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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

Album Review: Cool Nutz

Portland Ni%#a (Suburban Noize)


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HIP-HOP] Terrance “Cool Nutz” Scott has been called “the ambassador of Portland hip-hop” for so long it’s easy to forget he’s not a self-appointed diplomat    More
 
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Tango Alpha Tango

Live From the Banana Stand (Banana Stand)


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[BLUES ROCK] Portland’s Tango Alpha Tango is best experienced amid a crowded room of sweaty guitar junkies. Logically, then, a well-mixed live album is the next greatest thing. Captured last y   More
 
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 EMILEE BOOHER

Album Review: Luck X Dizz

Critical Mass (Architect Entertainment/Stadium Status)


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[HIP-HOP] It’s no secret Portland is a haven for independent music, but one genre that has yet to fully flourish here is hip-hop. While the scene is growing, it still lacks a truly distinctive presence. Critical Mass, a collaboration between rapper   More
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 DREW LENIHAN

Album Review: Aranya

Farabequah (Self-Released)


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[METAL OF THE GODS] “Epic” is an overused adjective in the rock-crit lexicon, but applying any other word to the mountainous, prog-y, European folk-metal of Portland’s Aranya would be inaccu   More
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Scott Law Reunion Band

Scott Law Reunion Band (Self-Released)

 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 AP KRYZA

Album Review: Hello Damascus

Finale of Seem (Self-Released)


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[DOWNCAST FOLK] “I hate it when it rains this long,” declares singer-guitarist Matt Lounsbury at the start of Hello Damascus’ second album. Maybe he’s telling the truth, but as much as h   More
 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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