Archive for May, 2012

my favorite drumming in a song ever

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

I’m by no means an expert on the drums, or drummers, or drumming. But I do know that I love Jeremiah Green‘s drumming on this song like you would not believe.

I swear, every time those first few beats kick in, I turn into some kind of fake-air-drumming awkward octopus, even if other people can see me. I just can’t help it.

The song as a whole ain’t too shabby either. And the album … well, let’s save that for another post some time.

[Photos] Beck and Metric at Les Schwab Amphitheater

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

A day late — sorry ’bout that — but here are a baker’s dozen fantastic photos of Sunday evening’s Beck / Metric show at Les Schwab Amphitheater, as taken by The Bulletin’s Joe Kline. Beck drew the smallest crowd of the weekend (4,500ish) but delivered a much more inspired set than he did last time he visited Bend in 2008. This time, he was engaged, smiling and having fun; he seemed into it. It helped, I think, that he played a set heavy with old stuff and powered by his old backing band from the 1990s. Anyway, more on the show later, for now, you really should scroll down and check out Joe’s shots.

(Other photos from Memorial Day weekend ’12 at the Schwab: The Shins + The Head and The Heart // Tenacious D)

Beck

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[Photos] Tenacious D at Les Schwab Amphitheater

Monday, May 28th, 2012

I’ll be writing lots more about Saturday night’s Tenacious D show in Friday’s GO! Magazine, but here’s a spoiler: IT WAS EPIC. Better-than-expected weather, two hours of face-melting rock and side-splitting comedy, and more than 5,900 people looking on. Yes, that sea of humanity was every bit as big as you thought it was: The crowd for Tenacious D was the seventh largest in the history of Les Schwab Amphitheater, and the largest since Ben Harper drew nearly 6,200 in May of 2006.

Epic, I tell you. And The Bulletin’s Ryan Brennecke was there to document it. Check out his terrific photos of the show below!

(Other photos from Memorial Day weekend ’12 at the Schwab: The Shins + The Head and The Heart // Beck)

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[Photos] The Shins + The Head and The Heart at Les Schwab Amphitheater

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

If you’re even looking at Frequency, chances are you know that the Bend Summer Concerts series kicks off this weekend at Les Schwab Amphitheater with shows by The Shins on Friday night, Tenacious D on Saturday and Beck Sunday.

I’ll be posting a bunch of photos of all three here. First up: The Shins, plus opener The Head and The Heart and part of the more than 5,200 people who showed up for the concert.

One of The Bulletin’s photographers, Joe Kline, was on hand to document the evening, and he got a ton of great shots, which you can check out below. Be sure to scroll all the way through — there’s a very sweet little photo and caption near the end!

(Other photos from Memorial Day weekend ’12 at the Schwab: Tenacious D // Beck)

The Shins

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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Two days before a trio of pretty, porcelain indie-pop bands descend on that shed next to the big green lawn along the Deschutes River, Seattle’s Hey Marseilles will sneak into town and do a very similar thing – for free! – on Wednesday night.

Really, if you wish you could see Blind Pilot, The Head and the Heart and The Shins but don’t have the funds to make it happen, you should definitely check this band out. They’re probably right up your alley.

So anyway, Hey Marseilles will play McMenamins Old St. Francis School Wednesday. My colleague David Jasper chatted up the band’s Matt Bishop about being an orchestral pop band that brings an unexpected heft, perhaps, to its live show.

“It tends to be pretty lively, relatively speaking, at least in the acoustic music genre. There’s not any thumping bass, by any means. We try to keep it light and fun,” (Bishop) said.

“I think our strength, in terms of the live presentation, is we’re actually able to pull off live a lot of what is on the record,” he added. “We have accordion, cello, viola and trumpets and clarinet and bass clarinet and bass and a couple of guitars — not necessarily all at the same time, but in terms of the live show, it’s pretty unique in its ability to bring all of those things and essentially play all the new pretty things that (are) on the record.”

You should click here and read the whole thing.

(We got lots of awesome photos of Wednesday’s Social Distortion show in Bend, but no video. Fortunately, YouTube user cjules1st captured “Story of My Life” and “I Was Wrong,” and the sound is quite good. Thanks, cjules1st!)

For my Feedback column, I went to see Social Distortion at Midtown Ballroom Wednesday night and came away with a new appreciation for Mike Ness’ songwriting skills. Here’s an excerpt:

On Wednesday, as the Beastie Boys’ “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” blared over the loudspeakers, (Ness) swaggered out onto the stage, pounded his heart twice, pointed to the throng, and launched into “Bad Luck” surrounded by carefully placed tchotchkes — boxing gloves, vintage signs, a streetlight, a ceramic dog. (It looked like a punk-rock Applebee’s up there.)

From there, the band raced through a handful of tunes that showcased the power of an electric guitar and a good melody: the hard-charging “So Far Away,” the mobster tale “Machine Gun Blues” and the midtempo hit “I Was Wrong.”

Ness introduced one of his biggest hits by saying he almost left it off the setlist. Yeah, right. The forever-bouncy “Story of My Life” went over quite well, eliciting not only hundreds of horned hands in the air, but also the loudest singalong of the night.

I hope you’ll read the whole thing.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Underground lifers Aceyalone and Sunspot Jonz headline a solid hip-hop bill Sunday night, plus Pure Prairie League at the Tower Theatre, Naive Melodies doing Talking Heads at The Astro Lounge, Chuck Pyle at the HarmonyHouse, death metal at Third Street Pub, a Last Band Standing update and more.

Central Oregon’s Summer Music Preview

Friday, May 18th, 2012

With Memorial Day weekend just a week away, it appears summer — and its glorious, attendant concert season — is finally here. To celebrate, I figured we should take a peek at the live music happening between now and the end of September.

Below, you’ll find as much info as I could dig up about live music happening this summer in Central Oregon, including the Schwab’s shows (both ticketed and the free ones on Sundays), Munch & Music, the Deschutes County Fair, Alive After Five, Show Us Your Spokes, the concert series at the Athletic Club of Bend, and everything currently on the calendars at the Midtown/Domino complex, Silver Moon, The Horned Hand, The Sound Garden and McMenamins. Oh, and some other random stuff that doesn’t neatly fit into any one category.

Plus, there’s a long list of upcoming festivals, including Sisters Folk Festival, Bend Roots Revival, Bend Summer Festival, The Bite of Bend, 4 Peaks Music Festival, High & Dry Bluegrass Festival, Volcanic Funk Festival and more.

Anyway, this should be a pretty comprehensive listing of your opportunities to catch live music this summer, but if you see something I missed, please shoot me an email and let me know.

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[Photos] Social Distortion and Toadies at Midtown Ballroom

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

As you almost certainly know by now, the iconic SoCal punk band Social Distortion played Bend’s Midtown Ballroom last night, turning in a tough, tight 90-minute set in front of a packed house of adoring fans. I’ll have a full review in tomorrow’s GO! Magazine (and I will link here, of course), but right now, you should definitely scroll down and check out these terrific photos of the night, taken by The Bulletin’s Rob Kerr. If you saw the show, relive it here. If you missed it, these’ll give you a peek at the scene.

SOCIAL DISTORTION

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Summer at the Schwab Ticket Giveaway #6: Tenacious D

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Today is release day for Tenacious D‘s long-awaited new album “Rize of the Fenix” (stream it here), and what better way to celebrate than to give away two tickets to see the epic comedy-rock duo on May 26 at Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend.

To win ‘em, simply leave a comment on this blog post and tell me your favorite Jack Black movie. (If you’re not a movie person, you can just pick one from his filmography. I’ll never know the difference!) Be sure to leave your real email address so I can get in touch if you win. Entries are due by 5 p.m. Friday; I’ll announce the winner here.

And remember, tickets are on sale now.

Finally, here’s the video for the new album’s title track!

Les Schwab Amphitheater adds Counting Crows, ZZ Top and Brandi Carlile

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Les Schwab Amphitheater’s website has three new shows listed this morning. Tickets go on sale Friday (via the site and The Ticket Mill in the Old Mill District), though there is usually some kind of presale the day before, so watch the amphitheater’s Facebook and Twitter for a password, if there is one.

Click the band names for more on the bands, and the prices for more on the shows:

August 7
The Outlaw Roadshow, with Counting Crows and guests (according to the Crows’ website, Bend’s guests will be We Are Augustines, Kasey Anderson and The Honkies and Field Report)
$39 (general admission) and $75 (reserved seating) plus fees

Aug. 24
ZZ Top
$42 (general admission) and $79 (reserved seating) plus fees

Sept. 1
Brandi Carlile
$35 plus fees