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Album Review: Broken Bells

After the Disco (Columbia)


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[VINTAGE POP] By the fourth song on Broken Bells’ sophomore album, After the Disco, you get the sense that, at some point during the recording process, Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton told his P   More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 MARK STOCK

Introducing...: Grandhorse


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Who: Adam Steinfink (guitar, vocals), David Lloyd (guitar), Adam Smith (bass, vocals), Devon Shirley (drums). Sounds Like: Pedro the Lion on a moderate dose of uppers. For fans of: R.E.M., Stephen M   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 MARK STOCK

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

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.


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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)


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[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
 

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