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Editor Picks 44: Yup, Portland is Great by Jen
October 29, 2008, 7:51 am
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As a native of Portland (Oregon), I’m always hard-pressed to decide on my favorite Pacific Northwest band. I mean, not to brag, but we’ve produced some pretty amazing artists: Elliott Smith, Modest Mouse, Sleater-Kinney…I could go on and on. My new top pick are Oregonians the Helio Sequence. Though they’ve been on the indie radar for quite some time, their latest album (released last January) Keep Your Eyes Ahead is a must-listen. From shimmering sing-along pop to accessible folk anthems, all enhanced by lead singer Brandon Summers’s incredible rasp, it’s hard to believe that the group consists of a mere two members. Check out a live version of my favorite track, “Can’t Say No,” a propulsive, melancholic track whose lush sound is equaled by Summers’s intelligent and socially-conscious lyrics.

– Jen Gramer, Front of Book Editor

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