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Drama King

Songwriter Holcombe Waller’s Wayfinders takes the stage.


Music Stories
After relocating to Portland from San Francisco in 2005 and promptly releasing Troubled Times—one of the strongest albums to come out of Stumptown in the past decade—it took singer-songwrite   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 JEFF ROSENBERG

Album Review: A Year Afar

Better Life (Self-Released)


Album Reviews
[ART POP] On debut EP Better Life, A Year Afar adorns striking vocalist Suzanne Tufan with savvy support from Box Set guitarist Jim Brunberg, longtime Holcombe Waller collaborator Ben Landsverk    More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 JEFF ROSENBERG

Album Review: The Delines

Colfax (El Cortez)


Album Reviews
[AMERICANA NOIR] Save for one Randy Newman cover, the Delines’ debut album, Colfax, consists of 11 tracks penned by Richmond Fontaine songwriter and acclaimed novelist Willy Vlautin. But it play   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 JEFF ROSENBERG

Album Review: Anna Tivel

Before Machines (Fluff and Gravy)


Album Reviews
[SINGER-SONGWRITER] Anna Tivel, who previously performed and recorded as Anna and the Underbelly, is clearly curious to define herself, and has the metaphors to get there.    More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 JEFF ROSENBERG

Extended Q&A: Patterson Hood

The Drive-By Trucker discusses his Portland residency, balancing family with band life, "drinking for a living," Willy Vlautin, Jason Isbell and...Kendrick Lamar?!

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Tonight, Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood plays the second of three shows in his weekly residency at Doug Fir Lounge. Here's a Q&A with the Georgia-based songwriter, extended from a profile on Hood that appeared in last week's paper. You can also see Jeff Rosenberg's Top 5 Essential Patters...   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Migration Song

Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood heads northwest for the winter.


Music Stories
Last year, Patterson Hood—Alabama-born, Athens, Ga.-dwelling rock-’n’-roll songwriter and de facto leader of the celebrated Drive-By Truckers—brought his wife along on a Portland visit f   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 JEFF ROSENBERG

Top Five Essential Patterson Hood Songs


Top 5
“The Living Bubba,” Gangstabilly (1998) The Drive-By Truckers’ creation myth, anchoring their debut album with the doomed but galvanizing tale of an AIDS-stricken working musician, with its   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 JEFF ROSENBERG

Mic Check: Thomas Dolby

On The Invisible Lighthouse


Music Stories
From his early, electronic-infused New Wave hits to his current position as music director of TED—and encompassing his development of audio software used for ringtones—Thomas Dolby has always represented the vanguard of music and technology.   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 JEFF ROSENBERG

Primer: Swamp Dogg


Music Stories
Born: Jerry Williams Jr. in Portsmouth, Va., in 1942. Sounds like: A country-tinged, rock-informed soul shouter, wailing witty, dirty lyrics about conflicts between rich and poor, black and white   More
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 JEFF ROSENBERG

Live Review: Sparks at Aladdin Theater, 4/21

Plus an extended Q&A with Russell Mael.

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"We don't have that much of a preconceived idea of what Portland will be like in a musical sense, or what the audience will be like," Sparks singer Russell Mael told me at the end of our half-hour conversation prior to the band’s first-ever appeara...   More
 
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 by JEFF ROSENBERG
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