My favorite Portland band, Richmond Fontaine, got a nice write-up in The New Yorker, which calls them “one of the finest proponents of what is sometimes called alt-country but is more properly described as woozy roots music.”
Put another way: Their live shows are, as my friend AJ says, “transcendent.”
Semantics aside, the band will celebrate the release of its newest record, We Used to Think the Freeway Sounded Like a River, on Dec. 11 (tonight) at Dante’s.
Can’t make the show? Check out the video above. Or, for another view into singer/songwriter Willy Vlautin‘s spare, gritty storytelling style, pick up his acclaimed novels, The Motel Life and Northline. (A third, Lean on Pete, is expected this spring.)