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Album Review: Albatross

Albatross (Self-Released)


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[SOLLEE WITH STRINGS] Being a distinct frontman is a double-edged sword for Ryan Sollee. The Portlander’s primary outfit, the Builders and the Butchers, delivered yet another album of brooding,    More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

Live Review: Colin Meloy at Crystal Ballroom, 1/21

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It began like any birthday should: With an overly-large cake, a table of poppyseed cupcakes and a song. It wasn’t a celebration on behalf of Colin Meloy, but the last night in the Crystal Ballroom’s 100-year anniversary sweep. A century is no small feat, and the birthday MC had no trouble rattling off an exhaustive list of artists who’...   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by BRANDON WIDDER

The Best Thing I Heard This Year: Portland Edition

WW’s music staff picks its favorite local albums of 2013.


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Blitzen Trapper, VII A consistently suggestive blend of robust alt-country and catchy guitar-picking from Portland’s resident kings of genre-roving Americana. (GS) Epp, Chrome Plated Chronicle   More
 
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 NATHAN CARSON, PETE COTTELL, JAY HORTON, REED JACKSON, CAT JONES, MITCH LILLIE, GEOFF NUDELMAN, MATTHEW SINGER, GRACE STAINBACK, MARK STOCK, KAITIE TODD, BRANDON WIDDER

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: 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: 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 Review: Blitzen Trapper

VII (Vagrant)


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[ROVING AMERICANA] One presumes that, 10 years into its career, Blitzen Trapper would’ve found its sense of direction by now. But on its seventh album, the band continues to experiment with its    More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Live Review: The National at McMenamin's Edgefield, 9/21

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“You guys must be super cold and wet, while we’re standing here comfortable and dry,” remarked the National frontman Matt Berninger, moments into the band’s sold-out set at Edgefield. It was appropriate, given the densely overcast sky and punctuated pitter-patter of gentle rain, but it wasn’t disheartening. The Portland summer, however, is gone—and the band’s two-hour set gave only...   More
 
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 by BRANDON WIDDER

Video: “Stomach Pains,” Gaytheist

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No one wants to read that pounding two tablets of ibuprofen after the Big Float could cause severe stomach bleeding. Nor do I want to read any prescription label highlighting the laundry-list of potential hazards that might ensue — drowsiness, headaches, death — if I use any run-of-the-mill pain reliever. I’ve never, however, read a drug label warning me of my potential for spontaneou...   More
 
Monday, July 29, 2013 by BRANDON WIDDER

Cut of the Day: "Brahma Bull," Tango Alpha Tango

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We don’t often get excited about an ominous black cloud barreling toward us on the horizon. Luckily, it’s not a rolling, rain-on-your-parade cumulus cloud I’m referring to, but Black Cloud, the first full-length from bluesy Portland quartet Tango Alpha Tango.
The dirty, electrified outfit has been busy prepping i...   More
 
Friday, June 28, 2013 by BRANDON WIDDER
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