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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Reggae legends Toots & the Maytals are coming to Redmond! It took a while, but I tracked down Frederick “Toots” Hibbert and talked to him about the key to his longevity.

“The good music makes me stay on the road,” he said. “People need me so they request me to come, so I have to be on the road. I love what I do, (and I) still like to tour to make sure my audience is happy. They love me very much and I love them very much.”

Their love is rooted, first and foremost, in a handful of hit Toots & the Maytals records from the late 1960s and early 1970s, including “54-46 Was My Number,” “Bam Bam,” “Pressure Drop,” “Monkey Man” and “Funky Kingston.”

The band’s early hits are durable classics of the genre, reflective of a time when reggae was a bit grittier and funkier than it tends to be these days.

The Maytals’ music remains popular because it’s “clean” and “positive,” Hibbert said.

“If you’re negative,” he said, “you won’t last long.”

It’s not often Bend gets a performance by an artist as influential as Toots, so you should click here and read what else he had to say.

I also want to highlight my story on Ashland-based indie-folk trio Kites & Crows, who are playing a free show at McMenamins on Wednesday. I really think this is talented up-and-coming band with great songs, so click here to read all about ‘em.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section, we’ve got Ween’s return to Les Schwab Amphitheater, Tracorum kicking off Munch & Music, Sunriver’s Rhythm on the Range festival, Lauren Shera at Silver Moon, a trio of country songwriters at Maragas Winery and Third Seven’s last show before tour, plus Sagebrush Rock, Boxcar String Band, Chris Beland and Last Band Standing.

Enjoy the long weekend and gorgeous weather, folks! Have fun and be safe.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, January 21st, 2011

This is a video for a Mickey Avalon song. So the lyrics/themes might be objectionable to some listeners. Consider yourself warned.

Hollywood glam-rapper Mickey Avalon is set to light up Bend’s Domino Room tonight. I chatted with Mickey about his goals as a musician.

“The only reason I even tried to get so big in the first place instead of staying in the underground is because in the underground, there is a short shelf life,” he said. “Like look at the Rolling Stones. I knew if I get that big, then I can do this for the rest of my life. If I don’t, then it will die out.

“The Rolling Stones ain’t had a hit in forever, but they’re the Rolling Stones, so they’re gonna play until they’re 100 years old and it’s all good,” Avalon said. “If you don’t make it and you’re trying to play till you’re 100 years old, you just look like an old desperate weirdo.”

The gap between Avalon’s on-stage persona and how he comes off in interviews is massive. You should really get a well-rounded look at the guy by clicking here. (Note: Sorry, that link will only work for subscribers to The Bulletin. I’ll update it with a free version on Monday.)

This coming week is busy, busy, busy on the local music scene, and we’ve got stories on three fine acts coming to local bars. Click the names to read up on L.A. country-rockers Dawes, NYC AfroLatinfunkateers The Pimps of Joytime, and twangy Nashville sweetheart Elizabeth Cook.

Elsewhere in the music section: The Dela Project plays a show to raise funds for their upcoming album, MadHappy Lounge hosts hip-hoppers Tanya Morgan and Big Pooh on Sunday and The Melodramatics on Thursday, Ashland indie-folk trio Kites & Crows plays portello, LJ Booth gets his folk on at the HarmonyHouse and Cicada Omega returns to Silver Moon Brewing.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Built to Spill is coming to Bend on Wednesday! Very exciting. I rambled on a bit on the band’s amazing three-album run in the late 1990s.

… from 1994 to 1999, Boise, Idaho’s Built to Spill — formed nearly two decades ago by Doug Martsch, torchbearer for the Northwest music scene — put together a magical three-album run with “There’s Nothing Wrong With Love,” “Perfect From Now On” and “Keep It Like A Secret.” Each is wonderful in its own way; “Love” spills over with compact, punchy pop songs, “Perfect” sprawls like prog-rock updated for the 21st century, and “Secret” is a splendid marriage of the two, 10 tracks of dreamy, delightful pop-rock bliss.

The common thread is Martsch’s distinctive style: psychedelic guitar heroism more associated with ’70s jams than ’90s indie rock and a lullaby voice that scales Neil Young’s helium-heights, backed by a band with a no-nonsense approach to playing. Built to Spill doesn’t trade in showy stage goofs to draw you in. No, they came to rock, ever so gently, and then build up to a melt-your-face crescendo, and that’s exactly what they’re going to do.

Click here to read the whole thing.

(Someone called WoodyDee got the above footage of Billy Bragg soundchecking before his show in Bend. Very cool.)

I went and saw Billy Bragg at the Tower Theatre on election night and enjoyed myself quite a bit. The guy is nothing if not entertaining. Here’s an excerpt of my review:

… I was most struck by Bragg’s strong, distinctive voice, and his way with melody. At best, I’m a casual fan of the man’s recorded work, so many of the songs were new to me. But all were tied together by an easygoing charm that belied whatever their lyrical theme happened to be, whether it was Japanese-American internment during World War II, the power of a union, or the “misanthropic, misbegotten merchants of gloom.” Or, you know … a pretty girl.

Bragg was subdued and soulful on “Farm Boy,” and “Shirley” was a fun little slice of sunny pop. He did a few Woody Guthrie numbers, showed off his guitar skills on “The Milkman of Human Kindness,” and provided the prettiest moment of the night through the entrancing, arpeggiated chords of “Tank Park Salute.”

I hope you’ll read the whole thing by clicking here.

Also in this week’s music section: Arizona rockers Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers visit Silver Moon Brewing, and so does Brooklyn-based indie-folksinger Kelli Scarr. Plus the Chicago Afrobeat Project, Kites & Crows, Bryon Friedman, a tribute to Simon & Garfunkel, and a rockin’ weekend at MadHappy Lounge with Tony Smiley on Friday and The New Up on Saturday.