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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
| 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
| January 28, 2011
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
| 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 .
| 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.
| 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.
| 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
| 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
| April 16, 2010
Andrew Bird's whistled, wily works
"Steamy, fecund, decaying, kind of mossy, woodsy . . . cloudlike, thick, saturated."
Setting the mood
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.
| January 06, 2009
Year in Local Pop: Local motion
Bands come and go, but songs stick around.
Our 2008 playlist
| 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.
| November 18, 2008
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
| 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
| July 30, 2008
For a brief moment recently, Brian Sullivan’s musical career came full circle.
Brian Sullivan is Dylan in the Movies
| March 24, 2008
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
CAITLIN E. CURRAN
| December 17, 2007
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
| July 09, 2007
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
| 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
| March 27, 2007
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
| February 06, 2007
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
PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| January 02, 2007
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
SIMON W. VOZICK-LEVINSON
| November 20, 2006
You gotta be careful out there, downloaders.
Some hairy tracks
| September 05, 2006
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
| June 28, 2006
Get it while you can
A couple of months ago, a man with the screen name x-amount logged on to Recidivism.org , 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?
| June 12, 2006
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
| 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
| 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
| May 17, 2006
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
| April 05, 2006
ID Check: Padraig Shea
There are at least three people who read this column every week.
| April 05, 2006
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