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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, October 19th, 2012

When we were discussing what to put on the cover of today’s GO! Magazine, I mentioned tonight’s Macklemore & Ryan Lewis show at Midtown Ballroom and told my coworkers this: We get a lot of has-beens and not-yets and never-will-bes in this town, but it’s not that often we have an artist come through at the very same moment that they’re the hottest story in music. Tonight is one of those times. Macklemore – aka Ben Haggerty from Seattle – is in his moment.

Tonight, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will rock a sold-out Midtown Ballroom. I wrote about their current wave of success and their new album “The Heist,” but focused on the best, most important song on that album, “Same Love.” Here’s an excerpt.

In it, Haggerty tackles the topic head on, ignoring a long-held taboo in hip-hop. He lays out his own stereotypes about homosexuality, decries the casual use of “gay” as a synonym for “bad” in our culture, calls out his own genre for looking the other way and, along the way, weaves in commentary on politics and religion. Seattle vocalist Mary Lambert ably sings the beautiful hook: “I can’t change/ Even if I wanted to,” which is lifted from one of Lambert’s own songs.

Haggerty closes his third verse this way:

“I might not be the same
But that’s not important
No freedom till we’re equal
Damn right I support it.”

Whether or not you or I agree with Macklemore is not the point here, by the way. The point is to acknowledge the guy’s forever-place in a watershed summer for the heretofore odd couple of hip-hop and homosexuality.

I enjoyed writing this, and I hope you’ll read the whole thing.

Also tonight, the third Jazz at the Oxford series kicks off in Bend with a night of Portland blues. My colleague David Jasper spoke to iconic Oregon bluesman Curtis Salgado about his battles against cancer and how they’ve changed him as an artist.

“It’s scary because the older I get, the older I want to get. It’s scary because you don’t want to know how you’re going to die,” said Salgado, who saw his mother die of cancer. “Cancer is the ultimate predator. Cancer’s like a great white shark. It’s dangerous and fascinating at the same time.”

But, with no chemotherapy required, Salgado has been able to do what he’s done for decades: get back out on the road, this time in promotion of “Soul Shot,” his first all-soul album, which dropped April 10 on Alligator Records.

If there’s any plus to cancer, Salgado said, “It just fine tunes you into life, and what’s around you, and every moment. I used to want to fill a coliseum with people and win lots of Grammys and have a nice house on the McKenzie River, you know what I’m saying?”

Now, “I don’t care anymore,” he said. “I’m just very blessed to be here. I’m blessed to play my music with my friends, and play to people who are so nice to me. It’s like, look, man, I owe the universe.”

Read the whole thing and peruse the series’ 2012-13 schedule here.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Adventure Galley, The Autonomics, Black Pussy, Aldrine Guerrero, Matt Woods, Michael Dean Damron, The Rum and The Sea and more.

Bend-connected Adventure Galley tops Paste’s list of Oregon bands you should listen to

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Paste magazine is going through the 50 United States and picking out 10 bands from each that it thinks its readers ought to be listening to. They’re avoiding huge bands, of course; they’re not going to put The Decemberists and The Shins on their Oregon list, for example.

But who is on their Oregon list? At the top, no less? It’s Adventure Galley, the Eugene/Portland-based band whose lineup includes three (or maybe four now) former Bendites. I’m not sure if Paste is actually ranking these bands, but put it this way: If you scroll through the story, you get to AdGalley before Portland heavyweights like AgesandAges, Radiation City and Lost Lander.

Anyway, here’s what Paste had to say about ’em.

Here’s the whole list. And you can read our previous coverage of Adventure Galley here and here.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Morning, folks. Short, simple roundup of what’s in GO! Magazine today. Find all this stuff at The Bulletin’s music page:

There are a bunch of solid shows in town this week, and it seemed to me that an inordinate number of them featured female artists, so I packaged those together. Click right here to read up on the contemporary folk of Beth Wood and Shireen Amini, the sultry Americana of Emma Hill, the soulful hip-hop of God-Des & She (who are headlining the That’s So Gay black and white party), and VJ Kittyrox, who runs the popular 80s Video Dance Attack party, which is exactly what it sounds like.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: local band Roses at Gunpoint will play to raise money for paralyzed snowboarder Tyler Eklund, Empty Space Orchestra ends its four-week residency at Silver Moon, Elliot and Adventure Galley headline a Rise Up show at Century Center, The Quons are at Velvet, Willie Carmichael is at Three Creeks Brewing Co., and new music spot The Marilyn hosts Justin Lavik / Grace Laxson tonight and The Sweet Harlots Saturday. Plus, Mountain Country Idol has started in Redmond, pitting several local artists against each other over several weeks in an effort to find Central Oregon’s finest country act.

Adventure Galley wins national MySpace contest

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Well, I’ll be darned. Adventure Galley — a synthy indie-rock band based in Eugene that counts three former Mountain View High School students among its five members — has emerged victorious in “Rock The Space 2,” a nationwide, online battle of the bands sponsored by Toyota and MySpace.

17,000 bands entered the contest, and this week, Adventure Galley was announced as the winner. Congrats guys! Their prize includes $10,000 in Fender gear and a deal with MySpace Records.

I was going to write about the band, its win, what it means, and so on, but Eugene Weekly pretty much covered all that already. You should click here to read that.

Here and here are a couple of things we’ve written about the band and the contest.

Adventure Galley / MySpace contest update!

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

So, remember a few weeks ago, I told you about Bend-connected band Adventure Galley, and their fine showing in a nationwide battle of the bands-type thing on MySpace? (You can refresh your memory here.)

Well, it turns out they’ve now advanced to the finals, where they’ll try to beat out five other bands for $10,000 in gear and a recording contract. My colleague David Jasper talked to a couple members of the band and did a nice big story on them, which you can read by clicking here.

And if you have a MySpace account, you can vote for Adventure Galley by clicking here. Voting is open until Aug. 30.

Vote for Adventure Galley, and see them tonight

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Late notice for the show, I know, but here’s a good, locally connected band you could check out tonight if you’re out and about (or want to be): Adventure Galley is a Eugene-based quintet made up mostly of young fellas who relocated from Bend, and they’re playing at Boondocks (70 N.W. Newport Ave., Bend) at 9 p.m. The fine Eugene band Sea Bell will open.

The five guys in Adventure Galley are David Mills (who you may know from the Bend-based band Space Hoax), Brock Grenfell (brother of Forrest from The Snag and The Tree Dwellers), Aaron Johnson, Brett Bascom Jesse Suihkonen and George Schultz. At least a few of those guys are graduates of Mountain View High School, though I’m not sure which ones.

They’ve been around since 2008 and have evolved into a darn good band that draws lots of comparisons to The Killers and Arcade Fire, though the “Influences” section on their MySpace is careful to list Joe Strummer and Bob Dylan first, and in ALL CAPS.

Earlier this year, the band released an EP called “The Right Place To Be,” and they’ve continued their momentum this summer with a phenomenal showing in the “Rock The Space” contest, a competition held on MySpace that attracted about 17,000 entrants who submitted a song. Now, there are 10 finalists, and Adventure Galley — and their churning synth-pop anthem “Addict” — is one of them. Very cool!

Whoever wins “Rock The Space” is going to win a bunch of prizes, including a record deal with MySpace Records. And you can help Adventure Galley’s effort by voting for the band. Voting ends on Sunday, so click here to show your support for the fellas. Or listen to the song and vote on the widget below. Again, voting ends on Sunday, so clicky click click! (Note: You’ll need a MySpace account.)

And remember: 9 p.m. Boondocks. Adventure Galley and Sea Bell. If I didn’t have family in town, I’d be there. Gonna be a good show.

October 2 in GO! Magazine

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

October. It’s October. Or should I say Rocktober? (No, I shouldn’t. I’m so tired of people saying Rocktober.)

Do you know what October means? It means September is over, and September was a ridiculously busy month for your pal the Frequency blog. October means that the Sisters Folk Festival, Portland’s MusicfestNW, and the Bend Roots Revival, plus a whole bunch more shows, are in the rearview mirror. It was fun, but I’m exhausted.

Still, there is music to be heard and enjoyed and written about this week:

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is in Bend this weekend. They want you to shake yer thang, and they will not take no for an answer!

Samantha Crain & the Midnight Shivers are going to provide a pretty amazing soundtrack for an evening at McMenamins Old St. Francis School.

-We ran two pages of photos from the Bend Roots Revival. Check them out here, and click here for my recaps of each day of the festival.

-The Bend Fall Festival’s music lineup is stacked this year! We’re talking BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Flowmotion, Shawn Mullins, Curtis Salgado and more. (Click here to read our story about the non-music aspects of the festival.)

-A local group called BAKESTARR helps young adults with Type 1 diabetes. They’re also holding a fundraiser Thursday at Silver Moon Brewing featuring the music of Jones Road and Sagebrush Rock.

-The Domino Room will host four good, young bands tonight: Adventure Galley, The Snag, Tree Dwellers and The Kali Regime.

-When your MC name is Knobody, it makes it difficult for journalists to write headlines that make sense. “Knobody rolls into Bend.” “The Underground welcomes Knobody.” Well, somebody is headlining a big show tonight, and it is Knobody. Everybody clear?

-I didn’t get a story on this into today’s GO! Magazine, but there was something in Tuesday’s Community Life section: Canadian Latin-jazz guitarist Jesse Cook will kick off the Redmond Community Concert Association’s annual series on Sunday. Learn more about the group and the series here.

As always, you should grab a copy of the newspaper to be able to read all these articles, plus all the other nifty stuff in GO! Magazine.

June 5 in GO! Magazine

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Good morning, Frequency faithful. Can someone tell me how in the world it’s already June!?

Central Oregon has warmed up in the last couple weeks, and around here, warmer weather usually means more music. So without further adieu, here’s a look at what’s happening in Central Oregon over the next seven days, brought to you by LeBron James, who has plenty of time these days to do things like sponsor music blog posts. (Speaking of the NBA, have you read the NBA Finals preview that local hip-hop group Top Shelf did for Frequency? If not, you should. It’s a fun read.)

Anyway, in today’s GO! Magazine, we have:

-A little bit about each of the six young, mostly local bands playing in tonight’s Rise Up Battle of the Bands. Read up on them, then visit their MySpaces to hear their work: Adventure Galley / The Autonomics / The Snag / The Space Hoax / We Are Brontosaurus … and Hunters on the Horizon are so new, they don’t yet have a MySpace!

My review of last weekend’s Rise Up benefit show featuring Water & Bodies, We Are Brontosaurus and Empty Space Orchestra. It’s like Rise Up week in GO!

-A roundup of what’s happening at Silver Moon Brewing this week.

-My plea to you, dear reader, imploring you to go see the excellent alt-folk band Weinland on Saturday. (There’s a much more extensive story about the band here.)

The details on tonight’s hip-hop show featuring Twitter-crazy Bay Area rapper Mistah F.A.B.

-A quick overview of where a few local acts are playing, including Detour: Jazz, The Quons, Moon Mountain Ramblers, Brian Hanson and a whole bunch of punk and metal bands.

-A reminder that Wednesday’s Brandi Carlile show at the Tower Theatre is sold out.

Say, did you know that not all of those links will work if you’re not subscribed to The Bulletin’s online edition? Well, they won’t. So if you want to see them all, please subscribe or pick up a hard copy of GO! Magazine.