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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

Album Review: Tragedy

Darker Days Ahead (Self-Released)


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[CRUST PUNK] Tragedy is justly revered the world over for its dense and crepuscular take on crust punk, but an album-length masterpiece has eluded this staunchly DIY Portland quartet since its 2   More
 
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 CHRIS STAMM

Album Review: Arjay

Love Strong (Self-Released)


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[HOMETOWN R&B] Arjay lives, like many urban singers of his generation, at the intersection of hip-hop and R&B. If you know his name, it’s probably from the former: The Portland staple ha   More
 
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

The Good, the Bad and the Odd

We review new local albums to see who’s keeping Portland the weirdest.


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Plankton Wat, Spirits (Thrill Jockey) Weirdness scale: 5/10 What kind of weird: Watching the slow-motion moments in a David Lynch film on repeat weird. It would appear that the men of Eternal Tap   More
 
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 WW Staff

Album Review: Order Of The Gash

Configuraton (Self-Released)


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[DEATH METAL] Hearing Configuration makes me realize how many times I’ve seen Order of the Gash in DIY settings with inadequate sound systems. These three good folks operate without ego, alway   More
 
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 NATHAN CARSON

Album Review: Palo Verde

Zero Hour (Phratry)


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[FREE HARDCORE] The striking white stallion that adorns the cover of Zero Hour probably wasn’t meant as a sight gag, but it works as one: Palo Verde, you see, is no one-trick pony. Drummer Lauren    More
 
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Pellet Gun

Great Divide (Jealous Butcher)


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[MINIMAL ROCK] A lot has changed since 2002. New president. Oklahoma City has a pro basketball team. Osama bin Laden? Totes dead. Another thing that’s changed in the 10 years since Pellet Gun    More
 
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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