Headout: Purple Like Me

With Maya Rudolph’s Prince tribute act coming to town, Portland’s veteran Purple Rain Man offers the SNL alum some advice.

Everyone wants to be Prince. But some are better at it than others—even Prince isn’t that great at being Prince anymore. Maya Rudolph is the latest to try stepping into those formidable platforms   More
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Liv Warfield

The Unexpected (Kobalt)

Album Reviews
[GROWN-UP SOUL] Attention, Sir Paul: Liv Warfield questions your ornithological knowledge. “Paul McCartney got it wrong/ I ain’t never want no song,” the Portland-based belter sings on “   More
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

WATCH: Liv Warfield Brings Portland Soul Power to Jimmy Fallon

R&B belter and Prince band member makes a star of herself in TV debut.

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Last night, Portland soul queen Liv Warfield made her TV debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and holy hell, this is the kind of performance stars are made from. Flanked by a veritable army of horns, the R&B belter—and New Power Generation member—absolutely burned the building down with "Why Do You Lie," a blistering track off her upcoming album, The Unexpected. She also spent the evening ...   More
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Live Review: Prince at Roseland Theater, 4/21


A sign in the crowd read, “I SOLD MY GUITARS SO I COULD TAKE MY MOTHER TO SEE PRINCE.” It was, like much of the reaction leading up to Prince’s show at the Roseland Theater Sunday night, a bit of a mixed message. Last month, when Soul’d Out Productions announced that the Purple One himself would indeed perform at the 1,400-capacity venue, the response online was a simultaneous eruption of both ...   More
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Top Five Best Prince Songs of the Past 10 Years

Top 5
“Cinnamon Girl,” Musicology, 2004 Only Prince has the balls to steal the title of one of Neil Young’s signature songs. Other than the name, the standout track from his “comeback” album    More
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Brew Views: Purple Rain

Purify yourself.

Brew Views
It’s a testament to Prince’s musical genius that no one remembers Purple Rain for the horrendous acting and blatant misogyny. If he hadn’t written the greatest movie soundtrack of all time t   More
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

The Prince and the Queen

Liv Warfield has sung in front of 80,000 fans. She’s glad to be home.

Music Stories
In 2006, there was no brighter shining light in Portland’s music scene than Liv Warfield. The R&B singer could bait audiences by laying smoky nu-soul vocal melodies over her band’s underst   More
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Cut of the Day: John Heart Jackie, "When You Were Mine"


You can't really screw up a Prince cover, as long as you don't mess with the formula. Try to do it as a punk tune or some thrashing electro thing, and the whole thing falls apart. But stick to the core tune—as John Heart Jackie does here—and you're golden.It's because up until around 1996, the guy knew his way around a pop song. He wrote dozens upon dozens, many of them stone-cold classics. He ...   More
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 ROBERT HAM


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