[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
Born: 1976 in New York City.
Sounds like: Ben Folds’ theater-geek high-school girlfriend.
For fans of: Referential piano-based pop music, Twin Peaks, Regina Spektor.
Latest release: T
[OLD-TIME PARTY MUSIC] It’s been well over a decade since
mandolinist Caleb Klauder and fiddle player Sammy Lind first met with
friends at the Northeast Portland pub the Moon and Sixpence to
Formed: In 1999 in Baltimore.
Sounds like: A surrealist Beach Boys with 21st-century editing software.
For fans of: The Flaming Lips, Dan Deacon, Vashti Bunyan.
Latest release: After pushing the ma
It took a village to make the psych-pop trio’s new album.
[BASEMENT PSYCH-POP] Prodding a band for
the story behind its name is typically a major faux pas, but the guys in
the We Shared Milk were asking for it.
were basically just making