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It was never their original plan, but Hilltop Music has grown into one of the largest sellers of instruments in Southern Oregon. “Our goal here is to be the musical hub for the valley,” says Wayne Cameron, the shop’s owner. Cameron started out in the little California town of Idyllwild,

  Salem’s Bend began as the brain child of vocalist/guitarist Bobby Parker less than three years ago. And already they have released their debut album on vinyl, and toured the southwest and west coast multiple times, including multiple stops in Oregon, including a return to Grants Pass on Saturday, May

  The Lique have been tearing up the Vegas strip for the past two years, and the only problem they have—besides unruly fans—is getting people to pronounce their name correctly. Originally from Sacramento, emcee Rasar Amani headed for the bright lights of Las Vegas and found unlikely allies in four

There’s a generally held belief that critics are hateful misers, lurking in a dark room while stroking a cat like a supervillain, waiting for any opportunity to blindside innocent, unsuspecting artists on nuclear blast. In my experience, they’re more akin to cultural patriots; fans so passionately committed to the cause

Try as hard as your stepdad might with that Foghat tune, cover bands will always be the epitome of lame. Unless of course they are following in the tradition of the great American songbook, and not simply trying to match the greats note-for-note, but reinventing the songs to make them

For a band called Slow Corpse, it rose from non-existence pretty quickly. The Ashland indie-rockers dropped a pair of EPs in late 2015, and immediately started packing clubs throughout the west, signing with Portland’s Cadillac of indie labels, Tender Loving Empire, in 2017. The band’s first record with TLE, Fables,

Slow Corpse were formed less than three years ago and have already managed to get themselves signed to the Portland-based Tender Loving Empire label. The fact that they had created a dedicated following was the main reason they got signed, but it was only after badgering the label for months

  There’s no way to describe Bob Log iii that doesn’t sound like something you dreamed up on ayahuasca. A man wearing a daredevil jumpsuit and a mirrored full face motorcycle helmet sits on the stage playing hideously overdriven blues licks so savage they make the devil appear at the

The Bouray doesn’t waste a lot of time. After bandleader John Johns exited The Rogue Underground late last year, he assembled a new group, and hit ground gigging. Barely a weekend goes by that The Bouray isn’t playing somewhere in the valley. And on March 10 they played the release

Photo credit: Ben Shilton (Instragram: @benpaiguy) Eastern Oregon and Hip-Hop are not exactly synonymous, but at least one artist is busy in his desert lab putting rhymes over beats. For the past ten years Oregon emcee, Oso Negro, has been making music and touring the west coast. Alongside Z-man, Eva