This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, March 30th, 2012, 2:56 pm by Ben Salmon

Unless I’m forgetting something, the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based prism-pop band Rubblebucket’s three shows in Bend so far have been on relatively big stages at relatively big events (i.e. not just a headlining bar gig).

First, they played for a sea of people at The Bite of Bend. Then they played an opening slot before Ozomatli at last year’s Cinco de Mayo celebration downtown. And then they played a big Halloween party at the Century Center.

So this Sunday’s Rubblebucket show at Players Bar & Grill will be the first chance Bendites have to catch the band in the cozy confines of a small bar. If you’re not looking forward to this, you should be. I am.

This week, the GO! Magazine cover story focuses on Rubblebucket and its new live album and DVD “Live in Chicago.” Frontwoman Kalmia Traver told me why the band is putting out a live album now.

“We’ve been crafting our live shows since the very beginning,” Traver said. “We’ve toured so much (and we’ve) played all over the country, and … we all had it in our minds that we would love to try to capture this and really get a good representation of it.”

So last fall, a small army of professional tapers attended a handful of Rubblebucket concerts, and (a film crew) showed up to the Double Door, and when it was all said and done, the band felt it had something that folks awed by the live show could take with them to approximate the experience at home.

“People are always sort of complaining, like, ‘Yeah, we like your albums, but it’s nothing like your live show,’” Traver said. “They told us we really needed to get this out there, so we did.”

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

Galactic at the Domino Room in Bend. Photo by Andy Tullis / The Bulletin

My Feedback column this week is a bit wishy-washy. Basically I say that Galactic was terrific but I didn’t totally love the show, then I tell you why they were terrific and don’t tell you why I didn’t love ‘em. Whatever. Here’s an excerpt:

Anchored by the devastatingly heavy rhythm section of Stanton Moore (drums) and Robert Mercurio (bass), Galactic pumped out slab after slab of furious funk-rock, laying down a firm foundation for guest vocals by Corey Glover (of Living Colour fame) and killer trombone work by Corey Henry of Rebirth Brass Band.

Each man fit snugly into Galactic’s galaxy. Henry was a multitasker, mostly putting on a hornblowing clinic, but also prowling the stage, looking cool, and occasionally taking the microphone to rap and sing.

Glover, on the other hand, felt like an integral part of this thick, moist cake, adding his powerhouse vocals to songs like the heavily Big Easy-flavored “Hey Na Na,” the deeply funky “You Don’t Know”, and a blistering cover of seminal ‘70s soul artist Swamp Dogg’s “Total Destruction To Your Mind.”

Besides his big voice, Glover also gave Galactic a little bit of grit. So when he left, the band turned into a finely tuned funk machine, with every piece working together smoothly, and nary a note out of place. Especially impressive were the spirited melodies of “Karate,” as well as “Keep Steppin’,” which opened the second set with an ominous groove before giving way to Henry and saxophonist Ben Ellman for some electrifying work on the horns.

Click here to read the whole thing.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Rachel Brooke, Viva Le Vox and Boom Chick, Stephanie Schneiderman, Culprit and Ticktockman, Trent Romens, Flannel Bandana, Matt Miller, If Bears Were Bees and more!

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2 Responses to “This week in GO! Magazine’s music section”

  1. scott halvorson says:

    Re: your Galactic review; I think I understand, even though I didn’t go. Which is why I didn’t go; anything electric blues / funk / blues rock leaves me cold. (Seriously, just say the words “Stevie Ray Vaughan and I tune out; I don’t do it on purpose, I can’t help it, it’s automatic; I think The Onion even did a story on SRV guys.) Kinda wanted to go, was gonna go, it sounded like fun, wouldn’t have minded watching Stanton Moore play drums, but the more I youtubed, the more none of it actually sank in, no matter how friendly or agreeable it sounded.

    • Ben Salmon says:

      If I could “like” that comment, scott, I would. None of it actually sank in is a good way of putting it.

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