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

Album Review: Laura Veirs

Warp & Weft (Raven Marching Band)


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[REFINED COUNTRY] A thread of kinship runs through Laura Veirs’ ninth studio album. Produced by husband Tucker Martine, Warp & Weft explores the joy and stress of being a parent, to the tune o   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 MARK STOCK

Album Review: Typhoon

White Lighter (Roll Call)


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[ORCHESTRAL POP] Well, Portland, hopefully you didn’t expect Typhoon to stay yours forever. A band built like a junior orchestra clearly has ambitions no basement could contain for long. With    More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Pure Bathing Culture

Moon Tides (Partisan)


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[LUCID DREAM-POP] All there is to know about Pure Bathing Culture is contained in “Pendulum,” the track that opens the duo’s debut full-length. A heartthrob drum-machine pattern introduces D   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

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