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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Today’s cover story in GO! Magazine is on local heroes Larry and His Flask, their recent tour of Europe, their history of busking and the stress that comes along with being in hard-touring band, even if you’re in one of the most fun bands on Earth.

They’ve come a long way from their old-school punk-rock days, that’s for sure. Just for fun, I dug up this old story I did on the Flask in 2006. Give it a read … it’s an eye-opener.

But back to the present. Larry and His Flask returns to Redmond tonight for a free, all-ages show that may be your only chance to catch them live this summer (if you live in Central Oregon). I met up with the guys last week where we chatted about, well, all the stuff I mentioned above. Here’s an excerpt:

This is a band, after all, that decided at some point to just go and travel and play for people and win their ears and hearts with the pure power of their live show.

I'm so happy with how today's cover turned out.

And it worked. Thanks to that initial DIY effort, plus subsequent support tours, the Warped gig and gushing press, Larry and His Flask is now one of the buzz bands on the white-hot roots-music-with-punk-spirit scene.

Banjo player Andrew Carew couldn’t have guessed what the future held. He joined the fold when he was 19, after his band broke up and the Flask was in flux. When asked if he saw this kind of potential in these guys, he answered simply: “No.”

Then, after a perfectly timed pause: “Hell no!”

He was wrong, of course. Late last week, the six band members … reflected on their favorite parts of the European tour, which carried them through 10 countries: the Leaning Tower of Pisa. A canal tour in Holland. A sunny drive across the snow-capped Alps.

Busking in Edinburgh, Scotland and Florence, Italy and London.

“Those were awesome,” Jesse Marshall said.

So were the shows, where crowds were bigger than expected and lots of folks actually sang along to the band’s songs.

This is a story of a band that did things the right way and now it’s paying off. I hope you’ll go read the whole thing.

Three other things worth noting in this week’s very crowded GO!:
– Local chamber-folk trio Hilst & Coffey will celebrate its new album Wednesday at McMenamins Old St. Francis School.
– Local roots-jam band Mark Ransom & The Mostest will do the same thing the next night at the same place.
– The popular free concert series Munch & Music kicks off Thursday in Drake Park with the reggae band Live Wyya.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings, September Stayed, American Me, Keak Da Sneak, City Faire, The Dirty Words, Ray Lawrence Jr., Johnny Outlaw & The Johnson Creek Stranglers, Bryan John Appleby, Lemolo, Abbey Road Live!, Taarka, Chiringa, Beth Wood, Chris Kokesh and more!

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Tonight at the Domino Room, local bass/beat collective Slipmat Science will throw another party as part of what has been a very busy winter for the crew. But this one, in my opinion, features the two best headliners of the bunch.

That is, of course, just a matter of taste. I’m sure many folks like Beats Antique or Tunnidge or Knight Riderz more than Filastine and Heyoka. But for me, these two dudes — one from Barcelona, one from the Bay Area — are the most enjoyable electro-wizards Slipmat has brought to town over the past few months. So click their names in the previous sentence and see if you agree. And read on …

My colleague Sigourney Nuñez’s interview with Filastine turned out great, I thought. He comes off as a really interesting, thoughtful guy who feels somewhat trapped between his techno-futuristic sound and his innate desire to get as far away from the grid as possible. An excerpt:

On stage, Filastine projects sights to accompany sounds from a laptop computer and an amplified shopping cart wired with what he calls electronic gadgets: drum pads and touch screens with different interfaces to control audio and video, just to name a couple.

Each song has a theme, so during performances he curates visuals from his library of videos grabbed from documentary footage.

“It’s about storytelling,” he said. “It’s a complex performance in less than an hour. I’d rather people hear and see what I do and come to their own analysis.”

As a multimedia performer, Filastine is surrounded by technology.

“My art involves computers. These tools that are so phenomenal will literally eat our lives and we just gotta take a break from that,” he said. “I find it really hard to find that time. What I do is try to spend time away from computers, roads and electricity so that usually involves going into the ocean, mountains and deserts, just to reconnect without technology.”

Click here to read all about Filastine.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section*: OK Sweetheart plays The Horned Hand, The Shook Twins visit McMenamins, Beth Wood and Shireen Amini collaborate at Higher Ground Common House, the Bobby Lindstrom Band celebrates its new album, The Horned Hand hosts separate shows by Filthy Still and The Calamity Cubes, and Les Schwab Amphitheater unveils its Summer Sunday Concerts lineup. Plus The Anvil Blasters, CinderBlue, RaiseTheVibe, and sold out concerts by Bruce Hornsby and Glen “Toad the Wet Sprocket” Phillips.

*Normally, I would provide you with a link to the music section, but we’re having technical difficulties right now, so if you want to read any of those stories, just search here.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, May 6th, 2011

As is usually the case, there’s plenty to do around Central Oregon this week if you’re into live music, so I’m going to keep it basic with the highlights:

–Tonight, the popular Last Band Standing competition returns for 2011, pitting 32 bands against each other for audience votes over the next 11 weeks. If you click here, you’ll find my story — which includes some changes for this year’s LBS — plus a schedule of who plays when and where you can pick up free tickets.

–In the middle of the section, we’ve got short stories on three very different shows you should consider checking out. There’s local metal band Stillfear’s CD-release show on Saturday night, much-loved roots band The Devil Makes Three’s return visit on Sunday night, and ultra-cool L.A. rapper Pigeon John heading a solid hip-hop bill on Tuesday night.

–Elsewhere in the music section, you’ll find everything you need to know on Beth Wood’s folk songs, Cornmeal’s lightning-fast bluegrass, Adler’s Appetite’s Guns N’ Roses connection, Blaine Larsen’s pure country and Audiophilia’s eclectic jams.

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.