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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Lots of twang in the section this week!

Pokey LaFarge and The South City Three will bring their throwback take on Americana music to the Domino Room next week to help KPOV celebrate its fifth birthday. I chatted with Pokey about how he became such an anachronism.

LaFarge’s work tramples old-time genre boundaries, bouncing around from folk to blues to swing to jazz, but always rooted in American tradition, and always rooted in what he calls the “purity” and “honesty” of acoustic music.

It’s a style that attracted LaFarge in his teens, which is when he figured out just how much he prefers the sound of America’s past over the sound of its present.

“When I realized that rock and pop and all this other kind of stuff sucked, right around the same time, I started listening to the blues … and I started digging my way back from there,” he said. “I started getting into bluegrass, which got me into old-time fiddle music, which in turn got me back into old country-blues and jazz and ragtime and Western swing and all that kind of stuff.”

I hope you’ll read the whole thing here. And click here to study up on Frank Fairfield, who’s also on the bill.

With two genuine country rebels — Merle Haggard and Hank Williams III — in town, I rambled a bit about the genre’s long, proud history of outlaw behavior, and whether it’s been killed and buried for good by the modern music industry.

In the shadow of today’s airbrushed and Auto-Tuned Nashville, it can be easy to forget that country music has a long, proud tradition of outlaw behavior.

Modern country stars are as handled as politicians, every tooth polished and straight, every opinion run through focus groups, (almost) every song crafted by a team of professional tunesmiths.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

You can read the whole piece by clicking here.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section, I want to draw special attention to the big, locally focused ARTISpHERE happening tonight at Old Stone Church, and the Empty Space Orchestra / Finn Riggins / Hosannas show happening tonight at Rise Up Warehouse.

Beyond that, we also have the Conjugal Visitors kicking off the summer season at Angeline’s Bakery in Sisters, Betty and the Boy at portello winecafe, Stephanie Schneiderman back at McMenamins Old St. Francis School and The Voodoo Fix at Silver Moon. As usual, there are lots of other options in The Bulletin’s complete music listing.

June 12 in GO! Magazine

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Hello? Oh … hi there! Hi. I’m Ben, and I run a blog about music. It might’ve been hard to tell over the past couple days; it’s been pretty quiet around here. Sorry about that. I’ve been very busy avoiding giant descending set pieces and putting out GO! Magazine. Speaking of which, today’s issue contains … that’s right … articles about music! You know, maybe to make up for the lack of posts over the past couple days, I should tell you about them, eh?

-Bend’s community radio station, KPOV, is celebrating its fourth birthday by gathering a bunch of local musicians and holding a Beatles Singalong. Click here to read all about it and check out our “Abbey Road” album cover re-creation with some of the organizers.

-Hailstorms? What hailstorms? Summer is just around the corner, and summer music series are cranking up. Get all the details on the Summer Sunday concerts at Les Schwab Amphitheater, a whole bunch of shows at Angeline’s Bakery in Sisters, the new Music in the Canyon series in Redmond, and weekend music at Elk Lake Resort. Now that’s covering all of Central Oregon.

-Portland band Weinland played at McMenamins Old St. Francis School last weekend. You can read my review here and watch three videos of them here. They turned out nicely!

-Larry and His Flask is heading out on tour and playing a send-off show before they leave. Find out where and when and who else is on the bill here.

-The Summit Saloon & Stage has a very busy week planned, with Dirty Penny, Indubious and National Theatre Project slated to play. Details here.

-More music to check out: Rapper Freddie Gibbs at the Domino Room, The Erins and their friends Ugly Purple Sweater team up for a show, and Mirf the Bing headlines a benefit concert.

If you’re a subscriber to The Bulletin’s Web site, you’ll be able to see all those. If you’re not, you won’t, and you’ll either need to subscribe or pick up the print version of the paper.