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American, Not Gothic Music genres are an endless parade of innovative portmanteaus, mashing up existing words with microniche trends. The one most commonly applied to Denver band Slim Cessna’s Auto Club is gothabilly. “I don’t know where that came from,” laughs Slim Cessna, the band’s frontman. “I think we’re closer

  Tuscon-based band Calexico formed in the ‘90s, and its latin-themed indie sound has been on the who’s who list of the underground pretty much ever since. The band will be performing at Britt on Tue., July 14, opening for The Decemberists. The Messenger caught up with frontman Joey Burns

Professionally Lific Most bands release an album every two years or so. Some workaholics crank out a new work annually. Jerome Arizona-based Nathan Payne, who will be playing at Club 66 in Ashland on Mon., June 29 with his band The Wild Bores, has 26 albums available on Bandcamp—15 from

Boom Bap Banjo The average listener would find little in common between banjo-plucking and turntable-scratching. Leah and Chloe Smith, the principal members of folk band Rising Appalachia, who will be performing at Britt on Thur., July 9 are not the average listeners. “I think hip hop is the contemporary folk

What makes The Legendary Goodtimes work is a total lack of hypenation. While other bands are exploring sub-genres and micro-niches, they are unapologetic about their one-word genre: rock. Even the band’s cover of funk masterpiece “Superstition,” by Stevie Wonder is a purely power-chord affair, with amps cranked and no fucks

E-D-M not R-A-P Ever since Vanilla Ice sent word to your mother, the criticism of white rappers has most commonly been a lack of self-awareness. Louisville-based rapper Calen Schaeffer, better known as Cato, swings pretty far in the other direction. “I’m just like every other white rapper,” he says. “I’ve

  As an early holiday gift to late-night comedians, Donald Trump just launched his “I’m totally serious you guys,” campaign for president. Before he spoke a single word of his announcement speech, he had already stepped in it, because the song he chose to enter to was Neil Young’s “Rocking

Pairing Local Bands with Local Brews By Peter Gandesbery, Jeff Hill and Josh Gross FACT: Beer makes everything better! [Editor’s note: that’s not medically accurate, but sure, why not.] Especially music. However, not all beers make every experience or type of music equally better. Ya gots to pair that shizzle,

The Rogue Valley Messenger hasn’t yet been around long enough to make it onto all the industry mailing lists, burying us in a deluge of review-copies of albums by new side projects from the former bassists of the bands that sprung from the ashes of highly-influential underground acts you’ve never

Benjamin Tyler grew up in the southwest, studying jazz in Tempe, Arizona. Despite jazz’s propaganda as an outlet for musical freedom, he felt boxed-in. “I had a lot to get off my chest, and I just felt a little stifled in school,” he says. “And no one really wanted to