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.
The Blank Tapes

Music, News

New Music: The Blank Tapes, “A’bergine”

The Blank Tapes get trippy - big surprise there - with a cool underwater video for the song "A'bergine," from the new album Sun's Too...

Anna Ash

Album Reviews, Music

CD Review: Anna Ash, “These Holy Days”

The shimmering debut album from Oakland's Anna Ash is finally here, and it's full of charm and romance....

Music, News

New Music: Dirty Projectors, “Gun Has No Trigger”

Preview "Gun Has No Trigger," the soulfully abstract new single by Dirty Projectors, at Popdose....

Bart Davenport

Music, Parlour to Parlour

Parlour to Parlour Bonus Track! (Episode 34A: Bart Davenport)

Before Parlour to Parlour closes the door on 2011, we have a special treat for you: two exclusive live performances by power pop purveyor...

Sean Hayes

Music, Parlour to Parlour

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 37: Sean Hayes

San Francisco's folk hero, Sean Hayes, gifted us with a Parlour to Parlour interview at his own private studio in the series' final...

Ash Reiter

Music

Popdose 2011: Michael Fortes’ album highlights of the year

Michael Fortes looks back on five major musical highlights as part of Popdose's 2011 year-end wrap-up....

Bells

Music, Parlour to Parlour

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 36: Bells

Fusing elements of indie pop, soul and West African highlife, Bells has quickly emerged as one of the most exciting new bands in the Bay...

Music, Parlour to Parlour

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 35: Magic Leaves

Parlour to Parlour heads outdoors once again, this time for a psych-folk-rock trip with Joshua Bruner of the great Northern California band...

Bart Davenport

Music, Parlour to Parlour

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 34: Bart Davenport

With a voice as smooth as silk, and a style as distinctive as a Maserati, how is Bay Area indie pop institution Bart Davenport not yet a...

Music, Parlour to Parlour

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 33: Quinn DeVeaux

Hailing from Oakland, California, Quinn DeVeaux talks about the hybrid of gospel, blues and R&B that he calls blue beat in this month's...

Music, Parlour to Parlour

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 32: Obo Martin

Native San Franciscan Obo Martin weaves tales of love and adventure into a celebratory mix of Irish and American folk music. Now he...

Michael Musika

Music, Parlour to Parlour

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 31: Michael Musika

He's a gangster, a magician, a world-traveled musician and published author, holding his audiences in rapt attention without even trying....

Anna Ash

Music, Parlour to Parlour

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 30: Anna Ash

Ambitious, charming, and possessing a spine-shivering voice, Anna Ash took Parlour to Parlour straight to the ballroom for the series' 30th...

Ash Reiter

Music, Parlour to Parlour

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 29: Ash Reiter

Berkeley-based singer/songwriter/NorCal girl Ash Reiter radiates characteristically casual grace in this month's Parlour to Parlour....

The Beehavers

Music, Parlour to Parlour

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 28: The Beehavers

The Parlour to Parlour journey takes an unexpected turn as Michael Fortes spotlights Bryant Denison's gypsy voodoo folk rock collective The...

fpodbpod - Sean Olmstead

Music, Parlour to Parlour

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 27: fpodbpod

No, it's not Mister Rogers' Neighborhood - but it's close! Sean Olmstead of fpodbpod gives us a tour of his funhouse in this month's...

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Desert Island Discs, Music

Desert Island Discs with Lia Rose

If you could only listen to five albums, which ones would you choose? In this week's Desert Island Discs, San Francisco's Lia Rose makes...

Music, Parlour to Parlour

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 26: The Blank Tapes

In the first Parlour to Parlour episode of the year, Michael Fortes pays a visit to The Blank Tapes' Matt Adams....

Music, Parlour to Parlour

A New Season of Parlour to Parlour: The Bay Area in 2011

Parlour to Parlour is back! Michael Fortes sets the scene for the 2011 return of Popdose's video interview and live performance series....

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Listmania, Music

Popdose 2010: Michael Fortes’ Top Albums

From the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, Michael Fortes runs through his top picks for the best albums of 2010....

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Concert Reviews, Music

Live Music: Neil Young and Joanna Newsom, Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium, San Francisco, 12/8/10

Neil Young and Joanna Newsom lent their talents to a worthy cause in San Francisco, and Michael Fortes gives the rundown on how it all...

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Music

New Music: Anna Ash, “Just Like the Movies”

She's like Mary Hopkin with sex appeal, and her voice is like a jazz saxophone in the hands of a master. Her name is Anna Ash, and you want...

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Music, Parlour to Parlour

Parlour to Parlour, Class of 2009 Update: The New Up

Michael Fortes catches up with the stars of Parlour to Parlour's 14th episode, The New Up, as they release a new EP and prepare for another...

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Music, The Weekly Mixtape

The Friday Mixtape: 10/22/10 — Peace and Love

Peace and love - they were meant to be together. With that in mind, Michael Fortes brings together a mix of 20 songs with "peace" and...

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CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: Eric Clapton, “Clapton”

Granny pop standards? Dixieland jazz? What was Eric thinking? Think what you will, but the results of Clapton's latest solo album just...

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Music, Popdose Flashback '90

Popdose Flashback ’90: The Vaughan Brothers, “Family Style”

On the 20th anniversary of Stevie Ray Vaughan's death, Michael Fortes revisits the Texas guitar master's swan song: a collaboration with...

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Music, Popdose Flashback '90

Popdose Flashback ’90: Sonic Youth, “Goo”

Though Sonic Youth are the quintessential indie rock group, they actually spent 18 years on a major label. Michael Fortes looks back at the...

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Music, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: Steve Poltz

Singer/songwriter Steve Poltz chats about his new album, Dreamhouse, writing songs with Jewel, and his favorite system of yoga in...

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Music, Parlour to Parlour

Parlour to Parlour, Class of 2009 Update: The Parson Red Heads

There's a new Parson Red Heads EP on the way and a summer tour about to begin, as Michael Fortes gives his latest report on the Parlour to...

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Music, Popdose Flashback '90

Popdose Flashback ’90: Suicidal Tendencies, “Lights … Camera … Revolution”

Punk? Metal? No matter what you call Suicidal Tendencies, there's no argument that 1990's "Lights...Camera...Revolution" was a peak for the...