Album Review: Lord Dying

Poisoned Altars (Relapse)


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[SLUDGE BEASTS] Describing Lord Dying as “stoner metal” is an easy mistake to make. Between the band’s Portland roots and its flannel-clad, Viking-kush aesthetic, one would expect a sludgy   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 PETE COTTELL

Album Review: Eternal Tapestry

Wild Strawberries (Thrill Jockey)


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[FRAGARIA VESCA] Slowly but decisively, Eternal Tapestry’s been easing itself into a more pastoral conception of psychedelia. This new double album, as fragile as any German synth extravaganza   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Tope, Broke Boy Syndrome

Broke Boy Syndrome (Self-Released)


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[RAP CONVO] Tope is Portland’s rapper-next-door. He isn’t an abstract word-scrambler, political activist or LARPing gangsta but the guy you fall into conversation with on MAX or in the coffe   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Ezza Rose

When the Water’s Hot (Self-Released)


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[PLUGGED-IN FOLK] If Ezza Rose’s dreamy, delicate vocals weren’t so recognizable, one might not realize that her latest album, When the Water’s Hot, is the product of the folk songstress who   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 KAITIE TODD

Album Review: And And And, The Failure

The Failure (Party Damage)


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[THE NEW WORKING CLASS] Technically, The Failure is billed as And And And’s official debut full-length, but anyone following the local music scene since 2010 has probably heard at least a fe   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Album Review: Psychomagic

Bad Ideas (Lolipop)


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[GARAGE POP] Zaniness is an underrated quality in rock ’n’ roll. It reached peak value around the Lollapalooza era, then plummeted in the late ’90s as the market flooded with neo-swing ban   More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Sama Dams

Comfort in Doubt (Self-Released)


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[AVANT ROCK] It might always be necessary to distinguish Sam Adams from Portland’s former mayor-turned-DJ. But as the frontman for his almost eponymous band, Sama Dams, the other Adams has don   More
 
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 TREE PALMEDO

Album Review: Cotton

The White Eagle (Self-Released)


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[DIY FOLK] At Dub Narcotic Studios in Olympia, less is more. Calvin Johnson’s audio office is a place for artists to bask in their idiosyncrasies, and it’s a fitting context for Portland’s   More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Portland Cello Project

To E.S. (Virtual Label)


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[POSTMODERN CELLO] Fusing a bastardized concept of chamber music and contemporary forms has always been a hallmark of the Portland Cello Project. On To E.S., its tribute to the late, beloved,    More
 
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: New Move

“Don’t Wanna Lose” (Self-Released)


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[CLASSIC POP] When it comes to songwriting, Jesse Bettis is an unabashed classicist. That was true of Oh Captain My Captain, his former band, whose widescreen pop drew upon Bowie, Queen and Radi   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

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