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Album Review: Anne

Dream Punx (A389 Records)


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[SHOEGAZE DAZE] Don’t let the title of Anne’s debut album fool you—this Portland quartet’s sad-sack shoegazing is about as punk as Robert Smith’s mansion. But the bait-and-switch perpetrat   More
 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 CHRIS STAMM

Album Review: Sun Angle

Self-Titled Cassette EP (Self-Released)


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[THREE-WAY] When Charlie Salas-Humara quit his one-man-band-turned-duo, Panther, in 2009, I knew it would only be a matter of time until he returned to the fore of the Portland music scene. And whi   More
 
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Chrome Wings

New Lands (AMDISCS)


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[MOODY, UNUSUAL AND RICH] Chrome Wings’ music exists below the surface of the water, calmly burbling along while it gets warped by ripples, reflecting back glittering bits of sunlight. At least   More
 
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Tony Ozier

BeatsGalore Vol. 1 (Self-Released)


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[READY TO FLOW] Tony Ozier, the de facto leader of the musical collective known as the Doo Doo Funk All-Stars, has already proven his multi-instrumental and songwriting mettle in the group’s regu   More
 
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Cloudy October

The Metal Jerk (Fieldwerk)


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[DEAR DIARY HIP-HOP] When people tell me they’re not really feeling the Portland hip-hop scene, I point them to Cloudy October. The Portland MC resides at the corner of massive ego and crushing a   More
 
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Richmond Fontaine

The High Country (El Cortez)


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[LIT-COUNTRY] More than five minutes pass on Richmond Fontaine’s new, 10th album, The High Country, before Willy Vlautin’s voice is heard. His singing voice, that is; it’s clear from the openi   More
 
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 JEFF ROSENBERG

Album Review: Death Songs

Self-Titled EP (Post-Consumer)


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[ACOUSTIC WORLD-POP] The disconnect between the band name “Death Songs” and the sunny, celebratory music made under the moniker is something not lost on Nick Delffs. The instantly recognizable D   More
 
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Old Growth

Out of the Sand and Into the Streets (Bakery Outlet)


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[PRE-GRUNGE] Upon dropping his band’s new album by the WW office, Old Growth co-frontman John Magnifico noted disparagingly that Out of the Sand and Into the Streets was recorded quickly and under    More
 
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Nurses

Dracula (Dead Oceans)


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[PSYCHEDELIC POP] On 2009’s Apple’s Acre, Nurses sounded like a gang of tykes who had snuck off to their parents’ basement and recorded an album after the babysitter fell asleep. Think an ava   More
 
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Blitzen Trapper

American Goldwing (Sub Pop)


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[WEIRD AMERICANA] Blitzen Trapper tends to write checks, in its opening songs, that its albums don’t care to cash. That was the case with the proggy opener to last year’s Destroyer of the Void,    More
 
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 CASEY JARMAN
 

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