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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)

2011 Bend Roots Revival: Day 2

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

(Find all our coverage of the 2011 Bend Roots Revival, including a preview of the event and recaps of all three days, by clicking here.)

Sometimes it seems like my Twitter feed is full of nothing but Bendites who go to every single event in this town, floating from free concert to art walk to seasonal festival to bike race to free concert to art walk to seasonal festival to bike race to … you get the picture.

Yesterday, I felt like one of those folks.

My goal was to arrive at the Bend Roots Revival at 1 p.m. to see Franchot Tone play his disarming reggae-pop, but a last-minute errand put me in the car, driving across town at that time. Community radio to the rescue! I turned my dial to 88.9 FM, where KPOV was broadcasting live from the festival’s BIGS Stage, and listened to at least half of Tone’s set, including several originals, his sharp cover of the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” and a frisky funk jam by The Meters.

When I did finally arrive at the Century Center, I ventured first into the courtyard, where a growing crowd and competing noise from two stages made it feel a bit too chaotic. So I retreated to the Good Life Stage for some jazz guitar wizardry from longtime local Rich Hurdle. I’d never seen him before, but his casual style and laid-back sound was an ideal antidote to the hustle and bustle of the courtyard. Here’s his take on “Triste” by bossa nova pioneer Antonio Carlos Jobim:

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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, June 11th, 2010

Branden Miskimon practices holding a guitar while Rhythm Culture plays Munch & Music in 2009.

Summer is here! (Almost.) And so are the free, outdoor concert series around Central Oregon. Portland bands The Lights Out and Rosa’s Buds will kick off Les Schwab Amphitheater’s free Summer Sunday Concerts series on Sunday, and we’ve got the rest of that lineup and a roundup of other series right here.

Brandon Summers of The Helio Sequence. Photo by Ben Salmon / The Bulletin.

Portland electro-pop wizards The Helio Sequence came to Bend June 3 to play the PDXchange Program concert series. You can watch several videos of the show here, and here’s an excerpt of my review:

The band’s records are wonderful, warm baths of electro-indie-pop, equal parts organic and synthetic. Brandon Summers’ voice is honeyed, and his melodies float like cotton-candy clouds. And Benjamin Weikel is a machine on the drums, not literally, of course — don’t you hate it when people misuse literally? — but his rhythm seems metronomic, and he looks animatronic as he works.

Helio’s set list stuck mostly to the band’s excellent 2008 album “Keep Your Eyes Ahead,” though they sprinkled in the best bits from 2004’s “Love and Distance.” The set was nicely paced, ramping up from a relaxed beginning to a second-half stretch that included some of the band’s very best songs.

Of particular note was “Everyone Knows Everyone,” a buoyant tune about living in a town with a tight-knit music scene, and the title track from “Keep Your Eyes Ahead,” with its needle-sharp, high-pitched guitar licks that would sound quite cozy on just about any Modest Mouse song.

Summers and Weikel closed their set with the roiling melancholy of “Lately” (as a perfectly psychedelic light show shone behind them) and “Hallelujah” before calling ESO drummer Lindsey Elias onto the stage for “Harmonica Song.”

I hope you’ll read the whole thing by clicking here.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Crunchy Texas country-rock band The Preservation plays Silver Moon, Taarka principals David Tiller and Enion Pelta-Tiller do a special duo show at The Wine Shop, Texas songwriting master Eric Taylor comes to town for a house concert, and The Annex hosts a benefit for a Redmond woman in need of a lung transplant, plus David Jacobs-Strain, Broken Down Guitars, Audiolized and Dust Bunny Monster, and an update on Last Band Standing. If that won’t do, you can always find more options in The Bulletin’s complete music listings.

Best of the decade, by Jamie Houghton

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

(This post is part of Frequency’s coverage of the best music of the past decade. You can see all of that coverage in one place by clicking here. And be sure to tune in Dec. 18, when I’ll post “Near/Far,” our annual, downloadable MP3 compilation of the best music of 2009, to go along with our year-in-review package in that day’s GO! Magazine.)

Jamie Houghton, left, and Stacie Johnson of Broken Down Guitars perform at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom earlier this year.

Jamie Houghton, left, and Stacie Johnson of Broken Down Guitars perform at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom earlier this year.

Jamie Houghton plays bass, sings and writes songs for the relatively new local band Broken Down Guitars. She’s also a mega-music-fan who jumped at the opportunity to list her choices for the best stuff of the past 10 years. Jamie’s list is a nice mix of both live and recorded music, so check it out:

1. The release of “Kid A,” by Radiohead (2000)
Music that didn’t assume we were dumb.

2. PJ Harvey, “Uh Huh Her” (2004)
She locked herself in a cabin and recorded all the instrumentals herself.

3. Mars Volta, “Frances the Mute” (2005)
Recorded using the improv techniques of Miles Davis.

4. In 2006, Kaki King became the first female to be named to the “Guitar Gods” list by Rolling Stone magazine.

5. Movies free indie rock from obscurity. Think The Shins in “Garden State” or The Moldy Peaches in “Juno.”

6. Atmosphere, “God Loves Ugly” (2002)

7. OutKast, “Speakerboxxx / The Love Below” (2003)

8. Tool and Alex Grey collaborating to bring heavy metal and heavy art together in concert.

9. Bright Eyes, “Digital Ash in a Digital Urn” (2005)

10. Les Claypool and Karl Denson keep the jam scene from snoring with funk and dirty, dirty bass.