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

Album Review: Talkative

Hot Fruit BBQ (Self-Released)


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[SPACE PUNK] If I had a nickel for every time someone likened a buzz-worthy band of stoners with laptops and delay pedals to Animal Collective, I’d certainly have enough cash to purchase a table   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Album Review: Sassparilla

Pasajero/Hullabaloo (Fluff & Gravy)


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[DEVILISH ROOTS] At its best, Portland’s Sassparilla surpasses its sundry influences. But more frequently, frontman Kevin Blackwell is    More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Anna Tivel

Before Machines (Fluff and Gravy)


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[SINGER-SONGWRITER] Anna Tivel, who previously performed and recorded as Anna and the Underbelly, is clearly curious to define herself, and has the metaphors to get there.    More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 JEFF ROSENBERG

Album Review: Arctic Flowers

Weaver (Deranged)


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[DARK PUNK] Punks have never been as immune to pandemics as they’d like to think. So it’s not surprising that the past few years of black-metal shoegazing and other such trends have seen the r   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 CHRIS STAMM

Album Review: Josh Martinez

Blotto (Camobear)


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[SUBTLY ODD HIP-HOP] Collaborations with the bat-shit Awol One and Oldominion’s Sleep set transplanted Portlander Josh Martinez on firm experimental footing. But in his case, it’s more a min   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Neal Morgan

Neal Morgan (Party Damage)


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[TALKING DRUMS] Neal Morgan is best known for his percussion work with Bill Callahan and Joanna Newsom. With Newsom, in particular, Morgan has contributed some of the most meticulous yet minimal   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Fractal Quintet

Precipieces (PJCE Records)


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[JAZZ FUSION] The Portland Jazz Composers’ Ensemble’s record label continues to refresh the city’s jazz discography with a diverse range of monthly releases that usually veer beyond straig   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 BRETT CAMPBELL

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