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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

Album Review: Tu Fawning

A Monument (City Slang)


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[SULTRY POST-POP] Tu Fawning doesn’t really work on paper. The band is fronted by a guy best known for his work with the carnivalesque, heavy Portland rock act 31Knots (Joe Haege) and a singer   More
 
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Michael the Blind

Are’s & Els (Alder Street Records)


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[GONE ELECTRIC] Few musicians have carved as distinctive a niche in Portland’s singer-songwriter-scape as Michael Levasseur, aka Michael the Blind. In addition to making pat reference to his ext   More
 
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 SHANE DANAHER

Album Review: Deer or the Doe

Tonight We Love You (Self-Released)


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[SINEWY ROCK] Deer or the Doe should probably receive some sort of cultural grant for keeping ’90s underground rock alive and well in Portland well over a decade past its heyday. Then again, i   More
 
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 CASEY JARMAN
 

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