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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

the reckoning:

Verdicts on New Music

Album Reviews
JEFF BUCKLEY Live at Sin-é (Legacy Edition)Jeff Buckley was a high-wire artist, balancing his impossibly supple voice and wicked guitar atop a line of transcendent influences made all his own ...   More
Wednesday, September 17, 2003 JEFF ROSENBERG


Portland country diva Little Sue gets by with a little help from her friends.

Music Stories
"Your love line changes a lot. After this important person leaves or dies, in fact, it splits, and meets up with your wisdom line, which I've never seen before. I don't know what that means!" --Pa ...   More
Wednesday, November 13, 2002 JEFF ROSENBERG


Bachir and Mustapha Attar launch the ancient traditions of Morocco's mountains into the 21st century.

Music Stories
The touring calendar these days is full of 20- and 30-year-old bands claiming to carry on a musical tradition. But Bachir Attar and his family are the real deal. The Master Musicians of Jajouka ha ...   More
Wednesday, September 26, 2001 JEFF ROSENBERG

They Live

The legendary Flatlanders return from the dead.

Music Stories
Something akin to an apparition graces the stage of the Aladdin this week: a group that hasn't performed together since its debut 30 years ago (when almost nobody cared), flying under the radar of ...   More
Wednesday, May 30, 2001 JEFF ROSENBERG
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