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.
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Music, Parlour to Parlour

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 6: The Parson Red Heads, Part Two

Michael Fortes concludes his visit with the Parson Red Heads in L.A. with a tour of their blissfully communal pad and an unexpected run-in...

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Music, Parlour to Parlour

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 5: The Parson Red Heads, Part One

Michael Fortes takes the Parlour to Parlour adventure down to L.A. as he reveals some drunken shenanigans in Oxnard with our favorite band...

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Music, Popdose Interviews

The Popdose Interview: Bill Champlin

He's on the road with Chicago and on store shelves with a new CD, but Bill Champlin isn't too busy to talk to Michael Fortes in a new...

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Music, Parlour to Parlour

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 4: The Aimless Never Miss

Michael Fortes wraps up the first leg of his visits to Bay Area indie bands in a jovial session with the guys from The Aimless Never Miss....

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Music, Parlour to Parlour

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 3: Silian Rail

Immediately after I had wrapped the Daniel James interview (which you undoubtedly watched last week) on February 15, the second part of the...

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Music, Parlour to Parlour

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 2: Leopold and his Fiction

Michael Fortes drops in on Daniel James from the San Francisco-based trio Leopold and his Fiction as the Parlour to Parlour journey...

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Music, Parlour to Parlour

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 1: Meredith Axelrod

The Parlour to Parlour journey begins in earnest, as Michael Fortes visits the the young ragtime singer and frequent Craig Ventresco...

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Music, Parlour to Parlour

Parlour to Parlour, Episode 0: Chris Robley & The Fear of Heights

Parlour to Parlour begins today with Episode 0. This footage, filmed in San Francisco, CA, during the weekend of November 14-15, 2008, on...

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Current Events, Music

Remembering Michael

Stay tuned throughout the weekend as we continue our tribute to Michael Jackson, with reflections and remembrances from the Popdose staff....

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Music, Parlour to Parlour

Introducing… Parlour to Parlour

This week, Michael Fortes introduces a new multimedia series on Popdose, featuring video interviews and performances by indie musicians in...

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Music, Popdose Interviews

Popdose Interview: Sarah Negahdari of the Happy Hollows

In just two short years, the Happy Hollows have racked up some impressive milestones since their formation in L.A. – they’ve...

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Books, Bookshelf

Bookshelf: Juliana Hatfield, “When I Grow Up: A Memoir”

Juliana Hatfield – When I Grow Up: A Memoir purchase this book (Amazon) “… if you’re timid and looking for mercy,...

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Concert Reviews, Music

Making a Joyful Noise: The Happy Hollows @ The Knockout, San Francisco

Standing inside the Knockout in San Francisco’s Mission district late on a Wednesday night, August 27, 2008, I couldn’t help...

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Concert Reviews, Music

L.A.’s Best-Kept Secret: The Parson Red Heads @ Kimo’s, San Francisco

While a large chunk of San Francisco’s concert-going population was crowding Golden Gate Park for that big ol’ Outside Lands...

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Music, Popdose Guides

The Popdose Guide to Juliana Hatfield

Listening to rock radio in the early ’90s — particularly the college and ‘alternative’ varieties — was an...

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Music, Popdose Guides

The Popdose Guide to Badfinger

Few bands in the history of rock n’ roll have been simultaneously as lucky and doomed as Badfinger. Lucky because they were not only...

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Music, Popdose Guides

The Popdose Guide to Ornette Coleman

I am not one to toss around the word “hero” lightly. It takes extraordinary courage to earn such a designation. I am also not...

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Music, Safe for Crackers

Safe for Crackers: Harmolodic Edition

What were you doing in 1986? If you were a suburban kid with access to a radio or MTV, you were experiencing the dawn of rap as a...