Ian Svenonius

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Ian Svenonius conjures the spirit world in reviving rock and roll history

These days, the road toward a successful music career seems very brightly lit.
Are you a believer?
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 25, 2013

Interview: Ian Svenonius is here to stay

In his new book, Supernatural Strategies for Making A Rock ‘n' Roll Group (Akashic), Ian Svenonius lays out a plan for a neophyte intending to enter the world of competitive rock.
Super natural
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 25, 2013

Getting booked: Winter reads

Who cares about the fiscal cliff when we'll have authors talking about Scientology, the space-time continuum, and Joy Division?

By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  December 21, 2012

Searching Trader's shelves

What should we make of the craze for cheap Trader Joe's wines that has overtaken Portland?
In which we sample Joe's cheap wines
By BRIAN DUFF  |  December 03, 2010

Review: Mike's

Mike's, downtown on Congress, bills itself as "home of the rock n roll sandwich." This deli doubles as a shrine to local music — sandwiches are named after local bands, and show posters cover the walls in the back room — and to the idea of rock music in
Rock music as soul food
By BRIAN DUFF  |  November 26, 2010

Stars aligned

The days are growing shorter, the magazines are (well, barely) getting larger and meatier, and the first batch of cider doughnuts is on the way real soon: all sure signs of autumn, as is the bountiful crop of prestigious concerts coming our way this se
Cult heroes and superstars dot the region's fall concert calendar
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  September 18, 2009


The gang's all here

It's coming up on 20 years since Calvin Johnson met Ian Svenonius. It was at a Hazmat show in DC, and Svenonius was fronting his Nation of Ulysses. Johnson was blown away.
Chain and the Gang and the Hive Dwellers do it all again
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 17, 2009

Quiet riot

There was something about the Mountain Goats that always felt punk rock to me.
The Mountain Goats, Middle East, September 26, 2006
By IAN SANDS  |  October 06, 2006