Author: Michael Fortes

Michael Fortes began writing for Popdose upon its launch in January of 2008, following a music writing journey that began with his high school newspaper and eventually led to print and web publications such as Performer Magazine and Bullz-Eye.com. Born and raised in The Biggest Little State in the Union (otherwise known as Rhode Island), Michael relocated in 2004 to San Francisco, where he works as an office professional during the day, sings harmonies in Sugar Candy Mountain at night, and religiously supports the local San Francisco Bay Area music scene nearly every chance he gets.
Dave Mihaly

Music, Parlour to Parlour, Popdose Interviews

Parlour to Parlour, Episodes 49/50: Dave Mihaly

Spend enough time checking out live music in the San Francisco Bay Area and eventually you’re bound to cross paths with master...

Music, Parlour to Parlour, Popdose, Popdose Interviews

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 48: Annie Girl and The Flight

With a sound that combines the hypnotic vibe of Mazzy Star and the drones of John Cale-era Velvet Underground, Annie Girl and The Flight...

Album Reviews, Music

Tape Review: The Blank Tapes, “Slow Easy Death”

The Blank Tapes follow up this year's acclaimed 'Vacation' with a low key cassette release, custom made for a lonely Saturday night....

Ryan Parks of B. Hamilton

Music, Parlour to Parlour, Popdose Interviews

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 47: B. Hamilton

The shamelessly rock n' roll Ryan Parks of B. Hamilton sat down for an f-bomb laden Parlour to Parlour interview. Cover your kids' ears for...

Debbie Neigher

Music, Parlour to Parlour, Popdose Interviews

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 46: Debbie Neigher

Singer/pianist/songwriter Debbie Neigher has a voice that commands attention, one that could entrance the same audience that made a star...

Music, Parlour to Parlour, Popdose, Popdose Interviews

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 45: Hogs Of Change

One of the latest instrumental groups to spring up in the Bay, while new to most of us, is actually a duo with a long history and an...

Popdose

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 44: Eight Belles

"I'm trying to write songs, not create a sound." Jessi Phillips' guiding philosophy for Eight Belles ought to resonate strongly with...

CD Reviews, Music

Album Review: The Happy Hollows, “Amethyst”

Amethyst zooms in and out with might and musical muscle, sporting an all-killer-no-filler approach that improves upon the band's...

The Purrs promo

CD Reviews, Music

Album Review: The Purrs, “The Boy With Astronaut Eyes”

The Boy With Astronaut Eyes finds The Purrs in a particularly joyful state of mind, and sounding perhaps the most invigorated and pumped up...

CD Reviews, Music

Album Review: Dave Mihaly & the Shimmering Leaves Ensemble, “Rivers”

Rivers is a delicately beautiful perspective of this master musician's artistry, and may even widen the acceptance of avant garde jazz,...

Mark Matos

Music, Parlour to Parlour, Popdose Interviews

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 43: Mark Matos (Part 2)

Psychedelic hero Mark Matos explains the concept of the Family Folk Explosion and details his upcoming boxed set in part two of his Parlour...

Music, Parlour to Parlour, Popdose Interviews

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 42: Mark Matos (Part 1)

Psych/folk/rock torch-bearer Mark Matos connects his music to a unique vision of "the New Weird West" in the first of a two-part Parlour to...

festival

Concert Reviews, Music, Popdose Lists

Live Music: 10 Music Festivals to Overwhelm 2013

Music festival season is upon us! Do you Roo, or do you Hickey?...

Conspiracy of Venus

Music, Parlour to Parlour, Popdose Interviews

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 41: Conspiracy of Venus

An all-women's choir playing in the same venues on the same nights as indie rock and folk bands? That's exactly what Conspiracy of Venus...

Music, News

A New Chicago Album In The Works? Say It Ain’t So!

Could that new Chicago album that can stand tall with their best material finally be coming?...

chicago-band

Music, Popdose Guides

The Popdose Guide to Chicago

Taken together Chicago's catalog is fascinating, frustrating, brilliant and awful all at once. Read on and judge for yourself....

Eight Belles

Music, News

New Video: Eight Belles, “Buried Child”

The first ever Eight Belles video features a horse. If it didn't, we'd be very worried....

fox and woman

Parlour to Parlour, Popdose, Popdose Interviews

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 40: Fox & Woman

What do Fox & Woman and Country Joe McDonald have in common? Hint: it has nothing to do with Woodstock......

Real Vocal String Quartet

Music, Parlour to Parlour, Popdose, Popdose Interviews

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 39: Real Vocal String Quartet

"They're so talented, I'd just hate them if they weren't so damned nice!"...

The Blank Tapes

Music, News

New Music: The Blank Tapes, “Coast to Coast”

California garage pop torch bearers The Blank Tapes go hi-fi for the first time with the first single from their forthcoming Vacation...

Lutra Lutra

Music, Parlour to Parlour, Popdose Interviews

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 38: Lutra Lutra

"It's like hearing any of your five favorite primo-voiced pop princesses aiming for, and succeeding at, creating high art."...

Make-Out Room

Music, News, Parlour to Parlour

Return of the Son of Parlour to Parlour

Parlour to Parlour is back! After a year-long hiatus, the beloved video interview series is reborn in 2013 in a live talk show format....

Joey Dosik

Music, Popdose Lists, Year-End Best-Of Lists

Popdose 2012: Michael Fortes’s Favorite Music of the Year

Due to the extreme length of this 2012 year-end recap, Michael Fortes recommends that you skip ahead to the entry on Joey Dosik....

Album Reviews, Music

Album Review: Ash Reiter, “Hola”

Bay Area songstress Ash Reiter delivers a second full-length album that's concise, full of exciting modern pop productions, and packed with...

Anna Ash in white dress

Music, News

New Video: Anna Ash, “Heartbreak Season”

Anna Ash's new video for "Heartbreak Season" is full of dancers, sparklers, and flirtatious boys and girls....

Ash Reiter

Music, News

Ash Reiter Launches Kickstarter Campaign, New Music Video

Pitch in to help fund the mastering and pressing of Ash Reiter's new album and you could end up going on a skydiving trip!...

Big Tree

Music, News

New Video: Big Tree, “Augury”

Gorgeous two-part harmonies match the natural seashore beauty of Berkely-based Big Tree's brand new video....

Music, News

New Video: DRMS, “With You”

Sultry and smooth, DRMS (pronounced "dreams") is a San Francisco Bay Area based band comprised of the cream of the crop of today's young,...

Chrystian Rawk

Music, News

New Music: Chrystian Rawk, “Olympia”

Chrystian Rawk gives an unlikely chamber pop treatment to a punk classic by Rancid. What?...

TalkFine

CD Reviews, Music

Album Review: TalkFine, “Lesser Known Hits”

Brooklyn synth pop duo TalkFine revel in the comic absurdity of urban awkwardness on their new album, Lesser Known Hits....