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Extended Q&A with Van Dyke Parks


Well, we don't usually do this, but seeing as how Van Dyke Parks is a living legend and his Portland show is at Mississippi Studios on Wednesday (inconveniently, the same day WW comes out), we decided to run an extended Q&A with him a couple days before the article hit the racks. Enjoy...   More
 
Monday, February 8, 2010 by JEFF ROSENBERG

CD Review: The Dimes


The King Can Drink the Harbor Dry (Pet Marmoset Records)

[ANTIQUE POP] Dimes, can you spare a brother? Spare me your tedious mid-tempo strumming, wan melodies, sedate vocals, and especially, your humorless lyrical gloss on a CliffsNotes summary of a high-school American history textbook. Yes, your sophomore release, The King Can Drink the Harbor Dry, sure sounds pretty...   More
 
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 by JEFF ROSENBERG

CD Review: The Dimes

The King Can Drink the Harbor Dry (Pet Marmoset Records)


Music Stories
[ANTIQUE POP] Dimes, can you spare a brother? Spare me your tedious mid-tempo strumming, wan melodies, sedate vocals, and especially, your humorless lyrical gloss on a CliffsNotes summary of a high-sc ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 JEFF ROSENBERG

The Don Of Division Street Friday, Aug. 7


Matt Cadenelli steps out from behind the drums to work on his anger issues.

[SINGER-GODFATHER] “There are so many Matts,” Matt Cadenelli says of his singular sobriquet, the Don of Division Street. “I was glad when that stuck; it was something different I could perform under.” Cadenelli got the nickname after working two jobs on Southeast Division. No doubt pa...   More
 
Wednesday, August 5, 2009 by JEFF ROSENBERG

The Don Of Division Street Friday, Aug. 7

Matt Cadenelli steps out from behind the drums to work on his anger issues.


Music Stories
[SINGER-GODFATHER] “There are so many Matts,” Matt Cadenelli says of his singular sobriquet, the Don of Division Street. “I was glad when that stuck; it was something different I cou ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 5, 2009 JEFF ROSENBERG

Beyond Blue


Woodbrain’s Joe McMurrian lets go of his ego to open up his sound.

[PROGRESSIVE BLUES] Singer and guitarist Joe McMurrian made a name for himself around the Northwest with his quartet’s heady brew of blues, folk and rock. But now, he’s choosing to relegate that name to the background. The former Joe McMurrian Quartet is heretofore known as Woodbrain—a coinage...   More
 
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Beyond Blue

Woodbrain’s Joe McMurrian lets go of his ego to open up his sound.


Music Stories
[PROGRESSIVE BLUES] Singer and guitarist Joe McMurrian made a name for himself around the Northwest with his quartet’s heady brew of blues, folk and rock. But now, he’s choosing to relegat ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 JEFF ROSENBERG

Live Review: The Woods (Pre) Opening, Friday, June 26 at the Woods


The Deep, Bright Woods

Photos by Leah Verwey

A new beacon of culture in the sleepy land I like to call "SoPo" (South of Powell) turned on its filaments for the first time Friday night, at the "Prelude" party for new nightclub Th...   More
 
Monday, June 29, 2009 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Rodriguez Speaks! A Few Words with the Rediscovered Psych-Folk-Rocker


When I spoke to Rodriguez by phone earlier this month, we didn't have time to discuss all the aspects of his long and improbable career (which are covered at length in Light in the Attic's typically exhaustive liner notes to his two reissued albums), but we did rap about politics, philosophy, a...   More
 
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Rodriguez, Wednesday, June 24


Seattle unearths cold artifacts from a rediscovered genius.

[COLD ARTIFACT] Imagine a Mexican-American Donovan, spilling out prodigious, Dylanesque poetry—only rather than Donovan’s fantasias of bananas and Atlantis, these songs rise like steam from gritty city streets. Now imagine said singer’s reedy voice and strummed acoustic emerging amid fuzztone guitar, and e...   More
 
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 by JEFF ROSENBERG
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