Album Review: Mother Bunch

Dirty Theory (Self-Released)

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[WHITE NOISE] Mother Bunch superior Daniel Menasche has a decent set of pipes and a smooth enough flow for those occasional dalliances into hip-hop, so one imagines the short-fiction writer gives    More
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 JAY HORTON

Album Review: White Orange

Onawa (Made In China)

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[ACID RAWK] The members of White Orange reference the use of psychedelics frequently when discussing their music, and to listen to the band’s latest EP, Onawa, it becomes apparent these heavy    More
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Summer Cannibals

No Makeup (New Moss)

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[GARAGE ROCK] Someone done pissed off Summer Cannibals’ Jessica Boudreaux real good. “I’m dreaming of this city on mute,” she snarls on “Sounds,” the fuzz-bomb that opens the group’s   More
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Minden

What’s More Than Appropriate? (Self-Released)

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[GLAM POP] In the video for “Gold Standard,” off last year’s Exotic Cakes LP, the Missouri transplants in Minden introduced themselves to Portland by stuffing their most hirsute member into    More
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: W.C. Beck

Quivira (Self-Released)

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[TRAD COUNTRY] “Better days are coming soon,” promises W.C. Beck on this set of purist country tunes, though what he really means to say is that the best days—for country music, anyway—are   More
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: The Memories

Love Is the Law (Burger)

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[LOVE STONED] In describing the aesthetic of the Memories’ second batch of basement-pop balladry, “lo-fi” doesn’t quite cut it: If it turned out the band fashioned its four-track into a sm   More
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Tope

Trouble Man (Self-Released)

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[HIP-HOP] At age 27, Portland MC Tope has become an old hand in the local hip-hop scene. His career stretches back almost a decade, but this year, he seems to be hitting his stride. His new EP, Tr   More
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 REED JACKSON

Album Review: Wild Ones

Keep It Safe (Party Damage)

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[ELECTRO DREAM POP] There’s nothing all that wild about Wild Ones. If you’re looking for truth in advertising, Keep It Safe, the title of the quartet’s debut album, is a better indicator of wh   More
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Béisbol

Lo-Fi Cocaine (Bad Cop Bad Cop)

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[SUNNYSIDE SYNTHS] On their full-length debut, SoCal ex-pats Jeff and Ryan Burian channel their sunny home into a disc’s worth of summer-ready jams. From crystalline instrumental opener “Big Folk�   More
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 AMANDA SCHURR

Album Review: Radiation City

Animals in the Median (Tender Loving Empire)

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[SPACE-AGE INDIE POP] A few months ago, upon hearing “Zombies,” the first single off Radiation City’s new album, a friend of mine compared it to Pink Martini. That’s unfair, but not totall   More
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER


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