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.
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
[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
John Wesley Harding was a friend to the Portlanders.
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
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
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...
[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
Holcombe Waller finds some dark pleasure in a painful business.
“I just want to talk less and less,” says Holcombe Waller.
“It’s like, conversations walk by and I have all these ideas of things
to say, and I just sit there and let them go because I’m l
Born: 1951 in Hull, Quebec.
Sounds like: One cubic yard of Delta swampland—mud, crickets, humid air and all—encased in a Plexiglas shell.
For fans of: U2, Bob Dylan, Eno, gumbo, mojo.