Articles by: Neil Ferguson

Valley Maker’s Austin Crane Explores Human Geography Through Psych-Folk (INTERVIEW)

Earlier this month, Seattle-based Valley Maker – the songwriting project of Austin Crane – released a new album called Rhododendron. The album was immediately striking for its subtle yet powerful tone. Crane composes songs that feel in ...

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Hearts of Oak Make Outlaw Country Tunes For Acidheads With ‘Moves’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Portland, Oregon has its fair share of country and Americana-style bands – perhaps more than most people might think – but one of the standouts has long been an outfit called Hearts of Oak. On ...

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Israel Nash Gets Portland ‘Lifted’ With Hopeful Psych-Folk Sounds (SHOW REVIEW)

Negativity is an alluring force and these days it’s easy to get caught up in it if you spend any amount of time following the news. To find positivity and channel it into art is ...

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Dale Watson and Wayne “The Train” School Portland in Real Country Music (SHOW REVIEW)

The success of acts like Sturgill Simpson and Chris Stapleton has led to something of a revival of real country music in recent years. This is a good thing for anyone who has ever gagged ...

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Austin Supergroup Glorietta Interpret Friendship Through Rock and Roll in Portland (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

Back in August, Glorietta took Portland’s esteemed Pickathon Festival by storm with not one but two triumphant sets. Though most people haven’t heard of them and probably snoozed on their incredible debut album that came ...

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Jeff Tweedy Shares New Songs Alongside Wilco and Uncle Tupelo Staples in Portland (SHOW REVIEW)

With a new album on the way, a memoir and a coinciding book tour, Jeff Tweedy has plenty to say right now. This is less a last dash to cash in before he loses his ...

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Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore Prove Perfect Collaborators in Portland (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

When two legends get together for an album and tour there is a risk of creating a novel experience, one that looks better than it sounds. This is anything but true in the case of ...

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Andrew W.K. Talks Challenges, Piano Rock, and Maintaining the Party Spirit (INTERVIEW)

At the beginning of our conversation Andrew W.K. seemed glum, which stood in contrast to the king of partying and beacon of positivity the world knows him as. His reasons were cryptic at times, but ...

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Ween Soars With Two Triumphant Shows in Portland (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

Rewind to the year 2011 and nobody would’ve thought that Ween would ever be playing shows again, let alone some of the best shows of their career. In fact, Gene Ween said as much to ...

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8 Acts That Blew Us Away At Pickathon 2018: Glorietta, Low Cut Connie, Daniel Norgren and More (FESTIVAL REVIEW/PHOTOS)

For a 20 years now a little group of music fans have been carving out a niche on the small Pendarvis Farm just outside Portland, Oregon in, perhaps fittingly, a town called Happy Valley. Pickathon ...

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