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Music by former Bendites

Monday, September 21st, 2009

By chance, I guess, I’ve got a handful of links here that’ll let you hear what some former Bend residents are up to these days. Think of it kind of like a high school reunion, except you (likely) didn’t go to high school with these folks, and Mike McShanahan isn’t dunking your head in the toilet and giving you a swirlie just like the old days. That’s what everyone’s old days were like … right?

-Perhaps the most famous recent musician to have called Bend home, Hasidic rapper Matisyahu is back with his much-anticipated third album of reggae-flavored hip-hop. It’s called “Light” and you can listen to the whole thing, at least for now, on this nifty little widget:

A couple years ago, I wrote an article that will tell you all about the dude’s time in Bend, and you can find that right here.

Near/Far alum Wildbleedingheart now goes by Daniel Michael Miller. He lives in Portland and still makes woozy, lo-fi pop-rock that fits in much more snugly in his new hometown than his old one. It’s also pretty darn good. He’s just put up several songs for stream/download, which you can find over here. And if you want to read more about him, click here to find my story from 2007.

-The Portland chamber-folk combo Loch Lomond is led by Bend native Ritchie Young; member Dave Depper is also from here. (There may be others, I’m not sure.) The band has a new EP coming out this fall, and the Portland Mercury has all the details, plus a teaser medley of the record’s songs.

V.E.R.A. Clique comprises three guys who got their start in Bend, but now make hip-hop in Oakland, Calif. They were just recently in town at the Silver Moon for a benefit show, but for the most part, they’re down there in the Bay Area working hard to get their music heard. Good for them. Let’s see if we can help them out. Here’s the title track from their most recent record, “Fresh Out The Box.” Download it and check out these local fellas done good.

Download V.E.R.A. Clique, “Fresh Out The Box”

Say … this brings up a fun question: What local musician or band do you think will be the next to make it big on the outside? Leave a comment and let me know who you think has star potential.

September 11 in GO! Magazine

Friday, September 11th, 2009

I’m going to level with you, Frequency readers: This week, I went a little nutso with the Sisters Folk Festival coverage. But there’s a good reason for that, and that reason is this: The 2009 Sisters Folk Festival’s lineup is its best yet (where “yet” = “in the four years I’ve been covering it”). I picked out three very different artists and wrote features on each of them, but if time and space were no object, I would’ve liked to have given the same treatment to another half-dozen folk fest performers.

But time and space does matter, and here’s what’s in GO! Magazine today:

-Peter Rowan played extensively with both Bill Monroe and Jerry Garcia. Think about that. Pretty cool. I got a few stories out of him.

-Blind Pilot’s profile has risen fast over the past year, and I’d be willing to be they’re not done rising. Read up on them right here.

-Local gal Anastacia Beth Scott has a new album, a spot on the folk fest’s schedule, and a fast-maturing songwriting style. Life is good.

-Here’s the festival’s full schedule, as well as all the info you need on tickets.

And in case you missed it yesterday, I’ve compiled a mixtape of 17 songs by folk fest artists to help you make your decisions on who to see. You can download it for free by clicking here.

-The Underground welcomes its first big out-of-town act when the rock/pop/hip-hop duo HardNox performs Saturday night.

-Blues fans should be licking their chops about Hill Country Revue coming to town. This North Mississippi Allstars side project does it down, dirty and Delta.

-This is crazy: Silver Moon Brewing is hosting acts from France, Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska this week. Read all about the road-weary rockers here.

In other news, we’ve got a review of reggae-hop dude (and former Bendite) Matisyahu’s new album, my colleague Patrick Cliff checked out the annual Dixieland festival in La Pine, and something or other happened with The Beatles, a band I’ve totally heard of.

All those Sisters Folk Festival articles should be free and available to anyone. The others might be for subscribers only. But whatever you’re interested in, you should grab a print copy of The Bulletin today to see the groovy rendering of Sisters by Greg Cross on the cover of GO! Magazine.