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Hip hop summer

New records from Alias; the Yeti; Dynamo-P & Micodin
For pure output, it’s hard to argue Portland is anything but a hip hop city.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 31, 2014


Seven-man army

Old Crow Medicine Show arrive with the Remedy
Lately, it’s been open season on “Wagon Wheel,” which has become the acoustic musician’s “Freebird,” one of the very few songs that people actually know well enough to find it funny to request.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 24, 2014


What you say, Ryan?

Ghost returns with Proper Placement
Ryan’s calling card is his sincerity. While the production and presentation are of a genre, you won’t find him talking about puffing the chron or dissing women or dropping a million f-bombs or using a bunch of contemporary rap jargon. He’s got a plan and he executes it, with more variety and modes of attack than he’s had on display to this point.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 16, 2014


Adventures in lo-fi

Pigboat treat us as equals
One obvious reason for heavy music is catharsis, a healthy release for all the built-up bullshit modern life entails. Like kickboxing class for suburban women, but with lots of black clothing and long hair.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 11, 2014


Desperate pleasures

Endless Jags  Sell the Banquet , keep the mess
What are the Endless Jags desperate for? Good question.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  July 10, 2014


Full horns ahead

 Mama's Boomshack explore the Speed of Soul
An arrangement of alto and baritone sax, trombone, and trumpet combining to front a band like Mama’s Boomshack grabs your attention so completely. There just aren’t many bands doing that.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 03, 2014


Double displacement

When Particles Collide release the explosive Photoelectric
When Particles Collide's first proper full-length, Photoelectric , fulfills all the promise of last year’s excellent EP, Ego .
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 11, 2014


Before they wash away

The sonic portraits of Foam Castles
Tyler Jackson’s Foam Castles has been an ongoing, shapeshifting project since the beginning.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  May 29, 2014


Miles ahead

Elastic Smile stretches Great Western Plain way out
A demonstration of Neu-ish kraut rhythms done up in prodigious Yankee style, with unattractive vocal harmonies either deadpanned or brazenly off-key, and a guitar tone that could best be described as desperate, the sprawling Elastic Smile is as much of an original statement as a daunting one.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  May 29, 2014


Get in and thrash around

Purse snatch and grab for attention on Indiana
As far as I can figure, this new four-song EP is the first release they’ve had, the first digitized capture of their raw take on stripped-down metal and punk.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 29, 2014


Adult crash

Fattened up and re-fanged, the Rattlesnakes whip out their best
What they’ve done with Get Your Fill then is significant. The ‘Snakes fifth album is, in a very real way, a return to form.
By: NICK SCHROEDER  |  May 29, 2014


What did you expect?

On Supernova, LaMontagne mixes it up — per usual
As with the best of LaMontagne’s work, his delivery is infused with passion and heartache and nostalgia, the kind of emotion that makes you feel like he can peek right into your very soul.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 21, 2014


Into the wild

Yeti take you off the trails
The Yeti, who recently released the full-length Abominable, take the album-of-the-year talent of Trails, with producer The Lin and vocalist Syn the Shaman, and tack on Dray Sr., lending a deep-throated and full-bodied delivery in counterpoint to Shaman’s growling angry.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 15, 2014


What Gems, Plural

A four-piece Keirkegaard could love
A four-piece Keirkegaard could love
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 09, 2014


A King puts his crown back on

The newest Labseven spin-off
King does his best to bring the party with him, with plenty of guest turns from the likes of Spose, Kenya Hall, Ill by Instinct, Labseven mate Luke Mallett, and, eventually, the full Labseven crew.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 01, 2014


How not to rhyme

Wax Tablet
Acclaimed author Nicholson Baker makes a companion album.


Fighting tooth and nail

Eric Bettencourt returns with Underwater Dream
He returns to town next week with Underwater Dream in tow, a new album of eight songs that sound like they’ve been chiseled from marble, wood-shedded, and revised until they’re right where Bettencourt wants them.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 28, 2014


Me and my grandma

Standard Issue know how to party
There’s no question that Rob Schreiber’s Standard Issue play the hits.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 17, 2014


The invincible Olas

A surprisingly pop Cada Nueva Ola
The band have newly created Cada Nueva Ola , as rollicking as any family dinner table.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 09, 2014


30-minute invincibility

Wax Tablet
DJ God.Damn.Chan, Kris Rodgers, Olas, and more.
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