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BAND OF THE MINUTE The sophisticated-but-rustic folk of Horse Feathers gets more refined on Cynic’s New Year, with 13 players fleshing out Justin Ringle’s songs. (Kill Rock Stars, April 17)

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NIGHTSTAND A Very Minor Prophet (Hawthorne, $20) portrays author James Bernard Frost’s surreal vision of Portland—spiced up by a dwarf preacher—with wild cut-and-paste design.

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WORKSHOP Sarah Atkins wasn’t looking to start a business, but when a stranger tried to buy a bag she’d made, she decided to “take things to the next level.” This spring, she expands Martine’s line of handbags, wallets, and clutches, with a look the 31-year-old Colorado transplant describes as “simple, rugged, but still feminine.” At Isaac Hers, Radish Underground, and Rock n’ Rose; martinesatchels.com launches this spring.

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EXPORT Avid climber Bill Amos saw major brands abandoning serious alpinists in favor of “lifestyle” customers—so he launched his own company, NW Alpine, in 2010. The Black Spider hoodie captures his approach: minimal, functional, and long in sleeve and midriff to suit climbing harnesses and overhead ice-axe action. nwalpine.com

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BIG IDEA Local “data visualization” firm Periscopic created four ways to understand the predicament of our iconic fish. Visual Sockeye, the firm’s project for Portland’s Wild Salmon Center, uses watershed maps, timelines, and tables of cold, hard, fishy facts. The coolest format of all: “clusters,” which portray data as blobs of color in an array that shifts based on viewers’ interests. “We wanted an element with motion and life,” says Periscopic partner Dino Citraro. stateofthesalmon.org/iucn

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CUTENESS AMOK Portland-based former New York Times illustrator Phil Marden stamps a whimsical, cartoony, throwback aesthetic on his own Pilloporto cushions, aprons, totes, and towels. pilloporto.com

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