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“I always say, hearing a symphony is like reading a novel,” says Conductor and Music Director of Rogue Valley Symphony Martin Majkut. Following that line of logic, the 50-year-old symphony has produced and performed tomes of music. Born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, he says music was “sort of omnipresent.” He learned

How does a 22-year old who records his first album (Pangaea) in his basement and bedroom singing and playing acoustic guitar make it to the big time? Ask Jason McCue. He may not be at the “big time” yet, but he is on his way. This young man’s lyrics are

Wearing dark sunglasses and puffing his cheeks out like a kid carrying a secret stash of large gumballs, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews makes playing trombone look cool and easy. And when his trombone-playing syncopates with the saxophone, popping and locking is no problem for anyone who wants to dance. But

David Ramirez has a-helluva-a-lot to say. Seventeen million streams on Spotify and counting, to be exact. The singer from Austin, Texas does not write lyrics that are subtle—more like a call for authenticity in a faux culture. One fan calls a recent show an “emotionally raw performance.” Ramirez’s songs do

If traditional rock music and alternative rock music had a baby, it would be independent rock—indie rock, for short. First coined in the 1970s, the term “indie rock” has evolved from its initial description of the bands’ independent labels (and was also synonymous with alternative rock through the 80s) to

Singing is like breathing for Ann Wilson. When she belts out lyrics to The Who’s “Don’t Get Fooled Again” or Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me” or Heart’s “Barracuda” there is power, courage and passion exhaled. “The stage is where I have always lived; where I’ve expressed my deepest emotions

While everyone has the band they love and would go see them perform in a back alley with garbage trucks rumbling by, venue can be almost as important as the music being played. The growing house concert movement is a sure sign that audiences want to be closer to the

  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

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