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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

Album Review: Trio Subtonic

I’ll Meet You There Tomorrow (Self-Released)


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[JAZZ] If the kids pried jazz from the old institutions that keep the music on life support and reinvented it for themselves—could this music be cool again? And what would a generation of new    More
 
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Let it Rain

Portland artists cover classic Portland songs for PDX Pop Now!


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[PORTLAND MUSIC] Why shouldn’t the navel-gazingest city in the country have a compilation of its current bands covering important bands from its past? We’ve got our own TV show, after all.&nbs   More
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Pheasant

Self-Titled (Self-Released)


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[INDIE ROCK] Somewhere between And And And’s carefree, swaggering basement pop and Typhoon’s controlled and confessional rock operettas, Pheasant is holding its ground. The local quintet’s s   More
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Black Pussy

On Blonde (Made In China Records)


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[STONER ROCK] Everything you need to know about Black Pussy’s debut record can be summed up in the album’s first 10 seconds. The disc opens with the sound of a lighter flicking to life followe   More
 
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Alialujah Choir

Self-Titled (Jealous Butcher)


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[VOCAL POP] Two years ago, I was pretty excited about the Alialujah Choir. A supergroup of sorts featuring Weinland’s Adam Shearer and Alia Farah alongside Norfolk & Western frontman Adam Se   More
 
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: The Sentiments

Self-Titled EP (Simmerdown Productions)


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[SKA] People hate what they don’t understand. That would explain why ska—a genre Frankensteined into all sorts of obnoxious incarnations in the mid- to late-’90s “third wave” boom years�   More
 
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: The Golden Bears

Write It Like You Find It (Jealous Butcher)


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[POP OUT OF PLACE] In a strange way, the cover of the Golden Bears’ second album resembles that of Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. Hear me out. Like Rumours, the art for Write It Like You Find It feature   More
 
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER
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