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Album Review: Old Light

Time (Self-Released)


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[CABBIE TUNES] Portland’s Old Light has been on one hell of a weird trajectory. The project started as a series of autoharp-intensive recordings frontman Garth Klippert played for passengers i   More
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 AP KRYZA

Album Review: Foreign Talks

Foreign Talks (Expunged)


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[FOREIGNERS] To argue the merits of teenage bands means punting lyrics from the outset. Rare are the artists as young men who articulate their passions with any degree of complexity or perspecti   More
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 JAY HORTON

Album Review: The Shivas

Whiteout! (K Records)


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[GARAGE POP] True fans of the Shivas have already heard the songs on their second album a dozen times over, either through seeing the quartet’s sensational live show or by purchasing a copy of W   More
 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Electric Ill

Twisted Light (Amore!Phonics)


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[ELECTRO-POP] Kevin Robinson has already made his name as one half of dream-pop duo Viva Voce and the countrified Blue Giant, and he’s got enough cultural currency saved up to indulge in whateve   More
 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: The We Shared Milk

Lame Sunset (Self-Released)


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[PSYCH-POP] Boone Howard is bummed. On the second album from Portland trio the We Shared Milk, the singer-guitarist sings and plays like he’s trying to navigate through the fog of a particularly   More
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Nick Jaina

Primary Perception (Fluff & Gravy Records)


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[FOLK] Portland folk-pop singer-songwriter Nick Jaina’s latest record asks you to take a walk with him in search of meaning—whether in regard to relationships, God or the everyday choices we   More
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 BRIAN PALMER

Album Review: The Pynnacles

The Pynnacles (Self-Released)


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[PSYCH-GARAGE FOREVER] I am not the target audience for throwback garage rock. It’s hard for me to see the point of taking something that was so vital in its day and cloning it for modern audi   More
 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Pheasant

Gravel Beach (Self-Released)


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[ROOTSY INDIE] Pheasant may not be carving a particularly distinctive niche for itself, but the band is getting closer by the album. The group’s sophomore LP, Gravel Beach, is a collection of    More
 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: The Woolen Men

The Woolen Men (Woodsist)


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[PUNK ’N’ ROLL] When Portland garage-rock trio the Woolen Men signed with New York label Woodsist late last year, you could almost hear the city gasp. Would our beloved, punk-tinged lo-fi grou   More
 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Myke Bogan

Monkeys on the Beach (Self-Released)


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[HIP-HOP] Myke Bogan is a sad-clown rapper. Almost all the material released by the twentysomething MC has filtered heartbreak and loneliness through the sound of an empty PBR can getting crushe   More
 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 REED JACKSON
 

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