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Album Review: Alialujah Choir

Big Picture Show (Woodphone)


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[FURTHER FOLK] Sequencing an album is a tougher and more important task than it seems. You often want to open with a bang—a song that immediately hooks the listener. On the other hand, no one    More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Grand Lake Islands

Song From Far (Good Mountain)


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[RATTLED FOLK] Song From Far begins exactly as that: a quiet cacophony of atmospheric rustling that sounds like faraway spirits tuning their collective voice. Very soon, the drifting experimen   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Lord Dying

Poisoned Altars (Relapse)


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[SLUDGE BEASTS] Describing Lord Dying as “stoner metal” is an easy mistake to make. Between the band’s Portland roots and its flannel-clad, Viking-kush aesthetic, one would expect a sludgy   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 PETE COTTELL

Album Review: Eternal Tapestry

Wild Strawberries (Thrill Jockey)


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[FRAGARIA VESCA] Slowly but decisively, Eternal Tapestry’s been easing itself into a more pastoral conception of psychedelia. This new double album, as fragile as any German synth extravaganza   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Tope, Broke Boy Syndrome

Broke Boy Syndrome (Self-Released)


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[RAP CONVO] Tope is Portland’s rapper-next-door. He isn’t an abstract word-scrambler, political activist or LARPing gangsta but the guy you fall into conversation with on MAX or in the coffe   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: And And And, The Failure

The Failure (Party Damage)


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[THE NEW WORKING CLASS] Technically, The Failure is billed as And And And’s official debut full-length, but anyone following the local music scene since 2010 has probably heard at least a fe   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Album Review: Ezza Rose

When the Water’s Hot (Self-Released)


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[PLUGGED-IN FOLK] If Ezza Rose’s dreamy, delicate vocals weren’t so recognizable, one might not realize that her latest album, When the Water’s Hot, is the product of the folk songstress who   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Fifteen For ’15

Ranking the most-anticipated local albums of the coming year.


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If there were a Geiger counter to subjectively measure the year in music, the results would say that 2014 was not a particularly great one. Outside of D’Angelo finally emerging from the wild   More
 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Best Portland Albums of 2014


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Aan, Amor ad Nauseum (pictured above) It took the better part of a decade, but Aan’s long-awaited debut is a genuine triumph—nine spiraling tracks of nuanced, neo-rock ’n’ roll. Agalloc   More
 
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 WW MUSIC STAFF

Albums We Overlooked in 2014


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Bearcubbin’ Girls With Fun Haircuts (Self-Released)(pictured above) [BUBBLE PROG] To relegate Bearcubbin’ to the ghetto of “math rock” is a big mistake: Odd meters and frenetic rigging as   More
 
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 WW MUSIC STAFF
 

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