Michele Ari at Robin Road

As Michele puts it, a lot of life had to be lived for her to arrive at this very moment. We spoke in the heat of this past September. Now it’s October and time is flying on the tractory Michele has set for herself. Songs to be finished. Music to be made. Album to be […]

Little Potato: From Soviet Nightmares to American Dreams

We all have stories. Our stories. Where we come from. Who we are. Where we are going, or want to go.  The challenges our lives might present. Depending on where we live, and what restrictions that culture presents. Some live in unheeded, unaware privilege. Others, as the saying goes, not so much.

Whose Streets? Our Streets!

Teaching moments come unbidden. This one, in the form of a documentary of events that happened in August of 2014.  A documentary “For the people. By the people”.   PORTRAIT OF FERGUSON     In the recent aftermath of Charlottesville, I remarked to a friend of mine “This documentary is so powerful!”.  He replied, “Timely AF!” But […]

Steve Barton at Robin Road

Not all roads lead to Robin Road. But happily, a road did lead Translator’s lead voice and instigator, Steve Barton, to my door.   The Palette Cleansers of Music, Emotion and Irony   Little bit of music history here that takes it back to the richness and diversity of the 80’s scenes. And beyond. I […]

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 […]