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.