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Concert reviews: Moonface (Oct. 16, Doug Fir Lounge) and Hooray for Earth (Oct. 10, Missippi Studios)

Two concerts from last month I reviewed for Spectrum Culture, plus vids of the bands involved: In concert, Moonface… is more than just Spencer Krug’s one man show. Touring behind the debut album Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I’d Hoped, … Continue reading

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Spectrum Culture album review: Björk – Biophilia

The Icelandic songstress’s eighth studio album. Definitely not as strong as past work, but still hovering in that delightful space that is uniquely hers. Large portions of the album were composed on the iPad, and in the run-up to the … Continue reading

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Spectrum Culture music review: Neon Indian – Era Extraña

The fetishizing of the past is something I’ve thought a lot about recently, and I’m always fascinated by the myopic fashion in which past events, eras and trends are sanctified by those living in the present, even those who had … Continue reading

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Spectrum Culture music review: Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – Mirror Traffic

Sad that Portland has lost Stephen Malkmus (formerly of legendary Pavement) to Berlin, but happy that he’s still putting out some awesome stuff. Beck produced this record, Mirror Traffic, which besides being a cool 90s-act collaboration also produces a balanced … Continue reading

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Spectrum Culture concert review: Woods, the Fresh & Onlys

Was assigned to cover this one the day-of for a fellow staff writer who couldn’t make it. Although I knew of Woods a little, the Fresh & Onlys were entirely new to me. Great concert anyway. Even though it had … Continue reading

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Spectrum Culture music review: Mister Heavenly – Out of Love

This album was a thrill to listen to. Joe Plummer of Modest Mouse, Ryan Kattner of Man Man and Nick Thorburn of Islands, in a band together, darkly riffing on R&B and doo-wop sounds? Sign me up. The end result … Continue reading

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Spectrum Culture music review: Pepper Rabbit – Red Velvet Snow Ball

This one’s a pretty decent record. Light, busy and sweetly effervescent, Singh and Laurent exude an air of confidence in the way they put this one together in the recording studio. A band with a lot of promise in my … Continue reading

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