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Album Review: Blue Skies for Black Hearts

Blue Skies for Black Hearts (Velvatonic)


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[THROWBACK POP] After more than a decade together, Blue Skies for Black Hearts is nothing if not consistent. The band’s newest effort follows closely in the footsteps of its last full-length,    More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Sapient

Eaters Volume Two: Light Tiger (Self-Released)


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[BRUTAL BEATS] For a good visual representation of what local rapper-beatmaker Sapient’s music sounds like, look no further than the cover of his latest album, Eaters Volume Two: Light Tiger.    More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 REED JACKSON

Album Review: The Delines

Colfax (El Cortez)


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[AMERICANA NOIR] Save for one Randy Newman cover, the Delines’ debut album, Colfax, consists of 11 tracks penned by Richmond Fontaine songwriter and acclaimed novelist Willy Vlautin. But it play   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 JEFF ROSENBERG

Album Review: Talkative

Hot Fruit BBQ (Self-Released)


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[SPACE PUNK] If I had a nickel for every time someone likened a buzz-worthy band of stoners with laptops and delay pedals to Animal Collective, I’d certainly have enough cash to purchase a table   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Album Review: Sassparilla

Pasajero/Hullabaloo (Fluff & Gravy)


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[DEVILISH ROOTS] At its best, Portland’s Sassparilla surpasses its sundry influences. But more frequently, frontman Kevin Blackwell is    More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Arctic Flowers

Weaver (Deranged)


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[DARK PUNK] Punks have never been as immune to pandemics as they’d like to think. So it’s not surprising that the past few years of black-metal shoegazing and other such trends have seen the r   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 CHRIS STAMM

Album Review: Anna Tivel

Before Machines (Fluff and Gravy)


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[SINGER-SONGWRITER] Anna Tivel, who previously performed and recorded as Anna and the Underbelly, is clearly curious to define herself, and has the metaphors to get there.    More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 JEFF ROSENBERG

Album Review: Dragging an Ox Through Water

Panic Sentry (Party Damage)


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[DRONE AMERICANA] Above being a musician, Portland’s Brian Mumford is a mad scientist. Though he does his songwriting on a junky acoustic guitar in desperate need of fresh strings, his passion i   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Ed & the Red Reds

The Liar’s Dream (Self-Released)


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[INDIE FOLK] Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon certainly isn’t the only musician to ever hole up in a secluded hunting cabin in the middle of the woods to write an album. Portland’s Ed Thanhouser, th   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Neal Morgan

Neal Morgan (Party Damage)


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[TALKING DRUMS] Neal Morgan is best known for his percussion work with Bill Callahan and Joanna Newsom. With Newsom, in particular, Morgan has contributed some of the most meticulous yet minimal   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 MARK STOCK
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