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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, May 13th, 2011

It’s been a long time coming, but Empty Space Orchestra’s new album is here, and that means the local instrumental rock band has a CD-release show on Thursday. I caught up with ESO last week and we talked about their popularity in Bend and taking their show to new towns.

“I don’t really feel like I want it to happen faster,” guitarist Shane Thomas said. “I mean, it would be nice if it would, but we know we’ll have to go to other cities and play for, like, 15 and 20 people. That’s nothing that’s old for us, but it’s definitely nice to be able to come back here and play for (big crowds).”

Saxophonist Graham Jacobs said the band is “pretty excited” to play new towns, a point drummer Lindsey Elias reiterated after acknowledging that well-attended Bend shows are always a boost.

“But it’s also nice to really get in front of the few people that are there in those different cities that have … virgin ears,” she said. “That’s what’s fun, to see people’s reactions to something they’ve never seen before.”

Click here to read the whole thing, won’t you?

(There is another video of Ozomatli performing in Bend on Frequency’s YouTube channel.)

Like most of Bend — OK, not most, but a lot of people — Feedback got swept up in last week’s Cinco de Mayo celebration in downtown Bend. I loved Rubblebucket’s music, missed Todd Haaby, and was wowed by the crowd for the headliner, Ozomatli.

It was a sea of party-hungry humanity: beers aloft, kids on shoulders, smiling faces, sombreros flying through the air and folks finding whatever space they could to dance to the sounds of Ozomatli, the L.A.-based Latin fusion band that headlined the night and charged through a set of fiery songs that only fueled the celebration.

Ozomatli has become world famous for its versatility, and they showcased it in Bend, bouncing easily from hip-hop to cumbia to funk to reggae to straight-up punk rock, reflecting the cosmopolitan sprawl of their hometown. Highlights included the stomping rap-rock of “City of Angels,” an epic, brassy ranchera tune called “Caballito” and “La Temperatura,” a heavily Latin-flavored number that inspired chaos among the crowd.

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

Elsewhere in the music section: Tyler Fortier brings his excellent songs to the Silver Moon, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers return to town, members of the Hieroglyphics crew headline a hip-hop show and The Bobby Lindstrom band and Sisters Americana Project celebrate new CDs, plus Cicada Omega, Will West and Mumbo Gumbo, and a Last Band Standing update.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, January 21st, 2011

This is a video for a Mickey Avalon song. So the lyrics/themes might be objectionable to some listeners. Consider yourself warned.

Hollywood glam-rapper Mickey Avalon is set to light up Bend’s Domino Room tonight. I chatted with Mickey about his goals as a musician.

“The only reason I even tried to get so big in the first place instead of staying in the underground is because in the underground, there is a short shelf life,” he said. “Like look at the Rolling Stones. I knew if I get that big, then I can do this for the rest of my life. If I don’t, then it will die out.

“The Rolling Stones ain’t had a hit in forever, but they’re the Rolling Stones, so they’re gonna play until they’re 100 years old and it’s all good,” Avalon said. “If you don’t make it and you’re trying to play till you’re 100 years old, you just look like an old desperate weirdo.”

The gap between Avalon’s on-stage persona and how he comes off in interviews is massive. You should really get a well-rounded look at the guy by clicking here. (Note: Sorry, that link will only work for subscribers to The Bulletin. I’ll update it with a free version on Monday.)

This coming week is busy, busy, busy on the local music scene, and we’ve got stories on three fine acts coming to local bars. Click the names to read up on L.A. country-rockers Dawes, NYC AfroLatinfunkateers The Pimps of Joytime, and twangy Nashville sweetheart Elizabeth Cook.

Elsewhere in the music section: The Dela Project plays a show to raise funds for their upcoming album, MadHappy Lounge hosts hip-hoppers Tanya Morgan and Big Pooh on Sunday and The Melodramatics on Thursday, Ashland indie-folk trio Kites & Crows plays portello, LJ Booth gets his folk on at the HarmonyHouse and Cicada Omega returns to Silver Moon Brewing.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

Hey there, folks. Shorter update this week than usual because I’ve got a brand new baby at home and am a tad busy. For that same reason, it may be a bit quiet around here for a little while. This is our first, so I expect a sharp learning curve and reduced time for blogging.

Anyway, the cover story in GO! Magazine this week is about the Procession of the Species parade happening in downtown Bend Saturday, but it’s worth noting that this week’s local live-music opportunities are a veritable procession of the species, too.

We’ve got sweaty punk-blues (Hillstomp, Cicada Omega), a gathering of sweeping, celestial rock bands (Empty Space Orchestra, Hypatia Lake, Water & Bodies), cosmopolitan folk-pop artists (Bruce Cockburn, Catherine Feeny, Anastacia), garage-y indie-rockers playing for charity (The Autonomics, We Are Brontosaurus), a collective of electro-thump DJs celebrating a birthday (Slipmat Science), a couple of big-name Christian pop-rock acts playing worship songs (Phil Wickham, Leeland) and local hard rock (Stillfear, Audiolized), plus hip-hop (Afroman) and a roots-rock guitar hero (Tony Furtado).

Whew! Think about it — that’s kind of an abundance of riches for little ol’ Bend in the middle of April, don’t you think?

So go poke around the music section until you find something that sounds interesting. And if that doesn’t work, you can always check out our complete music listings. (Also, if you search this blog for Cicada Omega, Empty Space Orchestra, Water & Bodies, Catherine Feeny, Anastacia or The Autonomics, you’ll find more about each. There’s a little search box in the upper left-hand corner. Try it!)

Just for fun, here’s a video of Hillstomp in action.

And here’s one of Hypatia Lake.

Photo/Review: Cicada Omega at Silver Moon

Monday, June 8th, 2009

The Rev. B.D. Winfield of Cicada Omega performs Saturday night at Silver Moon. (Photo by Ben)

The Rev. B.D. Winfield of Cicada Omega performs Saturday night at Silver Moon. (Photo by Ben)

I didn’t get to see a lot of Portland trash-blues band Cicada Omega Saturday night, because I spent most of my evening seeing Weinland at McMenamins. (More on that later.) But I was at Silver Moon long enough to notice a few things:

-What was a quartet is now a trio, as bassist Daniyel Hicks was nowhere to be seen, and word around the club was that he is no longer in the band. Which is a little odd, considering three of Cicada Omega’s four members have known each other for more than a decade and, essentially, moved from Kentucky to Portland to make music together.

-Even without Hicks, the rest of the band makes one heck of a racket. These dudes are loud and fiery.

-The band’s frontman, The Rev. B.D. Winfield, is an expert yelper, screamer, howler, growler and all-around cantankerous kind of guy. The chatty Silver Moon crowd got under his skin: “Y’all shut up now, ’cause this s–t is gonna blow your mind,” he shouted at one point.

-Winfield resembles, both vocally and physically, Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock. Add in his belligerence and his banjo skills, and the two are like twin brothers from different sides of the country: Brock from the drab suburban Northwest, and Winfield from the swampy, slow-paced world of Western Kentucky.

-Using only two drummers and slide guitar or banjo, Cicada Omega puts a pretty punchy spin on Delta blues. Rhythm is the name of the game for this band; Winfield can play and sing, but really, it’s all just pieces of a puzzle meant to make you involuntarily shake your thang.

-Watching people dance — and the different ways people dance — is endlessly entertaining.

There are a couple more photos of Cicada Omega in the Frequency Flickr pool, which you can browse here.

Download tracks from Weinland, Cicada Omega

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

On the fence about seeing either Weinland at McMenamins or Cicada Omega at Silver Moon tonight? Have a sample of each (you may need to right click and choose “Save As”):

Download Weinland’s “Sunken Eyes”

Download Cicada Omega’s “This Time Another Year” (MP3 no longer available.)

And as long as we’re here, let’s add another flyer to Frequency’s nifty flyer archive:

Cicada Omega