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Quiet Life – Foggy [2016]

Quiet Life – Foggy [2016]

Quiet Life is a roots-rock band that claims no fixed address. Instead, with brothers Sean (vocals/guitar) and Ryan Spellman (drums/vocals) at its centre, the band travels the country in its vegetable-oil-powered van. In the summer of 2014, Quiet Life landed at Mount Slippery

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January 26th, 2017

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Charlie Hilton – Palana [2016]

Charlie Hilton – Palana [2016]

Best known for fronting Portland trio Blouse, Charlie Hilton sets out on her own with Palana, her first solo offering to be released via Captured Tracks. Listening to Palana feels like waking up, only to find yourself stoned in a field during the summer of love, which by all

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January 12th, 2017

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case/lang/veirs – case/lang/veirs [2016]

case/lang/veirs – case/lang/veirs [2016]

It was K.D. Lang who had the crazy (wonderful) idea: Neko Case, Laura Veirs and she should make a record together. It took the songwriting supergroup three years, but here it is — and it actually lives up to expectations. On opener “Atomic Number,” the three singers’ ...

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January 4th, 2017

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Radiation City – Synesthetica [2016]

Radiation City – Synesthetica [2016]

Starting as a friendship between singer/keyboardist Lizzy Ellison and guitarist Cameron Spies, Radiation City had quaint beginnings at a DIY record label, Apes Tapes, which released music only on cassette. Soon after, they would be known as Portland’s best new band, with alt

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December 11th, 2016

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M Ward – More Rain [2016]

M Ward – More Rain [2016]

M. Ward returns with a stunning new album, More Rain, for release on Merge Records on March 4, 2016. Ward has released a string of acclaimed solo albums over the past several years, along with five LPs with Zooey Deschanel as She & Him and a 2009 collaborative album with

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November 26th, 2016

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The High Violets – Heroes and Halos [2016]

The High Violets – Heroes and Halos [2016]

Active since the late ’90s, Portland, Oregon’s The High Violets play a light, sugary brand of electronic-tinged dream pop. Unlike a lot of similar bands, they seem far more concerned with writing catchy, emotional pop songs than coming up with the most mind-bending guitar ...

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November 15th, 2016

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Laura Gibson – Empire Builder [2016]

Laura Gibson – Empire Builder [2016]

It takes roughly three days to travel on the Amtrak from Portland, Ore., to the East Coast. At a speed of roughly 50 miles per hour, the Empire Builder rumbles across the Willamette River and Columbia River Draw Bridge, past rolling hills and scenic landscapes. In theory, ...

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October 25th, 2016

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