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Josh Gross

Josh Gross

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

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

Southern Oregon is rural, and it likes its country music accordingly. But let’s call a spade a spade. Strumming a banjo out in the Applegate carries with it the strong chance you’re actually on a winery tour, aka, being a bit of a poser. Jonathan Warren is the real thing.

In July of last year, The Messenger wrote about an intriguing new demo from a young Grants Pass band, Laural Ave. “The Shaking Hands Demo is rough. Like the whole thing was recorded live without much in the way of microphones or mixing—especially on the drums,” we wrote. “But its

Holidays can be a bit like black holes, sucking up all the attention for weeks around them. It’s easy for new albums released into that madness to get lost in the noise. For marketing reasons I may never fully understand, Water in the Leaves, the new album from Ashland duo

Cambrian Explosion’s bio on their Facebook page doesn’t mince words: “Cosmic sorcerers from Portland, OR.” Anyone that attends the band’s performance at Johnny B’s on Saturday, Feb. 18 and gets an earful of the band’s massive reverb-drenched guitars, keyboard drones and thundering drums will be hard-pressed to disagree. The band

People frequently think art critics are against them. Sometimes they even brandish their second grade maturity by shouting at them on the street (to pull a recent example from my life). But they’ve got it all backwards. Us curmudgeonly critics are absolutely on their side. We’re cultural patriots that want

More and more, “I like all music except rap and country,” is giving way to being sort of into hip hop and country—but only the old stuff, not that Toby Keith crap on the radio. That’s working out fine for Nazel Pickins, frontman of the Josephine County based Distilled Spirits

Once upon a time bands got financing from labels to record physical albums that were then mailed to stores. It’s not exactly news that things don’t work that way so much anymore. But while the Grants Pass/North Bend based art-rock smorgasbord Rogue Rebellion’s new album, Corporate America, is an explicit