Three interesting options tonight, all in downtown(ish) Bend:
— Portland roots-pop band (and Bend regulars) Ascetic Junkies are no more, having pared down to two members (married couple Matt Harmon and Kali Giaritta) and changed their name to There Is No Mountain. Now, they play unconventional psych-pop that draws influence from global sounds, particularly African music. I spoke with the couple about all of the above, and I hope you’ll read the whole thing here. (Be sure to click “More Photos” to read very short pieces about the two acts opening for There Is No Mountain tonight at the Tower Theatre.)
— Vihara was a progressive hard-rock band active in Bend in the early 2000s, and then it sort of vanished after the release of its first album, “Stand Fast.” Tonight at Liquid Lounge, the quartet reunites for some good ol’ throwback fun. I visited a practice session last week and talked to the band about its past, present and future (though the future part didn’t really make it into the article). Click here to read it!
— Here’s an interesting tidbit: No video of KPOV’s annual Beatles Singalong seems to exist on the internet. So does it really exist in real life? Yes it does, and it’s happening tonight at The Old Stone in Bend. In this short piece, I tell you what kind of festivities are planned, and why you really ought to go.
Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Music in the Canyon kicks off in Redmond with Countryfied and New Transit plays The Horned Hand, plus The Strangled Darlings, Left Coast Country, The Blackberry Bushes, TapWater, Tha Dogg Pound, King Ghidora and more!