Articles by: Neil Ferguson

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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Desert Folklorist Israel Nash Gets ‘Lifted’ With Hippie Spiritual Sounds (INTERVIEW)

Israel Nash is feeling lifted these days. At home outside Austin, Texas, he and his family are perched way up on an expansive property. One look at the view of the rolling Texas Hill Country ...

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10 Must-See Acts at Pickathon 2018: Low Cut Connie, Shinyribs, Sheer Mag and More (FESTIVAL PREVIEW)


It’s easy to look at the lineups for festivals like Bonnaroo, Coachella and Austin City Limits and be disappointed by the sameness, not to mention the corporate presence. And while the cancellation of Sasquatch and ...

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Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, David Grisman Trio, and Jerry Douglas Band Treat Portland to a Night of Bluegrass at the Zoo (SHOW REVIEW)

The scene was set for a perfect night. Crowds soaked up the sun and the fragrant air that comes with a hot summer night in Oregon, while nearby elephants and cheetahs lounged in the shade. ...

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James McMurtry Shares Truth Through Fiction and Rock and Roll in Portland (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

What does it mean to be a truth teller in a time when lies are pervasive? For damn near three decades, Austin-based Americana songwriter James McMurtry has been a master of fact through fiction. His ...

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Trampled by Turtles Focus on Lively Bluegrass-Heavy Songs at Oregon Zoo (SHOW REVIEW)

There was a time not long ago when banjo-wielding, suspender-wearing hipsters ushered in a wave of neo-folk. With just a hint of bluegrass and Americana, these acts reigned over festival stages for a short handful ...

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Numero Group’s ‘Technicolor Paradise: Rhum Rhapsodies & Other Exotic Delights’ a Tiki-licious Collection of Forgotten Gems (ALBUM REVIEW)

There was a time in America where you could sip on a deathly sweet and strong tropical cocktail and not have to remind yourself that Donald Trump was president. Sure, the 1940’s and 50’s weren’t ...

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Suds & Sounds: Sanctuary Brewing Company Keeps It Community-Oriented In Hendersonville, North Carolina

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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