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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Suzanne Vega plays at the Tower Theatre on Sunday. I talked to her about her new “Close-Up” project, in which she’s re-recording dozens of her songs. Here’s an excerpt:

Re-recording the songs acoustically was in part an economic decision. But Vega also liked the idea of reinventing them.

“I had no interest in doing a cover version of ‘Luka.’ It was like, ‘No. No thank you,’” she said. “Nor did I want to do a sort of Suzanne Vega-lite version. So I thought, ‘Let’s just do stark recordings of the absolute minimum.’”

Vega’s an interesting subject. You should read the whole thing here.

In Feedback, I launch my campaign to get reunited indie-rock kings Pavement to the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend.

Of course there are people out there who are stoked to hear the Steve Miller Band is coming to Bend. But those people aren’t in my Internet-o-sphere. In there, the team behind the Schwab needs a pick-me-up. They need a booking that’ll get the Twitterati buzzing. They need to reel in a big, cred-building life raft with plenty of room for those who’ve felt neglected for the past year and a half.

They need Pavement.

and…

It’s unlikely, I’m sure. But I’m compelled to put the idea out there and see if we can’t get a snowball rolling on this thing. I’ve had a few dozen people tell me, both personally and via cyber-waves, that they’d love, love, love to see Pavement in Bend. So let’s put our signatures where our mouths are: I’m going to set up a blog post on Frequency like a petition to get Pavement in our town, and all you have to do is go there and leave a comment showing your support for the idea. Better yet, pledge to buy tickets.

If you pass it around to your friends — friends in Bend, Redmond, Sisters, Eugene, Portland, Boise, and so on — and get them to sign it, who knows what might happen?

So yeah, go show your support right here. And go read my whole manifesto here.

Finally, local boys A.M. Interstate have completed their new album “Love Your Sniper.” They’ll play much of it Saturday night at Silver Moon. Here’s a bit about it:

Although it’s not out yet, the brothers are shopping the album around to record labels, looking for a deal. But a quick trip through an advance copy finds the Ericksons moving further from the cosmic Americana sound of their past work and more toward a psych-roots-rawk feel, like The Beatles jamming with Neil Young in a dive bar where the jukebox plays My Bloody Valentine’s “Loveless” on repeat, eternally. (That would be a sweet bar.)

“Sniper” has a sense of momentum that the meandering “Kimono Dragon” sometimes lacked; two listens in, it sounds like the best work of the band’s catalog so far.

Read the whole thing here.

Also in the music section this week: Baltimore roots-rock band The Bridge, Floater frontman Rob Wynia plays a solo show, and Blackstrap, Trina Hamlin, Tony Smiley and a bunch of locals playing a benefit for CASA. And, as always, you can find more in our complete music calendar.

Photo: FLIP-FLOP ROCK!

Friday, August 7th, 2009

A.M. Interstate, photographed at the Deschutes County Fair by Sara Latapie. (See below the photo for an update on the band, including where they’re playing tonight.)

A.M. Interstate at the Deschutes County Fair. Photo by Sara Latapie.

Things are afoot — get it? — in the A.M. Interstate camp. The Redmond band, helmed by brothers Cy and Seth Erickson, has completed its next album, called “Love Your Sniper.” You can hear five songs from it over on the MySpace. (They’re the ones with fewer than 100 plays.)

The band will do a small run of self-released CDs and will also shop “Love Your Sniper” around to record labels, according to Cy Erickson. No matter how it comes out, though, the new album will represent a turn for A.M. Interstate, reflecting the brothers’ love for rock ‘n’ roll. “Our new sound is AC/DC married to The Beatles,” Erickson said. “‘Love Your Sniper’ is our rebirth and now you can dance to our album and live set. This is exciting. Music has always represented freedom for me. Well, now A.M. Interstate has been set free.”

With their new-found freedom, the band is free to gig! A.M. Interstate will play at Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar (61276 S. U.S. Highway 97, Bend) tonight at 8 p.m. as part of the Homegrown Live concert series. There is no cover charge. If you’re in Portland, catch ‘em next Friday at the East End as part of the International Pop Overthrow fest.