Articles by: Neil Ferguson

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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Suds & Sounds: Hip-hop, Kung Fu, and Damn Tasty IPAs at Melvin Brewing

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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Belle Adair Shine a Light on Alabama’s Dynamic Music Scene With Dreamy Power Pop LP ‘Tuscumbia’ (ALBUM REVIEW)

Contrary to what you hear in the media, good things do come from Alabama. This is especially true when it comes to what may be the state’s greatest export: bands. While the state’s musical legacy ...

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Hot Rize Celebrate 40 Years of Bluegrass Greatness in Portland (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

On January 18, 1978 a group of hungry young musicians stepped onto the stage for the first time and changed bluegrass music. Exactly forty years later, the members of Hot Rize found themselves onstage at ...

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Wolf Parade Stay Sharp and Triumphant in Portland (SHOW REVIEW)

Indie rock fans rejoiced in 2016 when Canadian cult favorites Wolf Parade announced their return to the stage and the studio after going on hiatus in 2011. While each of the band members have racked ...

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Railroad Earth Balance Long Jams and Bluegrass Picking in Portland (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

Who would’ve thought that one of the top bluegrass acts to emerge in the last two decades would hail from New Jersey? While their home state may be more synonymous with all American rockers like the ...

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R.L. Boyce Bears the Torch for Hill Country Blues (INTERVIEW)

R.L. Boyce never played the blues to get famous. Working and living in North Mississippi town of Como (population 1240), Boyce always played guitar and sang the blues just because he happened to enjoy it. ...

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Pixies Deliver Tight Set of Fan Favorites To Wrap Three-Night Portland Run (SHOW REVIEW)

In a city as 90s obsessed as Portland, it comes as little surprise that the Pixies sold out three nights at one of the larger venues in town. Touring in support of their 2016 album ...

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