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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, October 19th, 2012

When we were discussing what to put on the cover of today’s GO! Magazine, I mentioned tonight’s Macklemore & Ryan Lewis show at Midtown Ballroom and told my coworkers this: We get a lot of has-beens and not-yets and never-will-bes in this town, but it’s not that often we have an artist come through at the very same moment that they’re the hottest story in music. Tonight is one of those times. Macklemore – aka Ben Haggerty from Seattle – is in his moment.

Tonight, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will rock a sold-out Midtown Ballroom. I wrote about their current wave of success and their new album “The Heist,” but focused on the best, most important song on that album, “Same Love.” Here’s an excerpt.

In it, Haggerty tackles the topic head on, ignoring a long-held taboo in hip-hop. He lays out his own stereotypes about homosexuality, decries the casual use of “gay” as a synonym for “bad” in our culture, calls out his own genre for looking the other way and, along the way, weaves in commentary on politics and religion. Seattle vocalist Mary Lambert ably sings the beautiful hook: “I can’t change/ Even if I wanted to,” which is lifted from one of Lambert’s own songs.

Haggerty closes his third verse this way:

“I might not be the same
But that’s not important
No freedom till we’re equal
Damn right I support it.”

Whether or not you or I agree with Macklemore is not the point here, by the way. The point is to acknowledge the guy’s forever-place in a watershed summer for the heretofore odd couple of hip-hop and homosexuality.

I enjoyed writing this, and I hope you’ll read the whole thing.

Also tonight, the third Jazz at the Oxford series kicks off in Bend with a night of Portland blues. My colleague David Jasper spoke to iconic Oregon bluesman Curtis Salgado about his battles against cancer and how they’ve changed him as an artist.

“It’s scary because the older I get, the older I want to get. It’s scary because you don’t want to know how you’re going to die,” said Salgado, who saw his mother die of cancer. “Cancer is the ultimate predator. Cancer’s like a great white shark. It’s dangerous and fascinating at the same time.”

But, with no chemotherapy required, Salgado has been able to do what he’s done for decades: get back out on the road, this time in promotion of “Soul Shot,” his first all-soul album, which dropped April 10 on Alligator Records.

If there’s any plus to cancer, Salgado said, “It just fine tunes you into life, and what’s around you, and every moment. I used to want to fill a coliseum with people and win lots of Grammys and have a nice house on the McKenzie River, you know what I’m saying?”

Now, “I don’t care anymore,” he said. “I’m just very blessed to be here. I’m blessed to play my music with my friends, and play to people who are so nice to me. It’s like, look, man, I owe the universe.”

Read the whole thing and peruse the series’ 2012-13 schedule here.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Adventure Galley, The Autonomics, Black Pussy, Aldrine Guerrero, Matt Woods, Michael Dean Damron, The Rum and The Sea and more.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Is the Tower Theatre ready for the indie-pop-punk of The Thermals? It’d better be; the Portland-based trio will play there Wednesday. My colleague Eleanor Pierce spoke with bassist Kathy Foster about the band’s new album, “Personal Life.” An excerpt:

“It’s about love and relationships,” (Foster) said about the album, “but it’s kind of not from this happy perspective.”

“It’s the darker side of relationships; the anger and the desperation and all these different things you can feel when you’re with someone and it’s going downhill,” she said.

You should click here and read the whole thing.

(Video from the Bend show by zenla13.)

I put on my long pants, fleece jacket and warm hat and went and saw John Mellencamp and Bob Dylan last weekend at Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend. Oh wait … no I didn’t. I wore shorts and flip-flops and froze. Anyway, Mellencamp was great, and here’s part of my review:

Mellencamp the performer can still wow with his energy, an impressive feat for a man who’ll turn 59 this fall. He played with fervor, thanked his fans for their support, and executed an array of jumps, kicks and punches, looking like an amalgam of Bruce Springsteen, Jack Nicholson and Jackie Chan. As he closed with a spirited version of “Authority Song,” he looked like he was genuinely having fun, and I couldn’t help but be drawn in.

Dylan, on the other hand, wasn’t great. Click here to read the whole thing and find out why.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: TJ Grant (aka If Bears Were Bees) plays several places around town, Rise Up holds a fashion show and concert with The Dirty Words, Yenn and Capture the Flag, and Curtis Salgado closes Black Butte Ranch’s summer series, plus The Physical Hearts at Silver Moon and Fruition at McMenamins Old St. Francis School.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Aphrodesia, an Afrobeat (and so much more) band based in the Bay Area, will kick off the 20th season of Munch & Music Thursday. I spoke with bassist and bandleader Ezra Gale about the rising profile of Afrobeat in America.

“I think (Afrobeat) is definitely more in the mainstream consciousness than it was when we started doing this,” Gale said via telephone Monday. “Where I live in Brooklyn, there’s now at least three or four young Afrobeat bands who are playing (in the style of genre godfather Fela Kuti), and I remember when Aphrodesia first started, as far as we knew, it was us and (New York’s) Antibalas. It really was this new thing. Nobody knew who Kuti was, and we were playing this music that felt obscure.

“It’s important to keep it in perspective, because there are things that are pushing it into the mainstream (such as the Kuti-focused “Fela!” Broadway musical), but at the same time, when you talk about most people in this country, most still have never heard of it, really,” he said. “So us Afrobeat musicians kind of live in a bubble. To us, it may seem sort of played out and passé, but in fact, it’s still new to probably 98 percent of people.”

Accompanying the Aphrodesia story are a few words from Munch & Music founder Cameron Clark on what two decades of the popular, free concert series means to him. I hope you’ll click here and read it all.

Also in the music section this week:

New recorded music just keeps on coming from Bend’s ridiculously productive scene. This week, I wax poetic about the new album from Sara Jackson-Holman (“it’s an aural tractor beam, drawing me in over and over again”), who’ll hold a CD-release show Monday, and The Autonomics (“bruising rock ’n’ roll that draws influence from both modern and classic sounds”), who’ll celebrate their new EP with a show tonight.

Elsewhere, we’ve got all the details on the Breedlove Festival, a concert and barbecue at Maragas Winery, Lisa C. Pollock’s Indie Freedom Tour at Silver Moon Brewing, Eric Tollefson and the Show Us Your Spokes lineup, Curtis Salgado and the Picnic in the Park lineup, folk singers Kasey Anderson and Anastacia, and a scaled-down Pinback returning to the Domino Room. And as always, you can find lots more in The Bulletin’s complete music listing.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Portland’s Pink Snowflakes return to town Saturday night for a show at Silver Moon Brewing with The Quick & Easy Boys. I caught up with head Snowflake Andrew Rossi to talk about the origins of the band’s acid-streaked psych-rock and what their upcoming album is going to sound like. Here’s an excerpt:

The new album also dips into a variety of different styles, running the gamut from shoegaze to “countryish” stuff, according to Rossi, who’s a fan of everything from Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett to the cosmic twang of Giant Sand to the old psych-jazz band Spirit. Rather than try to emulate one specific band from the past, Rossi wants to incorporate a little of everything into the Snowflakes.

“I’m alive now, so I can take all these influences. I can take anything from any of these people and I can mix it up and try to do something with it that might be somewhat appealing,” he said. “Maybe to some people it would be confusing, but that’s where my head’s at. I don’t want to just come across as a revisionist artist. I want to take things and mix them up and do something very playful and surreal.”

Rossi is a fun guy with a fertile mind. Read my whole article here. (You can also read my review of their February 2009 show at Players Bar here.)

Dallin Bulkley, left, and Andrew Carew, right, of Larry and His Flask, plus a random fan who jumped onstage. Photo by Ben.

Local punk-grass powerhouse Larry and His Flask played a homecoming show April 8 at Silver Moon Brewing, and it was an amazing scene. You can watch some video of their final song here, and here’s part of my review:

Long hair and long beards fly in every direction. Sweat soaks shirts from collar to belt buckle. Guitar necks jab into the crowd like bayonets. Unidentified non-band-members hop on stage to sing along.

And later …

Musically, older songs such as “Fire on Sixth Street” and “My Name Is Cancer” stood solidly beside newer ones like “Wolves” and “Ready Your Roommates,” but there were no boundaries between the two. All were played with a fervor that you simply do not see from any other band, and all were played with precision.

I once caught heck from a reader for writing about the punk-rock version of the Flask; he said they weren’t talented. No one could make that claim now, though. These guys no longer trade in skills for energy. In fact, the pickers are excellent, and their harmonies — when they peek through the pandemonium — are, if not perfect, darn close. And the Marshall brothers provide not only a fine rhythm section, but also barrels of personality.

This was one of the best shows of the year so far, and I hope my review does it justice. Read it here and let me know what you think.

Also in this week’s music section: Andre Nickatina returns to Bend, The Expendables invade the Domino Room, North Carolina folkie Jonathan Byrd does a couple house shows and Oregon blues icon Curtis Salgado plays two nights at Mountain’s Edge.

Elsewhere in GO! Magazine, Betty Buckley talks about her “Broadway by Request” show coming to the Tower Theatre, and we detail all the happenings at the Bend Spring Festival (including music by Rootdown, Catie Curtis and more). None of that strikes your fancy? Well then you’re hard to please! But I bet you can find something that interests you in our complete music listings.