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

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.
Postcard from Belfast
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 08, 2011

How the Decemberists ruined indie rock

If you're a regular reader of the Phoenix's music section, you'll have noticed a decided uptick in the space devoted to electronic music here lately: electro, laptop lo-fi, chillwave, superstar DJs, and whatever other bullshit genre we're about to hype n
Colin Meloy's crew have much to answer for
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  January 28, 2011

Stocking stuffers

So, this does, indeed, come a week after the whole "gifts" issue, but this is traditionally the week for local music suggestions.
A grab-bag of local music for every taste
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 17, 2010

Belle and Sebastian | Write About Love

As the obviousness of Write About Love 's title implies (it could have been called Play and Sing! ), Belle & Sebastian are looking to get back to basics with their first album since 2005's tremendous The Life Pursuit .
Matador (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  October 15, 2010

Beyond the State: What's reopening where

As we enter Portland's busy season, there are several comings-and-goings (we'll focus on the comings and less on the goings) to keep track of as we plan our summer outings and evenings on the town.
Venue Watch
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 25, 2010

High and low culture from Japan

Attention, admirers of quirky kitsch and over-the-top aesthetics: hit PAUSE on that Belle and Sebastian record for a second.
Art of the Hole Dept.
By LANCE GOULD  |  June 04, 2010


Must be Marie

I’ve always loved Sydney Bourke’s contribution to Satellite Lot’s Second Summer album, and it’s great to see a band built around her excellent lead vocals with the indie-pop Marie Stella.
Marie Stella's debut EP full of pop and Trust
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 04, 2010

Codeine Velvet Club | Codeine Velvet Club

Like a Glaswegian version of Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner’s Last Shadow Puppets , the Codeine Velvet Club project finds Jon Lawler of the Fratellis making retro-’60s supper-club pop with sweeping orchestral arrangements where the fuzzy guitars us
Dangerbird (2010)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  April 16, 2010

Andrew Bird's whistled, wily works

"Steamy, fecund, decaying, kind of mossy, woodsy . . . cloudlike, thick, saturated."
Setting the mood
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  January 27, 2009

Review: Mallu Magalhães

Mallu Magalhães is a teenage girl from São Paulo who was raised on a steady diet of old Beatles, Dylan, and Johnny Cash records.
Vivo (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  January 06, 2009

Year in Local Pop: Local motion

Bands come and go, but songs stick around.
Our 2008 playlist
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 22, 2008


Belle and Sebastian | The BBC Sessions

Call ’em twee or call ’em bookish (after all, they did take their name from a French children’s book), but don’t call Belle & Sebastian anemic.
Matador (2008)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  November 18, 2008

Retro, active

It’s hard not to dig Von Doom’s sound for someone like myself, who went a bit apeshit for the lovelorn, melodic, and melancholy noise of early ’90s indie rock, from stalwarts Buffalo Tom and Dinosaur Jr. to obscure stuff like St. Johnny and Seaweed.
The return of Von Doom
By CHRIS CONTI  |  October 29, 2008

A chilling spray

Those of us desperate to escape the singles-saturation our MP3 existence has thrust upon the modern musical landscape and return to album rock now have a band we can get behind — the Baltic Sea.
Sailing the brooding waters of the Baltic Sea
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 30, 2008

Boston boy

For a brief moment recently, Brian Sullivan’s musical career came full circle.
Brian Sullivan is Dylan in the Movies
By GEORGIANA COHEN  |  March 24, 2008

Vowel free

Rcrd Lbl pays both artists and labels like Warp and Modular in exchange for permission to post songs.

Rcrd Lbl's free and legal downloads

By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  December 17, 2007


Nice guys

John Vanderslice — indie-rock artist, producer, and all-around nice guy — has had a tough year.
New cuts from John Vanderslice, Bishop Allen, the Cave Singers, and the Tenderhooks
By BRUCE COHEN  |  July 09, 2007

Devilish details

From the Kinks’ “Lola” to Henry Gross’s “Shannon” (about a dog, remember?), pop music has a noble tradition of songs with secret meanings. The Sterns, "Supreme Girl" (mp3)
The Sterns polish their rhymes
By BRETT MILANO  |  April 23, 2007

Stars of Track and Field

Stars of Track and Field make a sound much bigger than Belle and Sebastian's tidy twee-pop shuffle.
Centuries Before Love and War | Wind-Up
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 27, 2007

Size matters

The Shins’ third album, Wincing the Night Away (Sub Pop), is as good as any rational mortal should expect an indie-pop album to be in the winter of 2007. The Shins, "Phantom Limb" (mp3)
The Shins tend to a growing fan base
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  February 06, 2007

Guest lists

What small, private lists like this remind us is that big, honking institutional lists are largely fictions, mirages of a consensus that no longer exists, if it ever really did in the first place.
 What 30 of the Phoenix 's music critics liked this year
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 02, 2007


Brazil nuts

Last winter, word got out that the original members of the notorious and influential Brazilian psych-pop group Os Mutantes were preparing to perform together for the first time in more than 30 years.
The return of Os Mutantes
By SIMON W. VOZICK-LEVINSON  |  November 20, 2006

Digital creatures

You gotta be careful out there, downloaders.
Some hairy tracks
By CHRIS NELSON  |  September 05, 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

Get it while you can

A couple of months ago, a man with the screen name x-amount logged on to , the blog he maintains with a few of his friends, and made a pronouncement.
Will sites like YouTube and The Hype Machine go the route of Napster?
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 12, 2006
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Waiting for the Sun

Ganging up on the Sun  gets caught between adventurous and jones-fulfilling and feels like an album in search of an identity.
Guster can’t quite keep it together
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 07, 2006


On the Racks: June 6

David Lee Roth, AFI, Cheap Trick, Camera Obscura, Elvis Costello, and Live
From Strummin' with the Devil to a revived Live
By MATT ASHARE  |  June 06, 2006

Gorillaz in the midst

Remember the great electronica gold rush of ’97, the year Madonna’s Maverick label won a massive bidding war over long-ignored rave mystic Liam Howlett, a/k/a Prodigy, and we all grooved to the electropunk clash of “Smack My Bitch Up”?
Damon Albarn joins Beck in the pan-cultural playground
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 17, 2006
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Ballot crunching

For the sake of whetting your whistles, here is a brief primer to the Portland Best Music Poll ballot’s major categories.
Don’t be an uneducated BMP voter
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 05, 2006

ID Check: Padraig Shea

There are at least three people who read this column every week.
The freshman
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  April 05, 2006