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Album Review: Cassow

Future Classic (Frsh Slcts)


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[PO-HOP] Portland rapper Cassow (pronounced KAH-so, as in Picasso) has fast become known for his ability to rap thought-provoking lyrics, but it was one of his recent tweets that had a big effect    More
 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 REED JACKSON

Album Review: The Chicharones

Swine Flew (Camobear)


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[POST-HIP-HOP] The Chicharones are best experienced live. This isn’t likely to change, barring the release of a high-budget 3-D live show on Blu-ray, because so much of what makes the Chicharone   More
 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Green Team

Official (Self-Released)


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[HAZE HOP] Do you smoke good? Lawz and G_Force, aka Green Team, sure do, and they’d like to tell you about it. On the duo’s new 10-track “concept album,” Official, the MC/producers rhyme o   More
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 NORA EILEEN JONES

Album Review: Fanno Creek

End Is End (Self-Released)


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[BEAT POP] I really want to compare Fanno Creek to the Shaky Hands. It’s not that the trio’s sound particularly reminds of that gone-but-not-forgotten Portland act—sure, there’s some jangl   More
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Pegasus Dream

In Absentia (Sohitek)


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[SPACE DISCO] Even more so on In Absentia than on its previous releases, Pegasus Dream achieves a sunny, seamless concatenation of melodies similar to that perfected by Starfucker and attempted    More
 
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 SHANE DANAHER

Album Review: Ozarks

Ozarks (Self-Released)


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[BAROQUE POP] Robbie Augspurger may have been born in the wrong decade. In his photography, the Portlander captures contemporary characters in classic formal poses, their hair neatly slicked or br   More
 
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Future Historians

Somehow It Is Now (Self-Released)


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[JANGLE FOLK] Dave Shur is a master of taking somberness and peppering it with giddiness and goofballery. He’s a melodic acrobat who can lull you into a folksy, dreamlike haze then snap you righ   More
 
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 AP KRYZA

Album Review: Witch Mountain

Cauldron of the Wild (Profound Lore)


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[HEAVY METAL] Witch Mountain’s past two albums have traced a stylistic devolution—not a regrettable situation, seeing as the Portland-based sludge-metal quartet (which features WW contributo   More
 
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 SHANE DANAHER

Album Review: Lost Lockets

Love Not Fear (Cochon Records)


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[SIREN SONGS] After several years in the making, the surrealist pop duo Lost Lockets has finally immortalized a collection of its finest tunes to wax. It’s never been easy to describe Lost Locke   More
 
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 NATHAN CARSON

Album Review: Kaia

Two Adult Women in Love (Jealous Butcher)


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[SINGER-SONGWRITER] Few solo artists can mesmerize a room the way Kaia Wilson does. There’s no one reason for this. Despite making music for the past two decades, Wilson retains a nervous ener   More
 
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 CASEY JARMAN
 

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