Best New Portland Music
[POSTCARDS FROM SOMEWHERE] Appropriately for an album informed by the perpetual displacement of life on the road, No News From Home,
the second full-length from kaleidoscopic folkies Houndstooth,
Who: Matt Jenkins (guitar, vocals), Gray Hildreth (bass), Cameron Hering (drums).
Sounds like: The Black Lips and Real Estate on a Miller High Life-fueled rafting trip.
For fans of: Garage p
[BEACHY FEEDBACK] There are about six minutes in the
middle of the Shivas’ new album when the band almost sounds gentle. The
dreamy, Pet Sounds-styled instrumental “Beach Heads” leads into
[SYNTH POP] Despite its ubiquity on Top 40 charts the past
three decades, synth-pop music has rarely felt both modern and sincere.
In the ’80s, the omnipresence of chintzy Casio presets often
[SUBURBAN ART-PUNK] Take it from someone who grew up
nearby: Nothing cool has ever come out of Agoura Hills, Calif. Sure, the
wealthy L.A. suburb has produced its share of nationally recognizable