Steiner Street’s debut ‘Time and Temperature’ breaks a trend

Posted on April 06, 2012 by Nick Capeless in Arts & Culture

The tendency to try and be something you’re not is a constant in pop punk, with many bands blending in metal with disastrous results like A Day To Remember, or others like All Time Low focusing more on the pop side of things and ending up gimmicky and cheesy. The genre is swiftly losing its punk […]

A&C Recommends: Kill the Karaoke at Bayside Bowl

Posted on February 03, 2012 by Nick Capeless in Arts & Culture

It seems like Wednesday night is Portland’s universal karaoke night throughout the city with other events at The Asylum and Old Port Tavern, but Kill the Karaoke at Bayside Bowl, located at 58 Alder St. does things a little differently. By abandoning the traditional karaoke style of people singing terribly over a poor quality instrumental […]

Despite setbacks, ‘Radioactive’ is a solid statement from Yelawolf

Posted on December 02, 2011 by Nick Capeless in Album Reviews

Hailing from the slums of Gadsden, AL, Yelawolf is no stranger to white trash.  Hell, he even has “Red” tattooed on his neck.  (Get it?). As the newest addition to Eminem’s Shady Records roster, Yelawolf has proven he’s an exception to the often disastrous “White Southern Rap” game. His influences in Southern rock, country and blues are clear […]

From suburbanite to superstar, ‘Camp’ is a success for Gambino

Posted on November 25, 2011 by Nick Capeless in Album Reviews

For an artist who started as a comedian, creating a serious hip-hop album is still a pretty outlandish concept; for it to actually be good is even more so. Enter the world of Childish Gambino. With his fourth full-length studio album Camp, Gambino – better known as comedian/actor Donald Glover – examines his new-found fame and the various ways of […]

With ‘Take Care’ Drake embraces maturity, darkness

Posted on November 10, 2011 by Nick Capeless in Album Reviews

Since his switch from actor to musician in 2006, Canadian star Drake has been able to find a solid balance between both his hip-hop and R&B tendencies. On his 2010 debut, Thank Me Later, Drake strived to create a more pop-friendly hip-hop sound intertwined with plenty of soulful production and seductively low vocals. With his […]

Wale’s ‘Ambition’ avoids the slump, for now

Posted on November 05, 2011 by Nick Capeless in Album Reviews

It’s all-too-common for a hip-hop artist to come out with a strong debut only to experience a sophomore slump with the next album. Washington D.C.’s MC Wale’s debut album Attention Deficit hit shelves in 2009 to critical acclaim but failed to achieve commercial success. For his second full-length Ambition, the MC was looking like he might fall into that same category as he […]

Justice goes pop with ‘Audio, Video, Disco’

Posted on October 20, 2011 by Nick Capeless in Album Reviews

Upon the release of their first album † in 2007, French duo Justice broke a sad tradition that many other electro/house musicians had started years earlier – they released an album that was actually good and not just pop filler compared to their acclaimed live set. Now, four years later, Justice makes their long anticipated return with […]

Gaslight Anthem vocalist tones it down for the Horrible Crowes

Posted on September 25, 2011 by Nick Capeless in Album Reviews

At first listen, “Elsie” appears to be little more than a tamed Gaslight record. Fallon’s unmistakable raspy voice croons heartfelt lyrics that tug on the heartstrings of nearly all of blue collar America. Gaslight’s clear punk influence is the most noticeable thing missing from the new project, so the songs are less edgy than with Fallon’s usual musical output.

“This is Our Science” has Astronautalis topping an already impressive career

Posted on September 11, 2011 by Nick Capeless in Album Reviews

I remember going to watch indie rapper P.O.S. with a close friend and seeing this pale, young man opening. With an electrifying stage presence and some of the most unique songs I’ve heard, he effortlessly stole the show. A few years later, Astronautalis might be one of my favorite acts, live or recorded. On the […]

The Weeknd uncovers the dark side of R&B on ‘Thursday’

Posted on September 02, 2011 by Nick Capeless in Album Reviews

With his first two mix tapes,  Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, has proven that even though he’s young, and has only played two live shows so far, he can still manage to generate a huge buzz behind his music. “Thursday,” the second of a planned trilogy for The Weeknd, has arrived on computers […]