Former Lives

The crises of Kevin Robinson—both real and imagined.

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A year ago, the word on Kevin Robinson was that he had lost it. His bands, Viva Voce and Blue Giant, had dissolved. In their place, he started Electric Ill, playing pastel-colored electro-funk w   More
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Kickstart My Heart: ILLocation

Electric iLL wants you to help them funkify, beautify and safetify a Northeast Portland neighborhood.

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Kickstart my Heart is a semi-regular blog series on Portland Kickstarter projects we don't hate.Kevin Robinson is fed up. And not just with rising ticket costs and the overall state of the music industry, but society as a whole. As half of indie-rock duo Viva Voce and Electric iLL, his booty-wiggling, Portland electro-funk duo, Robinson says could care less whether people “like” ...   More
Friday, May 17, 2013 BRANDON WIDDER

Details on Viva Voce's "Intense" New Album (and a new song, too!)

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For its last album, 2009's Rose City, Viva Voce's Kevin and Anite Robinson penned a valentine to our drizzly city which included a title track that should've been picked up as a citywide anthem (it was certainly better than the one Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein came up with on Portlandia, and it sounded even less like something from Seattle). On the band's newest collection, however, ...   More
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 MATTHEW SINGER

Sound Clash Preview: Nude Yoga, Pyrotechnics, and Face Tattoos

Be warned, this could be the end for two of Portland's finest, Viva Voce and the Builders and the Butchers. Both bands are so hyped up about their Sound Clash at the Crystal Ballroom tonight, that they're threatening retirement when the dust has settled. I headed down to rehearsals yesterday to see how this whole shindig's going to work. With two stages and four rounds, ably compared by supreme ...   More
Thursday, October 1, 2009 Jenny Booth


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