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Josh Gross

Josh Gross

Ace reporter. Produced playwright. Internationally recognized rock and roll superstar and burrito connoisseur.

Los Angeles and New York remain the dominant cultural epicenters of the country. But when it comes to Americana, it’s better corn-fed than street-wise. Hailing from the flyover/heartland/breadbasket of America, and sounding like a farm dance after the last day of high school, is Bernardus, a gang of acoustic-picking dreamboats

An occupational hazard of reviewing local albums is that there has to be a local album available for review. And for whatever reasons—weather, the launch of festival seasons, Trump-slumps—no full-length work was really jumping out of the woodwork demanding, “Write about me!” this week. Maybe lots were released, but no

America has now been at war for decades, and in various degrees of conflict with other nations in the rare moments our boots remain off the ground. But for most Americans, living in a giant country bordered by oceans instead of countries with generations-long blood-feuds, war is an abstraction, something

Banjo-slinger Pete Seeger is frequently held up as the solid gold example of a musician that stands for something in their art with songs like, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” and “If I Had a Hammer.” However, exactly what the case of the missing flowers, and his economic study

You may not know Will Oldham, aka, Bonnie Prince Billy. But he’s one of those musicians who is likely the hero of everyone you do follow. He’s collaborated with everyone from Bjork to Kanye West, to Johnny Knoxville, and been covered by artists as legendary as Marianne Faithfull and Johnny

It’s hard to pick out what’s most remarkable about Marco Benevento’s career: the rogue’s gallery of groups he plays in, or his solo work somehow managing to perfectly fuse experimental jazz and indie rock into an eminently listenable, even danceable combo that he’ll be bringing to The Talent Club on

Whether it’s a cultural move in sync with legalized pot, or a reaction against the tight regimentation of canned pop music, music has been trending psychedelic, with blurrier melodies, and heavier grooves That’s evident from the very get-go on Kno1 & DRVGLRD, the infuriatingly-spelled new EP from equally-irksomely-spelled local emcee

Dreamy guitars, mod haircuts, and reverbs deep as the ocean blue are the stock and trade of PDX psych-rockers, Daydream Machine. Their 2014 EP, Twin Idols, and the videos for its singles are such a mish-mash of retro imagery and sounds they could bottle and sell it as a hipster

Volume isn’t for the ears. It’s for the bones and the chest cavity. It’s to feel music as a full-body experience vibrating your core from the inside out rather than suffering through the miserably lacking experience of only accessing it with your ears. And there is no finer high-volume experience

Larry and His Flask have synergy. Considering the fervor and drunkenness that their music exudes, their tight sound in which all members are essential is something to be admired. These hobo-loving Oregonians are well-known for their animated live shows, which will be showcased at Howiee’s on Front in Medford on