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Best New Music: The Domestics

The Domestics (Tender Loving Empire)


Best New Portland Music
[POP ROCK] There’s an intriguing dichotomy at work with the Domestics, one that enhances each musical story of heartbreak and longing told by principal members Michael Finn and Leo London. On    More
 
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Ezra Bell

We Came By Canoe (Secret Society)


Album Reviews
Benjamin Wuamett sings with the nasally scratch one might associate with a rusty Victrola. It’s a fitting accoutrement for Ezra Bell, a band that seems to go instrument shopping at rummage sales. Bu   More
 
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 MARK STOCK

Live Review: Laura Gibson at the Old Church, 6/13

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It hasn’t been the easiest year for Laura Gibson. The Portland musician moved to the Big Apple last fall to pursue a master’s in creative writing. Almost instantly, she broke her foot. A few months later, her apartment complex burned to the ground—something Gibson refers to as “a bit of a setback.”...   More
 
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 by MARK STOCK

Show Preview: Great Lake Swimmers, the Weather Station


Music Stories
[THE FOLK INTERNAL] The Weather Station is the elegant and enigmatic work of Tamara Lindeman, a singer-songwriter out of Toronto. Her fluttering lyrics and sensitive folk sounds are reminiscen   More
 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 MARK STOCK

Album Review: The Helio Sequence

The Helio Sequence (Sub Pop)


Album Reviews
[INTERNET ROCK] Like a proud father, Portland has watched the Helio Sequence grow over the years, from Beaverton startups playing the 24-hour Starbucks to Sub Pop darlings. Throughout, the duo o   More
 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 MARK STOCK

Johanna Warren: Saturday, May 16

Finding new life under the pale moon.


Music Stories
Spirituality is as subjective as music taste. It can be accessed and expressed in countless ways. For songwriter Johanna Warren, orchestrator of brainy, atmospheric folk, it’s about submitting   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 MARK STOCK

4./5. Talkative

2015 Best New Band Poll Finalist


Best New Band
POINTS: 49FORMED: 2010SOUNDS LIKE: Martians hosting a psych-rock festival inside a funhouse.Most people who’ve been to Eugene know Sam Bond’s Garage. The small, rustic bar’s rickety old stage    More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 MARK STOCK

Deep Cuts: Lady Lamb, "Ten"

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Most video-store clerks aren’t writing music in the shop after hours and falling asleep in their guitar case. But Aly Spaltro isn’t most people. She was introduced to the Beatles at age 5 and had more songs to her name as a teenager than most musicians pen in a lifetime. Most of it came by the cover of night, after flipping the closed sign at Bart and Dave’s Video Explosion in Brunswick, M...   More
 
Monday, April 27, 2015 by MARK STOCK

Last Week Live: The Helio Sequence at Doug Fir Lounge, 4/13

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Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel of Helio Sequence have been at it for almost 20 years now, turning out textured electro-rock that sounds much more like the work of a quartet than a duo. On April 13, the Hellio Sequence again proved their ability to multitask, Weikel punishing his drum kit in perfect time and running samples while Summers juggled the guitar, harmonica and crisp vocals. The ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 by MARK STOCK

Festival Review: Treefort 2015

Scenes from the fourth installment of Boise's biggest week.

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For a fourth year festival, Treefort is pretty mature. Over a five-day stretch, some 400 bands play about a dozen venues throughout downtown Boise, from impromptu outdoor stages to small clubs and arcades. The lineup is strong, the organization is admirable and, perhaps most importantly, the city loves to play host. The result is a fishbowl scenario wherein bands and fans are constantly runnin...   More
 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 by MARK STOCK
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