Articles by: Neil Ferguson

Pokey LaFarge and Al Scorch Delight Portland With Loose and Lively Performances (SHOW REVIEW)

Dabbling in old timey music can be a slippery slope. Striving for authenticity can lead to sounding hokey and cliché, while trying to innovate can feel too contrived. Some artists can strike a perfect balance, ...

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Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards Rocks Portland With Soulful Cosmic Folk (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

For fifteen years Erika Wennerstrom has been the powerful voice and leader of Austin, Texas-based rockers the Heartless Bastards. Recently, she decided to take things in a different direction with her debut solo album, Sweet ...

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Suds & Sounds: Hops & Grain Brewing Embodies the Austin Vibe and Musical Culture With Tasty Brews

In Suds & Sounds we turn the spotlight on breweries, focusing on the role of music in that brewery’s history, packaging, tastes, and in its city or town as a whole. The idea is to get beer and ...

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Low Cut Connie Preach Love, Acceptance and Fiery Rock and Roll in Portland (SHOW REVIEW)

In a landscape where good rock and roll is increasingly hard to find and genuine positivity is something of a rarity, South Philly favorites Low Cut Connie reign supreme. Eight years after forming, the piano-driven ...

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Suds & Sounds: Chicago’s On Tour Brewing Embraces The Love of Live Music and Beer

In Suds & Sounds we turn the spotlight on breweries, focusing on the role of music in that brewery’s history, packaging, tastes, and in its city or town as a whole. The idea is to get beer and ...

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Carlos Santana Lives Up To Guitar Legend Status and Preaches Love in Portland (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

At this point, Carlos Santana has nothing to prove to anyone. Five decades of being a legendary guitar player means that Santana, at the age of 70, could easily sit back and rest on his ...

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Margo Price Steps Outside the Country Box With Rowdy Portland Performance (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

The last few years have been a whirlwind for Margo Price. After trying to make a go at a country music career for years, Price was losing before she was signed to Jack White’s Third ...

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Suds & Sounds: Hartford’s Hanging Hills Brewing Company Teams Collaborates With Your Favorite Bands on Tasty Brews

In Suds & Sounds we turn the spotlight on breweries, focusing on the role of music in that brewery’s history, packaging, tastes, and in its city or town as a whole. The idea is to get beer and ...

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Centro-matic’s Will Johnson and Water Liars’ Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster Team Up As Marie/Lepanto (INTERVIEW)

In certain musical circles, Will Johnson and Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster are almost musical royalty. Johnson’s band Centro-matic was a force of dark, nuanced alt-country for nearly two decades before calling it quits in 2014. He also ...

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Drive-By Truckers and Lilly Hiatt Light Up the Night in Portland (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

The world is a dark place and if you spend too much time dwelling on the perpetual storm of chaos and injustice – especially in the White House – you might as well never get ...

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