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Album Review: Fernando

Leave the Radio On (Fluff & Gravy)


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[SINGER-SONGROCKER] Wikipedia says the name Fernando means “courageous, adventurer, conqueror, and leader,” and as longtime watchers of Portland’s Americana scene know, in the case of Fernando V   More
 
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 JEFF ROSENBERG

Live Review: Janelle Monae and Wondaland at Roseland Theater, 8/25


In the '70s, given the vibrancy of their street-level politics and the febrile intensity of their music, some savvy PR flack dubbed the Clash "The Only Band That Matters." Monday night at the Roseland Theater, Janelle Monae closed the Portland stop on her Eephus Tour with what feels, at this moment, like The Only Song That Matters:    More
 
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Live Review: Ural Thomas & the Pain at Revolution Hall, Aug. 14

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It's been a busy summer for Ural Thomas & the Pain: cramming Sellwood Park with a couple thousand souls in July; cutting a debut album, which they wrapped the day before Friday's gig at Revolution Hall; and releasing their first 45, the initial copies of which arrived the day of the s...   More
 
Thursday, August 20, 2015 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Remembering Dave Camp, 1968-2015

The local musician and creative force succumbed to cancer last week.

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Something remarkable occurred on social media early last week, as Portland musician Dave Camp lay at home, dying of the stomach cancer he'd been diagnosed with three and a half months before, and to which he finally succumbed in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Camp's Facebook page was overrun by a tsunami of love and admiration, generated by the seismic impact his life and work had on the mu...   More
 
Monday, July 20, 2015 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Album Review: The Earnest Lovers

The Earnest Lovers (Self-Released)


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[HOMEGROWN HONKY-TONK] The Earnest Lovers are aptly named, and not just for the pun on seminal Opry star Ernest Tubb. There’s no ironic remove in their material, just sincere love for traditio   More
 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 JEFF ROSENBERG

Album Review: Michael Dean Damron

When the Darkness Come (Sad Crow)


Album Reviews
[SOMBER SONGWRITER] His much-loved country-punk band I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House may not be entirely a thing of the past, but as he closes in on one year of sobriety, Michael Dean Da   More
 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 JEFF ROSENBERG

Annalisa Tornfelt: Saturday, March 14

Staying classic in a digital world.


Music Stories
“Well, to answer your first question: Yes, I do want to be a star!” It wasn’t actually the first question I asked Annalisa Tornfelt during our chat in the sunny Southeast Portland studio   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 JEFF ROSENBERG

Show Preview: A Benefit for Too Slim


Music Stories
[BLUES MEDICINE] Smokin’ Spokane slide guitarist Tim “Too Slim” Langford has led Too Slim and the Taildraggers through three award-winning decades as one of the Northwest’s favorite blue   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 JEFF ROSENBERG

Show Preview: Lucinda Williams, Kenneth Brian Band


Music Stories
[AMERICANA DECLINE] In approaching last September’s double-disc Lucinda Williams album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, I’m compelled to paraphrase some forgotten critic’s review of a    More
 
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 JEFF ROSENBERG

Skip vonKuske: Every Monday

Need a cure for the Monday blues? Try “cellotronik.”


Music Stories
“A cellist walks into a bar” might sound more like a setup for a fish-out-of-water gag than a viable basis for a decade’s steady gig. But Skip vonKuske has long dedicated himself to bringi   More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 JEFF ROSENBERG
 

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