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Digging up the past

Tumbling Bones sing sweetly on Loving a Fool
Now Tumbling Bones have followed Ghost’s release earlier this year with a full-length debut of their own, equally impressive in its construction and execution.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 04, 2014


Whistling past the graveyard

Monique Barrett gives a vocal performance to die for
The various instruments employed (mostly acoustic, in flavors of folk, gospel, and early blues) serve their purpose well: as a platform for Barrett to showcase her considerable vocal talents.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 28, 2014


Sign me up

KGFREEZE returns with plenty of hand-raisers
On the brand-new Volunteer Kyle Gervais has enlisted a Brady Bunch of collaborators, who share songwriting credits and contribute vocals, musicianship, and production.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 20, 2014


Spell it out for me

Anti-Lilly and Phoniks tell classic Stories
Are you being reductive? Hearkening back to the Golden Age? Or do you put out what hip hop is?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 14, 2014


Don't call it a throwback

Ogre re-emerges with The Last Neanderthal
With eight songs in total — well, seven plus a 45-second instrumental introduction — it is aptly named, tapping into our gnawing fear that guttural, physical rock ‘n’ roll is going the way of the dinosaur.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 05, 2014


Short and sweet

Steve Grover brings back his Quartet for Haiku
The list of hyperbolic things I’ve written about Steve Grover is already embarrassing, but he deserves all of the accolades.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 27, 2014


Short and sweet

Steve Grover brings back his Quartet for Haiku
The list of hyperbolic things I’ve written about Steve Grover is already embarrassing, but he deserves all of the accolades.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 27, 2014


Moshe and 32french pig out as Black Puddin'

Better than bacon
What’s the saying? “Like a pig in shit”?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 20, 2014


Knottz and crosses

Original tracks from a cover band frontman
It’s not unusual for a tight band doing covers to work their way into originals.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 20, 2014


The ghosts are coming

Get ready to Believe in Paul Revere
The Ghost of Paul Revere don’t waste any time on their debut full-length, Believe .
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 12, 2014


Enter the Working Man

North of Nashville's outlaw country
There is unquestionably no paucity of opportunities to see these two honkytonkers do their twangy thing.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 10, 2014


Meeting Micromasse

A welcome addition to Portland’s jazz scene
So maybe there’s room for Micromasse, featuring guitarist Max Cantlin and playing old-time jazz, though this time in trio format, and all originals, without any singing.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 30, 2014


Life lessons

One man’s daydreams are another’s nightmare
With Gunther Brown’s debut full-length, frontman Pete Dubuc and crew have created the most sorrowful local record since Ray Lamontagne’s Till the Sun Turned Black .
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 23, 2014


Last train outta Euston

The first installment from An Overnight Low
Chad Walls is a guy who’s still dedicated to the album format.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 16, 2014



The mixed and remixed Oh My Goodness
Emerging from traditions of hip hop, horn-flavored soul, pop, and the purely digital traditions, these six songs — and the nine guest remixes of those six songs released last month — are architectural wonders.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 10, 2014


Taking the Pulse of Wry Climate

 Languid palpation
A-to-B songwriting like that done by Wry Climate’s Dan Nelson sometimes offers more food for thought.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 03, 2014


Hunkering down to see what happens

Local Music: The winter of our discontent
Winter in Portland has always been a sleepy time for local musicians. Make sure you make the most of the end of December. 
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 26, 2013


Top 10 albums of 2013

 And a couple other lists while we’re at it
I love albums. It remains predominantly the way I listen to music.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 19, 2013


Just between friends

Local Music
Zach Jones shows breaking up is hard to do with The Days.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 12, 2013


Chicky Stoltz walks the line between camp and cool

 Return of the Roebuck
You remember Chicky Stoltz? There was a time when you couldn’t miss the guy in this town.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 04, 2013


The Cult of Rustic Overtones continues

 The show must go on
Watching the seven-piece band, augmented by a four-piece string section, there were certainly signs of maturity.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 27, 2013

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