Tonight. Read all about it here.
Rad poster by Megan McGuinness.
Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
Ice or no ice, tonight brings two excellent concerts to our fair burg. I think you’ll be able to do both; I know I’m going to try to.
First up: Jazz-and-beyond guitar explorer Bill Frisell brings his “Guitar in the Space Age” show — exploring the instrumental guitar music of the mid-20th century — to the Tower Theatre. I interviewed Frisell last week, and even he wasn’t sure what exactly the brand-new program would be like. But he knew where it’s rooted.
“I’ve been thinking about doing this for so long. It’s been percolating in my mind,” Frisell said, citing a past performance … of Jimmy Bryant and Speedy West’s fast-paced country-jazz as the seed for the “Space Age” show. “I’ve just been thinking a lot about the music that I grew up with. I was born in 1951, pretty much the same time as the Telecaster.”
He continues: “The first guitar music that got me fired up was surf music, and then that led to the British Invasion and all that stuff,” he said. “I was so into the whole idea of surfing, which was so absurd being (from Denver). And there was this great band from there, The Astronauts, who were a surf band. They were from the mountains, they weren’t surfers at all. But this instrumental guitar music was all over the place.”
Here’s a clip of Frisell and his band performing Saturday night in San Francisco.
Frisell’s show is at 7 p.m., and last I heard, there were still tickets left at $30 each. Check the Tower site for more info.
Then, over at Volcanic Theatre Pub, it’s time for some stoner metal and psychedelic doom wizardry with Portland’s Blackwitch Pudding, who not only play heavy, heavy music, they also dress it up with smoke and lights and actual (awesome) wizard robes. They have a fine album called “Taste the Pudding” out now, and you can stream it … oh hey, right here!
Last week, I also interviewed drummer Wizard Wizard — who grew up in Bend — and you can read that story here. Local heavies The Kronk Men and The Beerslayers will open for Blackwitch Pudding, and the show will get started around 9 p.m. A $5 bill should get you in.
Thursday, January 16th, 2014
Do you like pop-rock? Punk? Bluegrass? Do you like when a band smashes ’em all together, a la hometown heroes Larry and His Flask?
Covering music in Central Oregon, you can bet I’ve heard a lot of punky bluegrass bands and ‘grassy punk bands. But I’m not sure I’ve ever heard one that churns out music as catchy as this L.A. septet. That’s because the punk-rock they draw influence from is of the pure pop-punk variety; think NOFX, The Descendents, or, to cite a couple of massive bands, Green Day and Blink-182.
Point is, these folks write killer catchy tunes featuring pop-punk-rooted melodies and perfect three-part harmonies, and they play ’em with prominent fiddle and banjo. The result is great, see?
Anyway, tonight’s show starts at 9 p.m. with opener Avery James & The Hillandales, and it’s $10 to get in. If you’re unfamiliar, Volcanic Theatre Pub is here.
Fun fact: Looks like the band got to town a day early and warmed up last night during M&J Tavern’s open mic! (Unmute it if you want to hear the ambient sounds of the bar.)
Friday, November 15th, 2013
To get you all pumped up and freaked out, here’s the new video from local live-band hip-hop group The HardChords. It’s a creepy, cinematic clip for their song “Sasquatch Lavender,” which features another Freakshow performer, Seattle rapper Onry Ozzborn, aka one half of tonight’s excellent headliner, Grayskul.
Here’s that poster, y’all …
Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
Last week’s GO! Magazine didn’t have nearly enough coverage of tonight’s Low Hums / Rural Demons show at Volcanic Theatre Pub. So I will endeavor to make up for that here.
Low Hums are a Seattle-based band (led by Jonas Haskins, formerly of the band Earth) that specializes in creating not only music, but moods, especially the kind of mood that happens when you’re flat on your back in the desert, baked by the sun (or whatever) and staring up at stars pinpricking a dusky sky. This is a twangy trance music for deteriorating dunes, expansive adobe-drones to soundtrack your cosmic wanderings; Central Oregonians, think of it as buzzy juniper jams designed to enhance a leisurely trip through the Badlands.
Low Hums is a band that vibes.
Tonight, they’ll bring those vibes to Bend, where the opening act — local slowcore doom-roots collective Rural Demons — could not be a more perfect pairing.
Here’s Low Hums’ self-titled full-length, which came out last year. Click ‘n’ bliss:
Low Hums and Rural Demons play at 9 tonight, with doors opening at 8 p.m., at Volcanic Theatre Pub (70 N.W. Century Drive, Bend). It’s free to attend.
Monday, August 19th, 2013
The Bend-based band Wilderness has a new album all shined up and ready for public consumption. It’s called “Homeward From the Battle” and they’ll be celebrating it tonight at Crux Fermentation Project (50 S.W. Division St., Bend). The show is free, and Terrible Buttons from Spokane, Wash., opens.
Saturday, July 20th, 2013
I kept this out of The Bulletin because organizers were/are concerned about too many people showing up. But Frequency’s audience is considerably smaller than the newspaper, so …
Tonight out in the woods somewhere (directions here), four local bands are gathering for what they’re calling the Cascades Festival. It’s free. It’s only tonight. (It also has a Facebook event page, if that’s useful to you.) The location has limited parking, so the bands are asking attendees to try to carpool.
It also has an beautiful poster by Katie Daisy.
So, now you know.
Friday, July 12th, 2013
At 9 tonight, McMenamins Old St. Francis School in Bend will show “Ain’t In It For My Health,” a documentary about the late, great drummer of The Band, Levon Helm, who died 15 months ago. Here’s a synopsis from the film’s website:
Director Jacob Hatley’s intimate documentary finds Mr. Helm at home in Woodstock, NY, in the midst of creating his first studio album in 25 years. Shot during the course of two-plus years, this highly anticipated film focuses in on the four-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member after his 2007 comeback album, Dirt Farmer, brought him back to the spotlight.
$5 gets you in. What a steal.
Here are two trailers!