Album Review: Spirit Lake

The Biggening (Self-Released)


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[PSYCH BLUES] Despite the reservations, sometimes bigger is better. From the onset, Spirit Lake’s third album, appropriately titled The Biggening, is more grandiose than the group’s past eff   More
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Ages and Ages

Divisionary (Partisan)


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[CHORAL POP] On the surface, Ages and Ages’ sophomore release, Divisionary, might appear to shine with as much bright optimism as the band’s debut album, 2011’s Alright You Restless. Bringing    More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Battleme

Future Runs Magnetic (El Camino)


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[ELECTRO-SHOEGAZE] Battleme started as a single acoustic country ballad called “Burn This Town,” which received heavy airplay after its inclusion in the second-season finale of Sons of Anarchy   More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 GRACE STAINBACK

Album Review: Liv Warfield

The Unexpected (Kobalt)


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[GROWN-UP SOUL] Attention, Sir Paul: Liv Warfield questions your ornithological knowledge. “Paul McCartney got it wrong/ I ain’t never want no song,” the Portland-based belter sings on “   More
 
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Broken Bells

After the Disco (Columbia)


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[VINTAGE POP] By the fourth song on Broken Bells’ sophomore album, After the Disco, you get the sense that, at some point during the recording process, Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton told his P   More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Dirtclodfight

The Main Sequence (Cavity Search)


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[SPACE DIRGE] The Main Sequence feels like a comeback album for Dirtclodfight. No matter that the band, which originally formed in Portland in the late ’80s, actually reunited back in 2004. Te   More
 
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 NATHAN CARSON

Album Review: Summer Cannibals

Make You Better EP (New Moss)


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[MOSS ROCK] When Summer Cannibals released their first full-length, No Makeup, last summer, it was clear the quartet had high ambitions. While the album had plenty of skuzzy guitars, powerful drum   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 GEOFF NUDELMAN

Album Review: Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks

Wig Out at Jagbags (Matador)


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[ROUNDBALL ROCK] On a recent Grantland podcast, Stephen Malkmus let his guard down on the secrets behind the awesomely titled Wig Out at Jagbags, his new record with the Jicks. “There’s one song   More
 
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Album Review: Bombs Into You

Shake (Self-Released)


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[HOUSE-PARTY ELECTRO-POP] Some music just sounds like it’s meant to be played in a basement. On its previous EPs, Portland three-piece Bombs Into You created grungy, electronic house-party mus   More
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Various Artists

George Jones (Tribute Album) (Deer Lodge)


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[JONESIN’ FOR GEORGE] The late George Jones was a troubled man. By the 1970s, the country great was known as much for his crippling addictions, visits to the psych ward, occasional high-speed    More
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

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