Archive for February, 2012

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Everywhere you look these days, it’s Bobby Lindstrom, Bobby Lindstrom, Bobby Lindstrom.

The Bend-based blues/rock singer-songwriter seems to get more gigs ’round here than just about anyone else.

So we decided to write about him!

This week, Bobby’s playing four shows in five nights. My colleague David Jasper met up with him earlier this week and found about his background and the clarity that comes with being clean and sober.

When he was 17, (Lindstrom) and a friend attended a recording seminar at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and decided to hitchhike from there to Oxnard, Calif. “His cousin lived there, and he wasn’t home. We sat out on his porch, and I started playing the blues, just like that,” Lindstrom said. “I’m like, ‘Dude! Check this out! This is so easy, man.’ After that I started listening to B.B. King, Jimmy Reed, Taj Mahal, Little Richard.”

He’s been writing and playing the blues ever since. The hale, 58-year-old father of a 31-year-old son, Lindstrom describes himself as a recovering addict. He’s had a rebellious tendency and an addictive personality from childhood — “long before I found drugs,” he said — and has been clean and sober since 1995.

Following rehab, Lindstrom launched into a flurry of writing and recording, and has released a string of six albums since 1999. His most recent two are 2010’s “Hungry, Cold & Blue” and “Bring It On,” released last year. A disc of blues standards is slated for release this year. (Lindstrom’s albums are available at

“It’s been curious watching myself, as I learn to write and play and start to get some success. Success is the strangest thing for a recovering addict. All of a sudden, everything is working,” he said. “The last couple of years, everything that I’ve been through is starting to make sense. It’s starting to come into focus.”

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

Boots Riley and The Coup

For my Feedback column this week, I spent Saturday night taking in some hip-hop: The Coup, Busdriver and Buck 65 at Bend WinterFest. Here’s an excerpt:

To paraphrase that great, graceful star of stage and screen known as Meat Loaf, I would do anything for a quality hip-hop show in Bend … even that.

And by “that” I mean “traipse around Bend’s west side on a bone-chilling February night to see three interesting and imaginative rappers perform in a town that has experienced a dearth of good hip-hop in recent months.”

Even that, I would do.

Let’s get this out of the way: Saturday night was cold. So, so cold. Cold enough that my brilliant plan to park at the Century Center, walk a mile or so to Bend WinterFest to see Oakland-based funk-hop group The Coup on an outdoor stage in the Old Mill District, and then walk back to the Century Center for an indoor afterparty show by oddball rappers Busdriver and Buck 65 didn’t seem so brilliant at about 9:45 p.m., as I trudged along Simpson Avenue, teeth chattering.

What can I say? I don’t look at weather forecasts.

I promise the whole thing isn’t about me. In fact, the rest is about the shows. Read the whole thing by clicking here.

Also in this week’s music section: G. Love & Special Sauce return to the Domino Room, Greensky Bluegrass is back in town tonight, and a ton of locals: Five Pint Mary, Rural Demons, Blackflowers Blacksun, Johnny Forrest, Boxcar Stringband, Flannel Bandana. Plus we’ve got a photo album of Third Seven’s tour of Europe right here. He’ll play a homecoming show Monday.

Coming to Bend: Social Distortion, Todd Snider, Leo Kottke, Ascetic Junkies, Rubblebucket, Skerik, Hot Buttered Rum, Glen Phillips (of Toad the Wet Sprocket)

Friday, February 24th, 2012

As sure as the sun rising in the east and the Kentucky Wildcats winning in Rupp Arena, Central Oregon’s concert schedule begins waking from its annual winter nap right around this time each year.

The past few months haven’t been dead as far as live music goes, but they have been a bit quieter than usual. However, new concerts are starting to pop up on local calendars, and it’s making the spring look better and better every day.

Below are the highlights of what we’ve learned about in recent weeks. I’ve included some things (The Shins, Beck, Yonder Mountain, etc.) that we already reported on Frequency (or its Facebook / Twitter) but I cut some stuff we’ve known about for a long time. Otherwise, the big new additions here are probably Social Distortion on May 16 (announced Tuesday), Todd Snider on April 17, a solid bluegrass bill at GoodLife Brewing, The Ascetic Junkies in a bigger room than usual, a tasty electronic show on April 6 and a cool chance to see Rubblebucket in a relatively small place on April Fool’s Day!

Click the band name for more info, friends.

March 3 — Diego’s Umbrella (gypsy rock), Players Bar and Grill.

March 13 — Cornmeal and Hot Buttered Rum (newgrass), GoodLife Brewing Co., Bend.

Mike Ness, feeling down ... or napping.

March 16 — Leo Kottke (acoustic deity), Tower Theatre, Bend.

March 17 — The Autonomics (rock), The Horned Hand, Bend.

March 17 — Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons (rock), Players Bar and Grill, Bend.

March 18 — Skerik’s Bandalabra (jazz/funk), Players Bar and Grill, Bend.

March 24 — The Ascetic Junkies (indie-pop), Tower Theatre, Bend.

March 25 — Head for the Hills (bluegrass), Players Bar and Grill.

April 1 — Rubblebucket (prism-pop), Players Bar and Grill.

April 6 — Heyoka and Filastine (electronic), Domino Room, Bend.

April 11 — The Shook Twins (eclectic folk), McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Bend.

April 11 — Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket (folk-pop), North Rim Lodge, Bend.

April 17 — Todd Snider (folk), Tower Theatre, Bend.

April 20 — Yonder Mountain String Band (newgrass), Midtown Ballroom, Bend.

May 16 — Social Distortion (punk), Midtown Ballroom, Bend.

May 19 — Pure Prairie League (country-rock), Tower Theatre, Bend.

May 25 — The Shins (pop-rock), Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend.

May 27 — Beck (Beck-rock), Les Schwab Amphitheater, Bend.

Third Seven’s European Tour Photo Album

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Local experimental musician, exploratory cellist and Frequency fave Billy Mickelson — aka Third Seven — spent the past three months on tour, performing across North America and Europe. He returned to the United States earlier this month after spending all of January overseas, and today he’s in Arizona, slowly making his way back to Central Oregon.

On Monday, he’ll play a homecoming show at The Horned Hand in Bend. There’s no cover, start time is 7:30 p.m and Adonija will open.

On Tuesday, Billy was nice enough to send Frequency a batch of photos from his European adventure, including shots of scenery, life on the road and music-making. You’ll find them below, along with some of Billy’s comments when he provided some.


Performing at DosTrece in Barcelona, Spain. At left is Davey Hemm, who accompanied Mickelson on tour.

Marseille, France


The soon-to-be-released album I’m most excited about …

Monday, February 20th, 2012

… is The Men’s “Open Your Heart,” due out March 6 on Sacred Bones Records.

I must admit, I was not hip to this New York City band’s critically adored 2011 album “Leave Home,” but the first couple of cuts from “Open Your Heart” floated past my face in recent weeks, and thankfully I clicked the “Play” button on both.

They are awesome. Whereas their previous stuff (stream “Leave Home” here) was fuzzy, all-over-the-place noise/punk/chaos, these two tunes have a tighter focus and more resilient melodies, like Sonic Youth meets the Replacements or something. They’re more brawny than brusque, and that’s a good thing.

Stream ’em below, and then hop on board, because a slightly more accessible version of The Men will blow up beyond the critics’ self-envisioned oligarchy.

The Men – Ex-Dreams by Cargo_Promo

The Men – Open Your Heart by Cargo_Promo

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, February 17th, 2012

As usual, this week’s music section teems with shows to go see, but we definitely need to make note of Bend WinterFest’s live lineup this year. It’s a strong one.

Tonight’s lineup is all about variety, with Larry and His Flask and MarchFourth Marching Band on the main stage, and Keys N Krates’ electronic groove at the after-party at Century Center. And Saturday is all about hip-hop, with The Coup, Buck 65, Busdriver and Mosley Wotta on the bill. In GO! Magazine, we focused on Saturday, and you can read all about those artists here.

Now, as for non-WinterFest sounds …

Portland’s The Quick & Easy Boys return to Bend Saturday for a show at The Astro Lounge. I spoke with bassist Sean Badders about being a funk/punk/twang/rock band in a town where indie rock reigns.

“We’re very much operating outside the hip radar (in Portland),” Badders said. “Yeah, there are people that know about us, but there’s still so many people who have no idea who we are.

“The super-hip bands in this town, they all seem to be comprised out of a core group of about 100 people who all know each other and are all very connected, and that’s just not how we did it,” he said. “We really came up on the outside, and we’ve made good in a way. But at the same time we still want to expose ourselves to that other audience and get it going with them, too.”

You should click here and read the whole thing!

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Lone Madrone and The Beautiful Train Wrecks hit The Horned Hand, Tunnidge headlines an electronic show, Darrell Grant plays Jazz at the Oxford, Fierce Creatures come to town, and more!

free download: Amsterdam + Goodwill’s “Earth & Sky” album

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Back around the turn of the year, I groused a bit about the lack of hip-hop in Central Oregon in 2011.

Today, I’m feeling better.

That’s thanks in large part to Saturday’s lineup at the Bend WinterFest (The Coup + Buck 65 + Busdriver + Mosley Wotta; read all about it in tomorrow’s GO! Magazine) and a new album from Bend-based MC Amsterdam and Vancouver, Wash. producer Goodwill. It’s called “Earth & Sky” and they put it up on Bandcamp Tuesday as a Valentine’s Day gift to you, simply because you’re so sweet and cute. Or something like that.

Oh yeah, and the whole thing is free. Grab it by clicking here.

You should. I’ve been spinning it for the past few days, and I think it’s another positive step forward in Amsterdam’s career, which has progressed through groups like The Cool Table and Top Shelf, a solo album and dozens of shows in Bend and over in the valley. On “Earth & Sky,” his clipped, grainy flow and honest rhymes are both in fine form. It helps, perhaps, to write to tracks as dope as these. Kudos to Goodwill, whose beats here are at once both subtle head-nodders and beautifully melodic. The whole thing has a very nice, easygoing, vintage feel. Guests include Luck One, Mila Gordana, Mica Parris and Amsterdam’s Top Shelf teammate Middle.

Again, listen or download it here.

Win a ticket to see Knight Riderz Thursday in Bend

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

The Canadian electronic duo Knight Riderz (Facebook / Soundcloud) are stopping in Bend Thursday night to drop a handful of heavy, buzzy, glitch-hop bassbombs on Ye Olde Domino Room. All the details you need to attend are on the poster below.

Howevah … if attending for free sounds like your bag, you’re in luck. Thanks to the kindly dudes over at Slipmat Science, I have two spots on the guest list to give away to two different folks. Here’s how it’s gonna work: You send an email with the subject line “Knight Riderz” to by 3 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, Feb. 15), and you’re entered to win. I’ll pick two winners at random and email ’em. If you don’t hear from me, maybe next time!

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Another lo-fi update this week, folks. Not enough hours in the day!

–Likable alt-folk band The Farewell Drifters will play twice at McMenamins next week. My colleague David Jasper spoke to ’em and wrote about ’em.

Click here for my review of last weekend’s sold-out Beats Antique show at Midtown Ballroom. Short version: Good show, epic scene. You can also watch four videos I shot of the band right here.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: David Rovics, Bill Valenti and more play an Occupy the Music concert at the Tower Theatre, VTRN headlines a highly danceable bill tonight at The Astro Lounge, The Melodramatics and Necktie Killer are gonna fill Players with ska Saturday night, Portland Cello Project plays a benefit for Summit High School’s music program, Martyn Joseph returns to Sisters for a show at the high school, and tickets for The Shins and Beck at Les Schwab Amphitheater are on sale now. There’s more in there, too. Just poke around for a bit, we don’t mind.