Album Review: Vursatyl

Crooked Straights (BBE)


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[HIP-HOP] It has been a staggering eight years since we’ve heard from Vursatyl, in the form of his group Lifesavas’ sprawling blaxploitation hip-hopera, Gutterfly. If Vurs were to put out a    More
 
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: The Earnest Lovers

The Earnest Lovers (Self-Released)


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[HOMEGROWN HONKY-TONK] The Earnest Lovers are aptly named, and not just for the pun on seminal Opry star Ernest Tubb. There’s no ironic remove in their material, just sincere love for traditio   More
 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 JEFF ROSENBERG

Album Review: Poison Idea

Confuse & Conquer (Southern Lord)


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[HARDCORE PUNK] Poison Idea is too often neglected in discussions of seminal American hardcore acts, which might be due to the fact that the band waited 10 years to make its masterpiece, 1990’   More
 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 CHRIS STAMM

Album Review: Mackintosh Braun

Arcadia (Chop Shop/Island)


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[PASSION PIT PANDORA] Portland synth-pop duo Mackintosh Braun just want you to love them. Playing together since 2006, the pair are well known to television execs—they’ve placed songs on Gre   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Album Review: Guantanamo Baywatch

Darling…It’s Too Late (Suicide Squeeze)


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[GOLDEN OLDIES] On 2012’s Chest Crawl, Guantanamo Baywatch pushed its surf-punk deep into the murk and stayed there, reveling in the pleasures of getting filthy with bygone sounds. It might    More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 CHRIS STAMM

Album Review: Copy

Chalice Agenda (Audio Dregs)


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[SYNTHETIC POP] Copy entered the Portland music landscape in an era when indie-rock bands and laptop artists seemed to be facing off like two lame gangs from West Side Story. Then here was this    More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 CASEY JARMAN

Album Review: Swahili

Amovrevx (Translinguistic Other)


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[FLOATING FUNK] When they first emerged a few years ago, the members of Swahili were psychedelic sound-painters whose work implied rhythm more often than actually providing any. With second al   More
 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Houndstooth

Ride Out the Dark (No Quarter)


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[SUMMER SONGS] Ride Out the Dark, the debut album from Portland quintet Houndstooth, certainly could not have come at a better time. In fact, the album couldn’t have a more apt title: Katie Be   More
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 GRACE STAINBACK

Album Review: The Minus 5

Dungeon Golds (Yep Roc)


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[PSYCH ADJACENT] If the Minus 5 wants to count this as its 10th album, fine. But the dozen tracks on Dungeon Golds originate from Scott the Hoople in the Dungeon of Horror, a 2014 Record Store Day b   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Cool Nutz

#BRUH (Self-Released)


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[ORIGINAL ROSE CITY HIP-HOP] Rappers have always had a penchant for crowning themselves the “king” or “queen” of whatever town they happen to lord over, but few actually have the track r   More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 TJ LOVE

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