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Album Review: Cait Olds

Prison City (Gorbie International)


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[BEDROOM FOLK] There’s a sense of quiet Western solitude in Cait Olds’ work. The Portland-via-California songwriter recorded full-length debut Prison City at Materials to Outlet, Jake Kelly’s    More
 
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Corin Tucker Band

Kill My Blues (Kill Rock Stars)


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[PARENTAL PUNK] Collaboration cures what ails you. Corin Tucker took this for granted in the immediate wake of Sleater-Kinney’s breakup, evidenced by the Portlander’s introverted approach on   More
 
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 MARK STOCK

Album Review: The Harvey Girls

Sidereal Time (Circle Into Square)


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[PSYCH FOLK] At its best, Sidereal Time, the fourth album from Portland duo the Harvey Girls, recalls Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot in its disheveled folk experimentalism. “Picher, Nowata” and    More
 
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 SHANE DANAHER

Album Review: The Wishermen

Drawing Purple Orbits (Alan Jones Academy Of Music)


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[JAZZ] “Cool jazz” once meant exuding a marked restraint and letting delicate, simple melodies unfold naturally. Nowadays, most young players equate “cool” with “hip” and work tirele   More
 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Colossal Yes

Loosen the Lead and Spoil the Dogs (Jackpot)


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[NEW CLASSIC ROCK] Utrillo Kushner is at his best when he’s hung-over. Loosen the Lead and Spoil the Dogs, the Comets on Fire drummer’s third more-or-less solo album under the name Colossal Ye   More
 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Black Prairie

A Tear in the Eye Is a Wound in the Heart (Sugar Hill)


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[WORLDLY ACOUSTIC] For the five members of Black Prairie—all of whom come from well-established acts such as the Decemberists and Dolorean—the band is an experimental melting pot. Letting lo   More
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 EMILEE BOOHER

Album Review: Pictorials

Learning EP (Deja View)


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[PACIFIC NORTHWEST BRITPOP] One of the bona fides touted by the trio Pictorials in its bio is how the head of Badman Recording Co., Dylan Magierek, asked the band to record an EP after the group h   More
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Mike Coykendall

Chasing Away The Dots (Fluff and Gravy)


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[GIVE THE SIDEMAN SOME] The latest solo effort by Mike Coykendall is probably going to be the one that finally gets this erstwhile backup musician some long overdue attention. Unfortunately, tha   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Gaytheist

Stealth Beats (Good To Die)


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[PUNK METAL] A name like Gaytheist is meant to antagonize, and on Stealth Beats, the new full-length from this pulverizing trio, that is precisely what the band does. Armed with a rumbling low end   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Onuinu

Mirror Gazer (Bladen County Records)


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[DISCO-HOP] While similarities between Onuinu (aka Dorian Duvall) and such electro-pop luminaries as Youth Lagoon, oOoOO and Washed Out can be easily established, Mirror Gazer, Onuinu’s debut    More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 SHANE DANAHER
 

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