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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Here’s your weekly roundup of what’s in today’s section!

Eilen Jewell is an Idahoan, a former Bostonian, a spitfire and an ultra-cool roots-rocker. (She is not, however, an Eileen.) Jewell returns to Sisters Wednesday, and my colleague David Jasper caught up with her and talked about what folks can expect at The Belfry.

“Our live show is a mix of songs from various albums. I don’t tend to stick to just one album, it’s not just the latest one,” she said. “There’s usually some from every one that we’ve released so far, including side projects like the Sacred Shakers. Usually we’ll throw in a Loretta Lynn song (or two). And Jerry Miller, the lead guitarist in my band, has a solo project out, and we’ll do one or two from his brand new record.

“We give every show our all,” Jewell said. “We’re real excited to get back out West.”

I hope you’ll read the whole thing.

Aesop Rock performs last weekend in Bend. Photo by Joe Kline / The Bulletin.

Aesop Rock performs last weekend in Bend. Photo by Joe Kline / The Bulletin.

In Feedback, I reviewed last weekend’s Aesop Rock show at the Domino Room in Bend. It was good, but Aes spent a lot of time sharing the spotlight with his buddies. I would’ve liked a little more of the headliner doing his own solo stuff.

He delivered, eventually, ripping through “Skelethon” singles “ZZZ Top,” “Cycles To Gehenna” (with its wonderful third act set to stark, somber piano) and “Zero Dark Thirty.” The latter’s roller-coaster melody and skittish beat stood out among the bass-drenched rumbles that overwhelmed other songs’ subtleties.

In the end, Aes gave the people what they want, doing fan-fave oldies “Nightlight” and “Daylight” and then reaching way back for “No Regrets” from his classic 2001 album “Labor Days.”

It all sounded good. The performers performed well. I enjoyed myself, truly. And the medium-sized crowd seemed to do the same.

I just walked out of the Domino Room feeling like I’d bought a ticket to an Aesop Rock show but ended up seeing a stop on the Aesop Rock & Friends Present The Traveling Rhymesayers Revue Tour.

Click here to read the whole review.

Elsewhere in the music section: Week of Wonders headlines a garage-y bill at The Horned Hand, The Black Lillies come to McMenamins, the Central Oregon Songwriters Association holds its annual Song of the Year awards show, The Northstar Session returns to The Sound Garden, Tracy Grammer plays The Belfry in Sisters and Danny Barnes will fill McMenamins with his banjotronics sound, plus a couple of good, local Cinco de Mayo options (Chiringa and Moon Mountain Ramblers) and a benefit concert featuring three local faves (Tony Smiley, MoWo and Keez).

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, January 11th, 2013

My colleague David Jasper talked to folk singer and father of an impressive brood, Loudon Wainwright III, about the inevitability of getting older … and what comes after that. Here’s an excerpt:

(Wainwright) told GO!, “I had a collection of songs that it seemed like, every single one of them, in one way or another, dealt with the topic. So I threw caution to the wind … my producer Dick Connette (and I) just decided to focus on that particular subject, and I think we did.”

They were conscious of not making things too heavy.

“Certainly, with that subject, it needs a light touch. Otherwise, you just get people bummed out for 50 minutes or however long the record lasts,” he said. “The idea being, we’re going to do a record about death and decay, but it would be entertaining.”

Read the whole thing by clicking here.

Elsewhere in the section:

— Brilliant banjo picker Danny Barnes and masterful mandolinist Matt Sircely will play twice this weekend: tonight in Sisters and Saturday in Bend. (Here is video, photos and a review of his terrific late-2011 show in Bend.)

— Prineville-based Christian band Ergo Rex celebrates its new album with a show tonight.

Plus: David Jacobs-Strain at the HarmonyHouse, Giraffe Dodgers and The Brown Edition at McMenamins, Bend d’Vine’s new jazz series, Tony Smiley + Keez + MoWo, The Selfless Riot, Greg Botsford and more. It’s all here.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, January 20th, 2012

I spend a lot of time talking about how great the Sisters Folk Festival is; it is without question one of the musical highlights of Central Oregon’s summer.

But SFF is a year-round organization, and you should know that its annual Winter Concert Series — three concerts held at Sister High School’s auditorium — is a good time, too. I saw Trombone Shorty there a few years ago, and it remains one of the best concerts I’ve seen in my time here.

This year’s winter series will kick off Monday with another seriously danceable band from the great state of Louisiana. Here’s a taste …

Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys will turn the high school auditorium into a zydeco dance party next week. My colleague David Jasper spoke with Broussard about how he learned to play accordion, among other things.

After seventh grade, he quit school to help out on the farm by picking and sorting potatoes. And as the story goes, every chance he got, he’d sneak in the house, reach up on the closet shelf and take down his dad’s prized accordion.

“(Dad) started working at another place,” Broussard, 44, told The Bulletin last week. “And when he would go to work, me and my brother would take chances and steal his accordion out of the closet. He didn’t even know which one to point the finger at.

“Every time we did that, though, our mom was like, ‘Y’all know, y’all’s daddy find out you’re doing that, you know what’s going to happen,’” he said. “But we would take our chances. That’s pretty much how I learned.”

The whole story is right here.

Also highlighted this week is the Portland band Animal Eyes, which will play two shows in town — tonight at The Horned Hand and next Friday at Silver Moon — over the next week. Click here to read my take on their wide-eyed, globally inspired indie rock.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section, we’ve got artists that mine American folk, roots and rock ‘n’ roll as far as the eye can see: Peter Yarrow, Danny Barnes, Johnny A., Sassparilla, Calling Morocco, Restavrant and more.

Last but not least, I spent my Feedback column reviewing last week’s Pickwick show at McMenamins. Read that right here, and click here if you’d like to watch a few videos of the band’s performance.

The 11 best concerts of 2011 in Central Oregon

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Four things:

1) I saw a lot of live music in 2011, and below you’ll find reviews, videos and photos of my 11 favorite concerts of the year, plus links to more on each.

2) You’ll note, perhaps, that these happened at 11 different venues in Central Oregon. I thought that was cool.

3) Why 11? Because I couldn’t bear to cut any of them to get it down to 10!

4) As long as you’re here, be sure to click over to our Near/Far page and check out the rest of our coverage of 2011’s best music, including free, legal downloads of the year’s best songs!



Champagne Champagne. Photo by Ben.


[Video / review] Danny Barnes at Maverick’s

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Watching Danny Barnes play the banjo is a sweet, sublime experience. The alt-country veteran — a former Bad Liver and current Dave Matthews associate — possesses an endearing blend of virtuosic skill and experimental eccentricity that, when combined with his soft-spoken style and goofy, ever-present grin, makes for a very mellow but mind-bending kind of show.

Last Thursday at Maverick’s Country Bar and Grill in Bend, Barnes bounced back and forth between his twangy, low-key tunes and extended banjo jams, which he often introduced by singing “let the banjer play,” as if it was its own entity. And in a way, it was. When Barnes would retreat into a long instrumental stretch, he’d back away from the mic, his eyelids would lower, and that grin would creep across his face, as if he was checking out of reality and letting his fingers cast a spell.

The magic wasn’t all in Barnes’ fingers, though. It also came from a small table covered with electrical cords and effects pedals that the man treated like his own personal grown-up toy box. Barnes made heavy use of reverb and delay effects, as well as spacey, ambient noises, and he used some sort of pedal that lowered the pitch of his strings, allowing him to play bass lines, which he would record and then play back on a loop. And he seemed to delight in ending his songs by pushing a button that sent all the recorded loops into reverse (like this) for no apparent reason other than just for fun. Which is a better reason than any other, I guess.

Barnes did several songs from his outstanding 2009 album “Pizza Box,” including the lolling title track, the bumpy clatter of “Miss Misty Swan” (complete with some of the most tolerable scat singing I’ve ever heard), and the cheeky love song “TSA.” The prettiest and best song of the night was also from “Pizza Box,” called “Overdue.” Even in a venue with pool tables across the way and a bar ringed with people, it was one of those show-stopping moments where it seems like everything outside the stage lights fades away.

Barnes also played a few songs from his upcoming album “Rocket,” which he pulled out of the suitcase at the back of the stage to offer to the crowd. (The suitcase had a sweater draped across it, as if Barnes rolled into town and headed straight to Maverick’s, bringing inside everything he had with him.) He also declared himself a “tape freak” and showed off some cassettes he had available for sale, hand-made at his kitchen table. “I found some sparkly paper at the copy shop,” Barnes said, pointing at the cover.

And therein lies the considerable charm of Danny Barnes: Mega-talent, DIY enthusiast, smart businessman, oddball experimentalist, and above all, creator of beautiful music. And now, provider of the most understated great show of 2011 in Central Oregon.

Here are a few videos of the night that showcase all the twangy, pretty and jammy sides that make Danny Barnes so interesting:

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, October 14th, 2011

We’re entering an incredibly busy few weeks on the Central Oregon music scene, especially considering it’s mid-October, a time when local stages used to go virtually quiet. No more.

So I recruited a little help to cover everything going on this week. Below, you’ll find links to our interviews with the rapper Afroman, the newgrass legend David Grisman and indie-folk upstarts The Builders and The Butchers, plus briefs on a ton of other artists. I hope you’ll click around and check it out, or better yet, grab a print copy of The Bulletin today and flip through GO! Magazine.

Afroman returns to the Domino Room Sunday. My colleague Rachael Rees chatted with him about who inspires him, how he gets ready for shows, and what it feels like when many people only want to hear one of your songs a decade after it was a hit.

GO!: Why do you keep coming back to Bend?

Afroman: I love my fans. I have some strongholds in America … because of people who heard “Because I Got High.” It’s been 10 years since “Because I Got High” and cities like Bend are keeping me in the game. Bend has kept with me past “Because I Got High” and is familiar with all my songs.

GO!: What is your ritual before you get on stage to perform?

A: I like to get to town early and get into the mood of hip-hop and what it means to me. I don’t want to shortchange my fans so I smoke blunts and play music while I pull out my best clothes. I go to the barber shop. I do my nails. (I) put on my cologne and buy jewelry cleaner to drop my big chains in. It’s about quality, looking good and rapping good.

This interview is full of pure gold. You really should click here and read it.

David Grisman was here only a year ago, but that was with his quintet in a seated venue. Tonight, he’s back with his bluegrass band at the Domino Room, where you can dance the night away to the Dawg. Grisman was kind enough to answer a few questions via email, and David Jasper wrote a story about him.

It’s quite clear that appreciating the roots of bluegrass is important to Grisman. He says that when he first heard the form, it was initially “the banjo, played in the style of Earl Scruggs, that blew my head off.

“I think bluegrass is a perfectly orchestrated style of instrumental and vocal music, with real roots in the stories and lives of the people,” he said. “It elevates folk music to a virtuosic status and runs the gamut of human expression. Plus, the history of bluegrass is something that occurred in my lifetime, and I had the opportunity to witness it happening and meet and even play with many of its great architects.”

Click here to read it all.

Portland folk-rock band The Builders and The Butchers return to Bend next week to play two shows at McMenamins Old St. Francis School. Rachael Rees asked them a few questions via email, too, and frontman Ryan Sollee responded.

Sollee and his band mates — who came together playing on the streets of Portland — look to the past for both lyrical and musical inspiration, striving for authenticity and sounds that ignore today’s emphasis on commercial viability.

“I have no problem with pop and major radio artists altering their sound digitally. They are playing to an audience that obviously doesn’t care,” Sollee said. “Where I get frustrated is in the indie world when vocals are obviously (Auto-Tuned). It just doesn’t sound very honest to me.”

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

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Dave Matthews tells you why you should check out Danny Barnes Thursday night, the Water Tower Bucket Boys and Moon Mountain Ramblers team up at Silver Moon, Innovation Theatre throws a launch party to celebrate its new Madhappy vibe, Tony Pacini and Chuck Redd return to Jazz at Joe’s, and Franchot Tone is moving to California and playing a farewell show tonight, plus The Ben Rice Band, Ali Handal, Hurtbird and more. Oh, and this previous blog post about Birthday Suits. WHEW!