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Music Seen: Spose

Though it was Spose's first big show locally since the "I'm Awesome" craze died down, Saturday night was as much about showcasing Spose's P.Dank label as it was debuting songs from his new We Smoked It All, Vol. 2.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 27, 2011


The feel-good prog rock of By Blood Alone

If there's one thing for certain, it's that no one will feel cheated by By Blood Alone.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 20, 2011

Port City now 18+, all the time

Venue Watch
After something of a long, strange trip, Port City Music Hall's quest to be an 18+ venue has come to fruition.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 20, 2011


Arborea sail across a fossil sea

Hearing Red
When critics say a band have a timelessness about them, people generally mean the band's music is sort of universally appealing, outside of trends or genres.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 25, 2011


Foam Castles invite you to Come Over to My House

Digital domicile
Bitch all you want about the firehose of new music nowadays, but the lowered barriers to recording and distribution certainly do make it easier for artists to be a lot more playful in their releases.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 13, 2011


Sophomore Beat Party Like a Lobster — no, really

Believe it or not
If you thought the Sophomore Beat's Hi, Technology was a sneering bundle of sarcasm, wait till you get a load of their new EP, the four-song Party Like a Lobster .
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 13, 2011


Tree by Leaf return, and depart, with Amen & Amen

Postcard from Belfast
Maybe it's fitting, considering the supernatural nature of much of their lyrics, that Tree by Leaf's newest album seems to have dropped from the heavens.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 06, 2011


Playing Trial & Error by the Bonfire

Pilgrim's progress
Jesse Pilgrim and the Bonfire do a couple things pretty well on their debut record, Trial & Error , that are hard to do well: create an album with a sense of place, and create an album with something to say.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 30, 2011


Spending time with Custardpaws and Mr. Freezy

Spending time with Custardpaws and Mr. Freezy
Jeff Badger is a bit of a Renaissance man-about-town — visual artist of all stripes; musician of all stripes with the Hot Dogs/Transmission Drop — with a reputation for dabbling in the absurd and ridiculous.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 30, 2011


Whitcomb's legacy

Feel the poetry rattling your bones
It is unlikely that James Whitcomb Riley, a turn-of-the-century poet for a short time considered the heir to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ever envisioned his work accompanied by music quite like this.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 23, 2011


The smooth pop-rock of Zach Jones's Broken Record

Don't fix it
For an album to be more than just a collection of songs, it's more important that the songs all feel the same than sound the same. No one wants 10 tracks all in the same style — that gets old unless everything is terrific — but there should be an aesthetic that carries through ballad and banger both.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 16, 2011

WCYY/WBLM parent company to be bought

Radio daze
A long-rumored deal appears to have come to fruition this week: The second-largest radio station owner in the country, Cumulus Media, has agreed to acquire the third-largest, Citadel Media, owner of Portland's prominent radio stations WCYY, WBLM, WJBQ, and WHOM, in a $2.4 billion transaction.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 16, 2011


Dean Ford is Deaf. Dumb. In Love.

Say, say, say
Dean Ford renews, this week, his membership in the cult of pop with the release of Deaf. Dumb. In Love. , a six-song EP filled with love songs and general guy-girl drama in the classic poodle skirt tradition.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 09, 2011

After All, the Nebs debut a disc

Out of the dark
Just about two years into their life as a trio, the Nebs deliver their first release this week, a four-song EP, After All . Therein, frontman Matt Grassi announces himself as a bit of a songwriter.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 09, 2011


Making sense of Contrast Eats the Slimey Green

Metal on metal
That Two series at the Port City is great for plenty of reasons — including the cheap beer, obviously — but that gig a couple Tuesdays back with Metal Feathers opening for Spouse on the big stage pretty much justifies the whole endeavor.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 02, 2011


Who's Cam Groves?

Something Cool this way comes
Back in the day, Preposterously Dank, the hip-hop label/collective created by Spose and featuring Cam Groves, Dr. Astronaut, and Educated Advocates, would have hit the popular consciousness with a collective album first.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 09, 2011


Grand Hotel’s radiant and vibrant in color

Like a hurricane
Less than a year following their terrific self-titled full-length debut, Grand Hotel are back with in color , an album that sees that debut and raises the stakes considerably.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 16, 2011


TheLin and Syn the Shaman team for Fits & Starts

Making Trails
There's no denying it's pretty cool that two artists, however many, can make music together without ever meeting.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 09, 2011


Lucid dreaming

An effervescent ride on the mothership
How far the Lucid have come. Sure, sometimes a band come out of the gate firing on all cylinders and crush their debut album, using chemistry and energy to overcome lack of experience. But far more common is for a band to take a little while to find their footing.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 01, 2011


The digital delight of Space versus Speed

Out of this world
Since 2000, we've had the Popsicko, Rocktopus, As Fast As (three albums), Spencer and the School Spirit Mafia, and now Space versus Speed. All with Spencer Albee as principal songwriter and frontman. Seven full-length records.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 27, 2011


Dan Capaldi steps out from behind the kit

On the Level
In addition to plenty of other projects, Dan Capaldi has played drums now for two of Portland's most important bands of the last five years: the brightly burning Cambiata and the still-on-the-rise Holy Boys Danger Club.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 26, 2011

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