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New Health Rock: Q&A w/Jeremy Wilson (First in a Multi-Part Series)


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I originally intended to sprinkle some quotes from my interview with legendary local musician and Dharma Bums leader Jeremy Wilson throughout an article about his new, eponymous Foundation and the issue of health care for musicians. But from the moment he answered the phone Tuesday morning,...   More
 
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Kinky Friedman

The songwriter, author and writer talks Callahan, politics and legendary fails.


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With the 1973 release of his classic debut, Sold American, singer-songwriter Kinky Friedman emerged with a fully formed, wholly unique Jewish cowboy persona—soo-ee generis, as it were. Hilarious ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 JEFF ROSENBERG

Q&A: Kinky Friedman


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With the 1973 release of his now-classic debut, Sold American, singer-songwriter Kinky Friedman emerged with a fully-formed, wholly unique Jewish cowboy persona—soo-ee generis, as it were. Hilariously offensive ditties like the bigot-baiting "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore...   More
 
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Live Review: Adam Lambert, July 21 at Crystal Ballroom


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BREAKING NEWS: Glambert is the real deal.

And not just because he introduced lasers to the Crystal Ballroom for the first time in memory last night. Because he's a supremely confident performer who nonetheless projects a charming soupçon of humility onstage. Because his s...   More
 
Thursday, July 22, 2010 by JEFF ROSENBERG

LIVE REVIEW: James Taylor & Carole King; Troubadour Reunion Tour, May 7 at the Rose Garden


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James Taylor's voice is like water: smooth, clear, easy to mistake for flavorless until those momentary thirsty epiphanies where you sit upright and say "Mmmm! Water's gooood!" Similarly, while I greatly enjoyed—and was indeed moved by—Friday night's collaborative show by Tay...   More
 
Monday, May 10, 2010 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Extended Q&A with Van Dyke Parks, Part 2


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Here is the second half of Jeff Rosenberg's extensive conversation with the pop-music Zelig who goes by the name of Van Dyke Parks, in which they discuss his lyrical style and subject matter, musical tastes, political opinions, and (yes) a little bit about Smile.

WW: In you...   More
 
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Van Dyke Parks Wednesday, Feb. 10


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Van Dyke Parks plays Portland tonight. Immediately tweet the following peeps: 1) Beach Boys/Brian Wilson obsessives, 2) students of rock history and 3) anyone interested in the intersection of popular and classical music. Talk about a rare opportunity: Though Parks has made records since 1966, this is the Los Angeles composer/arranger/producer’s first concert tour—and it’s...   More
 
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Van Dyke Parks Wednesday, Feb. 10


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Van Dyke Parks plays Portland tonight. Immediately tweet the following peeps: 1) Beach Boys/Brian Wilson obsessives, 2) students of rock history and 3) anyone interested in the intersection of popular ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 JEFF ROSENBERG

Extended Q&A with Van Dyke Parks


Music
Well, we don't usually do this, but seeing as how Van Dyke Parks is a living legend and his Portland show is at Mississippi Studios on Wednesday (inconveniently, the same day WW comes out), we decided to run an extended Q&A with him a couple days before the article hit the racks. Enjoy...   More
 
Monday, February 8, 2010 by JEFF ROSENBERG

CD Review: The Dimes


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The King Can Drink the Harbor Dry (Pet Marmoset Records)

[ANTIQUE POP] Dimes, can you spare a brother? Spare me your tedious mid-tempo strumming, wan melodies, sedate vocals, and especially, your humorless lyrical gloss on a CliffsNotes summary of a high-school American history textbook. Yes, your sophomore release, The King Can Drink the Harbor Dry, sure sounds pretty...   More
 
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 by JEFF ROSENBERG
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