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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

Album Review: The Ocular Concern

Sister Cities(PCJE)


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[WORLDLY JAZZ] The title of the Portland jazz ensemble’s new album is a little misleading. Composer-pianist Andrew Oliver’s four-movement suite—which adds top classical musicians, some fro   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 BRETT CAMPBELL

Album Review: Shy Girls

Timeshare (Hit City U.S.A.)


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[SLOW JAMS] Dan Vidmar likes to take things slow. Two years after posting the three songs that, up to this point, made up the entirety of Shy Girls’ recorded output, he’s added a whopping si   More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Quiet Life

Wild Pack (Mama Bird Recording Co.)


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[RUST-BELT POP ROCK] Quiet Life’s “San Luis Obispo” is a carefree slice of twanged-out Americana, bustling with tight, countrified swagger and Tom Petty-ish guitar. It exemplifies the Po   More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Reviews: Strategy

“Clocky Man”/“Snowdrift Dub” 7-Inch (ZamZam)


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[DUB TECHNO] Strategy’s strategy is usually pretty clear: Fuse dub, techno, house and ambient music together using analog synthesizers, then get weird. Paul Dickow, aka Strategy, has kept the    More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Album Review: Red Fang

Whales and Leeches (Relapse)


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[MONSTROUS ROCK] In the clash of stoner-metal titans, Red Fang isn’t going to out-sexy Queens of the Stone Age or out-melody Torche or out-conceptualize its labelmate Baroness, but it will bully   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Neo Boys

Sooner or Later (K)


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[REDISCOVERED PUNK] Ninety seconds into this excavation of the deceptively named late-’70s proto-riot grrrls the Neo Boys, the band flubs a part, stops, and starts the song over, as a live crowd   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Grails

Black Tar Prophecies Vols. 4, 5 & 6 (Temporary Residence)


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[AVANT-GARDE EPHEMERA] For those unfamiliar with the mythology of Portland experimental rock troupe Grails, Black Tar is the catchall name for the various limited-edition releases that the band co   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Epp

Chrome Plated Chronicles (1210 Music)


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[HIP-HOP] On “Heart of Gold,” the airy opener to Epp’s proper solo debut, Chrome Plated Chronicles, the Portland MC matter-of-factly proclaims, “You can’t tell us that we ain’t working   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 REED JACKSON

Album Review: Just Lions

Paper Cage (Self-Released)


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[AUGHT ROCK] Just Lions’ new EP, Paper Cage, conjures a sense of alt-rock playfulness harking back to the early 2000s. In Cake-like fashion, frontman Chandler Strutz speaks more than sings on    More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 MARK STOCK
 

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