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2010 Best Music Poll Winners

BEST MUSIC POLL > PORTLAND

Best Album in Portland

Rustic Overtones, New Way Out

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Photo: JENNIFER KEARNS

Eight years after their last fully original album, is New Way Out from the same band that caught everyone's attention with their grainy alternative rock all those years ago? For the most part, yes. Their popular chaotic rock is more subdued, and their newfound orchestral depth (even without former keyboardist Spencer Albee) adds extra coats of polish to a usually grungy sound. But fear not, frontman David Gutter's staggering riffs and scene-stealing vocals keep their trademark style intact, and help the Overtones secure the Best Live Act for the second year in a row. With rhythmic bass lines and catchy horn segments, they still bounce off the walls with the same energy and pizzazz as ever.

Runners-up (Best Album)
2. Of Art and Intention, dilly dilly
3. Giraffe Attack Collection, Eric Bettencourt
4. We Are A Lightning Bolt, Roy Davis and the Dregs

Portland's premiere alt-rock group recently severed ties with Arista Records. They are currently sifting through...

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