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Album Review: The Lonesome Billies

It’s Good To Be Lonesome (Cloud City Studios)


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[OUTLAW COUNTRY] Stray from Interstate 5 a ways and Oregon gets a little bit country. “A little bit country” also describes the Lonesome Billies, four childhood friends turned western roadhouse ba   More
 
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Fernando

Leave the Radio On (Fluff & Gravy)


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[SINGER-SONGROCKER] Wikipedia says the name Fernando means “courageous, adventurer, conqueror, and leader,” and as longtime watchers of Portland’s Americana scene know, in the case of Fernando V   More
 
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 JEFF ROSENBERG

Album Review: Wild Ones

Heatwave (Topshelf)


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[COOL DOWN] Heat waves suck, especially when you’re one of the many Portlanders without air conditioning. But there’s also something nostalgic, even romantic, that happens when the temperatures cl   More
 
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 SHANNON GORMLEY

Album Review: Ancient Heat

Ancient Heat (Self-Released)


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[DISCO? DISCO!] People who actually lived through disco tend to acquire a sort of selective amnesia about it. Maybe it’s the drugs or the anonymous sex or the glitter that scrambled their memories,    More
 
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Ural Thomas & the Pain

“I’ll Do it For You”/“Pain is the Name of Your Game” (Pres Records)


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[REDISCOVERED SOUL] It has been a decade since Sharon Jones’ influential sophomore record dropped on New York’s Daptone Records, kick-starting a soul revival that led labels, writers and would-be    More
 
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Gaytheist and Rabbits

Gay*Bits (Good to Die)


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[BRUTAL BROMANCE] As musical couplings go, Gaytheist and Rabbits are a match made in a center for tinnitus research. Beyond sheer volume, the Portland punk-metal agitators also share a common distaste   More
 
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Still Caves

Gnarly For Days (Broken Press)


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[GARAGE PSYCH] It’s been almost three years since Still Caves released its promising debut EP, Static Lips, and while the group’s first full-length is just as raw and raucous as its predecessor, t   More
 
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 CHRIS STAMM

Album Review: The Fourth Wall

Lovely Violence (Bug Hunt)


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[SHOEGAZE] For a band that’s been around only five years, Portland-via-Hawaii noise-pop group the Fourth Wall has its craft surprisingly well-honed. Its second album,Lovely Violence, is impressively   More
 
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 CASEY HARDMEYER.

Album Review: Sons Of Huns

While Sleeping Stay Awake (Riding Easy)


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[GATEWAY METAL] Sons of Huns’ sophomore album has significantly upped the ante from their 2013 debut, Banishment Ritual. In nine songs, the trio kicks down the garage door and blasts out onto a high   More
 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 NATHAN CARSON

Album Review: Hurry Up

Hurry Up (Army Of Bad Luck)


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[PUNK] Hurry Up’s self-titled debut album opens with “Pick You Up,” a sleazy, Nation of Ulysses-sounding burst of driving throwback fuzz that would sound indistinguishable from the bro-punk anth   More
 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 CASEY JARMAN
 

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