Music StoriesFrom 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
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
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
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...
"Fuck the Oscars—I win!" So declared Patti Smith from the stage at the Crystal Ballroom last Tuesday, bragging that she'd received, right from the hand of Kevin Shields, the very first copy of the new My Bloody Valentine album. But she immediately followed by saying she didn't mean it, that she watches the Oscars every year, and loves Jennifer Lawrence. To prove it, she pu...
Guitarist, singer and songwriter Pete Krebs, one of Portland music's longtime leading lights, has been diagnosed with stage two dismoplastic melanoma, a rare form of cancer which is unresponsive to such treatments as radiation and chemotherapy, according to an online request for financial assistance by his wife, Rebecca. Surger...
Born: In Prestatyn, Wales, in 1957.
Formed: In 1986 in London.
Sounds like: Beatlesque melodies and gentle-Jagger vocals mixed with Neil Young-aspiring lyrics and Prince-ly production touches.
Born: Betty Haskins, Jan. 29, 1946
Sounds like: A throwback—the good kind—to the chitlin’ circuit, armed with a savvy, personalized rock repertoire.
For fans of: Tina Turner, crossover R&B