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This is my favorite comment on KTVZ’s “no more free concerts at Les Schwab Amphitheater” story

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Here is a comment on this story:


As a reminder, here is Michael Franti’s current single:

Fun fact about me

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

The last song I ever played on WRFL in Lexington, Kentucky (where I had a radio show for three years) was “Svefn-g-Englar” by Sigur Ros, in December of 2000 or January of 2001, I can’t remember for sure.

Sigur Ros plays Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater tonight. Cost / time / other details are here. Julianna Barwick opens; take a listen to her beautiful 2011 album “The Magic Place”, OK?

Following up: Grady and Tyler

Monday, May 13th, 2013

On Friday, I introduced you to Tyler, the Creator superfan Grady MacMillan of Bend.

So … did he get to meet his hero?

He did! (via Grady’s Twitter)


And he got to give Tyler the toys and snacks he brought for him! (via Tyler’s Instagram)


Meet Tyler, the Creator superfan Grady MacMillan

Friday, May 10th, 2013


At noon today, I drove by the Midtown Ballroom in Bend and noticed one kid sitting in a lawn chair by the door, presumably waiting to get into tonight’s Tyler, the Creator show.

Doors to the show open at 8 p.m.

At 2:30, I drove back by and the kid was still the only person there. So I pulled over and chatted with him.

His name is Grady MacMillan. He’s 14 years old and a student at Cascade Middle School in Bend. In part because he missed a previous Tyler show thanks to an appendectomy, his parents, Terry and Courtney, let him skip school today to get in line for the show, which he did at 10:30 a.m.


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!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

I’m thankful for a lot of things personally, but as far as this blog goes, I’m thankful for those of you that read my words, watch the videos, listen to the music, look at the photos and just generally pay attention to this little corner of the internet. It takes some time and effort to make this thing go (even at its current, modest pace), but it helps to know there are people out there who care. So please know that if you care about Frequency, I appreciate that very, very much! (And even if you don’t, that’s cool with me too.)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Night Ranger’s best song? (Hint: It’s not “Sister Christian”)

Friday, July 8th, 2011

If you’re like me — and everyone else on the planet older than 30 — the first thing you think of when you hear Night Ranger‘s name is the ’80s band one major hit, “Sister Christian.”

“Sister Christian” has endured over the past 30 years, probably for three reasons: 1) A hilariously cheesy video. 2) That “motorin’!” refrain at the beginning of the chorus, which has a tendency to lodge itself in your brain, not unlike the key parts of “Sweet Caroline” or “Don’t Stop Believin’.” And 3) Well, it’s just a solid song. So kudos, Night Ranger. Kudos.

But after doing a bit of Night Ranger-related research (did I just type that?) last week, I discovered something: The single the band released immediately following the success of “Sister Christian” is actually a much better song. It’s called “When You Close Your Eyes,” and it has an equally cheesy video to go with it. And now you will watch it:

A few observations:

1) The acting in the “break up” scene at the beginning of the video is pure gold.

2) The pre-chorus (one at :53, 1:55 and 3:05) is super catchy. No irony. It just is.

3) The drummer in this video — he’s also the guy that sings in front of the car and the giant paper moon — is like a fully formed Will Ferrell character. Every second he’s on screen is a joy, especially 2:24 to 2:30. My wife saw that and said, “He must not know which camera to look at.” I LOL’d.

4) 2:04: Mouthful of hair. Blech.

5) The guy at 2:50 really wants you to know he has a “flying v” guitar.

6) The parts of the video where the band is actually performing just scream “rock ‘n’ roll” don’t they? But what’s up the normal-looking, short-haired guy all the way to the left on the keys? Do you think he feels left out when he sees all his buds swinging their manes around like that? Poor dude.

7) Leather Vest’s harmony on the “dream about me” part of the chorus is totally awesome. That is the part I will be singing along to at tonight’s show (if I am there).

Bottom line is this: “Sister Christian” gets lots of love, and deservedly so. But based on “When You Close Your Eyes,” I believe that Night Ranger deserves to be remembered as more than just a One Hit Wonder. I believe the time has come for the world to know that Night Ranger did not peak with “Sister Christian.” The world should know about “When You Close Your Eyes” and the time for this revolution is now.

Maybe I should set up a booth at the show or something to try to sign people up for the cause. Will you join me?

Night Ranger plays at 8:30 tonight at Troy Field, next to McMenamins Old St. Francis School in downtown Bend. Sagebrush Rock opens at 5 p.m., followed by The Show at 7 p.m. The concert is free, but you need a ticket to get in. To find out how to get a ticket, listen to 98.3 FM The Twins radio station.

Congratulations to the Dallas Mavericks

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Celebrate with one of the all-time great Silver Jews songs!

(I can only imagine that this is the song that was blaring over the speakers as the Larry O’Brien trophy made its way into what appears to be a very trendy Miami nightclub last night, as seen here and here.)

The vinyl resurgence: Fred Meyer edition

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

R.E.M., Metallica, U2, The Beach Boys, KISS, Cat Stevens and Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass!

Blue Songs, Part 3: Nick Drake, “Way To Blue”

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Having a mellow Saturday morning? Our “blue” songs series (celebrating the University of Kentucky basketball team’s trip to the Final Four!) is here to help. Today’s installment: “Way To Blue” by the revered English singer-songwriter Nick Drake, who died in 1974, but before that, was widely known as one of the world’s biggest, most boisterous Wildcat fans! Not really.