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Live Review: Lost Lander at Mississippi Studios, 2/27

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Much to the joy of the sold-out crowd, Lost Lander played primarily from its brand new release, Medallion, at its hometown record release show at Mississippi Studios on Feb. 27. It's a glistening pop record that marks a departure from the more nuanced dream-rock of its debut, DRRT. Bigger stages are almost certainly in Lost Lander�...   More
 
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by MARK STOCK

Album Review: Lost Lander

Medallion (Glad I Did)


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[EPIC POP] Whereas debut albums often begin with a bang, sophomore records tend to start with a statement. Lost Lander hit the ground running in 2012 with its excellent first album, DRRT, pair   More
 
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 MARK STOCK

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

Photo Review: Magic Sword at Doug Fir, Jan. 16

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Since its last Portland show at Rotture about six months ago, the fantasy electro-metal duo Magic Sword has evolved into a revelation. We still don’t know who resides behind the masks, but the Boise band continues to carve its niche deeper with every show. At Doug Fir on Jan. 16, the Keeper and the Seeker—as the two are known —...   More
 
Monday, January 19, 2015 by MARK STOCK

Magic Sword: Friday, Jan. 16

Who are those masked men?


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Last year, on a balmy night in mid-August, a trailer rolled up in Old Town carrying a bunch of gear and two masked men in full-length druid cloaks. Signs posted on walls and telephone poles ar   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 MARK STOCK

Photo Review: Hibou and Appendixes at Bunk Bar, Jan. 4

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Seattle quartet Hibou treated a quiet Bunk Bar school-night crowd to its very own tidal brand of punk-pop on Jan. 4. A thematic guitar effect—languid, loud and lingering—gave the band a shoe gaze feel, despite fidgety structures. Imagine Pure Bathing Culture playing CBGB's and you’re nearing Hibou’s live presenc...   More
 
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 by MARK STOCK

Show Preview: Les Sins, Ben Tactic, DJs Kiffo & Rymes


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[ELECTRONICA EXHALED] As Toro y Moi, South Carolina native Chaz Bundick has excelled at turning out cool, complex electronica made up of groovy basslines and unexpected samples. Chances are, you   More
 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Cotton

The White Eagle (Self-Released)


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[DIY FOLK] At Dub Narcotic Studios in Olympia, less is more. Calvin Johnson’s audio office is a place for artists to bask in their idiosyncrasies, and it’s a fitting context for Portland’s   More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Brakemouth

Marlene (Self-Released)


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[SOLO SYNTH POP] Brakemouth is Casey Frantum, a one-man avalanche of guitar-driven electronica, operating high atop prefab samples, typically in the form of synthesizers and neatly ironed drums.   More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 MARK STOCK

Q&A: Mick Learn, Doug Fir Sound Guy

As Doug Fir wraps up its anniversary month, meet the man who's made the Burnside club the best-sounding in town.

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Don’t let Mick Learn’s calm demeanor fool you: He’s put in the hours. From his knob- and dial-filled station in the basement of the cabin-like Doug Fir, Learn has helped transform the club, which opened a decade ago this month into a Graceland for audiophiles. Chances are, the shows you’ve enjoyed at the eastside venue over the last 10 years have been shepherded by the veteran sound tech�...   More
 
Thursday, October 30, 2014 by MARK STOCK
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