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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

Album Review: Iame

Lame$tream (Self-Released)


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[HEAVY HIP-HOP] Sandpeople’s Iame has gone through some fascinating changes in the past two years. Physically, he’s almost unrecognizable, having lost considerable weight after cutting alcoh   More
 
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Horse Feathers

Cynic’s New Year (Kill Rock Stars)


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[SUBDUED CRAFTSMANSHIP] Horse Feathers is a band of subtleties. Creating a rich sonic space using soft arrangements and minimalist instrumentation is quite a feat. Yet, the Portland band’s fou   More
 
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 EMILEE BOOHER

Album Review: Serge Severe and Terminill

Service Without A Smile (Self-Released)


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[HIP-HOP] We’re used to Serge Severe being the Sharon Jones of boom-bap (boom-Baptone?). On his last two records, the Portland MC has branded himself as a throwback, flowing over jazz and funk   More
 
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Radiation City

Cool Nightmare (Tender Loving Empire)


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[FUTURE POP] I don’t think the members of Radiation City are perfectionists, but together they make some perfect pop music. The Portland quintet’s live shows sound like elaborately produced st   More
 
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Leigh Marble

Where the Knives Meet Between the Rows (Laughing Stock)


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[SINGER-SONGWRITER] It has been more than four years since Leigh Marble recorded critically acclaimed sophomore album Red Tornado, and during the elongated gestation of latest offering Where the Knive   More
 
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 JAY HORTON

Album Review: Tope

Until the Next Time We Meet (Amigo/Amiga)


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[PO-HOP] When I first heard Portland rapper Tope five years ago as a member of Living Proof, I immediately fell in love with, above all else, how fun the music sounded. In an era when many Portl   More
 
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 REED JACKSON

Album Review: Wizard Rifle

Speak Loud Say Nothing (Seventh Rule Records)


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[SCRAP METAL] Sam Ford and Max Dameron, better known to Northwest metalheads as Wizard Rifle, create more noise than two human beings have any conceivable right to make. Composed of merely guitar,   More
 
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 SHANE DANAHER

Album Review: Y La Bamba

Court The Storm (Tender Loving Empire)


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[CULTURES CLASHING] The idea of mashing together the disparate worlds of conjuntos from south of the border and modern, rain-soaked pop is a great one. But Y La Bamba has never really been able to   More
 
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 ROBERT HAM
 

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