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Typhoon [Feature]

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Typhoon is an eleven piece ensemble band from Portland, OR. With their album Hunger and Thirst (produced with Portland’s incredible label Tender Loving Empire), they’ve garnered quite a bit of positive attention, none of it undeserved. Named for a Nietzsche thought, Typhoon create songs highly emotive and visceral in both structure and theme. Their music is an intelligently crafted exploration of what we feel and why we feel it. From beginning to end the album satisfies. Read More »Typhoon [Feature]

Daniel Martin Moore: Dark Road [mp3]

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Daniel Martin Moore’s new single “Dark Road” is a cooling breath of those rare-gem style of songs which remind us grandeur can exist within simplicity; less does not always mean boring. Adhering to his Appalachian-daydreamer style Moore tosses us a billowy, empty-jug rhythm that when swirled with lyrics of uncluttered beauty makes the notion of better days ahead less focused on the despairing and more of an idea we can not only hope for but actually believe in. This tune is a perfect post-holiday pick me up with a sweetly accessible theme and an unabashedly charming spirit. One soothing taste increases our anticipation for the album entire, In the Cool of the Day, set to be released in January 2011. Read More »Daniel Martin Moore: Dark Road [mp3]

Horse Feathers Live in Pullman

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Someone once told me music is a spiritual experience; to listen to it is to allow ourselves to become a part of something intricately beautiful, difficult, and communal. Indeed there is something irrevocably spiritual about the music of Horse Feathers; a depth and lushness in their simple tone and candor that lifts us into a place of rumination. Read More »Horse Feathers Live in Pullman

Son of Rams [Feature]

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Joseph Pruitt of Family Trees has been busy creating a new one-man side project called Son of Rams; music so gritty and irresistible it’s perhaps the best cure for those winter time blues. Though we can hear the classic rock influences, from sixties pop melodies to seventies psychedelic rock riffs, there remains a refreshingly progressive building of sound in Pruitt’s work. His music explodes with triumphant, fuzzed-out glory reminding us of how dirty garage rock can be dangerous and comforting all at once. Jangly, charming, sultry and intoxicating, these sounds are just full of good times. You hear Son of Rams’ songs and it’s like you can hear the sunrise, exactly the kind of thing we should hope for in good rock music. Read More »Son of Rams [Feature]

An Interview with Y La Bamba’s Luz Mendoza

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The music of Portland based band Y La Bamba is that of beautiful, intoxicating contrasts. Both parts calming and alarming, meditative and flippant, their songs weave the delicate web of a line between the joy and sorrow of being alive. I was fortunate enough to see them play in Pullman (alongside Buffalo Death Beam and Horse Feathers) this past week and could not have asked for a cozier winter night. Though the entire evening was satiating, the familial nature of Y La Bamba’s performance is really what struck me; how through the tone and composition of their songs we as an audience were asked not only to receive but also to give. Read More »An Interview with Y La Bamba’s Luz Mendoza

Common Prayer [Feature]

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With their well received debut album There Is A Mountain, Brooklyn based band Common Prayer have attained a comforting and familiar sound picturesquely layered with the best of the British folk-pop sensibilities. Banjos, guitars, and strings interweave subtly in and out of one another creating quietly strong songs; tunes that are tattered, windblown, and personable. What really persists in this band’s work however is their touch of quirky instrumental accents (most delightfully present on tracks such as “Commonprayer” and “Marriage Song”) that when coupled with an overall somberness in attitude creates a vividly satisfying, back-country imbibed listening experience. Headed up by Jason Russo (also of psychedelic rock band Hopewell) Common Prayer, unapologetic and weathered in their style, is a timely band with staying power. Read More »Common Prayer [Feature]

Inner Prisms: Synchronicity [Album Review]

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There is something very grandfatherly about the music of Inner Prisms. It’s warm, comforting, and even a little bit mischievous. Whether singing about a dusty road or a kitty, the big city or past loves, these artists are great for making nostalgia a jovial experience.  Acoustic guitar, harmonicas, and swimming bass lines wield for us a harmless listening experience while certain tracks, such as the sitar laden “Mediation 1”, help mix things up a bit. Read More »Inner Prisms: Synchronicity [Album Review]

The Head And The Heart [Feature]

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The Head and the Heart craft songs of such sweetly cadenced melodies and rhythms we can’t help but feel all together joyful when we hear them. Their self-titled debut album is from beginning to end an effortlessly accessible celebration of a refusal to give in to the thick of things. With a beautiful sun-lit Americana style, this band captures in sound the idea that songs are stories. Stories about the hope, glory, and severity we experience while being uprooted and replanted. About what we’re looking for, what we’ve left behind and who we’ve found. Stories about us. Stirring together classic elements of guitar, percussion, piano, bass, and strings with gravely vocals and a touch of hand-clapping, this band has a maturity in their musicianship that defies expectation. The Head and the Heart’s folk/pop approach may not be new, but it’s sure as hell fun, rousing and full of spirit. Read More »The Head And The Heart [Feature]

King Charles [Feature]

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It’s so refreshing to hear songs that sound like nothing we’ve ever heard before. Songs that melt together so many different elements in rhythm and progression we don’t even know how to classify them, the closest description being something akin to classic English psychedelic folk pop. Read More »King Charles [Feature]

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