fIREHOSE and M. Ward at Crescent Ballroom, 4/17/12

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Ready for the show.

Following fIREHOSE's blistering set of punk jazz, I was almost worried that the hushed immediacy of Portland-based singer/songwriter/producer M. Ward would suffer by comparison. Don't get me wrong: I love the guy's records, including the brand new A Wasteland Companion, and I'm well aware that there are a few cranked rock 'n' roll numbers in his repertoire, but how exactly do you pull that off with an amped up audience? Read the full M. Ward review. Also check out the fIREHOSE review. WORDS BY JASON P. WOODBURY. PHOTOS BY MELISSA FOSSUM.

Published on April 18, 2012

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