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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, December 21st, 2012

Here’s what’s in today’s music section in GO! Magazine:

- My colleague David Jasper’s story on the newish Central Oregon band Hobbs, which plays at Silver Moon Brewing tonight.

- My roundup of some of tonight’s big “end of the world” concerts, including Moon Mountain Ramblers, most of Person People, two good local bands at The Horned Hand and a Redmond option. (NOTE: Short stories on the Saturday’s Holiday Brewgrass Jamboree at Silver Moon and Patrick Lamb’s Jazz at the Oxford shows this weekend are at this link, too. They shouldn’t be, but they are.)

- My review of Snoop Dogg’s show at Bend’s Midtown Ballroom Tuesday night.

- Subliminal goes acoustic, shows to get you out of the house on Christmas night, and much more.

The 10 best concerts of the year in Central Oregon

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

I’ve gone on and on about my favorite recordings of 2009 here and here, but live music is the backbone of any good scene. Here is a look back my 10 favorite shows of the past 12 months in chronological order, with excerpts from reviews already published in The Bulletin or on Frequency.

Moon Mountain Ramblers, Jan. 24, Tower Theatre

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(The Ramblers) were terrific. Their arsenal of stringed instruments rang out crisp and clean. The mix was perfect, with percussionist Dale Largent complementing the pickers nicely. Vocally, the harmonies were shipshape, and I was surprised by guitarist Matthew Hyman’s strong voice. I didn’t realize he’s that good of a singer.

As for the set list, the band flitted back and forth between its favorite styles, from Hyman’s twangy ballads to bassist Dan McClung’s jazzgrass instrumentals to mandolinist Joe Schulte’s more rock-influenced numbers.

One highlight was my co-worker Jenny Harada’s song for her brother, Jason, who died last summer, called “Chasing The Sun.” I’m sure there were dry eyes in the house, but they weren’t mine. Another highlight was a new Schulte song built on a weird, ominous groove and featuring a wicked Largent drum solo, like old-time music meets heavy metal. A genre was born just then, I think: doomgrass.

We also got a raucous cover of the old Stealers Wheel hit “Stuck In The Middle,” a perfectly plaintive version of “Restless,” and what may be the Ramblers’ new signature tune, “Let It All Be Good.” In the latter, when Schulte sang “You’re dancing to our music till your toes start to bleed,” I scanned the wiggly bunch up front to get a glimpse of life imitating art.

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October 30 in GO! Magazine

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Happy Halloween, kids and grown-up kids!

I’ve got no snappy intro this week, but I do want to know this: What are you dressing up as for Halloween? Let me know in the comments. (I’m quite tempted to shave a corn maze into my hair and go around interrupting peoples’ conversations.)

I’ll tell you what Bend is dressing up as this year: A town with a ton of bands playing at clubs all over the place. Here are five shows I wrote about:

-Person People and The Staxx Brothers tonight at the Domino Room.
-Empty Space Orchestra Saturday at McMenamins Old St. Francis School.
-Warm Gadget and Goodbye Dyna Saturday at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom.
-Necktie Killer, Tuck & Roll and Danger Death Ray Saturday at Black Horse Saloon.
-Moon Mountain Ramblers Saturday at the Domino Room.

That’s not all that’s happening. Check out The Bulletin’s events calendar to find a long list of festivities, or better yet, pick up a print copy of GO! Magazine, which contains both the calendar and the “Area 97 Clubs” page, which has even more stuff listed.

Of course, not everything that’s happening this weekend is Halloween-related. Here are a couple options where you won’t feel weird if you don’t dress in costume:

-The popular California ska band Mad Caddies are performing on Sunday at Mountain’s Edge bar, which is the new name of the old Timbers South in Bend. (Click here to read about why the Caddies are playing a place that’s quite a bit smaller than the venues they usually play.)

-On Sunday, Christian hitmakers Todd Agnew and Building 429 will put on a concert at the Christian Life Center in Bend.

So obviously, plenty of choices out there. Everyone have fun and be safe.

Person People branches out

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

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Local hip-hop collective Person People is on its way over to Eugene as we speak to rock a show at that town’s venerable music venue, the WOW Hall, as an opening act for Wu Tang Clan legend Ghostface Killah. Check out drummer Jared Forqueran and the new PP van!

It’s good to see these guys (and gal) with the van, the out-of-town dates, and the seemingly new-found drive to build the PP brand beyond Central Oregon. A few weeks ago, the crew did a short tour through Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, and after the Ghostface gig, they’ll play in Portland on Saturday night, a special pre-Halloween show in Bend next Friday, and then two dates in Boise and Portland opening for jazz-hop icons Digable Planets.

This is a big deal for Person People. One of the best ways for a young band to carry its name and sound beyond its hometown is to score opening slots for bigger, better-known acts of the same ilk. A fan of a band like Digable Planets, for example, may take notice of Person People’s unconventional mix of rock and hip-hop, and may even drop by the merch table to pick up a copy of the band’s excellent 2009 album “heARTbeats.” That’s money in the pocket, but even more valuable is the potential for impressing some folks and the word-of-mouth marketing that follows.

It’s no coincidence that Person People’s sudden burst of activity and travel comes shortly after it signed on with Gabe Johnson’s locally based (but nationally reaching) booking agency In The Pocket Artists. I saw PP DJ A-Bomb at Silver Moon a while back and asked him where all this road-warrior energy was coming from. “Gabe’s doing his job,” was his reply. So when I saw Johnson at the Bend Roots Revival, I asked him why he signed the band. He said he saw a series of Person People concerts over the past year or so that convinced him the group had tightened up its act and was ready to take its show on the road and, specifically, into bigger cities.

He’s right. Since the band’s inception in 2002, Person People has been a bit of an enigma on the local music scene. For a long time, they seemed to possess the talent needed to break out beyond our region, but lacked a certain something — motivation, business acumen, money, or all of the above — to make it happen. But things have changed. The group has a very good (and good-looking) album it can offer now, and the addition of the live instruments not only took PP’s live show to another level, but sets the band apart as a unique entity and sound on the regional hip-hop scene.

The partnership with In The Pocket is another piece of the puzzle, and an important one. With the agency’s resources and contacts on board, Person People’s horizons are a lot broader these days. Let’s hope these trips to neighboring states and dates supporting big names are just the beginning.

Person People BLURRY c Pete Erickson

B.I.G.S. throws a big party Saturday at old Rising Star building

Friday, August 7th, 2009

I have a blurb in today’s GO! Magazine about this, but didn’t know the schedule of performances until this morning. Here it is, with links to hear the bands, where possible:

12-1 p.m. — Reggae DJ
1-2 p.m. — How About No
2:15-3:15 p.m. — Tone Red
3:30-5 p.m. — Taarka
5:15-6:15 p.m. — National Theatre Project
6:30-8 p.m. — Person People

Here’s the poster:

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This thing is free, and sounds like a good time. I have an inkling that it might be quite the hot spot on Saturday…

June 26 in GO! Magazine

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Another Friday, another blog post about the music stuff that’s in GO! Magazine. And let me assure you, reader: The articles linked below are the most important music news happening right now. Nothing could possibly be bigger or more important. Nothing! Well … maybe not nothing.

-Tonight, the wonderfully rollicking, hyper-catchy Idaho trio Finn Riggins visits Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom. Opening will be Empty Wotta, a hybrid band that includes Mosley Wotta and half of Empty Space Orchestra, so get there on time.

Oh! I almost forgot: Download some Finn Riggins goodness, won’t you? Here you go:

Download Finn Riggins, “Hraka”

-Local folk duo The Erins perform tonight at The Summit, and then Erin Cole-Baker will play a solo gig Sunday at Les Schwab Amphitheater.

-Lindy Gravelle, a longtime fixture on the local scene, has a new CD out called “One Lucky Lady.” She’ll have it with her when she plays at Bo Restobar tonight.

-Tonight is busy! If you’re in Sisters (or want to be), you can check out the Western swing of Portland’s Lisa and Her Kin at Angeline’s Bakery.

-Two rock bands are teaming up for a Domino Room show on Tuesday night. Local quartet The Commerical Underground will open, and Idaho’s Under Wicked Sky will headline.

-Saturday will mark Deschutes Brewery’s 21st birthday, and they’re throwing a party featuring music by Tuck and Roll, Goodbye Dyna, Blackstrap and Scott Fox.

-You can catch two solid local acts within a few dozen feet of each other on Saturday night. Head to Silver Moon at 8 p.m. for bluesman Eric Tollefson, and then wander next door to the Tulen Center for the Person People show. Tollefson says he’s getting started early so everyone can see the PP set. How considerate of him! (Note: If you click that link, you’ll also see a blurb about David Bowers playing McMenamins on Wednesday. That is not happening. The Bowers Colony canceled, and the Portland-based electro-jam band Alpaca will perform instead.)

So yeah, click the links. If you’re a subscriber, you’ll be able to read them. If you’re not, you’ll either need to subscribe or pick up a print version of The Bulletin.

Rest in peace, Mike.