“Dying To Pretend” by Pocketknife

Earworm hooks, shimmery synth, and catchy lyrics are the heart of this Portland synth-pop group.…

“Volume 1” by David Bazan & The Passenger String Quartet

I change my mind about this album as much as it changes my mood. Between…

“Listen” by The Kooks

The Kooks burst onto the indie scene back in 2006 with Inside In/Inside Out, a…

“Barragán” by Blonde Redhead

Despite almost 20 years of making records, Blonde Redhead have never had that breakthrough album…

“At Best Cuckold” by Avi Buffalo

Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg and friends were only in high school when they released 2010’s Avi Buffalo,…

“Wicked Nature” by The Vines

A dozen years removed from the irresistible snarl of Get Free, The Vines don’t sound…

“Ritual Repeat” by Tennis

In an era in which a nostalgia-themed pop is a safe bet for commercial success,…

“In Bardo” by White Arrows

Between death and rebirth, there is a liminal state known to the Tibetans as “Bardo.”…

The Last Internationale

Though they are based in the city that never sleeps, The Last Internationale aren’t just…

Sir Sly

The underground music scene in Portland, Oregon is exploding at the seams. When it comes to the…