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Album Review: The Delines

Colfax (El Cortez)

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[AMERICANA NOIR] Save for one Randy Newman cover, the Delines’ debut album, Colfax, consists of 11 tracks penned by Richmond Fontaine songwriter and acclaimed novelist Willy Vlautin. But it play   More
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 JEFF ROSENBERG

Album Review: Anna Tivel

Before Machines (Fluff and Gravy)

Album Reviews
[SINGER-SONGWRITER] Anna Tivel, who previously performed and recorded as Anna and the Underbelly, is clearly curious to define herself, and has the metaphors to get there.    More
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 JEFF ROSENBERG

Extended Q&A: Patterson Hood

The Drive-By Trucker discusses his Portland residency, balancing family with band life, "drinking for a living," Willy Vlautin, Jason Isbell and...Kendrick Lamar?!


Tonight, Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood plays the second of three shows in his weekly residency at Doug Fir Lounge. Here's a Q&A with the Georgia-based songwriter, extended from a profile on Hood that appeared in last week's paper. You can also see Jeff Rosenberg's Top 5 Essential Patters...   More
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Migration Song

Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood heads northwest for the winter.

Music Stories
Last year, Patterson Hood—Alabama-born, Athens, Ga.-dwelling rock-’n’-roll songwriter and de facto leader of the celebrated Drive-By Truckers—brought his wife along on a Portland visit f   More
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 JEFF ROSENBERG

Top Five Essential Patterson Hood Songs

Top 5
“The Living Bubba,” Gangstabilly (1998) The Drive-By Truckers’ creation myth, anchoring their debut album with the doomed but galvanizing tale of an AIDS-stricken working musician, with its   More
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 JEFF ROSENBERG

Mic Check: Thomas Dolby

On The Invisible Lighthouse

Music Stories
From his early, electronic-infused New Wave hits to his current position as music director of TED—and encompassing his development of audio software used for ringtones—Thomas Dolby has always represented the vanguard of music and technology.   More
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 JEFF ROSENBERG

Primer: Swamp Dogg

Music Stories
Born: Jerry Williams Jr. in Portsmouth, Va., in 1942. Sounds like: A country-tinged, rock-informed soul shouter, wailing witty, dirty lyrics about conflicts between rich and poor, black and white   More
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 JEFF ROSENBERG

Live Review: Sparks at Aladdin Theater, 4/21

Plus an extended Q&A with Russell Mael.


"We don't have that much of a preconceived idea of what Portland will be like in a musical sense, or what the audience will be like," Sparks singer Russell Mael told me at the end of our half-hour conversation prior to the band’s first-ever appeara...   More
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Mic Check: Sparks

On sibling rivalries.

Music Stories
For the first time in its 42-year, 22-album career, Sparks is playing Portland. The Mael brothers’ Two Hands, One Mouth tour—the hands being those of composer-lyricist Ron Mael, as deployed    More
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 JEFF ROSENBERG

Live Review: Bob Seger at Rose Garden Arena, 3/30


Hate Bob Seger? There's an AP for that. But if you're less inimical toward the Bard of Motor City than my colleague AP Kryza—whose commentary on Seger in a recent WW offered the excuse that the rocker's music was force-fed him as a Michigan native—then Saturday night's show at t...   More
Monday, April 8, 2013 by JEFF ROSENBERG
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