Archive for October, 2010

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Political folk-punk legend Billy Bragg descends upon the Tower Theatre on Tuesday night. My colleague David Jasper wrote a terrific article about his conversation with the man, which bounced from the power of Facebook to America’s upcoming midterm elections, and from Bragg’s program to put guitars in the hands of inmates to the catharsis of writing songs about things that piss you off. I’m not even going to try to excerpt the thing; trust me, you should go read the whole story by clicking here.

Elsewhere in the music section: Feedback focuses on the strong slate of shows coming up over the next few months, including newly announced dates by acts like Dick Dale, Brother Ali and Lucero. And this week, we have Yard Dogs Road Show, DJ Professor Stone, Jukebot!, Eric Tollefson and Boxcar String Band, plus a slew of locals playing Halloween parties. And if all that leaves you wanting, there’s always The Bulletin’s complete music listing.

Download Mindscape’s “Beat Jacks” album

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Bend-based rapper Mindscape (aka Mike Fish of Person People) has posted a free download of his “Beat Jacks” album, which features the silver-tongued MC getting busy on the mic to other folks’ beats, including George Clinton, Geto Boys, and others likely easily identifiable to a more studied hip-hop historian than I. Guess what? It’s dope. Get it here.

New videos from Erin Cole-Baker, Chris Beland

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Bend singer-songwriters Erin Cole-Baker and Chris Beland (aka Chris Chabot) each have a new video out, thanks to local dude Josh Cordell, who shot and edited them quick-fast-ninja-style. Let’s watch them, shall we?

First, a simple, pretty video perfect for Cole-Baker’s song “World Sweet World” from her 2009 album “Talon and Spur.”

Next, a video for “The Weather Man” by Beland, starring downtown Bend at night. Beland’s new album is coming out soon, I hear.

Top 5 things Weinland can check off their “Someday that will be us” list, by Adam Shearer

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

When the excellent Portland indie-folk band Weinland played in Bend a couple times last year, I covered those appearances extensively; see here and here and here to get up to speed. Tonight, the band returns to town, sharing a bill with Laura Veirs at the Tower Theatre for the final PDXchange Program show of the year. Find details on the show (and Veirs) here.

Because it’s been a while since we chatted, I wrote Weinland frontman Adam Shearer and asked him what’s been going on with the band. Turns out they’ve been quite busy, with a bunch of exciting things happening, especially recently. So here’s a list of the top five things Weinland can check off their “Someday that will be us” list, as submitted by Mr. Shearer himself.

• Weinland Was Featured on NPR
Weinland was recently featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered. NPR selected our version of Led Zeppelin’s “Hey Hey What Can I Do” for their FM broadcast. Check it out by clicking here. The track comes from the new Zeppelin tribute entitled “The Land of Ice and Snow,” which also features Laura Veirs, M. Ward, Chris Walla, and many more.

• Weinland’s Music is on MTV
Weinland was recently featured on one of MTV’s most popular programs, “The World of Jenks.” The show featured our track “I Feel Wasted” from “Breaks in The Sun” in their third episode. Fingers crossed: They just requested two more songs and we’re hoping for more news of this nature. Read what we had to say about it on our blog.

• Weinland Played with The Decemberists
Ya, we did! And it was awesome. Just to make sure we made the most of it, we also covered “Carry On My Wayward Son” by Kansas, and the security guards told us that they all agreed we were their favorite band … but only because we paid tribute to Kansas. :)

• Weinland Is Going to SXSW
Last year Weinland was invited to showcase at the 2010 South by Southwest Music Festival. SXSW is one of the largest music festivals in the country and a big feather in the cap. But we couldn’t go, because I (Adam) had a baby on the way and that baby was due the last day of the festival … which happens in Austin … which is too far from Portland (when you have a baby on the way). My son is now a happy 7-month-old and Weinland just received an advanced invitation to showcase at next year’s festival (March 2011). We’ll see you in Austin!

• Weinland Has Started Their Best Record Yet.
Seriously, we’re really excited about it. We can’t say anything else about it now, but just know that Weinland is gearing up for a big year!

Weinland has a Facebook page, and you probably do, too, so go be their buddy by clicking here. Then go see them tonight, with Laura Veirs, at the Tower Theatre in Bend. Show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $15 plus fees, available through the venue.

Poster: GWAR at Midtown Ballroom

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Yup. Shock-rockers GWAR are coming back to the Midtown Ballroom Nov. 20, as they do pretty much every fall. Here’s this year’s poster, which is (1) a creation of local artist Dana MacKenzie, and (2) brain-meltingly awesome.

Win 2 tickets to Wednesday’s Laura Veirs / Weinland show (UPDATED)

Monday, October 25th, 2010

UPDATE: Oops! I guess something wasn’t working correctly yesterday, and folks who tried to comment got error messages. Sorry about that. So I’m extending and expanding this contest.

Here’s the new deal: Cassondra of Bend already has claim to one pair of tickets, but I have two more pairs to give away. The first two people who comment and can also pick up their pair at The Bulletin (1777 S.W. Chandler Ave., Bend) before the show can have ‘em. Comments should work now, so get to it! Leave a real e-mail address and I’ll be in touch ASAP.

Two excellent Portland-based indie-folk acts — Laura Veirs and Weinland — are playing at Bend’s Tower Theatre on Wednesday as part of the PDXchange Program, and I have a handful of tickets to give away. If you enjoy great music, you should go to this show, and you should want these tickets.

Anyway, today’s giveaway is easy: Just leave a comment on this post, and I’ll pick a winner at random at 6 tonight. You’ll need to be able to pick up the tickets from The Bulletin on Tuesday or Wednesday, and be sure to leave a valid e-mail address so I can get in touch.

Look for a couple other giveaways on Frequency’s Facebook and Twitter in the next couple days.

Oh, and here’s my feature story on Laura Veirs from last week’s GO! Magazine, and here’s my favorite song of hers:

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Portland indie-folk artist Laura Veirs will arrive in Bend Wednesday to play her gorgeous songs at the Tower Theatre. (There are a couple places in the article where it says the show is Tuesday. Oops. Ignore that. It’s Wednesday.) I spoke with her about her new baby and her seventh album, “July Flame,” which was released early this year and is a return to the folksier sound of her early work.

Stripping away some of the fancy production of past albums was the goal from the beginning, Veirs said, for two main reasons.

One, she wanted to challenge herself.

“This last album was quite a challenge for me to write because I’d written seven albums,” she said. “I’d played these chords hundreds of times, so it was like, ‘OK, I need to change the tuning on my instrument. I need to write on a different instrument. I need to surprise myself.’ I think that’s where the good art comes, when you yourself feel surprised and engaged in something new, because that’s what resonates with other people.”

I hope you’ll click here and read the whole thing.

California folk singer Rita Hosking will visit Sisters Saturday night to kick off the new season of HarmonyHouse concerts. My colleague David Jasper spoke to Hosking about what HarmonyHouse denizens can expect.

“We do mostly my original songs, which range from uptempo to pretty slow,” she explained. “It’s all very country-folk, and so it’s all acoustic, and you’ll often hear a lot of harmonies; they sing along with me.

“We also do some covers and banjo-fiddle tune instrumentals thrown in here and there. It makes for a nice, diversified show for an acoustic group. We do lots of different things. We can rock out a little bit, or play old-time music or bluegrass. I like to do folk ballads. We do it all.”

Click here to read the whole thing and to check out HarmonyHouse’s lineup for the season.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Super Adventure Club, The Mostest and Matt Miller, The Capitol Steps, Acorn Project and Sassparilla. As always, there’s more in The Bulletin’s complete music listings.

Luckyiam cancels, but show will go on

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Ugh. This makes two Saturdays in a row we’ve had posts like this on Frequency.

Living Legend MC Luckyiam was scheduled to perform tonight at MadHappy Lounge in Bend, but won’t be able to make it. The opening acts will still perform, however. From the venue’s Facebook profile:

HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT….. LUCKY IAM HAD A FAMILY EMERGENCY AND HAD TO CANCEL…. BUT THE SHOW MUST GO ON…. MESTIZO, CADALACK RON,ROLLIN ROCKERS IM TRUELY BUMMED BUT LETS ROCK IT OUT WITH THE REST OF THE TOUR!

Again, that’s Mestizo, Cadalack Ron and Rollin Rockers, 9:30 tonight at MadHappy Lounge (850 N.W. Brooks St., Bend). It’s free!

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

I love the Central Oregon music scene. You guys know I do.

But today, I’m driving over to Portland to see three great bands — Telekinesis! Superchunk!! Teenage Fanclub!!! — and I need to hit the road, so we’re gonna keep this short:

Click here to visit The Bulletin’s online music section for a rundown of what’s happening in Central Oregon this week. We’ve got country star Jo Dee Messina (kinda love this song), Alaskan rocker Matt Hopper (his new album is great) and local pop-punkers Capture the Flag (kicking off a U.S. tour by playing with the great Broadway Calls tonight), plus The White Buffalo, Lucy Schwartz, Big Jugs, Luckyiam, The Defibulators and a locals’ roundup that includes Blackstrap, Chris Chabot, Deb Yager and Bo Reynolds, StillFear and Shovelbelt. You need more options? Visit our complete music listings.

Red Fang out for tonight’s show; Valient Thorr, Kandi Coded will still play!

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Red Fang's crumpled tour van. Ouch!

First thing’s first: Tonight’s show at the Domino Room, featuring Valient Thorr, Kandi Coded, and the premiere of the snowboarding film “Cheers,” is still happening. So get down there and check it out, because both those bands are cool, and you like snowboarding, right?

Anyway, the other band that was supposed to play, Red Fang, is out. Let’s let them explain. From their Facebook:

You may have already heard this from the rumor mill, but it’s true: we rolled the van twice last night coming home from Seattle. Luckily, we all walked away from it with nothing more than gashes, bumps and bruises, and hella road rash. We are pretty banged up, but the show must go on! (Friday’s) show in Portland WILL HAPPEN as scheduled!

So sorry to have to cancel Bend, OR tonight and Sparks, NV tomorrow… you know we wouldn’t if there was any other way.

Total bummer, but obviously good news that no one was badly hurt, or worse.

Again, Valient Thorr, Kandi Coded and “Cheers” are still on for tonight, and organizers will be giving away lots more snowboard gear, Mt. Bachelor lift tickets and other fun stuff to make up for Red Fang’s absence. Here are the details: