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Album Review: Brakemouth

Marlene (Self-Released)


Album Reviews
[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

Show Preview: Hozier, James Bay


Music Stories
[RUSTIC SOUL] While it's easy to bask in the warm glow of Sam Smith and the Black Keys individually these days, why not embrace an artist who evokes both? Andrew Hozier-Byrne, aka Hozier, is a    More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MARK STOCK

Show Preview: The Both, Telekinesis


Music Stories
[MOM-AND-DAD ROCK] The Both pairs two indie-rock stars whose best work is probably behind them. That said, it is an intriguing match, as likable as anything either has done before. Ted Leo’s   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 MARK STOCK

Live Review: Broken Bells at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 8/11

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A couple of things stood out about Monday evening’s Broken Bells show at the Schnitz. First, it was at the Schnitz, a venue often utilized by orchestras and philharmonics that is so damn pretty it makes you sick. Why, then, were James Mercer, Danger Mouse and co. bringing their vintage pop to these hallowed walls? Sure, the group is catchy and downright impressive during long stret...   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 by MARK STOCK

MusicfestNW 2014: The Antlers

Peter Silberman invites the world into his bedroom.


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In 2009, Brooklyn trio the Antlers released Hospice, a sobering concept album equating a decaying relationship with terminal illness. It was a quiet, intelligent record constructed from orchestral   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 MARK STOCK

Newer Slang

James Mercer on nostalgia, old Portland and how Broken Bells saved the Shins.


Music Stories
James Mercer is part of two very distinct—and very popular—bands: the Shins and Broken Bells. The Portland resident and father of three took the indie world by surprise with the former back    More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 MARK STOCK

Photo Review: Amen Dunes at Bunk Bar, July 11

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It can be a little jarring to witness an album as meticulously crafted as Amen Dunes' Love re-created live. Frontman Damon McMahon opened the band's show at Bunk Bar on July 11 with 'Lilac In Hand,' and despite the intimate venue, the song seemed to open up even wider than on record. McMahon continually fi...   More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by MARK STOCK

Album Review: Denver

Rowdy Love (Mama Bird Recording Co.)


Album Reviews
[STIFF COUNTRY] The byproduct of rocky relationships, loneliness and one too many drinks, Rowdy Love is nothing if not downtrodden. Denver’s sophomore record speaks to midlife troubles with th   More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 MARK STOCK

Amen Dunes: Friday, July 11

Damon McMahon’s pastoral urbanism.


Music Stories
The first few moments of Amen Dunes’ latest record, Love, may well sum up the band. There’s a gentle, pacesetting guitar rhythm being chased by another lumbering guitar that can’t quite fi   More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 MARK STOCK
 

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