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Get to know Mindscape and Doc & Wyatt before tonight’s Method Man show

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

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In last week’s GO! Magazine, I wrote this respectful but not fawning piece on the career of Method Man, the Wu-Tang Clan rapper who’ll perform at Bend’s Domino Room tonight.

After listening to a bunch of his stuff this morning, I’m thinking maybe I sold him a bit short, artistically. My bad.

But that’s not why we’re here. We’re here to talk about the local openers for tonight’s show: Mindscape and Doc & Wyatt.

For those unfamiliar, here’s a little local historical hip-hop math: Mindscape = Mike Fish of Central Oregon’s biggest and — I think it’s fair to say — best-ever rap collective, the now-defunct Person People. And Doc & Wyatt = KP and Mez of Person People. That’s 3/7ths of what I would consider the group’s classic lineup.

Anyway, all these guys are still making music well after Person People’s demise. Last summer, Mindscape released his third solo album, called “Rap/98.3,” which features his trademark loquacious-yet-level-headed flow over beats created from nothing but samples of classic rock songs. It’s a terrific listen:

Doc & Wyatt is a little harder to get an ear on. KP and Mez have made a bunch of tracks, and there is an EP that (at least half of) the duo considers unfinished, so it either hasn’t yet been released or never will be. But the songs are great, and they live in a set at Mez’s Soundcloud. You can hear ‘em here:

Fish lives in California now, and Mez lives in Utah, but these three guys have made some of the best rap music Bend has to offer. Tonight, the Domino Room doors will open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9, so peel yourself off your couch/barstool and get there on time to support your local hip-hoppers.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Busy week! Click the links to read:

– My colleague David Jasper talks to Pennywise frontman Jim Lindberg about his return to the road ahead of the punk band’s show Sunday at Midtown Ballroom.

– Bend’s concert scene has been full of funk lately. I wrote a little about two upcoming shows: Monophonics and The Quick & Easy Boys Saturday at Liquid Lounge and Orgone Thursday at The Annex.

– Method Man of the Wu-Tang Clan is coming to town Wednesday, and I unpack his enduring popularity.

Elsewhere in the music section: the Mel Brown Septet plays Jazz at the Oxford, J-Ras and Marko bring reggae to the Astro Lounge, Joe Craven will visit HarmonyHouse, Trigger Itch headlines a punk bill at Big T’s, Jennifer Batten will shred The Sound Garden and The Horned Hand has a busy and high-quality week planned, with Terrible Buttons tonight, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank Saturday and The Preservation Wednesday.