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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.


Weigh in on standers blocking the view of sitters at concerts!

Monday, August 20th, 2012

At the end of my Norah Jones review in last week’s GO! Magazine, I addressed an issue not directly related to the performance, but certainly tangentially related to attending a concert at Les Schwab Amphitheater, which was more crowded than usual that night thanks to a large section of reserved seats and three VIP tents. Here’s that aside:

… this was a crowd ripe for some epic showdowns between people who wanted to sit and people who wanted to stand. And that happened; I was near one particularly nasty confrontation. The Schwab should put up signs at shows like this that say something like “People are allowed to stand and dance wherever they’d like.”

I understand the sitters’ frustration, but that’s just how it is. Period.

And if you’re the type of person who’ll sit in your chair and yell “move!” and “sit down!” at a group of people standing and obscuring your view of the stage, do everyone a favor and stop doing that.

Since that published, I’ve received a handful of emails from folks talking me to task for, essentially, encouraging people to stand and dance and block the view of other people who paid to enter the venue as well and deserve to be able to see from their seats. And now, I’d like to expand on this topic in another column, reviewing opinions on both sides and looking into not only the policies at a few local venues, but also how they feel about it.

So if you have something to say, I hope you’ll leave a comment, ideally with your real name and your home town, since I may be including it in the column.

Do you think people who’ve paid to enter a venue to see a concert have the right to stand and dance wherever they like? Or would you side with the folks who believe their seat should come with an unobstructed view of the show? And does your opinion change based on whether the show is in a venue with seats as opposed to general admission on a lawn? Let me know!

Local music venues as seen in Google Street View

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

I’m a big fan of the Street View feature on Google Maps, which allows you to virtually plop down into the middle of a place and, through the magic of street-level imagery, see what’s happening there, or at least what was happening when Google’s funky little camera car rolled through.

I use Street View all the time for all kinds of reasons, from simply trying to get a better idea of something’s exact location to touring cities I’ve never visited. It’s fun. So for the past several years, Bend’s lack of Street View was frustrating. At first, there were no roads highlighted in blue when you dragged that little yellow dude across the map. Then, it was just our town’s traffic arteries.

But last night, I noticed that Google has finally blanketed Bend in Street View! And the second thing I thought to do — after look at my house, of course — was to check out some of our town’s busiest music venues. (Weird, I know.)

Anyway, I ended up grabbing screenshots of several, and when you line ’em all up, it’s kind of an interesting view of a group of buildings that many folks may know and love and/or tolerate, but because of the blurry, nighttime nature of their business, have never really looked at before. (The Tower Theatre and Les Schwab Amphitheater being obvious exceptions here.)

So enjoy this peek at Bend’s busiest music venues brightened by the harsh light of day. And you can click here to check out others on your own.

McMenamins Old St. Francis School

Domino Room and Midtown Ballroom. In case you can't read the marquee, it says "ROACH GIG CANCELED" ... which is funny, because the rapper's name is Roach Gigz, but it still works. The Roach gig was canceled, after all.


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.

Coachella 2012 recap

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Oh, I didn’t go to the big ol’ music festival down in the SoCal desert this weekend.

But I streamed several performances and figure that means I’m qualified to provide a recap.

So out of the 2,655,983,216 (give or take) bands that played Coachella over the past three days, here are the highlights:

This was mind-boggling. Eerie. Insane. Surreal. Impressive. It was good and weird and a little scary all wrapped into one.

Seriously, though, how great does that hologram look? It looks pretty great.

I fear festival headliners in the future will just be, like, Nirvana, The Beatles, Beethoven, etc., etc.

A great band playing most of a great album really well. Lovely!

Andy and I discuss things we’d rather listen to than the new Craig Finn record

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

The Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn has a solo album out today, and this morning, Bulletin graphic artist Andy Zeigert and I had a brief discussion on IM about things we’d rather listen to than it. Please enjoy, and sorry it’s a little fuzzy. I don’t know what’s up with that.

What others thought of the year in music (addendum)

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

In this week’s GO! Magazine, we have four full pages dedicated to the favorite musical things — albums, concerts, instruments, whatever — of those closest to Central Oregon’s music scene in 2011.

Four full pages sounds like a lot, until you realize that I received more than 40 submissions this year in response to my annual call for everyone’s top five list.

Not only did I get a ton of lists, but they were longer and more substantive than ever before, which means two things: 1) I ended up with way more material than I could use in print. And 2) There’s a lot of great stuff in the overflow lists, which scroll on endlessly below.

So warm up your mouse finger and pan down to see what a whole bunch of local folks were into in 2011. And again, there’s more here.



Thursday, November 17th, 2011

That’s how my friend Ryan described Saturday’s High on Fire show at the Domino Room to a table full of non-metalheads last weekend at Deschutes Brewery.

I’ve lived here nearly six years and Ryan has lived here a little longer than that, but not, like, forever. Regardless, I am going to go ahead and agree with him: Saturday’s High on Fire show is the greatest metal show this town has ever seen!

Now, with that said, I have no idea if that’s true I’d love to hear (A) whether you agree or disagree, and especially (B) if you’ve been around Central Oregon longer than Ryan and me, what epic metal bills from the distant past might compete with this one? I wanna hear some cool old stories, like the time you saw, I dunno, Slayer at the fairgrounds in 1985 or something.

Let me know in the comments!

Happy Birthday, “Nevermind” / [Video] Subliminal plays Nirvana at Grover’s Pub

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Nirvana released “Nevermind” 20 years ago today.

Sept. 24, 1991. I was 15.

For some large percentage of the world’s population, this anniversary doesn’t mean much. And for some smaller, more cynical group of people, it means another chance to roll their eyes whenever someone begins to wax poetic about the album and what it meant/means in the context of punk rock/popular music/pop culture/fashion/the Northwest music scene/hero worship/conformity/nonconformity/whatever.

I understand that. Just as one might scoff at the notion that “Nevermind” changed a lot of lives (besides Kurt Cobain’s, Krist Novoselic’s and Dave Grohl’s), I will probably scoff one day when some young whippersnapper claims their life was changed by, say, Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” or Arcade Fire’s “The Suburbs.” (No slag intended. Both are fine albums; see #11 and #25 here.)

It’s the circle of life, or at least the circle of thinking your formative music is the most important music ever and subconsciously diminishing that which came before or after. Y’know … that circle.

But I’m here to tell you: “Nevermind” changed lives. It changed mine. I went from listening to Bobby Brown in 6th grade to Def Leppard and INXS in 8th grade to Nirvana in 10th grade to discovering the Pixies and Pavement and Teenage Fanclub and my weird local college radio station and on and on. From there, it was a deep, dark rabbit hole of music super-nerd-dom that I tumbled into, and that I still haven’t climbed out of. Thank goodness.