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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Lots and lots of stuff in this week’s GO! Magazine in The Bulletin.

So let’s get right to it, shall we?

We shall!

The inimitable Fred Eaglesmith will bring his Traveling Steam Show to Sisters’ HarmonyHouse Saturday night. My colleague David Jasper spoke with him about his famously sharp sense of humor.

“When I was younger, in the ’70s and ’80s, I wrote these really horrific songs about farm loss, which was happening all around me, you know, about my neighbors losing the farm,” he said.

“The songs were so sad, people loved them but they wouldn’t come back. It was too hard. I was young and didn’t really know what I was doing. Then I started telling these jokes about people on the farm. They weren’t that great of jokes, but I was always a pretty funny guy.

“And as I’ve gotten older, I’ve really learned my comedy well,” Eaglesmith said. “I’ve learned to just be a comedian. I could be a stand-up comedian if I wanted to.”

Fred’s so great. Read the whole thing here.

(Yeah, I’ve posted that before, but it’s worth watching again!)

On Saturday night, local experimental cello-looper Billy Mickelson — aka Third Seven — will celebrate the release of his new album “Cascadia” with a show at The Horned Hand. I called him up and talked to him about the theme of the record.

“It’s an album about what home is to me … and following your heart to share home with the world,” he said from his parents’ place in Lincoln City. “Oregon is my home, and as anybody who lives here knows, that feeling you get from the mountains and the trees here, you can’t replace that with city life or anywhere else that you’d want to move.

“It’s really special to me,” he continued, “and I wanted to capture that in this album in a sentimental way.”

Mickelson’s an interesting and introspective guy. Click here to read more of the story.

I also used a page to highlight the busy and diverse schedule at The Horned Hand, where Jeff Crosby & The Refugees play tonight, The Horde & The Harem and Tom VandenAvond join Third Seven on Saturday, Swansea and Patrick Dethlefs perform Tuesday and The Generators play Wednesday. Whew!

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Sean Hayes returns to Mandala Yoga, the Henhouse Prowlers bring traditional bluegrass to Silver Moon, the Hank Shreve Band gets bluesy at Liquid Lounge, Jerry Joseph and Walter Salas-Humara go acoustic at Astro Lounge, Night Under the Covers heads to the Northwest, Jones Road and Five Pint Mary play a benefit show for BAKESTARR, and more!

The 10 best concerts of the year in Central Oregon

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

I’ve gone on and on about my favorite recordings of 2009 here and here, but live music is the backbone of any good scene. Here is a look back my 10 favorite shows of the past 12 months in chronological order, with excerpts from reviews already published in The Bulletin or on Frequency.

Moon Mountain Ramblers, Jan. 24, Tower Theatre

MMR

(The Ramblers) were terrific. Their arsenal of stringed instruments rang out crisp and clean. The mix was perfect, with percussionist Dale Largent complementing the pickers nicely. Vocally, the harmonies were shipshape, and I was surprised by guitarist Matthew Hyman’s strong voice. I didn’t realize he’s that good of a singer.

As for the set list, the band flitted back and forth between its favorite styles, from Hyman’s twangy ballads to bassist Dan McClung’s jazzgrass instrumentals to mandolinist Joe Schulte’s more rock-influenced numbers.

One highlight was my co-worker Jenny Harada’s song for her brother, Jason, who died last summer, called “Chasing The Sun.” I’m sure there were dry eyes in the house, but they weren’t mine. Another highlight was a new Schulte song built on a weird, ominous groove and featuring a wicked Largent drum solo, like old-time music meets heavy metal. A genre was born just then, I think: doomgrass.

We also got a raucous cover of the old Stealers Wheel hit “Stuck In The Middle,” a perfectly plaintive version of “Restless,” and what may be the Ramblers’ new signature tune, “Let It All Be Good.” In the latter, when Schulte sang “You’re dancing to our music till your toes start to bleed,” I scanned the wiggly bunch up front to get a glimpse of life imitating art.

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May 29 in GO! Magazine

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Happy Friday, friendly Frequency readers. Every Friday morning, I tell you about all the music stories we have in that day’s GO! Magazine, and today is no different. This week, the recap is brought to you by our buddy Keyboard Gato:

-Local singer-songwriter Kim Kelley celebrates the release of her new album “Bending Blue” tonight at Silver Moon Brewing. Read that story to find out exactly why she started writing songs, and then download a track from the album here:

Download Kim Kelley, “Into Your Blue”

-Alt-country veteran Fred Eaglesmith played a house concert near Sisters on Memorial Day. According to my review, he was pretty great.

-You may not know the name Water & Bodies, but you may very well know more about the Portland band than you realize. Heck, you may know two of its members. BONUS: Click here to download a song and read an interview with the band.

-This weekend should be nirvana for area jazz fans. There are no fewer than three ways to see live jazz over the next 48 hours. Get all the details you need right here.

-Portland musician Stephanie Schneiderman brings her electro-pop solo act back to town on Wednesday, and she has kindly provided a song for you to download!

Download Stephanie Schneiderman, “Oxygen”

-Also in this week’s edition: the Moon Mountain Ramblers, Electric Sudaki, Baby Bash, Frankie J., and a show in Sisters to benefit a Sparrow kid.

By now, you know this, but I’ll say it anyway: Not all of those online stories will be available to anyone to read. For some, you’ll need to be a subscriber. So either subscribe, or pick up a print version of The Bulletin.

May 22 in GO! Magazine

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

For the first few months of 2009, people asked me over and over if I’d heard what big-name bands would be playing on Memorial Day weekend at Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater this year. As the days passed, my answer became more and more pessimistic, and their disappointment became harder and harder to hide. How quickly we forget that, while we did enjoy some great concerts last year, the Schwab was silent at this time in 2007. And so it is again this year.

But in today’s GO! Magazine, we have lots of great options for all you lovers of live music out there. Click the band names to read more about each of these fine shows, and don’t miss the downloads in between:

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Fred Eaglesmith to play Sisters house concert

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Fred EaglesmithI think this is a pretty good score for the Harmony House Concert Series.

Canadian singer-songwriter Fred Eaglesmith will perform at the Harmony House (or rather, a house near Sisters hosting the show since the original Harmony House burned down earlier this year) on May 25, according to a press release that just showed up in the inbox.

Eaglesmith is a veteran roots-rocker who’s almost as well-known for his between-song storytelling as he is for his music. Almost. Considering that his 2008 album “Tinderbox” was just nominated for a Juno Award (aka Canadian Grammy), it seems his songs are still turning heads, too.

Listen to Fred here or here. We’ll have more details on tickets and show time (it’s an afternoon show!) in the May 22 GO! Magazine, or call 541-548-2209 for more info. Remember, it’s a house show, so it’s safe to say seating will be limited.