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There are few things more cohesive and unifying than a music festival sans consumerism and commercialism. People become companions in the immeasurable shared experience. In French, Mélomane means “for the love of music” or “music lover,” and it became the name of a Medford based festival that aimed to foster

In a world full of themed bands, Warning Danger was one of the oddest. While punk is a genre built on moral and physical danger, the Seattle band was more interested in safety. Songs covered best safety practices for everything from cougar attacks, to fire ants, to truck stop toilet

As a critic, I’ve made no secret of my antithapy towards the Rogue Valley’s penchant for folk revivalism. Not because I don’t like the music, but because of the rehashing of standards with lyrical themes about tripping the life hobotastic while fleeing the dust bowl while we are currently neck

Watching live music is exciting and usually the band’s goal is to make sure everyone in the crowd is having a good time. If they have a good time, that’s just an added bonus. But for Samvega, playing June 21 at the Haul in Grants Pass, playing is as thrilling

Scarlet Canary’s most popular song on Spotify is called “The Death of Rock and Roll,” which is a bit ironic, since rock and roll is alive and kicking in their music. The Colorado band’s sound is a riff heavy, balls-out, face-melting combo of blazing guitars, precision drumming, and powerhouse rock

Forrest Gump’s mom was wrong. Boxes of chocolates come with labels. If anything, life is more like a local music review column in that you never know what you’re going to get. The genres are as fluid as the talent, and the moment you think you know what’s coming (probably

Ryan Jacobs grew up in Grants Pass, then did as Southern Oregon youth are wont to do and followed the ol’ dusty freeway up to Portland. But unlike so many that are glad to forget their humble beginnings, he and his indie-rock band, Melville, are big fans of coming back

It’s an old musician’s cliche that you should never give up on your dreams. But the other side of that is that at a certain point, your back starts to hurt from schlepping your amplifier in and out of basements. And your wallet starts to hurt from constantly bailing it

For awhile now, the buzzword of choice in hip hop has been conscious. Ashland emcee Lxor heads in nearly the opposite direction, towards the occult. Topics on his new album, Moon Tow Drivers 1.0, released in late April,  include pentagrams, outer space, devils, secret computer viruses, fallen angels, conspiracies, and

The magical thing about psychedelic rock is that it can take you places you’ve never been before, whether you were expecting to make the journey or not. The stage is the launching point and the performance can go in a million different directions, depending on the vibe of the venue