Album Review: A Year Afar

Better Life (Self-Released)


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[ART POP] On debut EP Better Life, A Year Afar adorns striking vocalist Suzanne Tufan with savvy support from Box Set guitarist Jim Brunberg, longtime Holcombe Waller collaborator Ben Landsverk    More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 JEFF ROSENBERG

Album Review: Hearts of Oak

New England (Deer Lodge)


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[SHOEGAZIN’ COUNTRY] The term “shoegazer country” is hardly the first thing that comes to mind when talking niche music genres, but it remains an apt description of the warped soundscapes an   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: The Zags

Small Bags (Self-Released)


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[GARAGE POP] Power-pop quartet the Zags might sing about the ’80s on their debut EP, but they are a band clearly indebted to the ’60s. Heavy on three-part harmonies, cute keyboard hooks, rol   More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Like a Villain

Bast (Self-Released)


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[GARAGEBAND GODDESS] Like a Villain’s Holland Andrews doesn’t write songs. She creates constructs—great, big sonic constructs that crash through your expectations of what music is supposed   More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 TREE PALMEDO

Album Review: Eidolons

The Big Yellow Shirt/Hard Hang in a Deep Country (Self Released)


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[WRY WIT] Delighting in slightly out-of-tune, jangled-up, country-infused rock, with a Portland vibe riding roughshod over the entire endeavor, Eidolons has split 30 minutes of music into two    More
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Eric D. Johnson

EDJ (Easy Sound)


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[FRUIT BAT] Eric D. Johnson’s indie-folk band Fruit Bats was always intended to be a solo act, right up to the band’s demise last November. But the aptly named EDJ, Johnson’s first LP under    More
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Blue Skies for Black Hearts

Blue Skies for Black Hearts (Velvatonic)


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[THROWBACK POP] After more than a decade together, Blue Skies for Black Hearts is nothing if not consistent. The band’s newest effort follows closely in the footsteps of its last full-length,    More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Sara Jackson-Holman

River Queen (Expunged Records)


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[PUSHING POP] It seems like a River Styx reference is right there. Portland-based Sara Jackson-Holman opens her latest EP, River Queen, with the line, “Take me with you when you go to the dept   More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Sapient

Eaters Volume Two: Light Tiger (Self-Released)


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[BRUTAL BEATS] For a good visual representation of what local rapper-beatmaker Sapient’s music sounds like, look no further than the cover of his latest album, Eaters Volume Two: Light Tiger.    More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 REED JACKSON

Album Review: The Delines

Colfax (El Cortez)


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[AMERICANA NOIR] Save for one Randy Newman cover, the Delines’ debut album, Colfax, consists of 11 tracks penned by Richmond Fontaine songwriter and acclaimed novelist Willy Vlautin. But it play   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 JEFF ROSENBERG

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