Posts Tagged ‘All You All’

Tonight: Shhh … it’s the Cascades Festival

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.


This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, April 26th, 2013

I’m not gonna lie to you, folks: Today’s music section in GO! Magazine is chock full of great stuff. Examples? OK!

One of my favorite rappers, Aesop Rock, returns to Bend Saturday night for a show at the Domino Room. I emailed him some questions about his very personal new album “Skelethon,” and he emailed back some answers.

GO!: I’m sure self-producing the record influenced the sound and style of “Skelethon,” but how about the lyrics and themes? It’s dark in places, and feels very “dude in a room kicking stuff out of his brain” to me, if that makes sense.

AR: Yeah, that sounds about right. The short answer is that this is my first solo album since the passing of my best friend, Camu Tao. A lot of death and related topics come and go, and there’s a lot of just figuring out how to process that kind of thing in there. A lot of thinking out loud within the lyrics. I don’t think I ever get too sad or too dark, or at least when I do it is still in a very human way, in my opinion. Just because it’s about death doesn’t mean it’s a bunch of sad and depressing music on there.

Read the whole thing by clicking here.

The local metal band Inimica performs at Players Bar & Grill in 2010. Photo by Ben.

The local metal band Inimica performs at Players Bar & Grill in 2010. Photo by Ben.

In Feedback, I wrote a fond farewell to westside-Bend dive and local-music institution Players Bar & Grill. And I started the piece off with a quote from a familiar face in Central Oregon’s punk scene.

“Players Bar & Grill has got to be my favorite bar to play at. No other bar in Central Oregon would put up with some of the rowdy shows that we put on and still pay us. It’s the only place in town that I can put on free shows for people and the bar kicks down a few hundred bucks so we can give gas money to bring in out of town bands. I see so many great bands that I want to bring in and share with Bend, and Players lets me do that. Sometimes people don’t realize it’s a bar like this that helps keep the punk scene alive.”

— Darin Lones of The Confederats in The Bulletin, Jan. 5, 2007

Click here and read the whole thing.

Elsewhere in the music section: Judy Collins brings 50 years of folk history to the Tower Theatre, Tony Furtado plays The Belfry, Johnsmith has two gigs this weekend, surf-rockers King Ghidora invade The Horned Hand, Vampirates’ 10th anniversary tour stops in Bend, live music begins at Volcanic Theatre Pub and Parrilla Grill hosts two interesting local bands: All You All and Isles.

New video from Bend’s All You All

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Fresh off their second-place finish in the 2012 Last Band Standing contest, the fidgety (in a good way) local electro-rock trio All You All today unveiled a video for the song “Oregon Burner” from their fine “Fluorescence” EP that came out earlier this year.

It’s a trippy, lo-fi clip, packed wall to wall with strobe lights, shaky-cam action and nighttime cruising. The whole thing vibes nicely with the song’s heavy-lidded, wee-hours dance party kind of feel. Enjoy…

(Photo by Sam Warner, taken from All You All’s Facebook page)

And the winner of the 2012 Last Band Standing is …

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Broken Down Guitars!

After nine weeks of competition that saw 27 other bands fall by the wayside, the Bend-based rock ‘n’ soul quintet fronted by two powerful female vocalists (Stacie Johnson and Lilli Worona, plus Kent Howes, Andrew Blum and Matt McConnell) won enough audience votes last night at Liquid Lounge to claim the title of Last Band Standing.

Broken Down Guitars beat out three other finalists — All You All, Greyside and Jaccuzi — to take home the top prize, which includes studio time, a band vehicle, practice space, a photo shoot, free tacos for a year and other stuff. All told, first place won $12,000 in prizes.

Congrats to Broken Down Guitars!

(Photo courtesy Jim Williams Photography)

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Tonight is a very busy night on the local music scene. There’s a ton of stuff going on, including two shows that’ll be pretty big (Yonder Mountain and Tipper/Papadosio), plus lots of stuff that’ll be great, just on a smaller scale. Here’s what we’ve got in this week’s music section in The Bulletin:

— North Carolina electro-jam band Papadosio is part of an enormous bill at tonight’s Slipmat Science party, which will also feature bass-music pioneer Tipper.

— The familiar faces of Yonder Mountain String Band will be back to acoustically rock a jam-packed Midtown Ballroom tonight.

— Local indie rock band All You All will celebrate its new EP with a show tonight at PoetHouse Art, where the bill will also include promising young bands Adventure Galley and Jaccuzi.

The Thoughts will bring a quieter sound to The Horned Hand tonight than that place is used to, but that sound is really beautiful.

Elsewhere in the music section: The Quons host a songwriters’ showcase at Silver Moon and the Blues Amuse & Brews benefit for Westside Village Magnet School brings in The Autonomics, plus Third Seven, Crown Point, Jonathan Byrd and Chris Kokesh, and much more.

Also! Saturday is national Record Store Day, which has happened each of the past five years and is designed to celebrate the unique culture of independent record stores. My Feedback column is about some of my favorite shops, what they mean to me, what Ranch Records in Bend is doing tomorrow, and why you should support them.

Sights + sounds: Mosley Wotta, Laurel Brauns, All You All

Friday, January 6th, 2012

How ’bout a quick roundup of new music or moving pictures from locally rooted artists? Here we go:

–Local hip-hop sage Mosley Wotta released a new EP called “Amalgam X” on New Year’s Eve, and now it’s on Soundcloud. Take it for a spin right here!

AMALGAM X by MOsleyWOtta

Also, OPB Radio recently did a story on MoWo, aka Jason Graham, which you can listen to by clicking here. (Full disclosure: I was interviewed for the story and they used a couple of my comments.)

Laurel Brauns — former Bendite and current Portlander who still plays here often (she’ll be at portello winecafe on Jan. 21) — released a video for the song “Kaleidoscope Eyes” from her 2011 album “House of Snow” (one of my favorite local releases of the year). It was shot by Bend’s FAR from EARTH Films at Dillon Falls. Enjoy!

–Last but not least, local dance-rock band All You All put out its first EP, called “Fluorescence,” right around the turn of the year. I’m still letting this one sink in, but I definitely hear a little Modest Mouse, Red Hot Chili Peppers, White Denim and White Stripes in the band’s urgent, bouncy sound. Check the EP out below!

Fluorescence EP by All You All

Also, please note that five days into 2012, All You All is currently in the lead for best cover art of the year: