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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 20th, 2012

This coming week is one of the busiest of the year so far as far as opportunities to hear live music in Central Oregon. We covered a ton of stuff in today’s GO! Magazine, and there were even a handful of shows — the Shook Twins at Pickin’ & Paddlin’, John Nemeth at Brasada Ranch, Tropical Punk at The Horned Hand, Herrick at Maverick’s — that I would’ve liked to have written more about, but couldn’t.

So let’s get to it!

The Sweetheart of the Rodeo, Emmylou Harris, is coming to Bend Sunday for the first time since the early 1980s. My colleague David Jasper spoke with her about her music and … wait, what’s that? Oh. Right. No, he talked to her mostly about her dogs.

“I come from a long line of dog lovers and animal lovers,” Harris said. “And I have this big yard. And I thought perhaps I could start a rescue — actually, just an extension of Nashville Humane … a really good shelter here in town.”

Bonaparte’s Retreat was intended to house a maximum of three dogs at a time, “so that I could take some of the over-spill” from the shelter, she said. “That was how we got started, and we still are a small rescue, but right now (the dogs) have their own bunkhouse and place to run.”

Harris lives on a two-acre lot in town, not a country estate as one might assume. (“They have what we call ‘the back 40′ back there,” she said.) And these days Bonaparte’s Retreat takes up to six dogs at a time, including those from Metro Animal Care and Control, “where dogs are put down after a very short period of time if they’re not adopted,” Harris said. “It’s quite heartbreaking, but we do what we can.”

Read more about Emmylou’s puppy love — and her music, too.

The aptly named Dark Time Sunshine. (It was dark in there.) Photo by Andy Tullis / The Bulletin.

For my Feedback column, I went to Liquid Lounge Tuesday night to see indie-rap duo Dark Time Sunshine. Here’s an excerpt of my review:

(Onry) Ozzborn is the front man, and he handles the job with intense focus. But Dark Time Sunshine is powered by Zavala’s heavy-footed beats and space-age synths, which he produced mostly on a chunky drum machine that looked like something harvested from R2-D2.

The set was stocked with songs from the duo’s upcoming album “Anx,” one of the best rap records of 2012 so far. Highlights included the fizzy-lifting funk of “Cultclass” and “Look at What the Cat Did,” the stuttering beat and pop hook of “Forget Me Not,” and the loping bass line and shout-along chorus of “Rock Off.” That last one incited the most vigorous dancing of the evening; a lady dropped her beer and the pint glass shattered at Ozzborn’s feet.

I hope you’ll click here and read the whole thing. And you can watch a couple videos from the show here.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: SPL, VTRN and more throw a dance party at The Astro Lounge, Chris Isaak returns to town, Laila Biali comes to Alive After Five and Moondog Matinee brings no frills to The Horned Hand, plus Marv Ellis, Floater, The Farewell Drifters, Ottmar Liebert, Igor & Red Elvises, The Rum and The Sea, Nuclear Funk, Parrilla Grill’s Show Us Your Spokes series and more!

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Saturday, March 19th, 2011

Uh … oops! I forgot to post this on Friday, like I usually do. Sorry about that. Anyway, here’s a short but sweet roundup of what’s in the music section of this week’s GO! Magazine. As is often the case, the next seven days boast a pretty busy and diverse slate of shows. Click the artists’ names for more:

Galactic brings New Orleans fusion-funk to the Domino Room
Igor & Red Elvises return to Silver Moon with their campy Siberian surf “rokenrol”
Blackalicious MC Gift of Gab headlines a St. Paddy’s party at Century Center
Cooper McBean of The Devil Makes Three visits Silver Moon with his other band, the Vested Interests

Also in the music section: Mood Area 52’s cinematic tango music, the Acorn Project’s tight take on jam-rock, the global folk of The Hollands!, a bunch of local bands play McMenamins, and the return of the 80s Video Dance Attack.

Have fun, y’all!

Review / photos: Igor & Red Elvises at The Annex

Friday, March 12th, 2010


(All photos by Ben. Look for more soon in Frequency’s Flickr pool.)

Igor & Red Elvises have become very familiar faces in Bend over the past few years.

I never saw ’em, but lots of people have. And the advice I’ve heard from those people was pretty much unanimous. Something along the lines of: “Oh, you have to see them live. They’re so much fun.”

I always believed it. From afar, the Elvises look like fun. They dress in zany animal prints and play funny-looking instruments and call themselves “your favorite band.” Musically, they mine just about every upbeat sound vein from the past five decades, add a hefty dose of humor, and call the charming result Russian “rokenrol.”

Wednesday night gave me an opportunity to see it with my own eyes, as Igor and his crew returned to The Annex. (Quick aside: The Annex is a woefully underused venue in this town. Please, someone start booking more shows there.)


This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, March 5th, 2010

The Chris Berry Trio visits Bend this weekend and brings along jam-rock super-guitarist Steve Kimock! Berry’s story is fascinating. He traveled to Africa to study music, became a pop star, and fled for his life in 2001. We talked about the reaction he got from Zimbabweans as his career took off.

“(They) had never seen a white man who could drum and dance and sing in their language, so it actually unfairly catapulted me to the top pretty fast over there just because I was white,” he said. “People would show up and try to go behind the stage and try to unplug (me) because they thought I was lip-synching because they didn’t believe it was actually true. Or they would come to the shows because … they didn’t believe it so they wanted to see it with their own eyes. So it was kind of a novelty thing.”

But it was a very positive experience, Berry said, if for no other reason than the barriers that were broken.

“They had a very narrow view of white people: that we would never touch one of their traditional instruments (or would) look down on their language (or) thought whatever they did was beneath us, because that’s how they were treated by the colonialists,” he said. “So to have someone come in there and be so happy about playing their music, it shattered their stereotypes in a positive way.”

I hope you’ll read the whole thing here.


The local quartet Warm Gadget fired off 45 minutes worth of heavy noise last week at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom. Here’s part of my review.

The atmosphere in the pub felt a bit like a secret show. It wasn’t. It was just booked last-minute and hastily promoted, so the crowd was modest in size, but full of familiar faces from across Bend’s left-of-center rock scene. In other words, I saw plenty of folks there who prefer their music flavored with weird.

Warm Gadget gave them what they wanted, though I must admit, the band wasn’t quite as out there as I expected them to be. The songs on their MySpace — — are creepy, industrial, electro-fuzz-rock blasts that are, generally speaking, slightly more beat-driven than riff-driven.

Live, those beats and electronic textures are certainly perceptible, but they don’t play as much of a role in the band’s sound as they do on recordings. Live, Warm Gadget is a sludgehammer, pummeling anything in its path with its aural assault.

Delve into the details of the band’s set right here.

Also in this week’s music section: Boxcar String Band at M&J Tavern, the returns of Igor & Red Elvises, The Missionary Position and Craig Carothers, a busy week at Three Creeks Brewing Co., in Sisters, a benefit for The Substitutes’ Dean Prescott (this is actually happening March 14), the neon-pink pop-rock of The Fold, and more pop-reggae at Mountain’s Edge, courtesy of Tomorrows Bad Seeds. And, as always, there’s lots more in our complete music listings.