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“Why” and why not

Hearing Kate Schrock’s Invocation
There are songs here that speak of Jamaica and others that are more like the Portland-suburb Schrock you’re already down with.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 28, 2008


Something Lost, something gained

Dead Season ramp things up yet again
So delicate and so menacing.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 21, 2008


Two and one

Gypsy Tailwind debut a tremendous vocal pairing
There’s something thrilling about the right harmony of opposite-sex voices, the meaning and emotion they can convey, the balance of power and grace.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 21, 2008


She will become like birds

Vanessa Torres touches fertile ground with Witness
On what’s already a very personal album, the finish makes the piece of art itself seem a living, breathing thing.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 19, 2008


Good to great

Dead End Armory offer treasures by the ounce
Harrity attributes the reverb’s warmth to the location of the recording, but there is also a collective consciousness here.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 07, 2008


Groove infatuation

Sly-Chi carve out Space on the dance floor
This band's cohesiveness consistently shines through on tunes that reference bands as diverse as the Commodores, the O’Jays, the Latin Jazz Orchestra, and the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 30, 2008


Who's going to win?

2008 Portland Best Music Poll tote board
I give you the BMP Tote Board, handicapping the big categories — because who doesn’t like reducing real life to betting lines?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 30, 2008


Worth the wait

The GFAC series returns to its roots with Volume 7
The wait is over.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 23, 2008

Hittin’ trees in the deep blue sea

Spend a Portland Afternoon with Bob McKillop
There are jokes to be made about playing for people who are a pint down, hooked to an IV, and woozy, but I’ll let you make them.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 16, 2008


Hitting Bottom

Brown Bird return on the spring winds with an aching beauty
Lamb may insist he’s an everyman — “My heart is valve and ventricle and flesh” — but this Brown Bird truly soars.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 16, 2008


Further + Further

Roy Davis pushes forward with the Dregs
Roy Davis has made a number of good choices since the release of his promising debut disc, Grey Town , in early 2007.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 09, 2008


Turn up the Radio

Sidecar perform frequency modulation on Wave Principle
Three-piece rock bands are so much more interesting when the bass player and drummer aren’t just sidekicks for a big-time frontman/guitarist.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 02, 2008


Spring cleaning

A grab bag of discs buried by winter snow
Some find it remarkable, but it is nevertheless true that far more local CDs are released than there are weeks in a year.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 26, 2008


Rustic hit the road

Going national
Sure, you Portlanders are used to cool things like live in-store appearances from your favorite local bands, but those of us who get our pipeline of culture from the Windham Bull Moose are rarely as lucky.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 26, 2008


Ogre Ferreus

The proto-man comes home on Plague of the Planet
This is the album Ogre have been meaning to make all along.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 19, 2008


One Too Many is never enough

The Pubcrawlers give you a reason to celebrate, March 17
This time of year always brings about a bunch of talk about the Irish, but we’ve really been inundated of late, no?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 12, 2008


Seek and Destroy

As Fast As pull out their Plastique
It’s an unpredictable world we live in.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 05, 2008


Pour some Sugar on me

Samuel James returns with Songs Famed for Sorrow and Joy
“I want this company to add substantially to the blues repertoire,” he writes on the label’s site, “and not just come out with the ‘same old, same old.’”
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 27, 2008


Call and response

Satisfying a growing crowd with a Playtime Music Session
We’ve had the pleasure here in Portland of watching a number of great singer/songwriters develop their careers into something substantial recently.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 20, 2008


Can’t we be Civil?

Outside of Portland, a Battle Within rages
What’s that you say? Never heard of them?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 13, 2008

Push all the livid out

Cambiata side project Daro go more alt-country than alt-rock
Just when you thought it was safe to slag all those pesky young people with a reputation for laziness, here comes Sean Morin.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 06, 2008

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