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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Local guitarist and singer-songwriter Gary Fulkerson has a CD-release show planned for Saturday at Silver Moon Brewing. The guy was also one of my favorite interviews in a long time. For an hour, we talked about music, fear, doubt, triumph … and doughnuts. Here’s a taste:

“Emotionally and creatively, I felt as though I wasn’t really being true to myself somehow, and I wasn’t really expressing what I needed to express,” he said. “The combination of picking up the guitar (came together with) feeling completely stuck and reaching this pit, and at the confluence of those things, I started to write songs. So I sat down and I wrote this first song.”

That was more than two years ago. Since then , the songs have poured forth, and Fulkerson has compiled some of them on his new album, “Float and Scatter,” which he’ll celebrate with a show Saturday in Bend.

“It became a need more than something I wanted to try. It became a necessity,” Fulkerson said. “It was like, ‘I’ve got to just get something out. Something has to get out of me.’ And when I wrote that first song, it was as if I had released a breath that I’d been holding in for a century. And it was like, ‘I want another one of those.’ So I wrote another and another, and all of a sudden that doubt and question in my mind began to just melt away.”

I hope you’ll read the whole thing here.

(Video of Brandi in Bend by snowshoe80.)

I attended the Brandi Carlile concert on March 17 at Bend’s Tower Theatre and was pretty much blown away. Here’s an excerpt of my review:

Carlile focused on material from her 2009 album “Give Up the Ghost,” but also dug into her breakout record, 2007’s “The Story,” flanked (as usual) by longtime collaborators and identical twins Tim and Phil Hanseroth. On stage, the three are a soulful study in symmetry, constantly approaching and backing away from their microphones like pistons in a car engine.

They’re also pretty darn tight musically, as proven on a gathered-round-the-mic version of “Oh Dear,” the perfect Hanseroth harmonies on “Looking Out,” and the easygoing, ’70s-inspired chorus of “Late Morning Lullaby.”

But most of all, they proved it with an unamplified take on “Ghost” standout “Dying Day,” played on beat-up guitars at the edge of the stage to take advantage of the Tower’s top-notch acoustics. It was a jaw-dropping performance, a highly skilled jam session transported from some far-away front porch, and unquestionably the highlight of a night full of highlights.

You can see a bunch of photos of the show here, and you can read my whole review here.

Bendites Guy J Jackson and David Finch have a new album called “Odd Frost,” which features Jackson’s surreal poetry set to Finch’s improvised jazz. They’re doing a CD-release show Saturday at Greenwood Playhouse.

“My stories are generally pretty wacky-doo. There’s always some kind of hyper-real aspect in there,” Jackson said. “Bob Dylan’s kind of my big ol’ hero. He kind of walks the universe in his songs … and that’s what I try to do. I think, like, ‘OK, now I need a story about corporate life, and now I need a story about a chicken and his human friend.’”

Jackson said he has long been interested in working with musicians who can score his stories. In Finch, he found a willing and able partner. The two recorded the songs late at night, with no rehearsal. In fact, Finch often hadn’t heard the story before tape began to roll.

“We just started throwing out stuff. I’d say, ‘Give me the feel. Give me the tone,’ and we’d just record it,” Finch said. “It just kind of was magic.”

Read the whole thing by clicking here.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Portland hip-hop kingpin Cool Nutz, a CD-release show for Redmond’s Ross Rogers, Bill Nershi and Scott Law return to town, Old Stone Church hosts the “Portland Indie Infusion” with The Dimes, Norman and Tortune, and The Dirty Words play McMenamins Old St. Francis School. And, as always, you can find more in our complete music listings.

MP3 Download: Cool Nutz, “Black Music”

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Real professional like.

Real professional like.

It’s not an overstatement to say that Cool Nutz embodies Portland hip-hop. The guy’s been pushing to put Oregon’s biggest city — the whole Northwest, really — on the map for a couple decades now.

Unfamiliar? Here’s a piping hot MP3 you can download, straight from the man himself. It’s a fine chunk of throwback funk and an ode to black culture over the past several decades, name-checking both Public Enemy and Cornell West, and featuring Bosko.

Download Cool Nutz, “Black Music”

Cool Nutz and a slew of cohorts will perform tonight at Bendistillery Martini Bar, at 850 N.W. Brooks St., in Bend. Things’ll get going around 9 p.m., and it’s free.

August 28 in GO! Magazine

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Today marks the beginning of a very busy stretch for music fans in Central Oregon. Over the next several weeks, we’ll have four concerts at Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater, a few other big names at other venues around Bend, the Sisters Folk Festival and the Bend Roots Revival, plus all the smaller club shows that happen in town every week. The Frequency team has its running shoes on!

Here’s what’s up in today’s GO! Magazine:

-Ween! Ween! Ween! I talked to Dean Ween about shark fishing, hurricanes and beards. Oh, and music.

-Oregon! Oregon! Portland’s little orchestra, Pink Martini, is coming back to town to give Bendites a fun, if not entirely accurate, history lesson.

-Hot Sauce! Philly blues-hop dude G. Love brings his repaired vocal cords and his Special Sauce to Bend. (Also: A fancy new way to get your tickets via cell phone.)

-It’s A Miracle! Portland hip-hop icon Cool Nutz rolls into town ready to celebrate life.

-Don’t Forget! Ghostwriter plays folk-punk at Silver Moon, The Commercial Underground hits The Summit Saloon, and the Terrebonne Depot throws an end-of-summer party.

End of summer!? C’mon now … it’s August!

I do believe everyone can view the Ween story, but the rest of those may be available to subscribers only. Pick up a print version of The Bulletin to see them all.