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“Folk is music for the people,” says Jacqui Aubert, one of the two founders of Ashland Folk Collective. She and her partner, Dan Sherrill, who also works for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, began the collective in 2017. The focus is on “progressive” folk defined as original music by singer/songwriters predominantly.
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
Joining the sound of soul with electronic vocoder flair and a dance-club beat, John The Blind makes his breakout with this infectious paean to the body language of love. In that moment when the song takes hold of you, and it makes you move – that is when you give
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
Want to take a spin around the world in four days? Sure! If you live in Ashland and music makes your world go ‘round, the upcoming World Music Festival can take you there, featuring music from Africa, Hawaii, Cuba, and Arabic rhythm from May 16 to 19. And, if
With a knack for simple hooks, Jerad Finck builds a modern electronic production from the bones of folk-pop, and contends with the state of his relationship. Sometimes it feels like a slow-motion wreck where you can see the conflict approaching, and you are powerless to stop it. If only we
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
In this era of parroted programming and ad interruptions, community-powered KSKQ Radio (89.5 FM and 94.1 FM) is media for the people, by the people, giving listeners a breath of fresh airwaves. “The radio station is totally community run, and holds the same non-commercial educational (NCE) license as JPR (Jefferson
Thanks to the inauguration of Record Store Day in 2008, vinyl has enjoyed a renaissance in popularity and in sales around the world. Record sales have been up, consumers have a desire to listen to music on a record player again, and vinyl pressings are becoming more and more exciting.
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,