Album Review: Radiation City

Animals in the Median (Tender Loving Empire)


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[SPACE-AGE INDIE POP] A few months ago, upon hearing “Zombies,” the first single off Radiation City’s new album, a friend of mine compared it to Pink Martini. That’s unfair, but not totall   More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Alela Diane

About Farewell (Rusted Blue)


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[FOLK] On the title track of her new album, About Farewell, local songstress Alela Diane sings, “Leaving is the hardest part, that’s what we always said/ Once upon the other side, it’s best    More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

Album Review: Natasha Kmeto

Crisis (Dropping Gems)


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[ELECTRO R&B] Natasha Kmeto can’t get no satisfaction, and it’s killing her. As a singer raised on both the come-ons of ’90s R&B and the all-night throb of house and trip-hop, the    More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: The Builders and the Butchers

Western Medicine (Badman)


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[APOCALYPTIC FOLK] The Builders and the Butchers’ fifth album is largely influenced by the postapocalyptic literature of Cormac McCarthy, and it shows: Western Medicine is just as cheerless as T   More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

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

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