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Album Review: Sama Dams

Comfort in Doubt (Self-Released)


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[AVANT ROCK] It might always be necessary to distinguish Sam Adams from Portland’s former mayor-turned-DJ. But as the frontman for his almost eponymous band, Sama Dams, the other Adams has don   More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 TREE PALMEDO

Album Review: Psychomagic

Bad Ideas (Lolipop)


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[GARAGE POP] Zaniness is an underrated quality in rock ’n’ roll. It reached peak value around the Lollapalooza era, then plummeted in the late ’90s as the market flooded with neo-swing ban   More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Usnea

Random Cosmic Violence (Relapse)


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[DOOM METAL] On its self-released debut, Usnea offered a psychedelic nightmare of twisted riffage and effects abuse that set the band a comfortable parsec apart from the Portland metal pack. Sop   More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 NATHAN CARSON

Album Review: Cotton

The White Eagle (Self-Released)


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[DIY FOLK] At Dub Narcotic Studios in Olympia, less is more. Calvin Johnson’s audio office is a place for artists to bask in their idiosyncrasies, and it’s a fitting context for Portland’s   More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Shadowhouse

Hand in Hand (Mass Media)


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[GOTH PUNK] Like so many of its peers in the increasingly crowded post-punk revival tent, Shadowhouse is an unabashed tomb raider. But the Portland quartet knows that you know retrospection is t   More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 CHRIS STAMM

Album Review: Magic Fades

Push Thru (1080P)


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[TUMBLR&B] Magic Fades’ Mike Grabarek and Jeremy Scott have been in the news lately. Maybe you’ve heard about “health goth,” the Internet meme that may or may not be an in-real-life    More
 
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Portland Cello Project

To E.S. (Virtual Label)


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[POSTMODERN CELLO] Fusing a bastardized concept of chamber music and contemporary forms has always been a hallmark of the Portland Cello Project. On To E.S., its tribute to the late, beloved,    More
 
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: New Move

“Don’t Wanna Lose” (Self-Released)


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[CLASSIC POP] When it comes to songwriting, Jesse Bettis is an unabashed classicist. That was true of Oh Captain My Captain, his former band, whose widescreen pop drew upon Bowie, Queen and Radi   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Rap Class

“Alone” (Dropping Gems)


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[TECHNO SHOUT-OUT]  It doesn’t take too long into Rap Class’ new single, “Alone,” to forget about the golden-era hip-hop breakbeat that opens it up. But the techno rhythm and spar   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 MITCH LILLIE

Album Review: Brakemouth

Marlene (Self-Released)


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[SOLO SYNTH POP] Brakemouth is Casey Frantum, a one-man avalanche of guitar-driven electronica, operating high atop prefab samples, typically in the form of synthesizers and neatly ironed drums.   More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 MARK STOCK
 

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