Album Review: W.C. Beck

Quivira (Self-Released)


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[TRAD COUNTRY] “Better days are coming soon,” promises W.C. Beck on this set of purist country tunes, though what he really means to say is that the best days—for country music, anyway—are   More
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: The Memories

Love Is the Law (Burger)


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[LOVE STONED] In describing the aesthetic of the Memories’ second batch of basement-pop balladry, “lo-fi” doesn’t quite cut it: If it turned out the band fashioned its four-track into a sm   More
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Houndstooth

Ride Out the Dark (No Quarter)


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[SUMMER SONGS] Ride Out the Dark, the debut album from Portland quintet Houndstooth, certainly could not have come at a better time. In fact, the album couldn’t have a more apt title: Katie Be   More
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 GRACE STAINBACK

Album Review: Tope

Trouble Man (Self-Released)


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[HIP-HOP] At age 27, Portland MC Tope has become an old hand in the local hip-hop scene. His career stretches back almost a decade, but this year, he seems to be hitting his stride. His new EP, Tr   More
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 REED JACKSON

Album Review: Wild Ones

Keep It Safe (Party Damage)


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[ELECTRO DREAM POP] There’s nothing all that wild about Wild Ones. If you’re looking for truth in advertising, Keep It Safe, the title of the quartet’s debut album, is a better indicator of wh   More
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Béisbol

Lo-Fi Cocaine (Bad Cop Bad Cop)


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[SUNNYSIDE SYNTHS] On their full-length debut, SoCal ex-pats Jeff and Ryan Burian channel their sunny home into a disc’s worth of summer-ready jams. From crystalline instrumental opener “Big Folk�   More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 AMANDA SCHURR

Album Review: Radiation City

Animals in the Median (Tender Loving Empire)


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[SPACE-AGE INDIE POP] A few months ago, upon hearing “Zombies,” the first single off Radiation City’s new album, a friend of mine compared it to Pink Martini. That’s unfair, but not totall   More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Alela Diane

About Farewell (Rusted Blue)


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[FOLK] On the title track of her new album, About Farewell, local songstress Alela Diane sings, “Leaving is the hardest part, that’s what we always said/ Once upon the other side, it’s best    More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 JONATHAN FROCHTZWAJG

Album Review: Natasha Kmeto

Crisis (Dropping Gems)


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[ELECTRO R&B] Natasha Kmeto can’t get no satisfaction, and it’s killing her. As a singer raised on both the come-ons of ’90s R&B and the all-night throb of house and trip-hop, the    More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: The Builders and the Butchers

Western Medicine (Badman)


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[APOCALYPTIC FOLK] The Builders and the Butchers’ fifth album is largely influenced by the postapocalyptic literature of Cormac McCarthy, and it shows: Western Medicine is just as cheerless as T   More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

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