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Tonight’s ACxDC show has moved from Bend to Salem

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

In last week’s GO! Magazine, I wrote about a house show scheduled for tonight featuring Los Angeles punk/metal band ACxDC and a bunch of other bands that was supposed to take place on a property on Bend’s east side.

As of yesterday, the show is not happening in that yard, or even in Bend. It has been moved to Salem. Below is a poster with the address, if you’re interested in making the trip. (Please note: I cannot vouch for any or all of the bands being there and performing. I can tell you that I saw a couple of Facebook comments from ACxDC frontman Sergio Amalfitano indicating that his band would play, and that there has been a swarm of activity on Facebook trying to get all other bands and their gear to the new spot.)

Here’s that poster. Below it is more about why this happened.


So … why the switch? I’m not even going to begin trying to explain why. I’ll let Preston Krull, one of the organizers, explain. Late Monday night, he announced via Facebook that the show was canceled. I’ll paste that announcement below, but it’s worth clicking here to read not only Krull’s message, but also 115 comments worth of Oregon punk and metal fans rallying and scrambling to keep this show alive.


This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 12th, 2013

I see today’s music section in three distinct segments:


— Southern God-rockers Third Day perform at Christian Life Center Sunday. I talked to the bassist, who was super nice.
— Crossover Christian/pop star Amy Grant does the same on Thursday. My colleague David Jasper talked to her.

— Portland’s “little orchestra” Pink Martini returns to Les Schwab Amphitheater tonight.
— Reggae By the River will bring Mad Caddies, Indubious and Necktie Killer to LSA’s backstage Saturday.
— Sunday’s free concert at the Schwab will feature the melodic Americana band Tumbleweed Wanderers.
— On Wednesday, Hit Explosion will kick off the Alive After 5 concert series.

Crawfest gathers a bunch of local and regional bands out in Powell Butte.
— L.A. power-violence band ACxDC will play a house show on Bend’s east side.
— A guy built an amphitheater on his land near Terrebonne and will host Brent Alan.

PLUS: Rock Ink & Rebels at Timbers in Redmond, a benefit for The Bethlehem Inn … and more.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 5th, 2013

— Colorado electro-jam band The Motet kicks off Bend’s annual Munch & Music summer concert series on Thursday. My colleague David Jasper spoke to ’em and filed this report.

— In a much-too-short Feedback column, I bid farewell to The Horned Hand.

Also in the section: Portland’s Y La Bamba brings Mexican-influenced indie-folk to the backstage area at Les Schwab Amphitheater, guitar virtuoso Albert Lee visits the Tower Theatre, Juno What?! plans to synth-funk up The Annex, Marv and Rindy Ross play at Maragas Winery, Eugene acid-jazz outfit Eleven Eyes does two shows in town and more.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Dudes, we are officially in Central Oregon’s busy time of year, musically speaking. Here’s what’s up.

Bend’s beloved rock ‘n’ roll bar with the creepy hunting lodge aesthetic — The Horned Hand — is closing Saturday night after two years of business. They’ll end with an excellent lineup of bands including locals The Rural Demons and The Kronk Men, plus Chicago garage-pop band Outer Minds. I spoke with Brian Costello of Outer Minds about his band’s only other show at the Hand, among other things.

“That tour, our van had broken down like three or four times. In Los Angeles, we got to play for 10 minutes before they cut us off because they had booked … some kind of Korean rave party,” he said. “So much went wrong.

“So we get to Bend and we had no idea what to expect. We’d never been there. And everyone was so friendly and receptive, and we just had such a great time there,” he said. “After all those things that went wrong, we just felt very welcome and relaxed and ready to play. It was a wonderful time.”

It was a wonderful show, too. The band was in fine form, chugging through its upbeat brand of fuzzy garage-pop, highlighted by exuberant boy-girl vocals (courtesy Mary McKane, Gina Lira and frontman Zach Medearis), ultra-catchy melodies that sound imported straight from the psychedelic ’60s, and, maybe most of all, the buoyant charm of McKane’s 1967 Farfisa organ, which gives the whole sound an authentically vintage feel.

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

Also in this week’s music section: Steve Miller Band brings its bevy of hits back to Bend, Ziggy Marley returns to town, The Pitchfork Revolution kicks off the summer concert series at Angeline’s Bakery, Marcus Eaton plays Volcanic Theatre Pub, The Sound Garden ramps up its schedule beginning with a pop show Sunday and a metal show Monday, DJ P hits the decks at Liquid Lounge Saturday night, Krafty Kuts does the same on Thursday and more, more, more.

And not in this week’s music section: Portland indie-folk-pop band Blind Pilot headlines the Hullabaloo tonight in Bend’s Northwest Crossing neighborhood. Hot Buttered Rum, Jackstraw, Mosley Wotta, Tony Smiley and more are playing the Bite of Bend Saturday and Sunday.

Les Schwab Amphitheater’s Backstage series begins Friday with Larry and His Flask’s album-release show

Monday, June 17th, 2013


One of the bright spots in Les Schwab Amphitheater’s relatively light (though getting a bit beefier) schedule of big-ticket events so far this summer is the emergence of a new concert series called Backstage at LSA, put on by local arts promoter Rise Up Presents.

Backstage shows will happen — wait for it! — behind the amphitheater’s stage, near the white house and train cars used as hospitality facilities when big rock stars are in town. Tickets will be reasonably priced — $8.50 in advance, $10 at the gate — and the lineup looks pretty great so far:

June 21Larry and His Flask (album release), with Slaughter Daughters and Grit & Grizzle

July 6Y La Bamba, with Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas and Silvero

July 13 — Reggae on the River, with Indubious and Taimani & The Minor Islands

Please note the words “album release” on that June 21 date. Yes, Central Oregon-based thrashgrass heroes Larry and His Flask are ready to unveil their new album “By the Lamplight,” which was recorded in Michigan earlier this year, before the group’s recent two-month European tour (part of which was spent opening for the huge-in-England folk-punk artist Frank Turner).

I’ll have some more thoughts on “By the Lamplight” in Friday’s GO! Magazine. In the meantime, here’s a fun video of the guys performing the first song on the new album, called “Pandemonum.” Enjoy.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Three interesting options tonight, all in downtown(ish) Bend:

Portland roots-pop band (and Bend regulars) Ascetic Junkies are no more, having pared down to two members (married couple Matt Harmon and Kali Giaritta) and changed their name to There Is No Mountain. Now, they play unconventional psych-pop that draws influence from global sounds, particularly African music. I spoke with the couple about all of the above, and I hope you’ll read the whole thing here. (Be sure to click “More Photos” to read very short pieces about the two acts opening for There Is No Mountain tonight at the Tower Theatre.)

Vihara was a progressive hard-rock band active in Bend in the early 2000s, and then it sort of vanished after the release of its first album, “Stand Fast.” Tonight at Liquid Lounge, the quartet reunites for some good ol’ throwback fun. I visited a practice session last week and talked to the band about its past, present and future (though the future part didn’t really make it into the article). Click here to read it!

— Here’s an interesting tidbit: No video of KPOV’s annual Beatles Singalong seems to exist on the internet. So does it really exist in real life? Yes it does, and it’s happening tonight at The Old Stone in Bend. In this short piece, I tell you what kind of festivities are planned, and why you really ought to go.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Music in the Canyon kicks off in Redmond with Countryfied and New Transit plays The Horned Hand, plus The Strangled Darlings, Left Coast Country, The Blackberry Bushes, TapWater, Tha Dogg Pound, King Ghidora and more!

4 Peaks Music Festival is one week away, and ticket prices go up tonight

Friday, June 14th, 2013


The 4 Peaks Music Festival — featuring its most eclectic (and dare I say best) lineup yet — is just around the corner! One week from today, you’ll be able to roll on over to that friendly patch of grass in Tumalo and soak in some tunes. (We’ll have coverage in next week’s GO! Magazine, of course.)

BUT … you cannot roll ‘n’ soak without a ticket, and word from a reliable source is tickets are getting to be pretty scarce. If you want one, you’d be smart to pick one up today, because tonight they jump in price from $125 to $145. Tickets get you into the three-day festival, plus camping and parking (unless you’re driving something big, then you might pay an extra $20). Kids under age 10 get in free.

Here’s who’s playing when, not including side-stage sets by locals The Pitchfork Revolution, Tone Red and Bill Valenti:

June 21
1:30-2:30 p.m. — TapWater
3-4 p.m. — Grant Farm
4:30-5:30 p.m. — True Spokes
6-7:30 p.m. — Head for the Hills
8:15-9:50 p.m. — MarchFourth Marching Band

June 22
10-11 a.m. — JED
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Sugarcane
1-2 p.m. — Acorn Project
2:30-3:30 p.m. — MoonAlice
4:15-5:15 p.m. — Delhi 2 Dublin
6-7:30 p.m. — Poor Man’s Whiskey
8:15-9:50 p.m. — Greensky Bluegrass

June 23
10:30 a.m. — Students of String Theory

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Beat the heat with some articles about live music happening in Central Oregon over the next seven days!

— Portland’s Tango Alpha Tango will celebrate the release of its new album “Black Cloud” with a show next week at McMenamins Old St. Francis School. My colleague David Jasper spoke with one of ’em about Led Zeppelin and some other stuff. Read it here.

Elsewhere in the music section: local Latin dance band Chiringa begins its summer residency at Silver Moon, Liquid Lounge hosts a reggae show by Jah Sun and Dubtonic Kru, blues-rocker Hobbs Magaret says farewell to Central Oregon at The Belfry (he’s moving to San Francisco), Black Pussy and Silvero get heavy Saturday night at The Horned Hand, plus Georges Bouhey’s new jazz series, the Charles Button Band at County Catering, The Changing Colors, Chris Beland and more.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Sunshine, sunshine, sunshine! And music, music, music! Woo-hoo!

Les Schwab Amphitheater’s free Summer Sunday concert series kicks off this weekend with the West Coast Americana of Portland’s Redwood Son. My colleague David Jasper talked to the band’s principal member, Josh Malm, about his massive 2011 album “The Lion’s Inside.”

A 20-song, two-disc set is, uh, rather long for a debut, isn’t it?

“It’s been pretty crazy,” he said. “Everybody says that: ‘Wow, nobody does that.’ I’m like, ‘I know!’ Either I’m a genius, or I’m stupid. I’m not really sure.”

Either way, recording it “was kind of a cleansing experience,” Malm said. He’d been set to do one album, and then his drummer, Kipp Crawford, a founding member of Redwood Son, was killed — in a hit-and-run, according to Willamette Week.

“And so then I was just confused about what I wanted to do musically in general, because it’s obviously pretty deflating for everybody,” Malm said.

“I made two albums that were very specific. It was two different bands, two producers, two studios. It was literally trading off where I would put energy. I would spend a few weeks on this album, then leave that alone for a little bit. I just did that for about eight months.”

You’ll find the whole thing — including the full Summer Sunday lineup — right here.

(Video via YouTube user thegus76.)

In this week’s Feedback, I reviewed last weekend’s shows at Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, featuring Cake and Built to Spill on Saturday night and Sigur Ros and Julianna Barwick on Sunday. Here’s an excerpt.

As always, Sigur Ros was a study in dynamics, stretching songs to five, seven, 10 minutes and beyond, and using that time to grow whispered ambient sounds into a massive wall of noise, including small horn and string sections, various keyboards, kitchen-sink percussion and Birgisson’s bowed guitar and helium-pitched voice.

Picking favorites from this near-endless buffet of beauty is difficult, but I loved the heavenly arpeggios of “Hoppipolla” and the triumphant march of “Olsen Olsen.” And “Svefn-g-Englar” at sunset ranks as one of my all-time favorite Schwab moments.

After dark, I dug how the set shifted from sweet to strident in the second half of “Festival,” and from strident to sinister for a new song called “Brennesteinn” that booms and buzzes like nothing else in the band’s catalog.

I hope you’ll click here and read the whole thing. You should also check out a bunch of photos from the shows.)

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Four reggae/ska bands play the Domino Room tonight, The Honeycutters bring genuine Appalachian twang to McMenamins Wednesday, Moondog Matinee and Hopeless Jack & The Handsome Devil team up Saturday night at The Horned Hand, Eclectic Approach visits The Astro Lounge tonight, Silver Moon hosts hip-hop tonight and Laura Ivancie on Saturday, and more!

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Saturday, May 25th, 2013

It’s Memorial Day weekend, folks, and ’round here that means it’s the unofficial kickoff of the summer concert season! (That said, it’s gonna be cold Saturday and Sunday night, especially once the sun goes down, so if you’re going to Les Schwab Amphitheater, take plenty of warm clothing.)

Speaking of which, ’90s alt-rock hit-makers Cake headline Les Schwab Amphitheater tonight, with the amazing Built to Spill opening. Rather than talk to BtS principal Doug Martsch about beards, I spoke with Cake frontman John McCrea about … well, lots of stuff.

He is cognizant, presumably, of how it sounds when a career rock star complains about his job, but he also paints a compellingly bleak picture of the lifestyle.

“It’s a privilege to be in this band. That said, I don’t enjoy sitting in a bus for 16 hours. I don’t know who does,” McCrea said. “You get to be a rock star for an hour and a half, and a lot of times you shake hands with a couple of jocks who are friends of the radio station that squeeze your hand too hard, and then you go back into the bus for another 16 hours and they dump you in the late afternoon in the next town and you’ve got two hours to either eat or take a nap.

“And then you go back on stage and repeat,” he continued, “so live it up, rock star.”

This was a wide-ranging interview about a variety of topics related not so much to music, but to the music business, and McCrea is a smart, thoughtful guy. You should read the whole thing by clicking here.

On Sunday, Bend will play host to two very different bands doing two very different shows about 1.5 miles apart. Icelandic ambient post-rockers Sigur Ros will play Les Schwab Amphitheater and Michigan horrorcore hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse (and, no doubt, their Juggalo fans) will invade Midtown Ballroom.

Just for fun, I lined the two acts up and compared them: their origins, their sounds, their lyrics, critical reception and other silly stuff. I hope you’ll click here and check it out.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Portland punk band Absent Minds plays once each in Bend and Redmond, Nashville folk singer Mare Wakefield plays once each in Bend and Sisters, McDougall and Tom VandenAvond team up Saturday at The Horned Hand, a Beastie Boys tribute called Grand Royale hits Liquid Lounge Thursday, Laura Gibson visits House on Metolius Saturday, The Sugar Beets plays The Belfry, Jazz at Joe’s hosts four tenor saxophonists at Greenwood Playhouse, Emma Hill plays The Horned Hand and more!