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Flows Like Prose: An Interview with Rapper Libretto

Libretto's hip-hop is a ghettoblasting fusion of grinding funk, heavily strolling beats and club-noir rhymes delivered with cool clarity.

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Greylag: Greylag

Like the band's namesake bird, Greylag follows rather than leads, traversing domesticated grounds and tested sounds of bands that have come before.

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HERS - 'Youth Revisited' (album stream) (Premiere)

PopMatters is proud to premiere the new album by the Portland, Oregon based outfit HERS, entitled Youth Revisited.

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Leigh Marble - "Pony" (video) (Premiere)

Portland's Leigh Marble releases video for galloping rocking "Pony".

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Blitzen Trapper: VII

Now veterans releasing their seventh album, Portland's Blitzen Trapper lose their way somewhat in attempting to update their sound.

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Justin Jude: 5 Kinds of Rain

The most varied element of this EP is in its title. The rest? Pleasantly bland.

Jedd Beaudoin
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The Memories: The Memories

To put it simply, this record sounds like like it was made by a bunch of kids who barely have any idea what they're doing or where it's coming from. But it's that impetuous, unseasoned enthusiasm that makes pop music like this so personal and engaging.

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Mean Jeans: Mean Jeans on Mars

Mean Jeans are hedonist buddhas, and …on Mars is poppy-punk nirvana.

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AU: Both Lights

On Both Lights, AU blends minimalist impulses with dramatic pop dynamics and flavor. It's the recipe for some great songs, but an inconsistent album experience.

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Rachel Taylor Brown: World So Sweet

Deep, dark, welcome.

Jedd Beaudoin
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Channel In Channel Out: The Author and the Narrator

Channel In Channel Out creates too much static on his label debut.

Matt Edsall
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Quick and Easy Boys: Red Light Rabbit

Portland threesome brings the punk/funk/country goods on album number two.

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Menomena: Mines

Portland's finest purveyors of spastic, ADD-fueled indie rock return with an album that's nearly as good as its predecessor.

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20 Questions: Microtia

Releasing their albums in used beer packing? Wishing to live in Quebec City? Creating movie light shows on stage? Just a day in the life of these Portland prog-rockers, who answer 20 Questions just as the best disc of their career hits stores ...

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Comics: It's Such a Big Small World

One of the key differences between Stumptown and Comic-Con is that the bigger gathering is the fans' party, while the smaller event is the creators' shindig.

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The Shaky Hands: Let It Die

Portland-based riff-lords the Shaky Hands strike gold too infrequently on its third album of sweat-soaked rock 'n' roll.

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World's Greatest Ghosts: No Magic

For World's Greatest Ghosts debut LP, it's all in the title of the album.

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Michael Hurley: Ida Con Snock

Michael Hurley is the best folk singer the world has never heard of. Now at age 67, Hurley continues to prove with a new record why it is a shame you're still not listening.

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