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Migration Song

Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood heads northwest for the winter.

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Last year, Patterson Hood—Alabama-born, Athens, Ga.-dwelling rock-’n’-roll songwriter and de facto leader of the celebrated Drive-By Truckers—brought his wife along on a Portland visit f   More
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 JEFF ROSENBERG

Top Five Essential Patterson Hood Songs

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“The Living Bubba,” Gangstabilly (1998) The Drive-By Truckers’ creation myth, anchoring their debut album with the doomed but galvanizing tale of an AIDS-stricken working musician, with its   More
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 JEFF ROSENBERG

Mic Check: Thomas Dolby

On The Invisible Lighthouse

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From his early, electronic-infused New Wave hits to his current position as music director of TED—and encompassing his development of audio software used for ringtones—Thomas Dolby has always represented the vanguard of music and technology.   More
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 JEFF ROSENBERG

Primer: Swamp Dogg

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Born: Jerry Williams Jr. in Portsmouth, Va., in 1942. Sounds like: A country-tinged, rock-informed soul shouter, wailing witty, dirty lyrics about conflicts between rich and poor, black and white   More
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 JEFF ROSENBERG

Live Review: Sparks at Aladdin Theater, 4/21

Plus an extended Q&A with Russell Mael.


"We don't have that much of a preconceived idea of what Portland will be like in a musical sense, or what the audience will be like," Sparks singer Russell Mael told me at the end of our half-hour conversation prior to the band’s first-ever appeara...   More
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Mic Check: Sparks

On sibling rivalries.

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For the first time in its 42-year, 22-album career, Sparks is playing Portland. The Mael brothers’ Two Hands, One Mouth tour—the hands being those of composer-lyricist Ron Mael, as deployed    More
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 JEFF ROSENBERG

Live Review: Bob Seger at Rose Garden Arena, 3/30


Hate Bob Seger? There's an AP for that. But if you're less inimical toward the Bard of Motor City than my colleague AP Kryza—whose commentary on Seger in a recent WW offered the excuse that the rocker's music was force-fed him as a Michigan native—then Saturday night's show at t...   More
Monday, April 8, 2013 by JEFF ROSENBERG

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

patti smith

"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


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
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