Album Review: Neo Boys

Sooner or Later (K)


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[REDISCOVERED PUNK] Ninety seconds into this excavation of the deceptively named late-’70s proto-riot grrrls the Neo Boys, the band flubs a part, stops, and starts the song over, as a live crowd   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Grails

Black Tar Prophecies Vols. 4, 5 & 6 (Temporary Residence)


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[AVANT-GARDE EPHEMERA] For those unfamiliar with the mythology of Portland experimental rock troupe Grails, Black Tar is the catchall name for the various limited-edition releases that the band co   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Blitzen Trapper

VII (Vagrant)


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[ROVING AMERICANA] One presumes that, 10 years into its career, Blitzen Trapper would’ve found its sense of direction by now. But on its seventh album, the band continues to experiment with its    More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Vice Device/Void Vision

Split EP (Accident Prone)


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[DARKWAVE] If Vice Device has any musical vice, it’s dissonance. The dark synth-pop group employs it as much as any Neue Deutsche Welle-loving band should. The real energy on “Fractured Desi   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Album Review: Blouse

Imperium (Captured Tracks)


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[EMBER POP] Despite trading in its synthesizers for guitars, on new record Imperium, Blouse still sounds like an ’80s-adoring pop outfit, albeit one from the tail end of the New Wave era, whose    More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Lovers

A Friend in the World (Badman)


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[SYNTH-POP CONFESSIONALS] By the time Portland discovered Lovers, singer-songwriter Carolyn Berk had already begun shedding the “female Conor Oberst” tag that dogged her early days as a teenag   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Kenny Feinstein

Loveless: Hurts To Love (Fluff & Gravy)


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[COWBOY BOOTGAZE] A great cover album not only pays homage to a beloved musician but reimagines the music itself. And while there’s little new about covering My Bloody Valentine, Portland’s Ke   More
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Plankton Wat

Drifter’s Temple (Thrill Jockey)


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Guitarist Dewey Mahood’s departure from Eternal Tapestry, the free-range psych band of which he was a member for a decade, happened quietly. There were no big blowups, no residual ill will. Un   More
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Drumgasm

Drumgasm (Jackpot)


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[THREE DRUMMERS DRUMMING] The press release for Drumgasm, the one-off improvisational collaboration between Zach Hill (Death Grips, Hella), Janet Weiss (Wild Flag, Quasi) and Matt Cameron (Sound   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 ROBERT HAM

Album Review: Street Nights

You Have My Word (Friendship)


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[RETRO ROCK] Everything you need to know about Street Nights’ style is thrust in your ears within the first five seconds of “Hong Kong,” the opener of the vinyl-only You Have My Word. Guit   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

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