Archive for July, 2009

Poster: Vetiver at Silver Moon

Friday, July 31st, 2009

vetiver

Download: Vetiver, Empty Space Orchestra

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Vetiver and Empty Space Orchestra. Both great bands, though very different. Both playing tonight in Bend. And the timing works out so that you can see ‘em both if you’d like.

Unsure? Here are a couple of samples. First, the catchiest track from Vetiver’s 2009 album “Tight Knit.”

Download Vetiver, “Everyday”

Second, we have a special track from Bend’s own Empty Space Orchestra. This is a live version of their song “Pandemonium” that has been streaming on their MySpace, but otherwise is unreleased:

Download Empty Space Orchestra, “Pandemonium (Live)”

Photos: Sugarland at Les Schwab Amphitheater (and a quick update on Jennifer Nettles’ voice)

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Atlanta-based country stars Sugarland kicked off the 2009 Bend Summer Concerts series at Les Schwab Amphitheater, and my full review will run in next week’s GO! Magazine. (Spoiler alert: I had fun.)

But let’s clear one thing up right now: Jennifer Nettles’ voice sounded terrific. The band canceled five dates immediately preceding last night’s show so Nettles could get some doctor-ordered vocal rest, and I’d guess that Sugarland fans across the country are curious about the Bend gig and wondering if she showed any ill effects. To those fans: You can relax, at least for the short term. Nettles didn’t appear to hold back. She hit every note. And she was a consummate entertainer. Her singing and her showmanship were the highlights of the night. For now, at least, Sugarland is back.

With that out of the way, let’s see what the show looked like. Bulletin photographer Rob Kerr was at the Schwab last night snapping photos, and he got some great ones, so be sure to click through to see more after the jump.

Sugarland 7

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July 31 in GO! Magazine

Friday, July 31st, 2009

These next seven days, folks, might just be the busiest, music-wise, of the year so far in Central Oregon. Almost every night you have options, and many of those options are either big names or big talents (or both). Are you planning on hitting any of these? Some of them? All of them? Leave a comment and let me know what your plans are.

Oh, and all today’s links are free and available to non-subscribers, so click away! Let’s go in chronological order:

-Tonight, Vetiver plays California sun-kissed folk-pop at Silver Moon Brewing.

-Also tonight, up-and-coming country stars Lady Antebellum will play the final free show at the Deschutes County Fair.

-Looking for something else to do tonight? Try Sagebrush Rock at Boston’s or Empty Space Orchestra at Parrilla or Necktie Killer at The Underground.

-On Saturday, a big ol’ rap show will roll into the Midtown Ballroom. Kottonmouth Kings and Swollen Members are co-headlining, and local rapper The Dirtball will perform. Should be one of the biggest Midtown shows in a while.

-Also Saturday, Tuck And Roll plays at Silver Moon and Apropos performs at The Studio.

-On Sunday, the Les Schwab Amphitheater will host its second ticketed show of the summer when Lyle Lovett and His Large Band come to town.

-Also on Sunday, Susie McEntire Luchsinger does her annual concert out in Antelope.

-Monday night is blues night at the Tower Theatre, where veteran guitarist Johnny Winter will appear.

-Wednesday night will bring a couple of young, rootsy bands to Bend, as bluegrassers Town Mountain play at Silver Moon and Breathe Owl Breathe hits McMenamins.

Again, anyone can get to any of those stories, so check ‘em out. And if you want to see the cool dartboard motif that the GO! Magazine design team put together, pick up a copy of the actual newspaper!

Brightening up my Thursday lunch break

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Thanks, 92.7 FM.

Some highlights from the Frequency Flickr pool

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Say, have you checked out Frequency’s Flickr pool? If not, I’d love it if you would. Or better yet, join the group and add your own photos of music being made in Central Oregon! Here are some highlights from what’s there now; be sure to click through to see the ones after the jump. (Photos were taken by me unless otherwise noted.)

Tuck And Roll at Deschutes Brewery!

tuck and roll

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Quote of the day

Monday, July 27th, 2009

From Carrie Brownstein, formerly of the band Sleater-Kinney:

“I don’t know if Weezer hates its fans or just the (apparently) stifling concept of sincerity, but you should listen to these two new songs if you weren’t already convinced of Weezer’s contempt for music.”

Click that link above to see/hear the songs that prompted her dead-on observation.

And know that, for me, Weezer’s self-titled debut is a desert-island disc, and “Pinkerton” isn’t far behind. I even like the green (self-titled) album. But the turn Rivers Cuomo has taken over the past few years is simply embarrassing, and getting worse.

(Thanks, Idolator.)

Thumbprint Collective releases free download, performs tonight

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Thumbprint Collective

A few months ago, I was poking around the MySpace of Empty Space Orchestra, which somehow led me to the MySpace of local musician Typologic, which in turn led me to the MySpace of Thumbprint Recordings, which made me aware of a group of local producers/DJs called the Thumbprint Collective.

This, friends, is what they call falling into a wormhole on the Internet. Except this was a productive wormhole, because I discovered a group of Central Oregon musicians I didn’t know before. Better yet, they’re creating a pretty interesting brand of electronica, at least to these ears. (Please note: The music could probably be described as house, techno, breakbeat, glitch, or some other microgenre, but I’m simply not knowledgeable enough to tell the difference. If anyone would like to educate me in the comments, I’d love to hear it.)

Anyway, the Thumbprint Collective is Sicilian, Magus Pymp, Johnny Carcinogen and Typologic, and the music somehow straddles a line between relentlessly beat-driven and perfectly chilled out, mellow meandering. It’s also super-melodic, which I love.

The group has been doing gigs here and there for a few months, and tonight, they’re taking over the martini bar at 9 p.m., and there’s no cover. “Might break out the lasers for this one,” says Sicilian. (The flyer for the gig is after the jump.)

The Thumbprinters recently set up in Sicilian’s living room and recorded a 48-minute long session live in one shot, with no pre- or post-production. “It’s not perfect, but we’re working on it,” says Sicilian. “One-shot live recordings can be difficult.”

The mix is designed to give people a taste of what Thumbprint does at its shows. So here, have a taste … you might have to “Right Click” and “Save As.”

Download Thumbprint Collective’s live set

If you’re like me, and you’re no electronica expert or super-fan, I’d encourage you to take the dive and check it out. It’s a fun listen.

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Now this is how you do a promo photo …

Friday, July 24th, 2009

When you write about music, you see a lot of terrible promotional band photos. So it’s nice when you see one that blows you away. This one, taken by Alissa Anderson of the band Vetiver, just blew me away.

Vetiver

Vetiver will perform next Friday night at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom in Bend. Look for my article about them in next week’s GO! Magazine.

July 24 in GO! Magazine

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Whew! It was kind of a hectic week around GO! Magazine headquarters, what with the uncertainty of Sugarland’s tour plans as we near their concert in Bend next week. But as of now, the show is on, and another GO! is out in the world. Here’s a look at the music stories it contains.

-The 2009 Bend Summer Concerts series at Les Schwab Amphitheater kicks off Thursday with an appearance by Atlanta-based country duo Sugarland. I didn’t get a chance to chat with them, so instead I wrote all about their Grammy-winning song “Stay.” If you’d like to hear it, go here.

-Most weeks, I get to write a concert review in a column we call Feedback. This week, I sing the praises of Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Toure, who put on a killer set at Munch & Music on July 16.

-The Deschutes County Fair kicks off on Wednesday, and it will host concerts by country singer Jake Owen on Wednesday and classic rocker Peter Frampton on Thursday.

-You’ve probably noticed, but the nightly offerings of Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom just keep getting stronger and stronger. This week, they have a slew of very different musicians in to perform everything from soulful pop to traditional bluegrass. (Silver Moon’s MySpace is here, if you’re interested.)

-It’s a big week at Bendistillery Martini Bar, too, with underground rappers Josh Martinez and Kosha Dillz doing shows on different nights, plus a mini-festival in Riverfront Plaza on Saturday and some other stuff, too. (Oh, what the heck, here’s the martini bar’s MySpace, too.)

-The Breedlove Guitar Co. is throwing a music festival, and although it technically begins on Thursday, the music doesn’t really start until Friday, July 31. Read about it here.

-This week’s local roundup features three gigs in unique places: The Sweet Harlots by the Deschutes River, Canaan Canaan at Dan Chavers’ performance studio, and Sagebrush Rock in the parking lot of Country Catering.

And hey, pick up the print version of GO! to check out the Area 97 Clubs page. There’s tons of other stuff going on!