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

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 aesthe
Don't fix it
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 18, 2011

Album awards and new releases

Congrats yet again to GATEWAY MASTERING 's ADAM AYAN . Last week he took home yet another LATIN GRAMMY , for his work on JUAN LUIS GUERRA 's Asondegerra . Dude's gonna have to build a bigger mantle.
Sibilance
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  November 19, 2010
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That was yesterday

More than 10 years since their debut, Colepitz have long since had their day in the sun. But sometimes it really is about the music.  
 Colepitz return to forever with No Tomorrow Tonight
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 04, 2010
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Chinnock of the North

How did I not know that Bill Chinnock was Dick Curless’s son in law?
The re-release of Dime Store Heroes , and a look back
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 23, 2010
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Something in the struggle

It would have taken some favorable odds for me to have put money on Loki celebrating a decade as a band back when they debuted in 2000. Jonathan Taylor’s Sully Erna-like metal-growl was all in vogue with the angry young man set, and there seemed to be d
Ten years in, Loki have seen an Ebb and Flow
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 16, 2010
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We heart these people

We all know Portland is a busy, exciting place to live. It takes a lot of people's amazing energy to keep it going, though. Who's doing the moving and the shaking?
Meet Portland's most influential
By JEFF INGLIS  |  February 12, 2010


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Zombie overdrive

Pete Witham and the Cozmik Zombies are and are not exactly what you'd think. Sure, they're silly and ironic and probably wish it were 1954 all over again. But behind a bit of hokum lies a damn good band, more than a few smart turns of phrase, and an int
Pete Witham's Cozmik view of Americana
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 12, 2010
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We have Liftoff (again)

If there is a constant that runs through Walt Craven's vocal and lyrical work from 6gig through Lost on Liftoff, it is his role as the impassioned voice of the underdog.
Back, Brightside , and they've got it nailed
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  November 20, 2009
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Working on your heart

With the talent we have in this town, just about anybody can put together a decent-sounding album.
Carll Wilkinson starts the whole damn thing all over
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 03, 2009
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The way things will be

The Goodnight Process have a little bit of the next-big-thing about them.
The Goodnight Process offer a strong debut
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  March 11, 2009

Musicians: What you need to know

It's true that we don't live in a city where there are tons of big labels looking to give local musicians their shot at the big time.
Portland Msic Foundation
By DEIRDRE FULTON + KATRINA BOTELHO  |  January 14, 2009


Portland scene report: September 18, 2008

RIP David Foster Wallace. Hey, man, we stole a ton of our style from you.
Sibilance
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  September 17, 2008
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Okay, I’m Biased

Is our local music scene actually better because so little national and international talent comes here?
Looking forward to a summer of Jerks, Phantoms, and Tules
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 18, 2008

Portland scene report: February 29, 2008

Called Destroy the Plastique Man , the album was begun on the West Coast in that Portland during Albee’s short-lived self-imposed exile from this Portland.
Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  February 27, 2008

Portland scene report: December 14, 2007

Delayed by such piddling things as his wedding and day job, Roper took about a year to finish the effort.
Sibilance starts now
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 12, 2007
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Music industry unites to help Portland artists

If Austin, Texas, is any indicator, in five years’ time, Portland’s music scene may be even more vibrant than it is today.
Foundations
By JEFF INGLIS  |  September 19, 2007


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Fall out boys and girls

Everything about that sounds worldly and intellectually satisfying, something you could say for much of what’s happening this fall on the local music front.
Somehow, things heat up as summer closes
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 12, 2007
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That’s just super(groups)

You know, ideas are the easy part. It’s the execution that gets tricky.
Some ideas for bands that may never be, but should
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 03, 2007
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Do what they mean

When 2006 wraps up, it’ll be hard to think of another show as fun as the Big Easy’s stage for the Best Music Poll Festival back in May, with Cosades and Loverless opening for Rock Kills Kid.
Loverless are a lean Fighter machine
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 20, 2006
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Everything but the girl

What would rock be without girls?
Gocasual delivers The Whole Time I Knew You
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 02, 2006
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King of Kingpins

Kingpin Wrecking Crew are set to release their sophomore album and label debut, Abolition Strategy , so it’s worth writing about how they are and are not just like all the other bands in town.
The Wrecking Crew’s Abolition Strategy sounds like a winner
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 28, 2006


Portland music news, January 13, 2006

Gateway Mastering girds for Grammys; Jon Nolan recognized; 2nd Annual New England Punk, Goth, and Metal Fest
 
By Sibilance Staff  |  January 12, 2006

'Hit the Ground'

Portland's (and 6gig's) song of the decade
Portland's (and 6gig's) song of the decade
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 01, 1900