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Crash Kings and their mastery of keyboards

I have to admit that Crash Kings surprised me. I don’t typically listen to anything softer than double bass drums being thundered deep into my eardrums, but I do have my exceptions. Cage The Elephant, The Raconteurs, and Modest Mouse are my three favorite slightly softer alternative bands, and they are the only ones of […]

Exploring the limits of “Limitless”

What would you do if you could use 100 percent of your brain? Help people in need, save lives, gamble, become the president, play the stock market? You would probably need that 100 percent to even fathom what you would do if you could do anything. The whole notion of having complete clarity and extreme […]

Trails are calling after the onset of spring

Spring is rearing its pretty head, and its time to get outside free of wool hats and long sleeves. Dust off the hiking boots and go for a stroll. Lithia Park and the network of trails that stem off it is one of Oregon’s finest hiking destinations. A pleasant winding trail at the top of […]

Mount Ashland Association pushes for more control

Mount Ashland Association pushes for more control

An Ashland city council study session last Tuesday discussed the possibility of transferring the ski area permit from the city to the Mount Ashland Association, the non-profit that operates the ski area. Mount Ashland officials believe that if the Mount Ashland Association has direct control over the ski area permit, potential donors might be more […]

Music News (3/1-3/7)

Music News (3/1-3/7)

“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” Yes folks, that’s the actual title of an upcoming action movie that will be scored by Trent Reznor, who will also make a cameo appearance in the film, playing the vampire who kills Honest Abe’s mother. This one’s going to be priceless. “Snakes On a Plane” anyone? Another disturbing bit of […]

Surviving the Coast Starlight with System of a Down

Surviving the Coast Starlight with System of a Down

The train sucks.  There’s a reason nobody rides trains anymore.  They are awful, life-wasting machines with no other purpose than to be less effective than airplanes. That being said, I ride the Coast Starlight train every other weekend.  Since I must have pissed off any number of deities throughout my life, one of them seemed […]

Radiohead’s “The King of Limbs” is a masterpiece of atmospheric imagery

Radiohead’s “The King of Limbs” is a masterpiece of atmospheric imagery

Radiohead has mastered the bait-and-switch mode of recording albums.  It’s not always a conscious effort, they just seem to grow and progress at an alarming pace – though much of this is due to the fact that they sincerely want to grow as musicians and songwriters. Their first album, “Pablo Honey,” was a searing, guitar-driven […]

SOU student opens art exhibit at Liquid Assets

A new art show opened at Liquid Assets Wine Bar in downtown Ashland, Ore., last week, featuring the works of Southern Oregon University student Richard  W. Balzar. The eight distinctive pieces on display feature imagery symbolizing the veterans of American wars. Each of the photos is dedicated to U.S. Army Veterans, and half of the […]

Remembering Ronnie James Dio and “Holy Diver”

Remembering Ronnie James Dio and “Holy Diver”

There are a couple albums out there that have had an incredible impact on how I live my life.  “Astro Lounge” by Smash Mouth, “Inhuman Rampage” by Dragonforce, and “Kamikaze” by Los Rabanes, are all close to the top, but nothing compares to Dio’s debut album of utter magnificence, “Holy Diver.” Before “Holy Diver,” there […]

This week in music: higher education from the music geek.

This week in music: higher education from the music geek.

Fun (and sometimes bizarre) facts I learned this week, plus some water-cooler knowledge straight from my noggin.         Well, I know what I’m doing after college now… This week in 2009, Liverpool University started offering a very specialized Masters program – on THE BEATLES!  Liverpool Hope University is quoted as saying one […]