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Sun Blood Stories Sophomore Album is a Masters Class Boise band Sun Blood Stories’ (who will be playing The Phoenix Clubhouse on Wed., August 12) first album, Electric Years, is a bonified panty-dropping asskicker of an LP, with seven tracks of raw and gutsy psychadelic garage-blues that makes hearts break

Peace Village Festival Aims to Transcend Time and Space In a general sense, music festivals pretty much follow a script: book a lot of bands to fit a particular demographic, and throw in some amenities and voila, another festival. Ashland’s Peace Village Festival, which will go down August 14-16 at

In addition being the best invention ever to fly off some sweet jumps, the bicycle has long been the muse of songwriters. So we went and rounded up a bunch of bike songs from bands like Queen, This Bike is a Pipe Bomb, Rubblebucket, Reptar, Pink Floyd and Mitch Murder.

‘What is Love,” for $500, Alex The Ashland fire marshall has set Oberon’s capacity at 63, but with 12 on the dance floor, the place can seem pretty crowded. Three-piece LA based folk group, The Battlefield, will be taking the stage in the small venue on Tuesday, July 28, but

This issue of The Messenger publishes on July 23, a day in history that marks one of the biggest riots/uprisings in American history: The 12th Street Riots in Detroit. After police raided an underground bar called The Blind Pig, the confrontation escalated, with Gov. Romney and President Johnson sending in

Definitely Not Cowboys Let’s get this out of the way: Micah Nelson, son of Willie Nelson (yes, that Willie Nelson), is in Insects VS. Robots, who will be playing two shows in Southern Oregon this month. Here’s the thing though: that parentage is probably the least interesting thing about the

Though the world at large is pretty clear about the distinction, locally, the line between reggae and hip hop is a blurry one. It’s a fluid definition you can see on display in The Yield, the latest from The Dream State, a collaboration between Ashland-based emcee Hi-Pressure Sodium and Portlander

One and Done True to his bluesy style, Steve Schecter, aka Ghostwriter, borrows his touring philosophy from a stranger down in Birmingham, Alabama––a man who asked the one-man band about going on the road as a solo act. “I said, ‘Oh, I don’t have any friends I like to travel

There are times when it feels like Southern Oregon has more banjos than Deliverance, most of them making the baffling choice to dress up and celebrate the dustbowl, when people were poor, starving and battling polio; you know, “the good old days.” But a growing number of string bands are

Yes, yes, weed is now legal. But we’ve all made pot mixtapes before, including this reporter. And there’s another major news item that we haven’t yet mixified: marriage equality enshrined by the Supreme Court. And while we could be cliché, packing it with Elton John, we went another route, compiling