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Rodriguez, Wednesday, June 24

Seattle unearths cold artifacts from a rediscovered genius.


Music Stories
[COLD ARTIFACT] Imagine a Mexican-American Donovan, spilling out prodigious, Dylanesque poetry—only rather than Donovan’s fantasias of bananas and Atlantis, these songs rise like steam fro ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 JEFF ROSENBERG

An Animated Conversation with Bill Wadhams of Animotion


Despite the new music he's made since moving to Portland in 1993, Bill Wadhams may forever be defined by the moment he donned that Roman helmet, poolside, in the '80s apotheosis (or apocalypse) that was the "Obsesssion" video. Despite some credible pop chops, L.A.'s Animotion never got past tha...   More
 
Thursday, June 18, 2009 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Sweetjuice, Saturday, May 9


Folkies gone electric celebrate 20 years of sweet tunes.

Best New Bands are all well and good, but there’s also something to be said for longevity in pursuit of a shared goal. This week, singer-songwriters Adam East and Kris Deelane kick off a celebration of their 20th anniversary as musical partners­—a bond that’s outlasted their romantic partnership by 13 yea...   More
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Sweetjuice, Saturday, May 9

Folkies gone electric celebrate 20 years of sweet tunes


Music Stories
Best New Bands are all well and good, but there’s also something to be said for longevity in pursuit of a shared goal. This week, singer-songwriters Adam East and Kris Deelane kick off a celebra ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 JEFF ROSENBERG

Paula Sinclair Saturday, March 28


Local songwriter has a voice—and songs—that defy description.

[ALT-COUNTRY] Try describing the sound of your favorite singer’s voice. Tricky, huh? Writers often compare singers to other, better-known ones because it’s easy, and even the best vocalists betray their influences: similar phrasing here, a borrowed inflection there. But Portlander Paula Sinclair th...   More
 
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Paula Sinclair Saturday, March 28

Local songwriter has a voice—and songs—that defy description.


Music Stories
[ALT-COUNTRY] Try describing the sound of your favorite singer’s voice. Tricky, huh? Writers often compare singers to other, better-known ones because it’s easy, and even the best vocalist ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 JEFF ROSENBERG

The Decemberists, The Hazards of Love (Capitol)


[ROCK OPERA] When called up to the majors for 2006's The Crane Wife, the Decemberists brought their conceptual A-game. For the follow-up, they've gone fully long-form with a 17-part, hourlong rock opera, The Hazards of Love. Literate leader Colin Meloy has cast, as his story's two female characters, sweet-voiced Becky Stark of pop-folkies Lavender Diamond and powerhouse alto Shara Wo...   More
 
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 by JEFF ROSENBERG

The Decemberists, The Hazards of Love (Capitol)


Music Stories
[ROCK OPERA] When called up to the majors for 2006’s The Crane Wife, the Decemberists brought their conceptual A-game. For the follow-up, they’ve gone fully long-form with a 17-part, hourl ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 JEFF ROSENBERG

Reviews: Chris Robley and Future Historians



Chris Robley Movie Theatre Haiku
(SMART POP)
After being impressed with Chris Robley's 2005 debut, This Is The, and by his work with sometime band the Sort-Ofs and other projects, I took last year's terrific baroque-pop album, The Drunken Dance of Modern Man in Love, to be something close to the full flowering of his songwriting and production gifts. This paper duly dubbed it...   More
 
Wednesday, December 3, 2008 by JEFF ROSENBERG

(D)early Departed (K-Wheel Records)


[UNDERGROUND MUSIC] Creative sparks come in the strangest places, and several local songwriters recently found macabre inspiration in one of Southeast Portland’s oldest and most beautiful spots, Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery (est. 1855). An enchanting new collection titled (D)early Departed: True Lies in Song Unearthed from Lone Fir Cemetery gathers tracks by some of Portland’s fine...   More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2008 by JEFF ROSENBERG
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