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Reviews: Chris Robley and Future Historians



Chris Robley Movie Theatre Haiku
(SMART POP)
After being impressed with Chris Robley's 2005 debut, This Is The, and by his work with sometime band the Sort-Ofs and other projects, I took last year's terrific baroque-pop album, The Drunken Dance of Modern Man in Love, to be something close to the full flowering of his songwriting and production gifts. This paper duly dubbed it...   More
 
Wednesday, December 3, 2008 by JEFF ROSENBERG

(D)early Departed (K-Wheel Records)


[UNDERGROUND MUSIC] Creative sparks come in the strangest places, and several local songwriters recently found macabre inspiration in one of Southeast Portland’s oldest and most beautiful spots, Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery (est. 1855). An enchanting new collection titled (D)early Departed: True Lies in Song Unearthed from Lone Fir Cemetery gathers tracks by some of Portland’s fine...   More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2008 by JEFF ROSENBERG

(D)early Departed (K-Wheel Records)


Music Stories
[UNDERGROUND MUSIC] Creative sparks come in the strangest places, and several local songwriters recently found macabre inspiration in one of Southeast Portland’s oldest and most beautiful spots, ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2008 JEFF ROSENBERG

Fleet Foxes

10 p.m. Saturday, Crystal Ballroom


Special Section Stories
[ALT-FOLK APOTHEOSIS] On first listen, I was dazed—and, yes, confused—by Fleet Foxes’ massive, immaculate vocal harmonies, contrasted with the odd dissonance in their eclectic blend ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2008 JEFF ROSENBERG

Passing Through: Early Cindy Lee Berryhill Show Tonight at Dante's


Hey all, she may not be from "'round these parts," but I wanted to post a quick note for a gig that slipped by our radar—mostly because the folks at Dante's seem to have launched it with some sort of radar-deflecting stealth technology.

In brief, Cindy Lee...   More
 
Friday, August 1, 2008 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Pickathon, Friday-Sunday Aug. 1-3


[ROOTS] Portland's “little roots-music festival that could,” Pickathon, turns 10 this year. Cozily settled into its dream home, Happy Valley's convenient and beautiful Pendarvis Farm, the event continues to grow in stature and success. You may be familiar with the bigger names on the bill (like reunited Austin punkgrass legends Bad Livers, featuring noted NW transplant Danny Barnes), a...   More
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Pickathon, Friday-Sunday Aug. 1-3

WW “picks” the best of the 10th annual Pickathon roots festival.


Music Stories
[ROOTS] Portland’s “little roots-music festival that could,” Pickathon, turns 10 this year. Cozily settled into its dream home, Happy Valley’s convenient and beautiful Pendarvi ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 JEFF ROSENBERG

Extended Q&A with Dan Reed


[What follows is a continuation of this week's music feature, a Q&A with sometime-Portlander and ex-Ohm owner Dan Reed. Some answers are more fleshed out than those in the print story. Some questions and answers are brand new! -Ed.]</...   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Reedux: A wandering member of Portland's music vanguard visits home.




Those of us old enough to have gotten our hair done or bought clothes back in the '80s lived to regret it. Most, though, are thankful those unfortunate choices aren't immortalized online—unlike the ultra-permed, acid-washed image of Dan Reed inhabiting videos by his old band, the Dan Reed Networ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 by JEFF ROSENBERG

Reedux

A wandering member of Portland’s music vanguard visits home.


Music Stories
Those of us old enough to have gotten our hair done or bought clothes back in the ’80s lived to regret it. Most, though, are thankful those unfortunate choices aren’t immortalized online&m ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2008 JEFF ROSENBERG
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