July 13, 2020 in Album Reviews, Music, Producers, Video by

To Be Honest, No One Cares – Take it From Marcus McCauley

Cover Photo by Robert Schmeltzer. The first time I cried in a coffee shop, Marcus McCauley made me do it. I was listening to his latest album, No One Cares, intrigued by the fact that he wrote and produced the entire thing.

May 25, 2020 in Album Reviews, Music by

Making a Bold and Blonde Self Declaration, Archie Presents EP, ‘613’

Cover photo by Kalina Cimone. After taking some time for self-reflection, an artist previously known as PSA has reemerged as Archie, presenting a 4-track EP entitled 613. The numerically named-project presents as a fine, 4-act Broadway play. With engaging elegance, Archie walks us through each scene, using her voice as her primary prop. Let’s get

May 7, 2020 in Album Reviews, Music by

From Mixtapes to Grayscale, From Grayscale to COLORS: The Rise of Donte Thomas

Cover Photo by Reclusive. I recall seeing the name prior to that moment, but I never actually tapped in… Donte Thomas. His recently released visual for a track entitled “OFF WHITE,” was making rounds on my timeline, so I decided to give it a view. I clicked play and sat back in my chair. It was

March 5, 2019 in Album Reviews, Interviews by

Brookfield Duece Hits The Mark With Upcoming Album “America’s Orphans”

Now this is what a studio album is supposed to sound like. Oakland’s Brookfield Duece is no stranger to Portland rap. For five-plus years, he’s been in the mix, finding his lane and directing traffic in a crowded creative scene. His upcoming offering, America’s Orphans, is unequivocally his best work to date. The conceptually heavy

February 14, 2018 in Album Reviews, WOHM Premiere by

Al-One Releases “Back 2 The Northwest” On Stand Alone Records

Just six months after dropping his 2017 album, Sharptongue, Sandpeople alum Al-One is back with another full-length album with Back 2 The Northwest. While the crafty NW vet’s discography dates back to the late 90s, B2TNW is the flagship project for his new record label, Stand Alone Records, and what an entrance it is. The unique

January 26, 2018 in Album Reviews, R&B, Women by

Paris Alexa – Bloom [ALBUM]

Singer/looper/producer Paris Alexa dropped her highly anticipated new project, Bloom, this morning, and it’s everything we wanted.  The 7-track R&B/Soul experience is solid from top to bottom, putting the 19 year old Seattle songstress’ skills on full display. Acoustic and upbeat production pairs wonderfully with Paris’ powerful voice, lending to a sensual and intimate listen.  Deadhead

January 20, 2018 in Album Reviews, Live Music, Music by

Dave B – Pearl [ALBUM]

Admittedly, I’m late getting to this Dave B album. But with a project this good, there’s really no time limits. Easily one of my favorite artists in the Northwest, Dave continues his streak of dropping consistent and timeless music with Pearl.  From the opening track to the bonus track, Dave’s 3rd album impresses with smart lyrics,

December 27, 2017 in Album Reviews, Video by

The Ultimate Listener’s Guide To Better Late Than Never

Front Page Music signee Brookfield Duece dropped a Soundcloud mixtape this month in curious fashion, releasing one EP at a time for four weeks, the sum of which form an impressively coherent – if not concise – mixtape. Better Late Than Never is a complex project that offers quite a lot beyond the tricky packaging. Ambitious in

September 7, 2017 in Album Reviews by

Rasheed Jamal – Indigo Child [ALBUM]

Cover photo by Renee Lopez Portland has put out some really good projects this year, but few have moved me as much as Indigo Child by Rasheed Jamal, available in full on Spotify and iTunes. Jamming 13 songs into 46 skit-free minutes, Rasheed masterfully executed his vision for navigating his continued existence in a flawed

June 10, 2017 in Album Reviews, Music by

Al-One: The Remedy – Sharptongue [EP]

“Rey on the dang drums, motivate me to say su’um/  For real I been a microphone killa since day one” From The Chosen, to Sandpeople, to Alphabet Stew, Al-One has been one of Portland’s most respected underground MCs since the late nineties and never strays from his roots.  His latest solo venture, Sharptongue, serves as a