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Album Review: Luck X Dizz

Critical Mass (Architect Entertainment/Stadium Status)

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[HIP-HOP] It’s no secret Portland is a haven for independent music, but one genre that has yet to fully flourish here is hip-hop. While the scene is growing, it still lacks a truly distinctive presence. Critical Mass, a collaboration between rapper   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 DREW LENIHAN

Album Review: Aranya

Farabequah (Self-Released)

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[METAL OF THE GODS] “Epic” is an overused adjective in the rock-crit lexicon, but applying any other word to the mountainous, prog-y, European folk-metal of Portland’s Aranya would be inaccu   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Scott Law Reunion Band

Scott Law Reunion Band (Self-Released)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 AP KRYZA

Album Review: Hello Damascus

Finale of Seem (Self-Released)

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[DOWNCAST FOLK] “I hate it when it rains this long,” declares singer-guitarist Matt Lounsbury at the start of Hello Damascus’ second album. Maybe he’s telling the truth, but as much as h   More
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Brainstorm

Heat Waves (Tender Loving Empire)

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[WORLD PARTY] Well, you don’t say: A rock band mixing pop melodies with worldly rhythms and West African guitars? How au courant! While the novelty of that particular formula wore off the moment   More
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: The Ocean Floor

Falling Star Castle (Single Girl Married Girl)

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[EXPERIMENTAL POP] Lane Barrington’s last album was full of questions. Literally. It’s called Pop Quiz, and every track title ends in a question mark. The frontman of the Ocean Floor, which st   More
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 EMILEE BOOHER

Album Review: Federale

The Blood Flowed Like Wine (Federale)

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[SPAGHETTI NORTHWESTERN] Conceived as a living tribute to the Westerns of Sergio Leone and the dusty Ennio Morricone soundtracks that accompanied them, Federale has one of the best gimmicks of a   More
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: The Slants

The Yellow Album (Self-Released)

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[DANCE ROCK] However constant and far-flung their touring—last year’s breakneck schedule capped by a New Year’s Eve jaunt through Kosovo entertaining the troops—the Slants remain Portland�   More
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 JAY HORTON

Album Review: Genders

Genders EP (Self-Released)

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[MULTIFACETED POP] When it placed fifth in WW’s Best New Band poll this year, Portland quartet Youth also earned another, more dubious distinction: It became the only act in the poll’s histo   More
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

Album Review: Nucular Aminals

Start From an End (Self-Released)

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[MISSPELLED BUT UNBOWED] The path Nucular Aminals took to get their third album out was a fraught one. The quartet had planned to travel to Chicago to work with illustrious recording engineer Stev   More
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 ROBERT HAM

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