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In Memoriam: Paul deLay

Native Portland harmonica master Paul deLay died in the early hours of Wednesday morning, just a month or so past his 55th birthday, and just days after learning he had terminal leukemia. He'd battled health problems for years, but he must have counted his blessing...   More
Friday, March 9, 2007 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Patty "Heart" Townes Friday & Saturday, Jan. 26-27

[OFFBEAT TRIBUTE] To the accompaniment of a lone banjo player—whose shadow on the backdrop starts sprouting serpents—a clown dressed as what indie-folkie Holcombe Waller calls "this rattlesnake-charmer voodoo business guy" steps out. As viola and cello join in, said guy (who goes by Mihael Sagalovesky) then begins to sing a sly request laden with Southern gothic gloom: "Won't you lend ...   More
Wednesday, January 24, 2007 by JEFF ROSENBERG

PASSING THROUGH: Joanna Newsom at the Aladdin Theater, Dec. 3, 2006

"Hello, Maine!" Joanna Newsom shouted mischievously, following her opening song Sunday night at the Aladdin. After everyone had a hearty chuckle, she made it clear that she knew she was really in Oregon. With most artists, such clarification would be gratuitous, but Newsom's so quirky that it was probably wise...   More
Wednesday, December 6, 2006 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Mike Coykendall, Friday Nov. 11

[PSYCH-FOLK] Besides leading alt-country's Old Joe Clarks through the late '90s, singer/guitarist Mike Coykendall has accomplished a helluva lot since moving here from 'Frisco in 1999. He's produced several albums for artists whose impact reaches far beyond Portland—such as M. Ward and Richmond Fontaine—and also released his own hushed, effects-laden solo debut, Hello Hello Hello   More
Wednesday, November 15, 2006 by JEFF ROSENBERG

PROFILE: Dirty Martini

[SINGERS-SONGWRITERS] I arrive at McKinley's bungalow, staggering distance from the Space Room and other upper-Hawthorne watering holes, to find the three ladies of Dirty Martini perched on countertops, sipping cocktails, awaiting homemade pizza from the oven and giggling up a storm. As I'm handed a drink, the...   More
Wednesday, September 27, 2006 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Catch A Wave

Peter Ames Carlin captures the Beach Boys' Smile and pain.

Every literate rocker knows that the Beach Boys' sunny veneer masked a melanoma of family dysfunction metastasizing beneath the skin, dooming the boy genius behind it all. Most writing on them falls i ...   More
Wednesday, September 27, 2006 JEFF ROSENBERG

Passing Through: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, July 29 at the Amphitheater at Clark County

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers barnstormed into Vancouver on this Saturday night, halfway into what he claims might be his final tour (surely, before the inevitable "comeback" tour, the "reunion" tour, the "sponsored by Depends" tour...). But for a 60-year-old, the eternally youthful Petty seemed plenty spry...   More
Tuesday, August 1, 2006 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Writin' The Storm Out

Local bassist goes to New Orleans a sideman, returns a songwriter.

Riff City
Matt Voth's chance phone call to an old college buddy last September found his friend down in Louisiana, working for a firm involved with disaster relief there. "Man, you'd be perfect for this job," w ...   More
Wednesday, June 21, 2006 JEFF ROSENBERG

Yahoo For Dahoo

The secular singers of the Dahoo Chorus preach the classic-rock catechism.

Featured Stories
I'm watching about 20 young people huddled in the round inside a warehouse studio in Southeast Portland. The group repeatedly clusters off into smaller sections, then reassembles back into the larger ...   More
Wednesday, November 2, 2005 JEFF ROSENBERG


Foghorn Stringband makes it to the top of the old-time pile by sticking to tradition.

Music Stories
The title of Foghorn Stringband's new release, Weiser Sunrise, celebrates the band's origin at the 2001 National Fiddle Championships in Weiser (pronounced like the nerd-rock group), Idaho, and shares ...   More
Wednesday, August 17, 2005 JEFF ROSENBERG
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