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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

(Note: Oops, I meant to post this yesterday. Apologies to the Friday events that have now already happened.)

First of all, if you love music, Central Oregon, music in Central Oregon, or you just love having things to do in Central Oregon even if they’re not related to music, you should check out this week’s GO! Magazine, where we celebrate today’s date — 11/11/11 — by recognizing 11 people, places and things that have shaped the regional arts and culture scene over the past 11 years.

It’s a fun package of stories and photos. (There’s a photo of Ben Harper at the Les Schwab Amphitheater that is a must see.)

Anyway, you can find it right here. Now onto the music:

Wednesday brings a strong progressive bluegrass bill to Bend when Greensky Bluegrass and Hot Buttered Rum play GoodLife Brewing Company.

The Maiden Bend Bluegrass Fest showcases the talents of six female musicians with local ties.

–The Horned Hand hosts a couple of local faves: The White Buffalo on Monday and Great American Taxi on Thursday.

Provo, Utah’s The Brocks are coming to Bend, and for 60 percent of ‘em, that means a trip home.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: The return of Warm Gadget, Mars Retrieval Unit lands at Silver Moon, The Church of Neil is in session, Shawn McDonald plays at Journey church, Brothers Young headline an alt-folk bill, and a slew of heavy bands are playing around town this week.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, August 26th, 2011

The popular and prolific singer-songwriter Ben Harper returns to Bend tonight for the first time in more than five years. And lucky us, he’s currently touring behind the best album of his long career, “Give Till It’s Gone,” which was released in May.

Here’s Harper doing one of the intensely raw and personal songs from the album.

Here’s part of what I wrote:

“Give” is the man’s best work yet, kicking off with the melancholy tone of “Don’t Give Up on Me,” the slow-burn defiance of “I Will Not Be Broken” and the playful, Wilco-esque chug of “Rock N’ Roll Is Free.” Later, Harper tries to find hope in a doomed relationship as “Pray That Our Love Sees the Dawn” lopes along an understated groove.

Occasionally, the somber fog lifts. “Clearly Severely” and “Do It For You, Do It For Us” are, quite simply, scorching rockers that sound like catharsis happening inside your headphones. And the album’s high point is also it’s centerpiece: two sprawling, psychedelic songs (co-written by Ringo Starr) called “Spilling Faith” and “Get There From Here” that flow together and stand out as an oasis of hope in a murky sea of anger and regret.

But it’s that “lens of anger and regret,” the L.A. Times pointed out in its review of “Give” back in May, that “provides Harper a musical focus he’s never had.” And it’s that focus that sets Harper’s newest work apart from his too-often unremarkable back catalog.

I hope you’ll click here and read the whole thing.

Next up: After years gigging around Bend, local musical couple The Quons have their first album ready for release and they’ll celebrate it with a big CD-release show Saturday at PoetHouse Art. Click here to read my feature story on these fine folks.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Brothers Young and Hurtbird play an early show at Parrilla Grill, Maverick’s Country Bar hosts the twangy Lee Brice, and eclectic singer-songwriter Nathan Leigh hits The Sound Garden. Plus The Mostest and the Shireen Amini Band at Parrilla, a heavy bill (Stillfear, Tentareign, Sons of Dirt) at Players, Eric Tollefson plays a free show in Redmond and Blackstrap takes their bluegrass to Elk Lake Resort.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Brian Hinderberger pays tribute to his sister!

Madhappy Lounge throws an all-day show to raise money for and awareness of its mission!

Bobby Bare Jr. brings his awesome songs and impressive lineage to McMenamins!

And my Feedback column focuses on last weekend’s Death Cab for Cutie and The Decemberists shows at Les Schwab Amphitheater. I thought both headliners were good, but one was more enjoyable than the other. Click here to find out which one and why.

Elsewhere in the music section, we detail the five shows this week at Silver Moon Brewing (including Moon Mountain Ramblers, Tyrone Wells and Gun Runner) and tell you what you need to know about tonight’s Brothers Young / Hurtbird show, Saturday’s songwriters’ circle at PoetHouse Art, and Monday’s jazz concert and auditions. Oh, and we’ll update you on Last Band Standing.

Download Brothers Young’s new EP, see them tonight

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

The chorally endowed, Portland-based folk-pop band Brothers Young is back in town tonight to play PoetHouse Art with their eclectic buddies Hurtbird. Both bands have members that grew up in Bend before moving on to the big city. Want to educate yerself via the magic of links? Read about tonight’s show here, Brothers Young here and Hurtbird here.

Now … enough reading, am I right? Time to exercise those ears. Brothers Young have a brand new EP out called “Friendly Guest” and they’ve made it available for free download. Of course, you should consider clicking the Paypal button on that site and sending them a few bucks to put toward their upcoming debut album.

Also tonight: Brothers Young CD-release show at Parrilla Grill

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

I really dig Brothers Young. The Portland-based band — made up of three brothers (Dustin, Dillon and Michael Young) who grew up on Ithaca Avenue in Bend, plus three of their closest friends — played one of the best sets at last year’s Bend Roots Revival, and you can read my thoughts on that show here.

Tonight, they return to Parrilla Grill (7 p.m., $5, Rural Demons open) to kick off a tour of the West in support of their fine new EP “Good People,” out next week on Emeritus Records. The title track is an excellent example of the Brothers Young sound: light, lilting, lovely indie-folk full of earworm melodies and mesmerizing unison vocals. I love unison vocals! Too few bands do that these days. Take a listen to “Good Deeds,” and download an MP3 of it if you want:


Download Brothers Young, “Good Deeds”

Given that Brothers Young has strong ties to Bend, I thought it’d be fun to ask ‘em a few questions. Dillon Young came through with answers:

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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Portland’s massive musical mob, the MarchFourth Marching Band, will inject the Domino Room with a healthy dose of fun Sunday night. David Jasper spoke to bandleader John Averill about how the group formed, and how he keeps it together:

Averill said that MarchFourth started in 2003 when he and a couple of friends decided to put together a New Orleans-style marching band, based on the brass ensembles that traditionally gathered to play dirges for funeral processions, then broke into uptempo tunes.

For Averill, the occasion was a Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras party in Portland. … The date was March 4, in case you’re wondering how MarchFourth chose a name. Back then, the group featured four horns, 10 drummers and eight dancers. Stilt walkers were also on hand. The group played seven covers by the likes of Fela Kuti, Fleetwood Mac and Rebirth Brass Band, among others.

“So it was pretty big right off the bat,” said Averill, adding that, “I was really looking at putting the band together for one night. I was kind of surprised that it kept going.”

You should go read the whole thing here.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section, I tell you why you’d better take your own instrument to the fourth annual High & Dry Bluegrass Festival, and why you might know some of the guys in Brothers Young, who will hold a CD-release show Thursday at Parrilla Grill. And, we have short stories on pop star Mat Kearney, veteran roots-rocker John Hiatt, and Bay Area hip-hoppers Zion I, plus Marv and Rindy Ross, The Northstar Session, Taarka and Sister Speak, and a bunch of loud local bands playing Ink & Metal at the Black Horse Saloon.

Bend Roots Revival: Day 3

Monday, September 28th, 2009

For a variety of reasons — from real-life responsibilities to a dead camera battery to general fatigue — I cut my Bend Roots Revival experience a bit short on the event’s final day.

So apologies to Eric Tollefson, Blues Quarter, The Dirty Words, The River Pigs, Moon Mountain Ramblers, Kim Kelley and the other acts I missed. I’ll catch you all soon enough. Apologies also to Lisa Lepine, the Portland-based marketing consultant who did a workshop on the music business inside Parrilla on Sunday afternoon. When the schedule came out, I thought that was one of its more interesting listings. But I just couldn’t make it down there.

Did any of you musician types go hear Lepine talk? How was it? Learn anything helpful?

I prefer to think of my Bend Roots Sunday not as shortened, but as a high-quality coda to a wonderful weekend. I saw only three bands, but all were quite good.

The first one, in fact, kind of blew my mind.

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