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Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Lapping up loud layers & lyrics: LVL UP at Mississippi Studios

Mississippi Studios welcomed LVL UP into their space this past Monday. The venue is connected to Bar Bar and has the feeling of a practice space or basement complete with Persian rugs underfoot to deaden sound and old marching drums for added aesthetic. This was my first time seeing LVL UP live and I learned

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

No surprises here: Tennis at the Wonder ballroom

Tennis started out as dreamy pop duo writing about their romantic sailing trip together. Their first album, Cape Dory, is still hard for them to escape. During the set Alaina Moore even references it herself. The whole idea itself...

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Animal Collective’s “The Painters”: Energetic, but not quite a standout

Animal Collective returns on The Painters — a companion EP to last year’s Painting With. The Painters is usual Animal Collective — experimental indie pop with energy, contrasted with introspection — but it’s unlikely to be a standout...

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

Jo Mersa Marley: Following the calling

text: Jade Newton | photography: Christopher Brown Though he bares the Marley surname and has been heavily influenced by his father, Jo Mersa does not walk in the shadows of his musical lineage – he walks beside it, guided by it...

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Sensualizing the mundane: “Fresh Air” by Homeshake

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Homeshake released his third album, entitled Fresh Air. Its overall sound is a sexy, smooth, electric R&B vibe – but once you take the time to digest the lyrics, you realize Homeshake (what...

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Matching suits, a myriad of wit, & white balloons: Angel Olsen live in concert

Angel Olsen at McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom was my first show in Portland. The wooden floor has an odd amount of bounce and I suddenly have images of mid 20th century youngsters dancing the night away. There are...

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

A true fan’s perspective on WHY?’s “Moh Lhean”

Allow me, please, a moment of myopia. To describe what WHY? is, to a fan like me, requires a trip into the first-person narrative that goes against my journalistic instincts, but will function better than fumbling for...

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

“Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void)”: A warm initiation from Hand Habits

If you’ve had the pleasure this past year to catch Kevin Morby live, a petite female guitarist in his band may have caught your attention. That person was Meg Duffy. Last July, I had the pleasure of catching...

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Over the Rails with The Dig’s “Bloodshot Tokyo”

Yes, The Dig is a very nice band. They’ve won an award, in fact, for writing at least one very nice song, though, for the record, they’ve written more than one – but the exact number is...

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

In pictures: Reaction NYC brings 2017 to Chicago with a bang

by Manny Diaz Reaction NYC is a two-night warehouse-style party taking place over two days, celebrating the coming of the New Year with some heavy-heaters of the music industry. This year the festival features 36 artists across...

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