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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Sunshine, sunshine, sunshine! And music, music, music! Woo-hoo!

Les Schwab Amphitheater’s free Summer Sunday concert series kicks off this weekend with the West Coast Americana of Portland’s Redwood Son. My colleague David Jasper talked to the band’s principal member, Josh Malm, about his massive 2011 album “The Lion’s Inside.”

A 20-song, two-disc set is, uh, rather long for a debut, isn’t it?

“It’s been pretty crazy,” he said. “Everybody says that: ‘Wow, nobody does that.’ I’m like, ‘I know!’ Either I’m a genius, or I’m stupid. I’m not really sure.”

Either way, recording it “was kind of a cleansing experience,” Malm said. He’d been set to do one album, and then his drummer, Kipp Crawford, a founding member of Redwood Son, was killed — in a hit-and-run, according to Willamette Week.

“And so then I was just confused about what I wanted to do musically in general, because it’s obviously pretty deflating for everybody,” Malm said.

“I made two albums that were very specific. It was two different bands, two producers, two studios. It was literally trading off where I would put energy. I would spend a few weeks on this album, then leave that alone for a little bit. I just did that for about eight months.”

You’ll find the whole thing — including the full Summer Sunday lineup — right here.

(Video via YouTube user thegus76.)

In this week’s Feedback, I reviewed last weekend’s shows at Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, featuring Cake and Built to Spill on Saturday night and Sigur Ros and Julianna Barwick on Sunday. Here’s an excerpt.

As always, Sigur Ros was a study in dynamics, stretching songs to five, seven, 10 minutes and beyond, and using that time to grow whispered ambient sounds into a massive wall of noise, including small horn and string sections, various keyboards, kitchen-sink percussion and Birgisson’s bowed guitar and helium-pitched voice.

Picking favorites from this near-endless buffet of beauty is difficult, but I loved the heavenly arpeggios of “Hoppipolla” and the triumphant march of “Olsen Olsen.” And “Svefn-g-Englar” at sunset ranks as one of my all-time favorite Schwab moments.

After dark, I dug how the set shifted from sweet to strident in the second half of “Festival,” and from strident to sinister for a new song called “Brennesteinn” that booms and buzzes like nothing else in the band’s catalog.

I hope you’ll click here and read the whole thing. You should also check out a bunch of photos from the shows.)

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Four reggae/ska bands play the Domino Room tonight, The Honeycutters bring genuine Appalachian twang to McMenamins Wednesday, Moondog Matinee and Hopeless Jack & The Handsome Devil team up Saturday night at The Horned Hand, Eclectic Approach visits The Astro Lounge tonight, Silver Moon hosts hip-hop tonight and Laura Ivancie on Saturday, and more!

Poster: Larry and His Flask and friends at Century Center

Monday, December 31st, 2012

This is almost certainly going to be a blast, folks. And the promoters are on Facebook right now saying it’s not sold out and they will have tickets at the door. FYI.

Kill time between now and the show by checking out Frequency’s big ol’ archive of posters and flyers!

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, December 30th, 2011

New Year’s Eve + a Saturday night = party time

That’s the situation this weekend as one of the year’s most festive holidays coincides with the most party-friendly night of the week, and I suspect the result will be a very crowded and crazy bunch of New Year’s Eve events around Central Oregon.

Fortunately, there are a ton to choose from, so that may help thin crowds a little bit. Click here for our main New Year’s story detailing many of the biggest options in the area, and click here for our comprehensive listing of everything happening on Saturday night.

Now for non-New Year’s stuff!

Local Celtic-rock band Five Pint Mary will celebrate its new album with a show tonight at M&J Tavern. I spoke with co-founder Michael Holmes about the group’s connection with its fans.

“A lot of these old songs were really meant to tell the history of a battle or something, so they’ve been repeated for centuries and they just kind of take on a life of their own,” Holmes said. “People have been singing along with them for hundreds of years, and a lot of people have heard these songs since they were little kids. So we have people who come to our shows and they’re singing the lyrics right back to us. Which is really the intent of a lot of the songs.”

He continued: “In the days before jukeboxes and recorded music, you went to the pub and you sang along with the band. It was just something that you did, and that’s really still happening today. And when you go to a show like that … it’s like you can’t sit still. It’s more like something you’re actually doing rather than something you’re sitting there listening to.”

As just about any musician will tell you, that’s what it’s all about: connection with the audience.

“Whenever people ask us for a request, it really makes us feel good because a lot of the songs … (are) near and dear to their hearts for whatever reason,” Holmes said. “It’s like this person’s favorite song since they were a kid, so it feels good.”

I hope you’ll click here and read the whole thing.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Washington-based dark-folk band Terrible Buttons stops at The Horned Hand on Sunday night. Click here to read my colleague David Jasper’s interview with head Button Kent Ueland. Also, Bay Area hip-hop/reggae dude RasCue returns to town, Hopeless Jack & The Handsome Devil brings dirty blues to Bend, and some news from the Sisters Folk Festival, including discounted passes for 2012 and the lineup for the upcoming winter concert series.