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Primer: Bettye LaVette

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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   More
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 JEFF ROSENBERG

Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons: Friday, March 16

They can’t all be “Love Land.”

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[SINGER-SONGROCKER] Plenty of artists have fallen through the music-biz cracks, but few have lodged in those cracks like an irritant in an oyster and spent the next couple of decades cranking out    More
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 JEFF ROSENBERG

Strike Up the Band

John Wesley Harding was a friend to the Portlanders.

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John Wesley Harding and the Decemberists’ Jenny Conlee are trading a Chuck Berry-style do-si-do. No, not the duck walk, but that other thing Chuck does—bent at the knee and pointing one foot out   More
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 JEFF ROSENBERG

Primer: Judy Collins

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Born: May 1, 1939, in Seattle.  Sounds like: A cool glass of water in a beautiful, cut-crystal flute.  For fans of: Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, folk art and song.  Latest release: Thi   More
Wednesday, November 9, 2011 JEFF ROSENBERG

Amelia's Teisha June Helgerson (August 3, 1969 - September 29, 2011)


Beloved vocalist, musician and songwriter Teisha Helgerson (pronounced "Teesha"), frontwoman for celebrated Portland band Amelia, passed away at her home last Thursday afternoon, at the far-too-young age of 42. Though she'd fought a particularly virulent form of cancer (chronic lymphocitic leukemia, or CLL, extremely rare in people her age) for most of the last decade, her demise came with unantic...   More
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Album Review: Richmond Fontaine

The High Country (El Cortez)

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[LIT-COUNTRY] More than five minutes pass on Richmond Fontaine’s new, 10th album, The High Country, before Willy Vlautin’s voice is heard. His singing voice, that is; it’s clear from the openi   More
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 JEFF ROSENBERG

The Slow Drags, Saturday, July 23

The Slow Drags soldier on, even without their fallen frontman.

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[PORTLANDICANA] The title of the new, posthumous release from Portland singer-songwriter Scotland Barr and his band, the Slow   More
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 JEFF ROSENBERG

Look Who’s Talking

Holcombe Waller finds some dark pleasure in a painful business.

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“I just want to talk less and less,” says Holcombe Waller. “It’s like, conversations walk by and I have all these ideas of things to say, and I just sit there and let them go because I’m l   More
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 JEFF ROSENBERG

Primer: Daniel Lanois

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Born: 1951 in Hull, Quebec. Sounds like: One cubic yard of Delta swampland—mud, crickets, humid air and all—encased in a Plexiglas shell. For fans of: U2, Bob Dylan, Eno, gumbo, mojo.  Latest   More
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 JEFF ROSENBERG

New Health Rock: Q&A w/Jeremy Wilson (First in a Multi-Part Series)

I originally intended to sprinkle some quotes from my interview with legendary local musician and Dharma Bums leader Jeremy Wilson throughout an article about his new, eponymous Foundation and the issue of health care for musicians. But from the moment he answered the phone Tuesday morning,...   More
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 by JEFF ROSENBERG
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