Articles by: Neil Ferguson

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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The National Deliver Emotional, Towering Rock Performance in Portland (SHOW REVIEW)

Since forming in 1999, The National have managed to forge their own path in indie rock, developing a loyal following of fans more interested in the consistently high quality of their albums and live performances ...

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Blitzen Trapper’s Eric Earley Gets Dark and Personal With ‘Wild and Reckless’ (INTERVIEW)

Eric Earley never expected to take his rock band Blitzen Trapper to the theater, but that is precisely where him and his bandmates found themselves earlier this year. The beloved Portland rockers were invited to ...

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Ani DiFranco Mixes Folk and Soul in Portland (SHOW REVIEW)

The crowd packed into Portland’s Wonder Ballroom on November 9th like a can of sardines, all trying to maneuver their way into a good sightline of the stage. Ani DiFranco has long held a cult ...

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