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Midlake: Friday, Dec. 13

Texas folk rockers find there is life after losing your lead singer.


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Eric Pulido hardly hesitates when asked the obvious question. “No, we never thought about quitting,” says Midlake’s founding guitarist and new frontman. “We had a record to finish.” In 2   More
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 MARK STOCK

Live Review: Cat Power at Hawthorne Theatre, 11/29

Finding the beauty in Chan Marshall's struggles.

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I’m not entirely sure what happened, but I’m convinced I can’t fully capture it. Friday evening at the Hawthorne Theater saw one of indie music’s most beloved figures play a an unforgettable two-and-a-half-hour solo set. Most of the attention of late surrounding Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, has been on newest record, Sun. Perhaps her most upbeat and triumphant alb...   More
 
Monday, December 2, 2013 by MARK STOCK

Deep Cuts: Cat Power, "Manhattan"

Chan Marshall talks New York and Langston Hughes—or tries to, anyway.

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It seems it’s always been a two-way street with Chan Marshall. The smoky-voiced multi-instrumentalist behind Cat Power has nine studio records to her name, from cover albums that beautifully re-imagine songs we once thought untouchable to painstakingly honest original material that tends towards her bluesy Georgia roots.Marshall is also prone ...   More
 
Friday, November 29, 2013 by MARK STOCK

Album Review: Adventure Galley

Anywhere That’s Wild (Internet Piracy)


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[GLOW WAVE] At first, you would’ve been hard-pressed to make any connections between Portland sextet Adventure Galley and Arcade Fire. But when Win Butler and company reinvented themselves earli   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 MARK STOCK

Animal Eyes: Wednesday, Nov. 6

Spacious psychedelic prog rock born in Alaska, made in Portland.


Music Stories
First impressions are huge, especially in music. It’s no wonder, then, that Animal Eyes bears a certain resemblance to another beloved Portland band, discovered during its formative years. C   More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Just Lions

Paper Cage (Self-Released)


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[AUGHT ROCK] Just Lions’ new EP, Paper Cage, conjures a sense of alt-rock playfulness harking back to the early 2000s. In Cake-like fashion, frontman Chandler Strutz speaks more than sings on    More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Blouse

Imperium (Captured Tracks)


Album Reviews
[EMBER POP] Despite trading in its synthesizers for guitars, on new record Imperium, Blouse still sounds like an ’80s-adoring pop outfit, albeit one from the tail end of the New Wave era, whose    More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Kenny Feinstein

Loveless: Hurts To Love (Fluff & Gravy)


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[COWBOY BOOTGAZE] A great cover album not only pays homage to a beloved musician but reimagines the music itself. And while there’s little new about covering My Bloody Valentine, Portland’s Ke   More
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 MARK STOCK

MusicfestNW 2013: Animal Collective

For these veteran experimentalists, distance makes the music grow weirder.


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Noah Lennox has some advice for bands on the international touring circuit. “Don’t say you’re in ‘a psychedelic experimental band’ when going through customs,” says the artist better   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Laura Veirs

Warp & Weft (Raven Marching Band)


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[REFINED COUNTRY] A thread of kinship runs through Laura Veirs’ ninth studio album. Produced by husband Tucker Martine, Warp & Weft explores the joy and stress of being a parent, to the tune o   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 MARK STOCK
 

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