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“I grew up doing choir music,” says Sarah Clarke, the booming voice of Portland band Dirty Revival, who will be playing at The Talent Club on September 19. “But whenever I went to do karaoke it was Aretha, or Beyonce.” Thank goodness for that, because when Clarke came together with

A recipe for Escargot: take two Arizona musicians, add a pair of synthesizers, mix with live rock drums, rap vocals and love. If it wasn’t obvious, the recipe wasn’t for the food, but Escargot, the genre-straddling debut from Tempe-based duo Snailmate, who will soon be coming through the Rogue Valley

As we drown in technology, there has been a luddite revival in music. But while some have aped the sound of the past, cooing songs about farm life over standard banjo, others have applied the soft folk instrumentation to more abstract song forms free of sing-a-long choruses, hook lines, and

This Ain’t Yo Daddy’s Rock and Roll There’s a standard songwriting model for rock bands. One member stays up late at night with an acoustic guitar, strumming out some chords on the couch, and scribbling notes on a scrap to paper, to later be given to the band at large.

Oso Negro is one of the hardest working men in hip hop. And not just because he drops new albums, collaborations and tours at a furious pace. Based out of Ontario, Oregon, right on the border with Idaho, he does it all with the closest local music scene more than

In the 10-part Time Life “History of Rock and Roll” documentary series, Ben E. King of “Stand by Me,” fame, discussed his adolescence in a doo-wop group, wandering the streets of New York like a gang, issuing challenges in four-part harmony to every other group they came across doing the

There may be no summer activity more summery than hitting the open road and getting the fudge out of dodge. Especially after all this smoke. But you can’t road trip without the tunes. So we made a mix of songs perfect for the open road, featuring a selection of classics

Medford Rockers The Evening Shades Set to Release Debut Album, ‘Alright’ If you want to understand medford band The Evening Shades approach to rock music, here’s an anecdote: During our interview at Medford’s Four Daughters pub, I mentioned how during a similar bar-interview with Rolling Stone, Mastodon frontman Brent Hinds

Weird Al Yankovic, is arguably both the world’s greatest lyricist and one of the best live performers working today. His shows include multiple costume changes, video and light shows, Van Halen-level accordion shredding and Yankovic’s near double-jointed ability to kick above his head. In his mid-50s, he still brings an

Great Peacock to strut their stuff in Ashland Question? What do rock music, country music, and folk music have in common? Answer: Who cares, that’s a dumb question. But if anyone can blend the three genres together it is Tennesee band Great Peacock, who will be playing at Brickroom in