Album Review: Woolen Men

Temporary Monument (Woodsist)

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[PRESENT-TIME PUNKS] A familiar, jittery nervousness pulses throughout Woolen Men’s most high-strung moments. And while it’s still there on Temporary Monument, the band’s second album for the ve   More
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Jackson Boone

Natural Changes (Self-Released)

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[COSMIC FOLK] On 2014’s Starlit, Jackson Boone introduced himself via a transmission from somewhere far above the Earth. Drawing on the trippy-dippy ends of ’60s psych-folk revivalism, the singer-   More
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Jenny Don’t and the Spurs

Jenny Don’t and the Spurs (Self-Released)

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[PUNKISH COUNTRY] “I like everything but country.” It’s the eternal refrain of high schoolers and idiots nationwide (don’t even get me started on high-school idiots). But there’s hope for th   More
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Album Review: Rainbows

Let’s Kiss (Party Damage)

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[A.I. POP] Since 2012, Wild Ones bassist Max Stein and Seattle studio owner Paurl Walsh have been conducting an experiment in repression. As Rainbows, the two musicians, both composition majors, purpo   More
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Fernando

Leave the Radio On (Fluff & Gravy)

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[SINGER-SONGROCKER] Wikipedia says the name Fernando means “courageous, adventurer, conqueror, and leader,” and as longtime watchers of Portland’s Americana scene know, in the case of Fernando V   More
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 JEFF ROSENBERG

Album Review: The Lonesome Billies

It’s Good To Be Lonesome (Cloud City Studios)

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[OUTLAW COUNTRY] Stray from Interstate 5 a ways and Oregon gets a little bit country. “A little bit country” also describes the Lonesome Billies, four childhood friends turned western roadhouse ba   More
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Ural Thomas & the Pain

“I’ll Do it For You”/“Pain is the Name of Your Game” (Pres Records)

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[REDISCOVERED SOUL] It has been a decade since Sharon Jones’ influential sophomore record dropped on New York’s Daptone Records, kick-starting a soul revival that led labels, writers and would-be    More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Ancient Heat

Ancient Heat (Self-Released)

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[DISCO? DISCO!] People who actually lived through disco tend to acquire a sort of selective amnesia about it. Maybe it’s the drugs or the anonymous sex or the glitter that scrambled their memories,    More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Wild Ones

Heatwave (Topshelf)

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[COOL DOWN] Heat waves suck, especially when you’re one of the many Portlanders without air conditioning. But there’s also something nostalgic, even romantic, that happens when the temperatures cl   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 SHANNON GORMLEY

Album Review: Mike Coykendall

Half Past, Present Pending (Fluff And Gravy)

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[SINGER-SONGWRITER] Mike Coykendall is known primarily for his role as a producer and engineer who helps build robust soundscapes for some of Portland’s best bands, from M. Ward to Blitzen Tra   More
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 CASEY JARMAN


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