SHARK-FIN AWARDS

Noir Dream “Within” (EP)

Noir Dream have no interest in being a copycat band. They’ve been cultivating their sound in the deep Portland underground, and despite COVID creating a chokehold on the independent music scene, they’ve managed to get even better at their craft in the past two years. Their new EP Within is scoring …

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Max Feinstein “Redefine” (LP)

Max Feinstein’s journey leading him to write and record his album Redefine isn’t especially unusual. We’ve heard of artists, musicians or otherwise, overcoming medical difficulties to produce memorable and lasting work. It isn’t his struggle with hemophilia and its side effects that set him apart. It’s the wild and rollicking creativity present …

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Wave 21 “Way Far Back” (SINGLE/VIDEO)

There’s something devilishly addictive about the giant beat that kicks off “Way Far Back,” and even without the presence of Steve Hill sitting in with Wave 21 for this performance, it would nonetheless feel like one of the hotter tracks on the band’s album Brace Yourself. The vocal harmonies are …

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Go to Space Die “Red Air Don’t Care” (LP)

Dagan Thogerson’s nearly two-decade run as drummer for indie rock vets Murder By Death isn’t enough for the talented musician. He’s found another outlet for his restless creativity with the instrumental project Go to Space Die and the eight-track debut Red Air Don’t Care. He’s written vigorous progressive rock composition for …

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Mumex Trio “Folds of Time” (LP)

As an art form, jazz is best described as brilliantly organized chaos, dependent on the more calculated players in music to really do its core aesthetics justice. In this regard, the new album Folds of Time from Mumex Trio is certainly one of the more complete jazz listens I’ve had the opportunity …

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Yardan “Buzzin’ Fly” (SINGLE)

There aren’t many string instruments that can contribute the sweet tone a mandolin does no matter what the backdrop happens to be, and while it serves a rather indulgent purpose in the new single “Buzzin’ Fly” from Yardan, Andrew Hendryx’s play is by far one of the most compelling elements …

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