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Win 2 tickets to Wednesday’s Laura Veirs / Weinland show (UPDATED)

Monday, October 25th, 2010

UPDATE: Oops! I guess something wasn’t working correctly yesterday, and folks who tried to comment got error messages. Sorry about that. So I’m extending and expanding this contest.

Here’s the new deal: Cassondra of Bend already has claim to one pair of tickets, but I have two more pairs to give away. The first two people who comment and can also pick up their pair at The Bulletin (1777 S.W. Chandler Ave., Bend) before the show can have ’em. Comments should work now, so get to it! Leave a real e-mail address and I’ll be in touch ASAP.

Two excellent Portland-based indie-folk acts — Laura Veirs and Weinland — are playing at Bend’s Tower Theatre on Wednesday as part of the PDXchange Program, and I have a handful of tickets to give away. If you enjoy great music, you should go to this show, and you should want these tickets.

Anyway, today’s giveaway is easy: Just leave a comment on this post, and I’ll pick a winner at random at 6 tonight. You’ll need to be able to pick up the tickets from The Bulletin on Tuesday or Wednesday, and be sure to leave a valid e-mail address so I can get in touch.

Look for a couple other giveaways on Frequency’s Facebook and Twitter in the next couple days.

Oh, and here’s my feature story on Laura Veirs from last week’s GO! Magazine, and here’s my favorite song of hers:

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Portland indie-folk artist Laura Veirs will arrive in Bend Wednesday to play her gorgeous songs at the Tower Theatre. (There are a couple places in the article where it says the show is Tuesday. Oops. Ignore that. It’s Wednesday.) I spoke with her about her new baby and her seventh album, “July Flame,” which was released early this year and is a return to the folksier sound of her early work.

Stripping away some of the fancy production of past albums was the goal from the beginning, Veirs said, for two main reasons.

One, she wanted to challenge herself.

“This last album was quite a challenge for me to write because I’d written seven albums,” she said. “I’d played these chords hundreds of times, so it was like, ‘OK, I need to change the tuning on my instrument. I need to write on a different instrument. I need to surprise myself.’ I think that’s where the good art comes, when you yourself feel surprised and engaged in something new, because that’s what resonates with other people.”

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

California folk singer Rita Hosking will visit Sisters Saturday night to kick off the new season of HarmonyHouse concerts. My colleague David Jasper spoke to Hosking about what HarmonyHouse denizens can expect.

“We do mostly my original songs, which range from uptempo to pretty slow,” she explained. “It’s all very country-folk, and so it’s all acoustic, and you’ll often hear a lot of harmonies; they sing along with me.

“We also do some covers and banjo-fiddle tune instrumentals thrown in here and there. It makes for a nice, diversified show for an acoustic group. We do lots of different things. We can rock out a little bit, or play old-time music or bluegrass. I like to do folk ballads. We do it all.”

Click here to read the whole thing and to check out HarmonyHouse’s lineup for the season.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Super Adventure Club, The Mostest and Matt Miller, The Capitol Steps, Acorn Project and Sassparilla. As always, there’s more in The Bulletin’s complete music listings.

PDXchange Program adds three dates: The Thermals, Blind Pilot, Laura Veirs/Weinland

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Henry Abel’s PDXchange Program, which brings Portland-based indie bands to the Tower Theatre, picked up some serious momentum last night when Abel announced his next three shows:

Sept. 8 — The Thermals
Sept. 29 — Blind Pilot
Oct. 27 — Laura Veirs and Weinland

What a score for PDXchange. The Thermals and Blind Pilot — two very different bands — are the series’ biggest names yet. Blind Pilot will play the Tower just weeks after a slot at the gigantic Austin City Limits Festival in Texas, and a year after the brought some indie-pop flavor to the Sisters Folk Festival. And political punk-poppers The Thermals will play Bend the day after their new album, “Personal Life,” is released.

Plus … how cool is it gonna be to see The Thermals at the Tower Theatre!?

Not to mention, both Veirs and Weinland frontman Adam Shearer are brilliant songwriters and terrific performers.

Man, that is a solid lineup of shows. Kudos, Henry. Anyway, local openers will be added and sale dates for tickets will be announced, and you can be among the first to get that kind of information by signing up for PDXchange’s mailing list at the website.