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Josh Gross

Josh Gross

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

In a widely-viewed video on YouTube discussing the Maggie Rogers song, “Alaska,” A-list producer Pharell Williams said he believes the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup to be the pinnacle of innovation, as it managed to take two things that were independently great (chocolate and peanut butter) and combine into a chimera

On the surface, being locked in a room unable to escape is a nightmare. But for Kerri Franklin, owner of Escape Ashland, it’s a great family activity. “Once you do one [escape room], you get hooked,” she says. “Whenever you go to a new city, it’s like, ‘oh, do they

In a June interview with The Guardian, country star Steve Earle offered the hottest of hot takes on contemporary Nashville’s recent roster of twangy, chanty, odes to partying. “They’re just doing hip hop for people who are afraid of black people,” Earle said. “I like the new Kendrick Lamar album

I never cared for emo. Even just a few chords from bands like Dashboard Confessional, or Saves the Day, caused me to slip into some absurd macho stereotype of a high school football coach complete with the overwhelming urge to grab the band venting their inner turmoil by the ears

Like so many young Ashlanders, Sarah Kreisman has done time on the mean streets of Portland. But she found the streets in the city’s famed Belmont and Hawthorne districts a little less mean. “Those neighborhoods that had those beautiful little benches and libraries,” says Kreisman. “It felt like I was

San Jose based psych rock group COLA started out as drummer and vocalist Cliff Rawson’s means to get the musical demons out of his head. But he slowly added in more players, as solo projects are wont to do, until it evolved away from the one-man indie-rock New York fetishism

As we exited the theater after seeing, Off the Rails, which opened at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival on July 27, and will run through October 28, my girlfriend said exactly what I was already thinking: “That’s going to be hard to write about.” And boy howdy was she right. The

When describing a band, lounge, is kind of a dirty word, a term that’s most commonly employed to mean corny. Background. Elevator. But like all genres, it can be used for good or evil. It’s just that in a modern context, lounge is most commonly used for evil. But the

  No matter their genre of choice, most music fans will claim that the good stuff isn’t what’s on the radio. But perhaps nowhere is that split more pronounced than in country music, in which Nashville dominates the charts worldwide, but arguably isn’t even country music at all. That split

A few years back I attended a panel at SXSW entitled: “album release strategies for the future.” It had the prerequisite discussions of social media and internet strategy for looking forward. But what I found odd was that it only seemed to focus on albums whose production was still rooted