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Archive | R&B/Soul

Fur Coats

The haunted psychedelic patina of Fur Coats can take you in two very different directions. One is an eerie realm where discordant keys wrap through minor chord leads like a Tarantino score; the other is a wholesome high school dance floor where garage and R&B reigns supreme, as evidenced in their tune “Desperate,” which is […]

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Minden

What's More Than Appropriate? by Minden Minden may still be a relatively new addition to Portland, having relocated here from Kansas City in 2012. Their ravenous consumption of all things Portland, as well as their make-it-or-break-it path to take the live show experience to a whole new standard, has made them the veritable darlings of […]

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Brownish Black

Dancefloor by Brownish Black There are very few bands in the country, let alone Portland, who’ve so seamlessly married the feel-good tenets of soul, the sultriness of R&B and the groove of the legends who brought those genres to rock. It’s easy to spot-drop Otis Redding or The Staples Singers, but what Brownish Black accomplishes […]

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Thanks

Blood Sounds by Thanks The blues-y, psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll made by local six-piece outfit Thanks is often described as “dark soul,” though the term “modern soul” might be more appropriate. The band’s debut record Blood Sounds was released in January, and sounds almost like the Alabama Shakes discovered electronic pop, with a warm, noisy […]

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