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ESO residency continues; White Orange out, Cadence in

Friday, December 16th, 2011

For some reason, Saturday’s show by local post-rock faves Empty Space Orchestra at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom didn’t run in our live-music listings in today’s GO! Magazine. Not sure why.

But the show is definitely happening, although the previously announced opener — Portland’s White Orange — had to cancel to deal with a family situation. Instead, local pop-rock band Cadence will open the show, which will get underway around 9 p.m.

Tickets are $5 in advance here, or $7 at the door. Apologies to both bands for not getting the gig in the paper. As penance, here’s the poster for ESO’s ongoing December residency at Silver Moon!

Music this week in Central Oregon

Friday, December 9th, 2011

When you fill the first 13 page of GO! Magazine with a review of the year in music in Central Oregon, as we did today, you don’t leave much room to talk about all the music that’s happening in the area this week.

But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth talking about! Here’s a roundup of what’s happening … think of it as you regular music section in GO!, except you can’t start a fire with it after you’re done reading every word.

Floater, chillin' on a bench, pioneering a new genre: "bus-stop rock"

Floater returns for two nights

Oregon’s indestructible rock trio, Floater, has been through Bend so many times, there’s nothing else to say. I mean really. I have nothing to say.

Go read my April 2010 interview with frontman Rob Wynia here. Then click here and sample the band’s sound, a throwback blend of prog, grunge, metal and funk that’ll make you wonder where the past 15 years of your life went.

Floater (electric), with Jones Road; 8 tonight, doors open 7 p.m.; $15 advance, $18 at the door, ticket outlets here; Domino Room, 51 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; www.randompresents.com.

Floater (acoustic); 9 p.m. Saturday, doors open 8 p.m.; $13 advance, $16 at the door, ticket outlets here; Domino Room, 51 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; www.randompresents.com.

Briertone, Rural Demons at The Horned Hand

The solid, left-of-center roots music just keeps flowing through The Horned Hand in Bend. Saturday, the newish art space and music venue will host Briertone, a California band with DIY spirit and a gritty twang to their ominous “outlaw rock.”

Opening will be a likeminded Bend band, Rural Demons, whose Western gothic doom-country sound is making serious noise on the local music scene. You can hear the Demons’ excellent “Ghost Lights” album here.

Briertone, with Rural Demons; 9 p.m. Saturday; $5; The Horned Hand, 507 N.W. Colorado Ave., Bend; www.facebook.com/thehornedhand.

Larry and His Flask, Necktie Killer play benefit show

Uh … Larry and His Flask and Necktie Killer at Players Bar? Yes, please. It’s gonna feel like 2007 in there.

Bonus: The show is a benefit for Johanna Olson, a friend of the bands who has undergone four surgeries on a brain tumor. Go, party, rock out. The cover is $5, but give more for Johanna.

Larry and his Flask, Necktie Killer: 8 p.m. Saturday; $5; Players Bar & Grill, 25 S.W. Century Drive, Bend; 541-389-2558.

Empty Space Orchestra residency continues

Local post-rock prodigies Empty Space Orchestra are making this a December to remember that doesn’t involve a Lexus in the driveway with a giant bow on top. The band is playing four of five Saturday nights at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom this month, with a different set and a different opening act each time.

This weekend’s opener is Water & Bodies, a fine Portland-based band that includes Beau Kuther, who grew up in Bend. In March, I described the quartet’s “Light Year” album as a “tight, glossy collection of songs that blend the hooks of 1980s New Wave with the heft of 1990s emo/alternative, plus a healthy portion of spectacle that flies in the face of so many shoegazing indie rockers.”

Empty Space Orchestra, with Water & Bodies: 9 p.m. Saturday; $5 plus fees advance here, $7 at the door; Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom, 24 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; www.silvermoonbrewing.com.

Chicks With Picks benefits Saving Grace

I’m swiping this from the paper:

“These gals are playing for a good cause: Saving Grace, a Bend provider of services to survivors of domestic violence. Saturday’s “Chicks with Picks” show at the Astro Lounge will feature four female-fronted bands showcasing the skills of local musicians such as Stacie Johnson and Lilli Worona of Broken Down Guitars, Jamie Houghton of The Dream Symphony, Stephanie Slade of Death of a Hitman and Hannah Costa of Tentareign.”

Chicks With Picks: 7-11 p.m. Saturday; $5; The Astro Lounge, 939 N.W. Bond St., Bend; 541-388-0116.

Josh Gracin at Maverick’s

Swiping this too. Swipe-fest ’11!

“Josh Gracin finished fourth on the second season of “American Idol” and now he sings country music. On Thursday, he’ll play at Maverick’s Country Bar and Grill in Bend as he tours behind his new album ‘Redemption.’”

Josh Gracin: 9 p.m. Thursday; $25; Maverick’s Country Bar and Grill, 20565 Brinson Blvd., Bend; www.maverickscountrybar.com.

Portland Cello Project at McMenamins

All hail the Portland Cello Project, a collective of adventurous cellists who play not only beautiful classical music, but also super-fun, YouTube-friendly covers of indie rock and pop hits by folks like ABBA, Bon Jovi, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears.

Helmed by Douglas Jenkins, PCP will return to Bend Wednesday to play a free show at McMenamins. Last time I saw the band there, the place was packed, so consider getting down there early and getting a seat. Maybe have some tater tots. You know … live a little.

Portland Cello Project: 7 p.m. Wednesday; free; McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 N.W. Bond St., Bend; www.mcmenamins.com.

Other highlights this week include Voodoo Highway at Silver Moon and Shade 13 at The Horned Hand tonight, the Holiday Brewgrass Jamboree Saturday in Sisters, reggae night with MC Mystic at The Astro Lounge on Wednesday, and Cadence at The Summit on Thursday. Find all the details and lots more in our online nightlife calendar.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Timothy B. Schmit has done a lot in his music career.

Most famously, he plays bass and sings in The Eagles. He also was a member of the ’70s country-rock band Poco. He replaced the same guy in both bands!

And get this: While playing in Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, Schmit coined the term “Parrotheads” for Buffett’s fans! For that alone, he’ll always have a place in pop-culture history.

With The Eagles on a break, Schmit will come to Bend Thursday for a show at the Tower Theatre. My colleague David Jasper called him up last week and spoke with him about his solo work, The Eagles as “The Mothership” and how he feels about his long, roller-coaster career.

… being a Coral Reefer, even temporarily, “was a big change for me,” Schmit added.

“(Buffett) is a friend of mine … and he just asked me to go out for a couple of weeks,” he said. “He wanted to know if I wanted to go out, play some music, have a little fun. I ended up doing it, I don’t know, on and off for a couple of years.

“The main difference is that I was used to being one of the main people,” Schmit said. With Buffett, “I was definitely just a bass player in that band, and a background singer. It was humbling, but it was fun. And honestly, I like to work, and I’m no different than anybody. I need to work.”

Then along came “Hell Freezes Over,” as The Eagles called their 1994 reunion, which Schmit said was a “godsend.”

Coincidentally, it occurred just as Schmit was making his personal peace with his career.

“Really, my whole lifestyle had really humbled me,” he said. “Just about the time I changed from being a little bit angry about my lifestyle change, and I started to accept it and look at all the great things in my life — because I have many great things in my life — about that same time is when we got back together.”

I thought Schmit was pretty honest and interesting in this story. I hope you’ll click here and read it.

Also worth highlighting are a couple of find Portland-based indie-pop bands that are headed this way. The Ascetic Junkies play Silver Moon Brewing tonight, and The Dimes are at McMenamins on Wednesday. Each will have you tapping your toe, bobbing your head and sloshing your beverage, so check ‘em out.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Empty Space Orchestra begins its December residency at Silver Moon, Cloverdayle raises funds for its new recording, RoboLiquidPop honors Steven Rock and the Renato Caranto Quartet plays Jazz at Joe’s, plus Todd Haaby, Blackflowers Blacksun and One Way Station. And last but not least, friends and family of Richard Marshall — father of Larry and His Flask’s Jamin and Jesse Marshall — will gather Sunday for a memorial. Details are here. Marshall died Nov. 22 after a long battle against cancer. Sincere condolences to Jamin, Jesse and the rest of Marshall’s family.

Empty Space Orchestra announces new EP, new video, Halloween date with Rubblebucket

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Local post-rock heroes Empty Space Orchestra have just released a new EP called “Dark Matters” and it contains a couple of new songs that are available for free download at their Bandcamp site. Click here to grab ‘em.

The band performed one of those tracks, the jarring, jet-fueled “New Breed of Skank,” in a dark room in Los Angeles in June. Fortunately, the folks at TerrorEyes.tv were on hand to film that performance, and the resulting clip makes ESO look like actual rock stars!

ESO’s next two local shows will be at the Bend Roots Revival on Sept. 24 and a just-announced Halloween night show at the Century Center with the excellent Rubblebucket!

[Video] Empty Space Orchestra CD-release show at Century Center

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Eventually, I’ll post some thoughts on Empty Space Orchestra‘s CD-release show last night at the Century Center in Bend, as well as some nice Andy Tullis photos. For now, moving pictures will have to do.

First up, “Brainjar” … which I sort of unwittingly joined halfway through. Hey, it was late.

And here, the band does “Tennessee Red” and then goes right into a rippin’ version of “It’s Hard to Play Basketball in the Dark.” Check the light show!

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.

Hear one of Empty Space Orchestra’s Record Store Day songs

Friday, April 15th, 2011

As mentioned in today’s Feedback column in GO! Magazine, tomorrow is Record Store Day, and Ranch Records (831 Wall Street, Bend) is celebrating with some special RSD releases, free giveaways and an Empty Space Orchestra show in the alley behind the store at 1 p.m. It should be a pretty cool day.

Props to Empty Space, too, for getting into the collectible, scarcity-obsessed spirit of Record Store Day by putting together a limited-edition two-song release that they’ll be selling for $5 tomorrow. Just a couple days ago, they were pushing to finish the groovy custom covers, shown by drummer Lindsey Elias in the photo above.

So, if you want those two songs, your best bet is to be at Ranch tomorrow around 1 p.m. If you can’t be there, though, the band was also nice enough to make one of the two tracks — “It’s Hard to Play Basketball in the Dark” — available for free download to Frequency readers! Stream or grab it right here:

Download Empty Space Orchestra, “It’s Hard to Play Basketball in the Dark”

As long as we’re on the subject of ESO, advance tickets to their album-release show on May 19 at the Century Center will go on sale at the band’s website on Monday. They’ll be $15, which also gets you a free instant download of the album. Also on the bill: Diego’s Umbrella and The Quick & Easy boys.

Empty Space Orchestra roundup: album release date, release show date, new press, new track, new site

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Dark, blurry cellphone photo of Empty Space Orchestra playing last week in their practice space! Click to biggify.

Local instrumental titans Empty Space Orchestra have been relatively quiet this winter, spending more time recording in California and playing shows in Portland and Seattle than on Bend’s stages. Expect more noise over the next month as the space-jazz-rock quintet ramps up the hype for the release of its new self-titled album in May. Here are a few tidbits that have popped up recently:

“Empty Space Orchestra” is nine tracks and 50 minutes long, and its official release date is May 10.

–ESO is planning a local CD-release show on May 19 at Century Center, with Diego’s Umbrella and (probably) another band opening. More details to come, obvs.

–The band’s new publicity team, Us/Them Group, calls ESO “post-prog-noir-metal-space-jazz virtuosos,” which is awesome. We have a commanding new leader in the great genre-hyphenating race!

–Remember what I said about building hype? Well, it started as I was writing this. Click here to check out a post on ALARM Magazine’s website that features an exclusive listen to the song “Exit Strategy,” which ALARM says “builds to truly fierce heights as guitars, horns, and pianos pile atop one another like precariously placed Jenga pieces.” (Note: Frequency featured the track “Intergalactic Battle Cruiser” back in January, and you can still grab it by clicking here.)

–ESO’s fancy new website is right here.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Morning, folks. Short, simple roundup of what’s in GO! Magazine today. Find all this stuff at The Bulletin’s music page:

There are a bunch of solid shows in town this week, and it seemed to me that an inordinate number of them featured female artists, so I packaged those together. Click right here to read up on the contemporary folk of Beth Wood and Shireen Amini, the sultry Americana of Emma Hill, the soulful hip-hop of God-Des & She (who are headlining the That’s So Gay black and white party), and VJ Kittyrox, who runs the popular 80s Video Dance Attack party, which is exactly what it sounds like.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: local band Roses at Gunpoint will play to raise money for paralyzed snowboarder Tyler Eklund, Empty Space Orchestra ends its four-week residency at Silver Moon, Elliot and Adventure Galley headline a Rise Up show at Century Center, The Quons are at Velvet, Willie Carmichael is at Three Creeks Brewing Co., and new music spot The Marilyn hosts Justin Lavik / Grace Laxson tonight and The Sweet Harlots Saturday. Plus, Mountain Country Idol has started in Redmond, pitting several local artists against each other over several weeks in an effort to find Central Oregon’s finest country act.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, January 14th, 2011

The Oxford Hotel in downtown Bend will kick off its new jazz series this weekend with three performances by the Mel Brown Quartet. I spoke with the band’s namesake drummer about the MBQ, one of three bands he plays in at Jimmy Mak’s jazz club in Portland’s Pearl District.

The MBQ came together years ago to play tight, hard-swinging bop in a style somewhat similar to that of one of Brown’s heros, Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers. The group has been described as a quartet of bandleaders, though Pacini is the official music director, leading the MBQ through its vast repertoire of originals and standards “with a different twist,” Brown said.

“(The band) is kind of like my background — the way I was raised, the music I grew up on,” Brown said. “We play straight ahead, and it feels really good. Everybody plays and we listen to each other a lot.

“Plus everybody likes each other,” he continued. “In most bands you get something good going and all of a sudden there’s an internal fight, and that’s because you’re around each other too much. I see some of these guys once a week, so we don’t have time to get mad. Hell, we’re just happy to be playing.”

Brown is a legend in the Northwest jazz scene, and you should click here to read the whole interview. While you’re there, read up on the other jazz happenings this weekend, including a Just Joe’s show at Greenwood Playhouse, and Cascade School of Music’s effort to revive the old Sunday shows at Be Bop Coffee House.

Champagne Champagne's Pearl Dragon performs in the rafters of the Old Mill Music Lounge. Photo by Ben.

This week’s Feedback column focuses on two Seattle hip-hop groups — Champagne Champagne and Mad Rad — that performed last weekend at the Old Mill Music Lounge. There’s weren’t many people there, so chances are decent you weren’t there, so read on …

As is frequently the case in this genre, Champagne Champagne’s DJ (Mark Gajadhar) is a secret, shadowy weapon. As is less frequently the case, he may be their MVP. (MCs Sir Thomas) Gray and Pearl Dragon were solid, engaging performers all night; Gray manned a mic stand like a rock singer, and his partner stalked off the stage more than once to rap from within the crowd. They slayed their best song (so far), “Soda & Pop Rocks,” with its wicked, dubstep-y bass line and shoutouts to the streets of Seattle: “My city’s not pretty it’s gritty,” Pearl Dragon raps. “Top notch when the block’s hot, blow up like soda and pop rocks.”

Elsewhere, the MCs showcased their influences: indie/alt-rock (one tune referenced Sonic Youth’s “Bull in the Heather”) and ’80s-child pop culture (“She looks like Molly Ringwald. She’s beautiful to me.”), while Gajadhar rocked like an octopus working overtime, bouncing from electric guitar to keyboard to tambourine to drum machine to melodica and back. His work was sometimes ominous and murky (“Something Strange”), sometimes bright and poppy (“Hollywood Shampoo” sounds like hip-hop built on a Shins song), and sometimes a sweet and sour collision of video-game bloops and punk-rock squall.

It was a great show. I hope you’ll read the whole thing by clicking here.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Larry and His Flask headline a show to benefit two of its members’ dad, Tribal Seeds and Anthony B (separately) bring reggae to the Domino Room, Rootdown rocks McMenamins, Empty Space Orchestra continues its January residency at Silver Moon, Seattle folkie Sarah Sample plays Sisters, MC Mystic spins Michael Jackson tunes at MadHappy Lounge and local bands Five Pint Mary and Boxcar Stringband play a benefit for BAKESTARR.