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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Unless I’m forgetting something, the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based prism-pop band Rubblebucket’s three shows in Bend so far have been on relatively big stages at relatively big events (i.e. not just a headlining bar gig).

First, they played for a sea of people at The Bite of Bend. Then they played an opening slot before Ozomatli at last year’s Cinco de Mayo celebration downtown. And then they played a big Halloween party at the Century Center.

So this Sunday’s Rubblebucket show at Players Bar & Grill will be the first chance Bendites have to catch the band in the cozy confines of a small bar. If you’re not looking forward to this, you should be. I am.

This week, the GO! Magazine cover story focuses on Rubblebucket and its new live album and DVD “Live in Chicago.” Frontwoman Kalmia Traver told me why the band is putting out a live album now.

“We’ve been crafting our live shows since the very beginning,” Traver said. “We’ve toured so much (and we’ve) played all over the country, and … we all had it in our minds that we would love to try to capture this and really get a good representation of it.”

So last fall, a small army of professional tapers attended a handful of Rubblebucket concerts, and (a film crew) showed up to the Double Door, and when it was all said and done, the band felt it had something that folks awed by the live show could take with them to approximate the experience at home.

“People are always sort of complaining, like, ‘Yeah, we like your albums, but it’s nothing like your live show,’” Traver said. “They told us we really needed to get this out there, so we did.”

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

Galactic at the Domino Room in Bend. Photo by Andy Tullis / The Bulletin

My Feedback column this week is a bit wishy-washy. Basically I say that Galactic was terrific but I didn’t totally love the show, then I tell you why they were terrific and don’t tell you why I didn’t love ‘em. Whatever. Here’s an excerpt:

Anchored by the devastatingly heavy rhythm section of Stanton Moore (drums) and Robert Mercurio (bass), Galactic pumped out slab after slab of furious funk-rock, laying down a firm foundation for guest vocals by Corey Glover (of Living Colour fame) and killer trombone work by Corey Henry of Rebirth Brass Band.

Each man fit snugly into Galactic’s galaxy. Henry was a multitasker, mostly putting on a hornblowing clinic, but also prowling the stage, looking cool, and occasionally taking the microphone to rap and sing.

Glover, on the other hand, felt like an integral part of this thick, moist cake, adding his powerhouse vocals to songs like the heavily Big Easy-flavored “Hey Na Na,” the deeply funky “You Don’t Know”, and a blistering cover of seminal ‘70s soul artist Swamp Dogg’s “Total Destruction To Your Mind.”

Besides his big voice, Glover also gave Galactic a little bit of grit. So when he left, the band turned into a finely tuned funk machine, with every piece working together smoothly, and nary a note out of place. Especially impressive were the spirited melodies of “Karate,” as well as “Keep Steppin’,” which opened the second set with an ominous groove before giving way to Henry and saxophonist Ben Ellman for some electrifying work on the horns.

Click here to read the whole thing.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Rachel Brooke, Viva Le Vox and Boom Chick, Stephanie Schneiderman, Culprit and Ticktockman, Trent Romens, Flannel Bandana, Matt Miller, If Bears Were Bees and more!

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.