Articles by: Brice Ezell

Live Review: Zappa Plays Zappa Gels with the Portland Weird at the Roseland Theater (January 31st, 2014)

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What makes this performance so stellar is that it never feels like imitation, even really good imitation.

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The 10 Best Metal Albums of 2013

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The albums that make up this list reflect metal’s increasing ability to outgrow people’s conceptions of it, in the process making progress not just for itself, but all the other genres it’s come to challenge.

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Live Review: Steven Wilson Brings Prog Majesty at London ‘Homecoming’ Show (October 20th, 2013)

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It's tough to argue against his stature as the progressive rock icon.

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Hidden Jams: sleepmakeswaves, ‘…and so we destroyed everything’

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It's immersive in exactly the way instrumental music should strive to be -- it doesn’t insist upon its own epic qualities.

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Album Preview: Moon Safari to Release Fourth Studio LP, ‘Himblabacken Vol. 1,’ in August

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Check out a preview of the Swedish prog band's new LP.

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Hidden Jams: Ending Satellites and Solkyri

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Recently, I came upon two wondrous releases — an EP and an LP — that it pains me to say will fly under all of the critical radars come the year’s end

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The Morning After: Deafheaven and Marriages at Bunk Bar, Portland, OR

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Just like the salmon pink sleeve art to its incredible sophomore album, Sunbather, Deafheaven doesn’t do a lot to try to seem like a “black metal band.”

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