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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Political folk-punk legend Billy Bragg descends upon the Tower Theatre on Tuesday night. My colleague David Jasper wrote a terrific article about his conversation with the man, which bounced from the power of Facebook to America’s upcoming midterm elections, and from Bragg’s program to put guitars in the hands of inmates to the catharsis of writing songs about things that piss you off. I’m not even going to try to excerpt the thing; trust me, you should go read the whole story by clicking here.

Elsewhere in the music section: Feedback focuses on the strong slate of shows coming up over the next few months, including newly announced dates by acts like Dick Dale, Brother Ali and Lucero. And this week, we have Yard Dogs Road Show, DJ Professor Stone, Jukebot!, Eric Tollefson and Boxcar String Band, plus a slew of locals playing Halloween parties. And if all that leaves you wanting, there’s always The Bulletin’s complete music listing.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, February 19th, 2010

New York City ska pioneers The Toasters will play twice at Mountain’s Edge this weekend, once on Friday and once Saturday. Here’s a clip of my conversation with founding member and frontman Robert “Bucket” Hingley:

GO!: I read somewhere about your efforts to run The Toasters according to a set of core principles. Can you tell me about those principles?

Bucket: What we’ve tried to do is always keep in touch with the fans and (not decline to) play shows because the venue wasn’t big enough or we didn’t have a nice hotel, or that kind of stuff. We still run it like a punk-rock band in that sense.

Otherwise, it’s about sticking to your own music and not trying to follow trends, and not writing tunes to sound like something because the record label wants you to do that. I think just sticking to playing 2 Tone ska music, which hasn’t always been popular, I think that’s what’s helped us stick around for a long time, because people appreciate that.

Read the whole thing here.

I saw The Gourds for the first time in 12 years last weekend and loved it. Here’s part of my review:

Russell introduced “Hallelujah Shine” with a stark verse of “Amazing Grace,” only to giggle halfway through while watching snowriders racing down the giant rail-jam structure standing tall behind the audience. Smith tore through one of his best songs, “LGO,” singing past his ever-present toothpick as Bernard played the song’s serpentine accordion riff.

Then Russell shifted from “Country Gal” into Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls,” tossing in a Joe Cocker impression just for fun. Or maybe to stay warm, because the band looked cold, especially Johnston. Even a few reminders of home — a colorful zarape in the kick drum, cases of Tecate beer just offstage — couldn’t make Central Oregon feel like Central Texas.

You can read the whole thing here. The video above was shot by stephsmomfr. Frequency has video of the show here and a bunch of great photos here.

Elsewhere in the music section: Greg Botsford’s CD-release show, Moonalice returns to Bend and Jukebot plays Silver Moon, plus The Confederats, Blowin’ Smoke, Eric Tollefson and Shireen Amini, Tentareign and The Sofa Kings, The Sweet Harlots, Hot Tea Cold and Empty Wotta. And, as always, complete music listings are here.

January 15 in GO! Magazine

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Team Conan, of course! Is there any other option?

The Frequency blog is on Team Conan, of course! Is there any other option?

In honor of the recent announcement that Bend will host the first-ever National Beard and Moustache Championships in June, we here at GO! Magazine dedicated most of today’s music section to facial hair, and the faces who wear it. We’ve got a cover subject who plays old-time blues, never smiles, and keeps a thick beard, plus my overview of the historical relationship between musicians and hairy chins. Let’s cut to the face … er, I mean chase:

-Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band is back in town with a slew of stompin’ new country-blues songs. Read my interview with the Reverend here.

-“The Sound & The Furry: A farcical look at the hairy history of rock.” I’m just so proud of that headline, I had to point it out to you. ALSO, be sure to pick up the print version of the paper so you can take our beard-rocker quiz!

And in the non-beardo section of the section:

-On Wednesday, Fascination and Vinyl Film will fill Silver Moon Brewing with catchy, dramatic pop-rock that’s not often seen ’round these parts.

-Another rare sighting for Bend: Dance-punk, brought to you (and Players Bar) by Seattle up-and-comers The Redwood Plan.

-You love pirates. And you love bands. So you should love a pirate band, right? Test that theory tonight with eyepatch-punks The Deadly Gallows.

-The list of noteworthy local-band gigs is newsier than usual this week, with Jukebot’s inaugural show, a retooled Sofa Kings at M&J, and a weekend full of fun at Mountain’s Edge, where Problem Stick, The Dirty Words, Necktie Killer and Wetsock will test-drive the new stage.

Again, grabbing an actual copy of The Bulletin today gets you not only all these articles and more, but also: BEARD-ROCKER QUIZ.

Local music news: DJ Barisone mix / The Dirty Words video / The Supervillains coming to town / introducing Jukebot / Chris Chabot streams new album

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Little nuggets of news from Central Oregon’s music scene, coming your way … now.

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DJ Barisone lived in Bend for a decade and moved to Portland a few months back. No matter where he lives, though, you want to hear his latest mix, right? Yup, you do. Especially if some sunny, funky, dubby party music sounds good to you on these cold, gray, winter days. It’s called “Lion in the Dancehall,” and you can get it by clicking here. If you’re gun-shy, check the tracklist here.

I’m late on this, but there’s still plenty of time — a month — to submit a “YouTube-style webcam video” to local indie-rock band The Dirty Words for their song “Damn Jacket.” They’re going to take all the videos they get and smash them together to create their very first music video. Fun, right? Right. There are some rules and other guidelines, including how to submit your masterpiece, here.

Local, faith-focused folk singer Chris Chabot has released a new album called “Outer Space,” and he’s made it available for streaming here. They’re pretty songs, so give ‘em a listen.

Fresh off their successful luring of the Mad Caddies to Mountain’s Edge back in November, Redmond’s Necktie Killer will open two local shows for another nationally touring reggae/ska outfit, The Supervillains, in late January. The Florida four-piece have played in Bend three times in the past three years, including an opening slot for the Caddies at the Domino Room in early 2007. But on Jan. 23, they’ll squeeze into Bend’s Mountain’s Edge bar, and on Jan. 24, they’ll play at Timbers in Redmond. There’s more info — times, cost, ticket outlets — at Necktie Killer’s spiffy Web site.

(Reminder: Necktie Killer and Larry and His Flask are gonna rock New Year’s Eve tonight at Mountain’s Edge. 9 p.m. $5. Cheap, good times.)

Jukebot

Check out the McMenamins Old St. Francis School calendar. Look there, on Jan. 20: Jukebot.

Who’s Jukebot, you ask?

Jukebot, apparently, is what you get when you take the ashes of the recently defunct/defunked local band El Dante — or at least the ashes named Gabe Johnson (guitar) and Tyler Mason (bass) — and you mix them with Jared Forqueran (drums) and Aaron Andre Miller (keys) of Person People and Anastacia’s band, and then you add the dynamic vocals of Stephanie Slade, also of The Sofa Kings. (Forqueran, Miller and Mason also played together in the David Bowers Colony before it blew apart.)

That’s a lot of cross-band-pollination there.

So yeah, Jukebot is a new band on the scene that has no music on its MySpace yet, but promises to play “21st century funk ‘n’ roll” influenced by Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Pearl Jam, The Meters and so on. The band came together to play the recent, annual, semi-secret “Church of Neil” show (to celebrate Mr. Young’s birthday) and clicked. Since, according to the MySpace, Jukebot has been “focusing largely on cover material and has recently begun to branch out into original material that reflects the members wide variety of influences, spanning from Rock n Roll to Funk, from Modern Rock to Hip Hop and Soul.”

That Jan. 20 show at McMenamins will be their first ever. Assuming they stick together for a while, you can bet we’ll be telling you more about Jukebot in GO! Magazine and Frequency at some point in the future.