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Whether it’s the perennial grey skies, or the plethora of dripping wet creepy forests to go be creepy in, or simply a backlash to the aging hippie population, Southern Oregon has always had a really strong scene for toxic sludge-heavy doom and stoner metal. And while that community endures every

For full disclosure: I’ll admit a certain bias against local old-time supastah’s St. Cinder, who released their long-due debut full-length album, Vagabond Dreams at the start of December, before hitting the road to live out the album’s namesake. The bias is not just because as a critic I’m far more

I recently told a friend of mine he had to hear an EP from a new Ashland band sent in for review, and then put it on the stereo. We were less than 15 seconds into the opening track before he boisterously demanded a copy, as he had never heard

It used to be hard as fudge to put out an album. They were an expensive pain in the ass and no one made one on a whim. Computers have changed that, generally for the better. But sometimes it’s not as clear cut. That’s the case with It, a new

It’s generally not that hard to choose what to write about in this column. But this issue there was too much solid new work from local bands to pass over. So here’s a flyover of new releases from the Southern Oregon music scene. Experiment Station, by Of Addicts and Dramatics

Being a local music critic requires keeping close tabs on the regional scene, on the net and in the clubs. But every so often a new band or artist pops appears on the radar, fully-formed, and you have to ask why it was you didn’t know about them. About 90

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

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

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