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"We're two brothers trying to entertain ourselves and have a laugh in the studio," says Peter Bowens. "We have to pretend to be rock musicians."
Field Music are ready to soft-rock
| March 19, 2010
Americana: land of progress
You can listen to 30 seconds of any Califone song and get a fair idea of what the band is all about.
Califone’s peerless take on the future of roots-rock
| October 16, 2009
Stop making sense
"Look, we just think that we, as a band, are very . . . interested. In things, in the world."
The precision mishmashes of the Fiery Furnaces
| June 12, 2009
Rehearsing their choir
Epically twee, and then simply epic, "Comet Flies Over the Underbelly" — the fourth track on Lady Lamb the Beekeeper's Samples for Handsome Animals — is, for a minute or two, almost unbearable.
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper are easy to find, easy to love
| December 31, 2008
Live: Lady Lamb the Beekeeper
The first hints of bouncy reverb can be heard from the Stadium on Free Street, and the echo chamber carries all the way to this monthly concert's home at the top of a building at the corner of Congress and High streets.
"Tower of Song," December 5
| December 10, 2008
Dead of Winter + Fiery Furnaces
It was a weekend of big acts and big crowds at SPACE Gallery.
Music seen at SPACE Gallery, January 18-19
| January 23, 2008
Antic Digression Disorder
The Fiery Furnaces don’t make things easy on themselves.
The dizzying wormholes of the Fiery Furnaces
| January 16, 2008
Save the dates, and get your tickets
Here’s a guide to some you might want to buy early for, a few of which have already been rescheduled due to recent snowstorms.
Music seen: 2008 in preview
| December 26, 2007
There’s plenty in the way of ambition on Widow City, but little substance to back it up.
Widow City | Thrill Jockey
| December 03, 2007
One of the best tunes here could almost pass for an outtake from Marilyn Manson’s latest.
We Sing of Only Blood or Love | Fat Possum
| November 13, 2007
Sarah Cronin and Tommy Allen have just opened a box of T-shirts sent by their record label.
Drug Rug turn a relationship into a band
| November 08, 2007
This isn’t the first concept album from Dirty Projectors and I’d be surprised if it were the last.
Dirty Projectors reimagine Black Flag, realize their potential
| August 15, 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
Deadboy and the Elephantmen
If a co-ed blues-punk duo make a sound and no one hears it, will they still elicit comparisons with the White Stripes and the Fiery Furnaces? Yes. Deadboy and the Elephantmen, "Stop, I'm Already Dead" (mp3) Deadboy and the Elephantmen, "Evil Friend
We Are Night Sky | Fat Possum
| July 11, 2006
Portland scene report, July 7, 2006
Whatnot, Cult Maze, Divine Maggees set to release new CDs; Neil Collins's return to the local stages
PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF
| July 06, 2006
The Fiery Furnaces
Last fall, Matt Friedberger told me that he and his sister Eleanor had been working on some snappy girl-group love songs for their next album.
Bitter Tea | Fat Possum
SIMON W. VOZICK-LEVINSON
| April 24, 2006
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