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Dancing? You'll need a license

Papers, Please
Papers, Please
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 24, 2013


The Malletts know the lay of the Land

Rub some mud on it
On their new and third full-length release, Land , the Mallett Brothers Band alternate between boozy and anthemic ballads and boozy and anthemic sing-along stomps, always providing plenty of opportunity for just about anybody to find a personal touchpoint.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 24, 2013


Bangers and mish-mash

First thing with the English Breakfast
The order of operations used to be you played a bunch of shows, then you released an album. Now it's often the other way around. When the English Breakfast played Slainte last weekend, it was their Portland live debut. Yet their debut album, Shifting Seas , has been marinating on Bandcamp since March 1 — a 15-track affair, no less.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 19, 2013


Arborea erect fortifications of light and darkness

And the horse they rode in on
"After the Flood only Love Remains" is stop-in-your-tracks beautiful, and what passes for a single for them. If you can slow yourself down to their pace, see the world in half-time for a bit (which is almost impossible when you try to keep up with the pace of things like the Internet), it becomes incredibly catchy, a sing-along.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 10, 2013


Do you take requests?

You better, or you just might get punched in the head
You better, or you just might get punched in the head
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 04, 2013


Surviving winter with Max Garcia Conover

Gone to ground
Max García Conover's debut full-length, Burrow , has a starkness, like listening to music through an Instagram filter, that conveys a feeling of going to ground.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 04, 2013


Nigel Hall goes Big Easy to Big Easy

Home and away
Nigel Hall, the pride of Bangor and one of the original Monday night soul players at Portland's Big Easy, was the featured attraction at one of the actual Big Easy's most respected local spots.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 27, 2013


Wisdom gets fired up on Flannabis

Smells like smoke
With so many odes to weed already out there, it's pretty hard distinguishing yourself this way, b ut Wisdom doesn't beat around the bush
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 27, 2013


Just Duquette This Time

Playful solo work from half of Cactus Highway
The best thing about Rob Duquette's kid-oriented work is that it's not always obviously kids' music.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 20, 2013


Endless Interstate gas up and get going

Reading the Roadsigns
You might expect '50s-style sock-hop fare, or maybe Highway 61 folk tunes for the American dream, but the band's sound is actually more in the '80s/'90s pocket.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 20, 2013


As spring arrives, so do the Sun Gods

Returning from Exile
There's something in rock and roll that's tied up with those hetero-stereo male traits of bravado, carnal sexuality, and toughness, from Elvis's hips to Jimmy Page's tight pants to Lemmy Kilmister's grizzled face.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 13, 2013


This is why we can have Nice Places

Caught in their traps
Nice Places would have been the perfect local opener for the Minus the Bear/Circa Survive show at the State Theatre coming up on March 16.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 06, 2013


Want to get into 3D printing?

Here’s what you need:
Don't try this on your Windows 97 machine.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 27, 2013


Sam Shain and the Scolded Dogs won’t mind

You can dance if you want to
No, seriously, have you been up to Hallowell?
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 27, 2013


A first sampler from the new Lorem Ipsum label

Call it a placeholder
It's been a while since Portland had itself a bona fide new label, something more than just a vanity title for a band's self-released album. It makes sense, considering the fracturing nature of the music industry in general and the ease with which independent artists can record and release music nowadays.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 27, 2013


A Beaux across the pond

Intercontinental Collaborations
While many of us simply watched the Grammy Awards broadcast on Sunday night (marveling over the Bruno/Sting/Rihanna/Marley performance, or Carrie Underwood's dress-as-video-screen), for others the Awards show is actually the culmination of something of a Grammy festival, with industry parties and get-togethers sprawling through the week and all over LA.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 13, 2013


The Pecan Sandies choose their Therapy

There's a fairly continuous line of ska-influenced local horn bands.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 13, 2013


Hutch Heelan’s stuck in the middle with you

For a guy who seems pretty reserved in interpersonal interactions, Hutch Heelan can be a high-profile guy.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 13, 2013


Phantom Buffalo’s farthest flight of fantasy

Raise a Tullamore Dew to Tadaloora
Sometimes all the cutesy artwork and twee vocals (which I quite like) can obscure the fact that Phantom Buffalo are a kick-ass guitar band, like Built to Spill's little brothers.
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 06, 2013


Eating up A Severe Joy

A loner’s solo feast
For a record collecting five singles released over the past year, A Severe Joy's second full-length, Cinematesque, Pt. 1, sure does feel like an "album."
By: SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 30, 2013

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