Articles by: Neil Ferguson

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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Deer Tick Go Acoustic and Electric at Raucous Sold Out Portland Performance (SHOW REVIEW)

Four years is a long time to wait for a band to release a new album. Rhode Island rockers Deer Tick understand this, which is why they gifted their fans with not one but two ...

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Vinyl Lives: Bric-a-Brac Records & Collectibles Keeps Chicago Colorful and Groovy

In Vinyl Lives we spotlight and profile record stores around the country who offer music lovers an experience that goes beyond an iTunes purchase or a Spotify playlist. Vinyl has found a new resurgence and ...

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Paul Cauthen and the Texas Gentlemen Tackle Outlaw Country, Soul and Boogie With Ease in Portland (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

From Bruce Springsteen to Bob Dylan, many of rock’s best-known artists wouldn’t have achieved such legendary status had it not been for the musicians backing them up. The relationship between the Texas Gentlemen and Paul ...

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Whiskey Shivers Fuse Punk, Bluegrass, and Left-field Covers in Portland (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

Despite touring the country heavily for the last few years, Whiskey Shivers are still one of the best-kept secrets in Austin, Texas. The group’s delightfully unhinged and explosively fun performances are the stuff of legend ...

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North Mississippi Allstars Celebrate 20 Years of Making Hard-Charging Blues Rock in Portland (SHOW REVIEW/PHOTOS)

It’s hard to believe the North Mississippi Allstars have been kicking ass for two decades. Brothers Cody and Luther Dickinson have been involved in numerous other high-profile projects throughout the years, but they have always ...

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Sun Kil Moon Delivers Sprawling Orchestral Performance in Portland (SHOW REVIEW)

If you’ve followed the career of Mark Kozelek and his gloomy folk project Sun Kil Moon, you are most likely aware of his mercurial moods and unpredictable performances. His onstage banter is the stuff of ...

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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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