More photos of Saturday’s Rise Up benefit show at the PoetHouse are up at Frequency’s Flickr photo pool, and more will be added in a day or two. As for the show … well, you’ll have to check out my Feedback column in Friday’s GO! Magazine.
Archive for May, 2009
Sunday, May 31st, 2009
Friday, May 29th, 2009
It’s rare that I’ll drive up to Portland to see a concert. And I don’t think I’ve ever done so by myself.
But that’s exactly what I did Tuesday night to see Black Moth Super Rainbow and School of Seven Bells at Holocene in southeast Portland.
About two years ago, out of nowhere, Black Moth quickly became one of my favorite bands. I don’t remember why, exactly, but I bought their 2007 album “Dandelion Gum” and was immediately taken with the band’s warped pop music, filtered through vintage fuzz, never-ending vocal effects, and a decidedly warm, analog aesthetic.
I listened to that record non-stop for much of 2007, bought the band’s entire catalog post-haste, and picked up last year’s fine solo album by Black Moth main man Tobacco. All of them, generally have the same feel: Lying in a field of cotton candy, staring at a psychedelic, gold-flecked sky, breathing in stardust and breathing out earthy bubblegum-pop that somehow sounds both ancient and futuristic at the same time.
Add the fact that Black Moth would be joined on this bill by School of Seven Bells — an intriguing trio made up of former members of Secret Machines and On! Air! Library! — and I knew I had to make the trek.
It was a terrific show, but in a way I didn’t expect.
Friday, May 29th, 2009
Happy Friday, friendly Frequency readers. Every Friday morning, I tell you about all the music stories we have in that day’s GO! Magazine, and today is no different. This week, the recap is brought to you by our buddy Keyboard Gato:
-Local singer-songwriter Kim Kelley celebrates the release of her new album “Bending Blue” tonight at Silver Moon Brewing. Read that story to find out exactly why she started writing songs, and then download a track from the album here:
-Alt-country veteran Fred Eaglesmith played a house concert near Sisters on Memorial Day. According to my review, he was pretty great.
-You may not know the name Water & Bodies, but you may very well know more about the Portland band than you realize. Heck, you may know two of its members. BONUS: Click here to download a song and read an interview with the band.
-This weekend should be nirvana for area jazz fans. There are no fewer than three ways to see live jazz over the next 48 hours. Get all the details you need right here.
-Portland musician Stephanie Schneiderman brings her electro-pop solo act back to town on Wednesday, and she has kindly provided a song for you to download!
-Also in this week’s edition: the Moon Mountain Ramblers, Electric Sudaki, Baby Bash, Frankie J., and a show in Sisters to benefit a Sparrow kid.
By now, you know this, but I’ll say it anyway: Not all of those online stories will be available to anyone to read. For some, you’ll need to be a subscriber. So either subscribe, or pick up a print version of The Bulletin.
Friday, May 29th, 2009
In today’s GO! Magazine, I had enough room to tell you about Portland’s Water & Bodies, a new band from four of the five fellows who brought you the longtime prog-punk band Kaddisfly. Two of those fellows — Beau and Kelsey Kuther — grew up in Bend. (Aaron Tollefson and Chris Ruff round out the lineup.)
Water & Bodies is playing Saturday night at PoetHouse Art to benefit local humanitarian organization Rise Up International. Also on the bill are the Empty Space Orchestra and We Are Brontosaurus (sorry about spelling your name wrong in print, guys). That’s a mighty fine lineup of quality rock bands. You should go see this show.
Still unsure? Download a song from Water & Bodies’ brand new EP and take it for a spin:
Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough room in GO! to do as much on this band as I would’ve liked. Maybe next time. But here in limitless blog-land, space is no issue. And Beau Kuther was nice enough to do an e-mail interview in which he fills us in about the band and its origins, motivations and goals. I’ve edited it for spelling and punctuation and posted the full interview after the jump.
Thursday, May 28th, 2009
The ol’ Frequency inbox received an e-mail yesterday from local singer-songwriter Reed Thomas Lawrence announcing that he has been chosen to perform at the gigantic Rothbury Festival, to be held July 2-5 in Michigan.
Joining Lawrence on the bill (or is it the other way around?) are The Dead, Bob Dylan, The String Cheese Incident, The Black Crowes, and a whole bunch more huge names. Visit Rothbury’s Web site to see the lineup … you have to wait for it to scroll down for a bit, but sure enough, there’s Lawrence’s name.
This morning, Lawrence told me the gig came about through his connection to Madison House Inc., a large booking and publicity company in Colorado. Madison House signed on as Lawrence’s booking agent last year, and began working to get him on the Rothbury roster about a month ago, he said. Last week, he got an e-mail confirming the gig.
“I was so excited, but it didn’t really sink in until, I think, the next day, when I was on the Rothbury Web site looking at all the artists, and they had actually added my name to the lineup,” he said. “It was kind of surreal, because here’s Bob Dylan at the top, and I’m like, ‘What!?’”
Lawrence is scheduled to play “toward the evening” on July 4, he said, which sounds like a pretty sweet spot. Often, new acts are stuck playing at noon on the first day of the festival, when most people are still setting up tents rather than listening. But no matter when he plays, this is a huge opportunity for Lawrence. A quick Google search turned up estimates that 40,000 people attended Rothbury last year. That’s a whole lot of ears.
(Photo courtesy Ben Moon.)
Wednesday, May 27th, 2009
Two new videos from local artists, and both feature Bend prominently. I don’t know about you, but I always enjoy watching stuff like this and seeing scenes of my town.
First up, Bend MC Mosley Wotta has a clip out for “Boom For Real,” one of my favorite songs of last year:
And a week or two ago, local pop-rock duo KouseFly tossed this video up on MySpace. It’s for the song “Bluhai Flower” and it consists mostly of 1,400 photos of Bend:
Good stuff. Keep ‘em coming, local bands!
Wednesday, May 27th, 2009
I’m in Portland for a couple days, so please forgive me if the blog seems a bit quiet. I’ll make up for it when I get back to Bend. For now, a few local notes:
-If you were hoping to spend an “intimate acoustic evening” at the Tower Theatre with roots-pop singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile and you don’t already have your ticket, you’re out of luck; the show is sold out. Tickets sold out in less than two weeks, according to promoter Bret Grier, which around here is pretty fast.
-The Sisters Folk Festival is now accepting entries for its annual Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest. The winner will take home $750 and the five finalists will perform during the folk fest, set for Sept. 11-13 in Sisters. Entrants may submit up to three songs and must submit by July 31 through SonicBids. Click here to learn more about how to submit song files. (By the way, the folk fest’s lineup is already looking pretty sweet: Peter Rowan, Todd Snider, Alison Brown Quartet, Kelly Joe Phelps, Blind Pilot, The Belleville Outfit, Susan Werner … wow!)
-A new event called Jade’s Jazz Festival appears to be getting off the ground. It’s planned for July 11-12 in beautiful La Pine, and according to the Web site, performers include Nina Callaway, David Patrone, Ed Criss, Blues Quarter, Bellavia, Lino and Detour: Jazz. We’ll have more info in an upcoming GO! Magazine, of course.
-Finally, the acts playing at some of the summer events are starting to trickle in. Some of these are confirmed, some aren’t, but are probably safe bets: The Virginia pop band Carbon Leaf will headline The Bite of Bend June 21. The rest of the lineup is stocked with local acts and it looks like this. Folk legend Joan Baez will perform at the Athletic Club of Bend on Aug. 16 as part of the Clear Summer Nights concert series. Pollstar has fusion guitarist Fareed Haque slated for Munch & Music on July 9, and the Web site of the fine Malian singer Vieux Farka Toure has him playing Drake Park the following Thursday.
Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
Ah, back at work after a long, wonderful weekend. So here’s a trio of interesting videos to help you kill time if you need time killed:
Man, the Internet unleashed a torrent of Grizzly Bear hype over the past few days, didn’t it? The band’s new album “Veckatimest” comes out today, and here’s the super-cool video for the song “Two Weeks.”
Here’s a trippy video from School Of Seven Bells, the newish shoegazer project from former members of Secret Machines and On! Air! Library! It’s for the song “My Cabal.”
I know a guy who claims Tortoise is not only the best post-rock band of all time, but, in fact, the only one that matters. That’s not true, of course, but the Chicago quintet is certainly one of the genre’s touchstones. They have a new album out in June, and here’s a video for one of its songs, called “Prepare Your Coffin.”