band’s second full-length a mere 25 seconds into the song “Underworld”: “Nothing’s quite wrong/But it�   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Kelli Schaefer

601 (Amigo/Amiga)


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"The mouth is an open wound,” sings Kelli Schaefer on her new EP, and the 28-year-old Portland enchantress lets hers bleed all over these four spectral songs. On 601, Schaefer’s already unado   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Portugal. The Man

Evil Friends (Atlantic)


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[ANTHEMIC ROCK] More often than not, when Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton produces a record, his involvement turns out to be a blessing. His work with James Mercer in Broken Bells imparted an ap   More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Ancient Heat

Under the Covers (Self-Released)


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[RETRO  DISCO]  Unlike other Portland dance acts, Ancient Heat isn’t simply influenced by disco music: This nine-piece ensemble is a living embodiment of the much-maligned genre. And   More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Blue Cranes

Swim (Cuneiform)


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[MOOD PIECES] There’s no way around it: Swim, the fourth album by local jazz institution Blue Cranes, is as heady and dark as anything the group has done in its six years together. The big cha   More
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Gaytheist

Hold Me…But Not So Tight (Good to Die)


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[PUNK METAL] As the Minutemen’s Mike Watt once observed, a good song title is worth a thousand lyrics. With Gaytheist, that advice is well-heeded: Lest anyone feel fatigued by the bulldozing pun   More
 
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Scout Niblett

It’s Up to Emma (Drag City)


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[HEARTBROKEN ROCK] Don’t be fooled by the picture on the cover of Scout Niblett’s new album, a photo-booth shot of a couple in full make-out mode. The heart of It’s Up to Emma is not a rom   More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 ROBERT HAM

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

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