— Portland band 3 Leg Torso plays a show to benefit music programs at Bend’s Summit High School.
— My Feedback column recaps the story of the Kanye West-in-Bend show that never was, digs up some estimates of what it would cost to bring Kanye to Les Schwab Amphitheater, and reminds everyone that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
— My ears always enjoy Slightly Stoopid a little more than my brain thinks they should.
Elsewhere in the music section: The Quick & Easy Boys in Sisters, Jackie Greene visits the Tower Theatre, Matt Hopper returns to Silver Moon, Jon Wayne & The Pain and Brothers Gow play back-to-back nights at McMenamins, the Tower hosts the Masters of Motown tribute show, System and Station hits The Horned Hand and more.
Slowly but surely, folks, we’re coming out of the holiday show slowdown.
There are several solid options over the next seven days, including a very busy Thursday night.
First up, a band that could very well blow up big in 2012:
Seattle indie-soul band Pickwick will play a free show at McMenamins on Thursday night. My colleague David Jasper spoke with guitarist Michael Parker about the band’s evolution.
From the start, Pickwick sounded fairly derivative of Wilco.
“We all loved ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot,’” Parker said, referring to Wilco’s acclaimed 2002 album. Taking a cue from Wilco, Pickwick infused their sound with elements of country and psychedelia, with a touch of “some electronic stuff,” said Parker.
They would stick to their sonic guns for two years before facing facts. Namely, that they were stuck in the middle of the alt-country pack.
The Wilco influence “didn’t really work for us. We have some friends who do music like that and are amazing at it, but for us, it just wasn’t really a good fit,” said Parker.
In 2010, he and (frontman Galen) Disston met and discussed breaking up the band, “just because the stuff we were doing, we weren’t very proud of,” Parker said. “One of the things we do well as a group is we’re just brutally honest. That’s part of our relationship that had already been established by that point. We can talk to each other about things that might be a little uncomfortable, but we’re still friends at the end of the day.”
Instead of disbanding, they scrapped the alt-country songs and started over.
“We threw it all away. We went from having close to 20 songs to having nothing,” Parker said. Inspired by Sam Cooke’s croon, Pickwick moved to Motown, so to speak, creating a soulful sound that showcased Disston’s singing ability.