Album Review: Barna Howard

Quite a Feelin’ (Mama Bird)


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[FOLK] At some point, Barna Howard must have become obsessed with the folk singers of the 1960s and just never let it go. Howard’s two albums replicate that world, right down to the aged-looking pho   More
 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Ezra Bell

We Came By Canoe (Secret Society)


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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

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

Album Review: Magic Fades

Push Thru (1080P)


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[TUMBLR&B] Magic Fades’ Mike Grabarek and Jeremy Scott have been in the news lately. Maybe you’ve heard about “health goth,” the Internet meme that may or may not be an in-real-life    More
 
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Pheasant

Gravel Beach (Self-Released)


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[ROOTSY INDIE] Pheasant may not be carving a particularly distinctive niche for itself, but the band is getting closer by the album. The group’s sophomore LP, Gravel Beach, is a collection of    More
 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Cool Nutz

Portland Ni%#a (Suburban Noize)


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HIP-HOP] Terrance “Cool Nutz” Scott has been called “the ambassador of Portland hip-hop” for so long it’s easy to forget he’s not a self-appointed diplomat    More
 
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Hello Damascus

Finale of Seem (Self-Released)


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[DOWNCAST FOLK] “I hate it when it rains this long,” declares singer-guitarist Matt Lounsbury at the start of Hello Damascus’ second album. Maybe he’s telling the truth, but as much as h   More
 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

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