Meet Heart Hunters

Brianna McGeehan and Drew de Man have both tried several different lives on for size. Globally, locally, and now most recently have settled into Atlanta, Georgia. What else is new? Plenty for these two!

Robert Wynia at Robin Road

There have been fully a dozen records from Portland band Floater, led by Robert Wynia. Now comes a second solo effort from Robert which is, by turns, transcendent, mind-blowing, existential, and down to earth. BRAVE THE STRANGE     It’s been said about Robert, that he is no stranger to deep self-examination. No surprise, that is how much […]

Bradford Loomis at Robin Road

My long time pal, Redwood Son, is in Portland for spring flings and other serious things. So of course, we had to get together before the sometimes Nashville cat heads back. Turns out I was in for a treat. He asked me if I was up for meeting a “dude”. A “big bear of a guy”, […]

The Visionary and Radical James Baldwin

In the recently released Raoul Peck documentary, I Am Not Your Negro,  Peck’s vision takes a different tack. Not trivialized. Not distorted by any number of influences, from Hollywood to media, and vicious partisan, political squabbling. James Baldwin’s vision was to “forge a country where we need each other”. Baldwin’s niece, author and educator Aisha Karefa-Smart, offers up […]

John Doe: Balancing the Life

Not easy when you are a punk hero and an underdog. Lots to live up to. But John Doe has managed. Plus kept up the legendary X. And written a Grammy-nominated book. Double dog dare YOU. The Portland show is SO.   Learned A Few Things Along The Way   John promised he and Exene […]

The Accidental Jimmy Mak

Jimmy says it all happened “almost accidentally”. The club, the success he had with it in our community. Thanks in part to inspiration his dad offered Jimmy. And the inspiration, in turn, Jimmy offered to musicians in Portland. Full circle. His passion and open heart will continue to live in OUR hearts.   Jimmy Makarounis As […]