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Josh Stirm

Josh Stirm

Joshua Stirm writes the Rogue Sounds column. He divides his time between studying Emerging Media and Digital Arts at SOU in Ashland, working at the RVTV studio on the SOU campus, as well as writing/performing/producing music in The Juniper Berries and various other odd-ball audio projects. He has a passion for DIY music, art, and culture and is very excited about further pursuing a career in the media creation/music industries.

  It’s been awhile since listeners have heard form Ashland based singer/songwriter Scott Garriott. Besides 2018’s covers album titled “Hay Bales and Chemtrails,” it has been over two years since Garriott released any new music. Besides some rumors circulating that he might be starting a new glam rock project, there

Intuitive Compass is a band from Applegate, Oregon comprised of Jason Dea West and Aurelia Anne Cohen. Self-described as “Purveyors of ‘Original Western Folk Music,” Intuitive Compass plays straight-up folk music. With a lot of artists today attempting to take traditional forms of song and bend them into a modern

Like the blossoming of flowers in the spring and summer, it seems as if the fertile music scene in southern Oregon is constantly popping up new and fresh festivals—as well as keeping alive those tried and true. These are the Messenger’s five must-see summer festivals in southern Oregon! Mystic Rising

The new EP from Cave Junction-based Grin Hound starts off with the raucous “Basement Parents,” a song that captures their self-described “doo-slop.” That is, the band plays with a particular disregard for traditional tightness—a style that is exciting and refreshing. This self-awareness and ownership of their self-proclaimed “slop” is a

Summer Colds is the newest project helmed by Ashland based singer/songwriter Nick McNamara. After spending the better part of 2018 making a name for themselves through playing shows around Southern Oregon, they have finally delivered their debut album, Here Comes Nothing. The record starts out with “Low,” a slacker-anthem about

The Brothers Reed have come to prominence in the southern Oregon folk scene over the past several years, touring extensively throughout the US and releasing three studio albums to date. This month they are set to release their fourth, titled Caught In a Dream. The album begins with the soft,

It’s no secret that food in Ashland is expensive. It can be tricky to eat out for people on a tight budget. That being said, there is also an abundance of fantastic food in the Rogue Valley. This issue can oftentimes put southern Oregon food lovers in a difficult position:

  It’s been about three years since the last official release from Ashland-based songwriter/producer Mitchell Winters’ solo project PALMCO. In that time he has scored a record deal, toured extensively, and released his debut album with his other project, Slow Corpse. It is relatively common for artists in Winters’ position

Y La Bamba is the musical brainchild of Rogue Valley native Luz Elena Mendoza. Over the past 11 years the band has made a name for themselves throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond for their own unique brand of indie rock. After releasing six albums of gradually evolving Latin-infused indie

  JAYA (Raise) is the stage moniker of Ashland-based conscious hip-hop songwriter/rapper/producer Christian Altman. Having spent the better part of the past four years releasing singles and collaborations on his SoundCloud page, Jaya has finally delivered his first full-length album entitled Called / Or / Uncalled. The first track on