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Live Review: Patti Smith at Crystal Ballroom, 2/26

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"Fuck the Oscars—I win!" So declared Patti Smith from the stage at the Crystal Ballroom last Tuesday, bragging that she'd received, right from the hand of Kevin Shields, the very first copy of the new My Bloody Valentine album. But she immediately followed by saying she didn't mean it, that she watches the Oscars every year, and loves Jennifer Lawrence. To prove it, she pu...   More
 
Sunday, March 3, 2013 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Legendary Portland Songwriter Pete Krebs Has Cancer

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Guitarist, singer and songwriter Pete Krebs, one of Portland music's longtime leading lights, has been diagnosed with stage two dismoplastic melanoma, a rare form of cancer which is unresponsive to such treatments as radiation and chemotherapy, according to an online request for financial assistance by his wife, Rebecca. Surger...   More
 
Monday, February 4, 2013 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Primer: World Party


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Born: In Prestatyn, Wales, in 1957. Formed: In 1986 in London. Sounds like: Beatlesque melodies and gentle-Jagger vocals mixed with Neil Young-aspiring lyrics and Prince-ly production touches. For    More
 
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 JEFF ROSENBERG

Primer: Bettye LaVette


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Born: Betty Haskins, Jan. 29, 1946 Sounds like: A throwback—the good kind—to the chitlin’ circuit, armed with a savvy, personalized rock repertoire. For fans of: Tina Turner, crossover R&B   More
 
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 JEFF ROSENBERG

Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons: Friday, March 16

They can’t all be “Love Land.”


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[SINGER-SONGROCKER] Plenty of artists have fallen through the music-biz cracks, but few have lodged in those cracks like an irritant in an oyster and spent the next couple of decades cranking out    More
 
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 JEFF ROSENBERG

Strike Up the Band

John Wesley Harding was a friend to the Portlanders.


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John Wesley Harding and the Decemberists’ Jenny Conlee are trading a Chuck Berry-style do-si-do. No, not the duck walk, but that other thing Chuck does—bent at the knee and pointing one foot out   More
 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 JEFF ROSENBERG

Primer: Judy Collins


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Born: May 1, 1939, in Seattle.  Sounds like: A cool glass of water in a beautiful, cut-crystal flute.  For fans of: Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, folk art and song.  Latest release: Thi   More
 
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 JEFF ROSENBERG

Amelia's Teisha June Helgerson (August 3, 1969 - September 29, 2011)

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Beloved vocalist, musician and songwriter Teisha Helgerson (pronounced "Teesha"), frontwoman for celebrated Portland band Amelia, passed away at her home last Thursday afternoon, at the far-too-young age of 42. Though she'd fought a particularly virulent form of cancer (chronic lymphocitic leukemia, or CLL, extremely rare in people her age) for most of the last decade, her demise came with unantic...   More
 
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Album Review: Richmond Fontaine

The High Country (El Cortez)


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[LIT-COUNTRY] More than five minutes pass on Richmond Fontaine’s new, 10th album, The High Country, before Willy Vlautin’s voice is heard. His singing voice, that is; it’s clear from the openi   More
 
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 JEFF ROSENBERG

The Slow Drags, Saturday, July 23

The Slow Drags soldier on, even without their fallen frontman.


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[PORTLANDICANA] The title of the new, posthumous release from Portland singer-songwriter Scotland Barr and his band, the Slow   More
 
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 JEFF ROSENBERG
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