M. Ward, Crescent Ballroom, 4/17/12

See also: M. Ward Discusses A Wasteland Companion, and His Arizona Ties to The Meat Puppets and Howe Gelb M. Ward Crescent Ballroom Tuesday, April 17, 2012

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 guys records, including the brand new A Wasteland Companion, and I'm well aware that there are a few cranked-up rock 'n' roll numbers in his repertoire, but how exactly do you pull off a largely subdued sound with such an amped-up audience?

See the full fIREHOSE/M. Ward at Crescent Ballroom slideshow.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.