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Bands tend to release albums in two-year cycles. And a lot of Southern Oregon’s established acts had new releases in 2016, which made this year pretty thrilling. Almost everything that crossed the Rogue Sounds desk was something totally new, and much of it delivered. Here in no particular order were
About the only obvious connection between jazz and emo is that they are both genres with hard-core devotees and equally hard-core haters. But for Eugene band, Spiller, who will make their first appearance in Southern Oregon with a pair of shows at Oberon’s in Ashland on Sunday, Dec. 17, and
Ryan Brum and Jesse Holden of SWYM starting playing together when they were teenagers in Massachusetts, and have remained together through various lineup changes over the years. They produce a haunting brand of psychedelic music which takes elements from the past and blends them together in a way that
There’s an old joke in Hollywood: How do you become a producer? You say, “I’m a producer.” It’s basically the same with indie music labels. Starting one requires little more than saying it exists and then behaving accordingly. But starting one, and running it well are different animals altogether. And
For the past seven years, Late Night District have been grinding away in San Jose’s local music scene—but haven’t ventured much further than the Bay Area. Until now. Formed by vocalist/guitarist Mark Shriver, the band delivers a high-energy brand of indie-rock, and on Tuesday, Dec. 12, they will play Oregon
I fell in love with compilations when I was 17. My parents owned a small rental house, and one of the tenants that vacated it left behind a basket full of tapes and CDs. One of them was a compilation from Fat Wreck Chords, a small Bay Area record label.
Starting a new band is like rolling a pair of dice. But like Sgt. Pepper, you get by with a little help from your friends. Guitarist Trevor Roberts, and drummer Trevor Gill, have been playing together in Redding, California’s metal-scene for years; writing songs and toying with various lineups. And
Occasionally, I teach self-marketing workshops for musicians. The thing most folks that show up want to know is how to get press coverage. My top answer is always the same: “send out a press release.” Reporters are mavens and information-junkies, but we’re not omniscient. And if you’re not marketing your
Lou Reed famous said “One chord is fine. Two chords is pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.” Chicago-based duo North by North felt kind of the same way about band members, choosing to abandon a trio format and stuck to the fundamentals: guitar, drums, and a furious garage-rock
Soul music is deeply linked in the American consciousness to times and places in our country’s cultural history. Modern-day Seattle isn’t commonly among that geographic and cultural map. But that’s not slowing down Seattle singer Tiffany Wilson, who will be performing a string of local shows across the Rogue Valley.