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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)

Album Reviews
[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

Kinky Friedman

The songwriter, author and writer talks Callahan, politics and legendary fails.

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With the 1973 release of his classic debut, Sold American, singer-songwriter Kinky Friedman emerged with a fully formed, wholly unique Jewish cowboy persona—soo-ee generis, as it were. Hilarious ...   More
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 JEFF ROSENBERG

Q&A: Kinky Friedman

With the 1973 release of his now-classic debut, Sold American, singer-songwriter Kinky Friedman emerged with a fully-formed, wholly unique Jewish cowboy persona—soo-ee generis, as it were. Hilariously offensive ditties like the bigot-baiting "They Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus Anymore...   More
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Live Review: Adam Lambert, July 21 at Crystal Ballroom

BREAKING NEWS: Glambert is the real deal.

And not just because he introduced lasers to the Crystal Ballroom for the first time in memory last night. Because he's a supremely confident performer who nonetheless projects a charming soupçon of humility onstage. Because his s...   More
Thursday, July 22, 2010 by JEFF ROSENBERG
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