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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

The Thorn Festival Hit Parade

Casual Sex! Drunken Debauchery! Dead Junkies! Lousy Weather! It's Portland on the Radio.

Featured Stories
Dating back at least to 1909's "By the Banks of the Old Willamette," our stumpy little town has been memorialized in song numerous times--enough that you could soundtrack your entire Rose Festival exp ...   More
Wednesday, June 2, 2004 JEFF ROSENBERG

Two Weeks of Freaks and Geeks

I'm regressing. Dreaming of high school again. It's all coming back: visions of humiliations private and public, of doing or saying or wearing the wrong thing, in the wrong place, at the wrongest poss ...   More
Wednesday, May 12, 2004 JEFF ROSENBERG

Re-Modeling America

New Model Army return to the U.S. after a 10-year absence to preach to its small but devoted choir.

Music Stories
Take the early Cure's dark, post-punk pop soundscape--minor keys, burbling basslines, strummed acoustic backdrops, slashing keys and guitars. Now add a drummer out for blood, kicking the whole thi ...   More
Wednesday, November 26, 2003 JEFF ROSENBERG
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