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Album Review: Tope

Trouble Man (Self-Released)


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[HIP-HOP] At age 27, Portland MC Tope has become an old hand in the local hip-hop scene. His career stretches back almost a decade, but this year, he seems to be hitting his stride. His new EP, Tr   More
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 REED JACKSON

Album Review: Alela Diane

About Farewell (Rusted Blue)


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[FOLK] On the title track of her new album, About Farewell, local songstress Alela Diane sings, “Leaving is the hardest part, that’s what we always said/ Once upon the other side, it’s best    More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

Album Review: Radiation City

Animals in the Median (Tender Loving Empire)


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[SPACE-AGE INDIE POP] A few months ago, upon hearing “Zombies,” the first single off Radiation City’s new album, a friend of mine compared it to Pink Martini. That’s unfair, but not totall   More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Béisbol

Lo-Fi Cocaine (Bad Cop Bad Cop)


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[SUNNYSIDE SYNTHS] On their full-length debut, SoCal ex-pats Jeff and Ryan Burian channel their sunny home into a disc’s worth of summer-ready jams. From crystalline instrumental opener “Big Folk�   More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 AMANDA SCHURR

Album Review: The Builders and the Butchers

Western Medicine (Badman)


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[APOCALYPTIC FOLK] The Builders and the Butchers’ fifth album is largely influenced by the postapocalyptic literature of Cormac McCarthy, and it shows: Western Medicine is just as cheerless as T   More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Natasha Kmeto

Crisis (Dropping Gems)


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[ELECTRO R&B] Natasha Kmeto can’t get no satisfaction, and it’s killing her. As a singer raised on both the come-ons of ’90s R&B and the all-night throb of house and trip-hop, the    More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Kelli Schaefer

601 (Amigo/Amiga)


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"The mouth is an open wound,” sings Kelli Schaefer on her new EP, and the 28-year-old Portland enchantress lets hers bleed all over these four spectral songs. On 601, Schaefer’s already unado   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Space Waves

You Can Ride A Beam Of Light Like A Musical Strum (Mindwave)


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Space Waves bassist-vocalist Sarah Bourland unwittingly sums up the entirety of her band’s second full-length a mere 25 seconds into the song “Underworld”: “Nothing’s quite wrong/But it�   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Portugal. The Man

Evil Friends (Atlantic)


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[ANTHEMIC ROCK] More often than not, when Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton produces a record, his involvement turns out to be a blessing. His work with James Mercer in Broken Bells imparted an ap   More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Ancient Heat

Under the Covers (Self-Released)


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[RETRO  DISCO]  Unlike other Portland dance acts, Ancient Heat isn’t simply influenced by disco music: This nine-piece ensemble is a living embodiment of the much-maligned genre. And   More
 
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 ROBERT HAM
 

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