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Album Review: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks

Wig Out at Jagbags (Matador)


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[ROUNDBALL ROCK] On a recent Grantland podcast, Stephen Malkmus let his guard down on the secrets behind the awesomely titled Wig Out at Jagbags, his new record with the Jicks. “There’s one song   More
 
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Album Review: Bombs Into You

Shake (Self-Released)


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[HOUSE-PARTY ELECTRO-POP] Some music just sounds like it’s meant to be played in a basement. On its previous EPs, Portland three-piece Bombs Into You created grungy, electronic house-party mus   More
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Various Artists

George Jones (Tribute Album) (Deer Lodge)


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[JONESIN’ FOR GEORGE] The late George Jones was a troubled man. By the 1970s, the country great was known as much for his crippling addictions, visits to the psych ward, occasional high-speed    More
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Genders

Get Lost (Self-Release)


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[CLOUDY GUITAR POP] On its previous EPs, the spirit of Portland’s Genders lived on the border of Oregon and California, its ’90s-gazing guitar pop drifting from sunshine to shadow. For debut full-length Get Los   More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Fanno Creek

Monuments (SoHiTek)


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[INDIE FOLK POP] If you think you’ll learn all there is to know about the musicians of Fanno Creek by listening to the first few minutes of their debut album, Monuments, you’re wrong.     More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Sons Of Huns

Banishment Ritual (Easy Rider)


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[STONER METAL] They probably won’t take this as a compliment, but Sons of Huns really are a bunch of charmers. That’s sort of the nature of being a metal band in Portland. This ain’t exactly   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Adventure Galley

Anywhere That’s Wild (Internet Piracy)


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[GLOW WAVE] At first, you would’ve been hard-pressed to make any connections between Portland sextet Adventure Galley and Arcade Fire. But when Win Butler and company reinvented themselves earli   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Casey Neill and the Norway Rats

All You Pretty Vandals (Incident Recordings)


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[DAMAGED ROOTS] For nearly two decades, Casey Neill has been filtering post-hardcore energies through an Americana muse for tales of wry lamentation, and the barroom mythologizing wed to painstaking craft has never sounded so perfectly realized.   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 JAY HORTON

Album Review: Various Artists

Portland Smiles: A Tribute to the Beach Boys (Tender Loving Empire)


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[POP REHAB] It took some time to rehabilitate Smiley Smile. The Beach Boys’ lackluster 1967 follow-up to Pet Sounds and remnant of the aborted Smile sessions was recorded in Brian Wilson’s mansi   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Album Review: The Parson Red Heads

Orb Weaver (Fiesta Red)


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[FOLKISH PSYCH POP] Nineteen seconds of bright, delicate guitar strums and the warbling cry of the Great Northern Loon is one way to start an album. It’s fitting, though, given that the Parson R   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER
 

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