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Album Review: Gaytheist

Stealth Beats (Good To Die)


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[PUNK METAL] A name like Gaytheist is meant to antagonize, and on Stealth Beats, the new full-length from this pulverizing trio, that is precisely what the band does. Armed with a rumbling low end   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Onuinu

Mirror Gazer (Bladen County Records)


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[DISCO-HOP] While similarities between Onuinu (aka Dorian Duvall) and such electro-pop luminaries as Youth Lagoon, oOoOO and Washed Out can be easily established, Mirror Gazer, Onuinu’s debut    More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 SHANE DANAHER

Album Review: Ben Mason

Acapulco: Volume 2—Pdx (Self-Released)


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[VOX HUMANA] I don’t envy any new artist trying to get themselves noticed these days. Unless they’re packing some major-label heat, the only way to crack the full-to-bursting head and hard-dri   More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Wax Fingers

Tender (Self-Released)


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[MATH POP] Tender, the four-song sophomore release from Portland trio Wax Fingers, finds the group growing further accustomed to life within its oddly colored shell. A group of psychedelic day   More
 
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 SHANE DANAHER

Album Review: Incredible Yacht Control

Amateur Hypnotist (Self-Released)


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[HEAVY POP] Amateur Hypnotist opens with 3½ minutes of queasy, warped-tape instrumental fare. That shaky stretch of sound serves as fair warning to ye brave souls who dare venture beyond. Thoug   More
 
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Cassow

Future Classic (Frsh Slcts)


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[PO-HOP] Portland rapper Cassow (pronounced KAH-so, as in Picasso) has fast become known for his ability to rap thought-provoking lyrics, but it was one of his recent tweets that had a big effect    More
 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 REED JACKSON

Album Review: The Chicharones

Swine Flew (Camobear)


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[POST-HIP-HOP] The Chicharones are best experienced live. This isn’t likely to change, barring the release of a high-budget 3-D live show on Blu-ray, because so much of what makes the Chicharone   More
 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Green Team

Official (Self-Released)


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[HAZE HOP] Do you smoke good? Lawz and G_Force, aka Green Team, sure do, and they’d like to tell you about it. On the duo’s new 10-track “concept album,” Official, the MC/producers rhyme o   More
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 NORA EILEEN JONES

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
 

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