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From Ragtag to Riches

An unlikely team, Heroes & Villains offer their services as Portland's newest cutest band.

Music Stories
Right now there are grinning glances passing between five musicians onstage, the look of folks discovering the fun of playing together, finding new magic in the music they're making. Each of them will ...   More
Wednesday, May 11, 2005 JEFF ROSENBERG

500 Words with ... Alejandro Escovedo

Music Stories
The last time WW spoke to semi-legendary Texas songwriter-singer-guitarist Alejandro Escovedo was in 2002, while he was touring in support of By the Hand of the Father, a moving work about Mexican-Ame ...   More
Wednesday, April 6, 2005 JEFF ROSENBERG

Movin' Outside

Busy singer-songwriter Lara Michell has found herself. Now she wants to share it with you.

Music Stories
The third track on Lara Michell's newly released Ruby Red starts out predictably enough. The song, "Outside the Inside," begins with a delicately fingerpicked, symmetrical pattern akin to the material ...   More
Wednesday, January 12, 2005 JEFF ROSENBERG


Album Reviews
Terry Allen's debut, Juarez, originally released in 1976, was thankfully reissued in 2004 to claim its place as one of the greatest albums ever recorded in any genre. And if that's not enough of a pre ...   More
Wednesday, January 5, 2005 JEFF ROSENBERG

Allen Ginsberg / Leonard Cohen / William Shatner

Old Jewish poets never go away, they simply say, "Oy vey." New testaments from Ginsberg, Cohen and Shatner

Album Reviews
Allen Ginsberg's Wichita Vortex Sutra, though recorded 10 years ago and written almost three decades before that, might be the most timely of three recent, mostly spoken-word releases from the mouths ...   More
Wednesday, December 8, 2004 JEFF ROSENBERG

The Long Run

Stumptown's six-string savant Lewi Longmire finally gets around to that solo album.

Music Stories
Widely known to possess some of the hottest guitar chops--not to mention the sharpest trousers--in Portland's throbbing-with-talent roots-rock scene, New Mexico-born Lewi Longmire has graced local sta ...   More
Wednesday, November 24, 2004 JEFF ROSENBERG


Already a developing star in Europe, Seattle's Laura Veirs plots an assault on her homeland.

Music Stories
Laura Veirs might sing sad and lovely melodies over minor-chord changes, but not in a way you've heard before. Unlike some slow-folkies, her music is not filled with misery but, rather, full of myster ...   More
Wednesday, November 3, 2004 JEFF ROSENBERG

500 Words with ... DAN BERN

The man who wrote Songs to Beat Bush By contemplates the worth of political music, the taxing effect of the election season and Springsteen.

Music Stories
Songwriter Dan Bern is so prolific and topical that he's become a musical short-order cook of sorts, making juicy song-burgers out of sacred cows. His latest batch in the record racks is My Country II ...   More
Wednesday, October 27, 2004 JEFF ROSENBERG

Brian Wilson / The Blue Nile

Album Reviews
Brian WilsonSmileNonesuchThe shelf life on this long-unreleased Beach Boys album proves lengthy as Wilson re-records the songs of a younger man. Sure, it's kind of creepy. But go with it.As my editor ...   More
Wednesday, October 6, 2004 JEFF ROSENBERG


Mark Eitzel and his San Francisco band welcome the world back to the American Music Club.

Music Stories
Christened by songwriter Mark Eitzel, who combined the three words he believed should never appear in a band name, San Francisco's American Music Club made a reputation around the turn of the last dec ...   More
Wednesday, September 1, 2004 JEFF ROSENBERG
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