Born: In Bayamón, Puerto Rico, in 1975.
Sounds like: A prolific experimentalist now financially secure enough to operate without any semblance of a creative filter.
For fans of: The Mars Volta, Joh
[PSYCHEDELIC BLUES ROCK] Uncle Walker’s Amber Restorative, the debut LP from Portland quartet Spirit Lake, has a history far grander than that suggested by the group’s slight résumé.
Sixto Rodriguez rises from the record bin of history.
Sixto Rodriguez is having his moment in the limelight. Finally.
singer-songwriter from Detroit has been touring regularly since the
beginning of the year, playing festivals
Born: 1939 in Corsicana, Texas.
Sounds like: Everything that’s
grizzled and red-blooded—and, conversely, good and Christian—about
country music, condensed into the body and voice of a man w
A Detroit native finds his soul in the heart of the Rose City.
[GARAGE SOUL] Soul doesn’t come naturally
to the lily-white Northwest. In the case of Brownish Black’s M.D.
Sharbatz, though, it wasn’t until he moved to Portland, oddly enough,
that the s
[BRITISH FOLK] “I’m not very good at
doing what I’m told,” says Michael Chapman through a crackling phone
line from Leeds, England. That’s an understatement. At age 71, Chapman,
Formed: 1988 on Washington’s Orcas Island.
Sounds like: Indigo Girls meet Blues Traveler, then go on to form Fleetwood Mac.
For fans of: The ’90s; the Beavers; a wildly
talented troupe o
How legendary U.K. dance duo Orbital got its groove back.
For nearly 25 years, one of the most
instantly recognizable sounds and looks in electronic dance music has
belonged to Orbital. Which isn’t to imply the U.K.-based duo has been
hitting the sam
A Portland pop mainstay reveals his classical side.
[CLASSICAL] When he was 11 years old, Alan Singley bought
an album containing all of Beethoven’s symphonies. This wasn’t a
parental directive; they listened mostly to classic rock. Rather, it