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Josh Gross

Josh Gross

Ace reporter. Produced playwright. Internationally recognized rock and roll superstar and burrito connoisseur.

Smoke Local Gorilla Glue, Master Kush, Amnesia Haze… after decades of innovation and a whole lot of legal trouble, underground cannabis culture has passed along a bunch of legitly-crazy names and even more exciting genetics. Thanks to the long efforts of people much older than I as of this July

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

Breathing Room The Kalmiopsis wilderness. Hard to find. Harder to pronounce. And even harder to protect. The rugged and resource rich patch of wilderness home to the Smith, Illinois and Rogue rivers has been a prime target for resource extraction companies for a long time, especially nickel mines, three of

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

Because of the old gal’s 239th birthday on July 4, The Messenger decided to dedicate this issue to America, loading it up with DIY parade float ideas and apple pie, even if only because America could use a bit of encouragement to get through what has been, let’s say, a challenging

Going Rogue Southern Oregon’s cast of Fourth of July parades are organized by local chambers of commerce. To participate, you fill out some forms and pay some fees. But this is the land of the free, and if you want to qualify as one of the brave, then toss bureaucracy

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