Music by former Bendites

Monday, September 21st, 2009, 9:32 am by Ben Salmon

By chance, I guess, I’ve got a handful of links here that’ll let you hear what some former Bend residents are up to these days. Think of it kind of like a high school reunion, except you (likely) didn’t go to high school with these folks, and Mike McShanahan isn’t dunking your head in the toilet and giving you a swirlie just like the old days. That’s what everyone’s old days were like … right?

-Perhaps the most famous recent musician to have called Bend home, Hasidic rapper Matisyahu is back with his much-anticipated third album of reggae-flavored hip-hop. It’s called “Light” and you can listen to the whole thing, at least for now, on this nifty little widget:

A couple years ago, I wrote an article that will tell you all about the dude’s time in Bend, and you can find that right here.

Near/Far alum Wildbleedingheart now goes by Daniel Michael Miller. He lives in Portland and still makes woozy, lo-fi pop-rock that fits in much more snugly in his new hometown than his old one. It’s also pretty darn good. He’s just put up several songs for stream/download, which you can find over here. And if you want to read more about him, click here to find my story from 2007.

-The Portland chamber-folk combo Loch Lomond is led by Bend native Ritchie Young; member Dave Depper is also from here. (There may be others, I’m not sure.) The band has a new EP coming out this fall, and the Portland Mercury has all the details, plus a teaser medley of the record’s songs.

V.E.R.A. Clique comprises three guys who got their start in Bend, but now make hip-hop in Oakland, Calif. They were just recently in town at the Silver Moon for a benefit show, but for the most part, they’re down there in the Bay Area working hard to get their music heard. Good for them. Let’s see if we can help them out. Here’s the title track from their most recent record, “Fresh Out The Box.” Download it and check out these local fellas done good.

Download V.E.R.A. Clique, “Fresh Out The Box”

Say … this brings up a fun question: What local musician or band do you think will be the next to make it big on the outside? Leave a comment and let me know who you think has star potential.

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