Soul Recovery

Having survived cancer, Sharon Jones just wants one thing: Respect.

Music Stories
Talking to the media about her recent battle with pancreatic cancer, Sharon Jones never spares the gory details. Asked how she first knew something was wrong, the 57-year-old soul singer told Spin   More
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Soul Revival

Years ago, Ural Thomas rejected the cruelty of the music industry. But the Pain brought him back.

Music Stories
Ural Thomas has lots of stories. He’s been around the block, you might say, even though he’s lived in the same North Portland house—which he claims to have rebuilt himself, using all recycle   More
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Live Review: Jamie Lidell, Wednesday, June 16 @ Doug Fir

I'm no Jamie Lidell neophyte. I've seen him play live many times before (in New York City, my former hometown and Lidell's current one) and devoured each of his three electro-soul solo records with gusto. So last night's show shouldn't have been surprising. I was prepared for how great Lidell's emotive British-Otis-Redding voice would sound live. And I was ready for his charming, hammy stage banter. ...   More
Thursday, June 17, 2010 REBECCA RABER

Win Tickets to the Budos Band!

New York's the Budos Band plays a super-tight, super-fly mix of afro-beat infused soul and funk that sounds a little something like this. The band is bringing those same funky sounds to Dante's this Friday night in support of its new album, The Budos Band III (the music is more creative than the album title, we swear) and we've got two tickets plus a bunch of goodies from Daptone Records to give ...   More
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 RUTH BROWN

Exclusive: Strength, "Brandy," Mind-Reader (Self-Released)

Back in the mid-aughts, Strength was the talk of Portland. The funk-electro-soul-pop group's sound was fun but relatively earnest—despite the fact that Strength began as an art school band—and there was a Michael Jackson/Prince vibe to what Strength was doing that was otherwise absent from the Portland music scene. Until the band's appearance at last year's PDX Pop festival, we had kinda ...   More
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 CASEY JARMAN


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