Articles by: Neil Ferguson

JD McPherson Brings Dynamic Range of Rock and Roll Sounds to Portland (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

Soul and rock and roll revivalist acts are a dime a dozen these days. While some pull it off, plenty end up sounding lousy by focusing too much on nailing the authenticity instead of creating ...

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Patrick Sweany Brings Explosive Blues Rock to Portland (SHOW REVIEW)

Patrick Sweany is a workingman’s musician. He’s the kind of guy that puts in the time to do the best job possible and you can always rely him to show up. Except he isn’t a ...

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‘Mr. Brown-Eyed Soul’ Shows Soul Influence of Groundbreaking Act Sunny and the Sunliners (ALBUM REVIEW)

In the canon of American music, one of the most overlooked yet influential figures is the songwriter and bandleader Sunny Ozuna. Proudly Mexican-American, Ozuna and his band the Sunliners (previously known as the sunglows) cut ...

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Growing Up But Staying Rowdy With Punk-Grass Favorites Whiskey Shivers (FEATURE)

There are certain expectations that seem to come when the name of your band is Whiskey Shivers and you have a sound that smashes together bluegrass, punk, and a whole lot of hootin’ n’ hollerin’. ...

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Austin Legends The Crack Pipes Reissue Punk-Blues Classic ‘Beauty School’ (ALBUM PREMIERE/INTERVIEW)

In 2005 Austin, Texas was a vastly different place than it is today. Though the hipster thing was in full swing, the city was still mostly a college town whose coolness wasn’t widely known. You ...

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Andrew W.K. Parties Epically Hard in Portland (SHOW REVIEW)

“PAR-TY, PAR-TY, PAR-TY!” One word repeated by a God-like voice blasted through the speakers at Portland’s Wonder Ballroom on September 25th. The music accompanying the chant felt like the soundtrack to an epic movie, as ...

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Future Islands Conjure a Synthpop Dance Party in Portland (SHOW REVIEW)

Baltimore’s Future Islands have been road dogging it for over a decade, but in the last few years they have seen their popularity explode. At first glance, the group is a somewhat unlikely success story. ...

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Soul Icon Charles Bradley Passes Away At 68

This morning it was reported that soul singer Charles Bradley has passed away at the age of 68 after being diagnosed last year. Recently Bradley had been forced to cancel tour dates after a cancerous tumor ...

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Gov’t Mule Blazes Through Eclectic Blues Jams in Portland (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

It only took Gov’t Mule three songs – “Mr. Man”, “Streamline Woman”, and “Burning Point” – to establish themselves as diverse musical creatures with straightforward rock, hard charging blues, and slinky funk. Cramming so many ...

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Suds & Sounds: Against the Grain Keep It Weird and Lively In Louisville

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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