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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Sunshine, sunshine, sunshine! And music, music, music! Woo-hoo!

Les Schwab Amphitheater’s free Summer Sunday concert series kicks off this weekend with the West Coast Americana of Portland’s Redwood Son. My colleague David Jasper talked to the band’s principal member, Josh Malm, about his massive 2011 album “The Lion’s Inside.”

A 20-song, two-disc set is, uh, rather long for a debut, isn’t it?

“It’s been pretty crazy,” he said. “Everybody says that: ‘Wow, nobody does that.’ I’m like, ‘I know!’ Either I’m a genius, or I’m stupid. I’m not really sure.”

Either way, recording it “was kind of a cleansing experience,” Malm said. He’d been set to do one album, and then his drummer, Kipp Crawford, a founding member of Redwood Son, was killed — in a hit-and-run, according to Willamette Week.

“And so then I was just confused about what I wanted to do musically in general, because it’s obviously pretty deflating for everybody,” Malm said.

“I made two albums that were very specific. It was two different bands, two producers, two studios. It was literally trading off where I would put energy. I would spend a few weeks on this album, then leave that alone for a little bit. I just did that for about eight months.”

You’ll find the whole thing — including the full Summer Sunday lineup — right here.

(Video via YouTube user thegus76.)

In this week’s Feedback, I reviewed last weekend’s shows at Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, featuring Cake and Built to Spill on Saturday night and Sigur Ros and Julianna Barwick on Sunday. Here’s an excerpt.

As always, Sigur Ros was a study in dynamics, stretching songs to five, seven, 10 minutes and beyond, and using that time to grow whispered ambient sounds into a massive wall of noise, including small horn and string sections, various keyboards, kitchen-sink percussion and Birgisson’s bowed guitar and helium-pitched voice.

Picking favorites from this near-endless buffet of beauty is difficult, but I loved the heavenly arpeggios of “Hoppipolla” and the triumphant march of “Olsen Olsen.” And “Svefn-g-Englar” at sunset ranks as one of my all-time favorite Schwab moments.

After dark, I dug how the set shifted from sweet to strident in the second half of “Festival,” and from strident to sinister for a new song called “Brennesteinn” that booms and buzzes like nothing else in the band’s catalog.

I hope you’ll click here and read the whole thing. You should also check out a bunch of photos from the shows.)

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Four reggae/ska bands play the Domino Room tonight, The Honeycutters bring genuine Appalachian twang to McMenamins Wednesday, Moondog Matinee and Hopeless Jack & The Handsome Devil team up Saturday night at The Horned Hand, Eclectic Approach visits The Astro Lounge tonight, Silver Moon hosts hip-hop tonight and Laura Ivancie on Saturday, and more!

[Photos] Memorial Day weekend at Les Schwab Amphitheater

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

In tomorrow’s GO! Magazine, I’ll have a full review of last weekend’s concerts at Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater, featuring Sigur Ros, Cake, Built to Spill and Julianna Barwick. But right now, you should scroll down and check out a bunch of terrific photos of the shows (and crowds) taken by The Bulletin’s Joe Kline.

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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Saturday, May 25th, 2013

It’s Memorial Day weekend, folks, and ’round here that means it’s the unofficial kickoff of the summer concert season! (That said, it’s gonna be cold Saturday and Sunday night, especially once the sun goes down, so if you’re going to Les Schwab Amphitheater, take plenty of warm clothing.)

Speaking of which, ’90s alt-rock hit-makers Cake headline Les Schwab Amphitheater tonight, with the amazing Built to Spill opening. Rather than talk to BtS principal Doug Martsch about beards, I spoke with Cake frontman John McCrea about … well, lots of stuff.

He is cognizant, presumably, of how it sounds when a career rock star complains about his job, but he also paints a compellingly bleak picture of the lifestyle.

“It’s a privilege to be in this band. That said, I don’t enjoy sitting in a bus for 16 hours. I don’t know who does,” McCrea said. “You get to be a rock star for an hour and a half, and a lot of times you shake hands with a couple of jocks who are friends of the radio station that squeeze your hand too hard, and then you go back into the bus for another 16 hours and they dump you in the late afternoon in the next town and you’ve got two hours to either eat or take a nap.

“And then you go back on stage and repeat,” he continued, “so live it up, rock star.”

This was a wide-ranging interview about a variety of topics related not so much to music, but to the music business, and McCrea is a smart, thoughtful guy. You should read the whole thing by clicking here.

On Sunday, Bend will play host to two very different bands doing two very different shows about 1.5 miles apart. Icelandic ambient post-rockers Sigur Ros will play Les Schwab Amphitheater and Michigan horrorcore hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse (and, no doubt, their Juggalo fans) will invade Midtown Ballroom.

Just for fun, I lined the two acts up and compared them: their origins, their sounds, their lyrics, critical reception and other silly stuff. I hope you’ll click here and check it out.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Portland punk band Absent Minds plays once each in Bend and Redmond, Nashville folk singer Mare Wakefield plays once each in Bend and Sisters, McDougall and Tom VandenAvond team up Saturday at The Horned Hand, a Beastie Boys tribute called Grand Royale hits Liquid Lounge Thursday, Laura Gibson visits House on Metolius Saturday, The Sugar Beets plays The Belfry, Jazz at Joe’s hosts four tenor saxophonists at Greenwood Playhouse, Emma Hill plays The Horned Hand and more!

Cake, Sigur Ros coming to Les Schwab Amphitheater for Memorial Day weekend

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater just announced two concerts for Memorial Day weekend:

– ’90s alt-rock survivors Cake will perform on Saturday, May 25. Tickets cost $37 plus fees in advance.

– Icelandic experimental post-rock group Sigur Ros will play on Sunday, May 26. Tickets cost $44 plus fees in advance.

Tickets to both shows will be available starting at 10 a.m. Friday morning at The Ticket Mill (541-318-5457) or at the amphitheater’s website.

And to answer the obvious question: The Schwab’s Memorial Day weekend schedule typically — or, at least, ideally — includes a Friday-night show, but none was announced along with Cake and Sigur Ros. That doesn’t mean a Friday show isn’t happening; one can be added later. The venue and the company that books the concerts are trying to fill that night as we speak.