Inside Ruban Nielson’s Heady Homegrown Pop

WHO: When Unknown Mortal Orchestra appeared in 2010, the band — essentially a vehicle for 35-year-old Portland-by-way-of–New Zealand singer, songwriter and guitarist Ruban Nielson — truly lived up to the first word of its moniker. Nielson posted his first few tunes anonymously to Bandcamp; after one song, “Ffunny Ffrends,” a loopy,…

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