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This week in music

This week in music

Opera, sexy songs, and amazing songwriters rule the week.  Here are some of the highlights: Opera comes to the Colonies Quiz time: Which cosmopolitan American city was the first to host an opera?  New York?  Boston?  Philadelphia?  Atlanta?  Nope.  According to The San Diego Opera Company, the first opera performed in the United States, “Flora,” […]

This week in music: higher education from the music geek

This week in music: higher education from the music geek

It’s Super Bowl Week, and although it is a time when music, entertainment, and sports collide, it’s not the only thing that happened this week in music history. The Day the Music Died This week in 1959, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and The Big Bopper, three of the biggest stars of their day, were killed […]

Death Metal from the cartoon world: Dethklok’s new album

Death Metal from the cartoon world: Dethklok’s new album

        I love metal. Metal is the music of the soul, given that the soul in question feels the need to rock harder than a landslide, and is as brutal as the night is black.  And when I say brutal, I mean bone-crunchingly ferocious, like a viking with rabies. With the aforementioned […]

This week in music: higher education from the music geek

Musically speaking, many exciting things happened this week in history.  Here are a few of my favorites: Story of the Week: Patricia Anne Boyd – Rock Muse This week in 1966, George Harrison married Patricia Anne Boyd.  Unlike Jenny (867-5309), L-O-L-A Lola, or Eleanor Rigby, Patricia’s name doesn’t show up in any song, but she […]

CD Review: New Politics

CD Review: New Politics

        I have problems with pop music.  Not with the messages, goodness no.  Nor is it an aversion to catchy and infectious beats that Dr. Dre came up with years ago.  It’s not even a music snob reason, as if I think pop is too mainstream and I want to be different […]

Vagabond Opera shows their vaudeville prowess

Vagabond Opera shows their vaudeville prowess

    Vagabond Opera brought their eccentric stage show to Ashland last Friday, playing to a packed house at CultureWorks. The “Bohemian Cabaret” ensemble played for over two hours, singing in a variety of languages and playing a variety of musical genres.  The Portland-based group has been to Ashland before, a fact that was evident […]

Built to Spill brings their energy to the Ashland Armory

Built to Spill brings their energy to the Ashland Armory

Built to Spill will be bringing their unique sound to the Ashland Armory this Thursday. Known for their amazing live performances which include much improvisation and well-selected cover songs, the Boise-based band have been honing their live show for over 15 years. Led by Doug Martsch on vocals and guitar, Built to Spill have been […]

Vagabond Opera comes to Ashland

Vagabond Opera comes to Ashland

Classifying themselves as a “Bohemian Cabaret” ensemble, Vagabond Opera will be bringing their stunning stage show to Culture Works, 310 Oak St., at 9 p.m. this Friday. Begun in 2002 by classically-trained operatic tenor Eric Stern, the group defies definition by blending jazz, swing, folk-punk and klezmer.  They have been performing across the U.S., appearing […]

Kings of Leon lighten up on “Come Around Sundown”

Kings of Leon lighten up on “Come Around Sundown”

Kings of Leon have made a career out of selling enticing images of moonlit, whiskey-soaked nights in the hot South with deserted dirt roads awaiting pretty girls in pickup trucks and skies full of stars that speak of boundless possibilities. The inviting idea that you can put on one of their albums and go along […]

One Horse Shy’s Americana blend

One Horse Shy are here to stay.  Three years and two albums into their career, the band is continually growing its fan base here in Oregon and across the United States at an alarming pace. Formed in 2007, the core of the band is the songwriting team of Manda Bryn on vocals and banjo and […]