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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, September 14th, 2012

I’ve got a 2-year-old who doesn’t want to nap, so we’re gonna do this real simple like. Here’s what’s in your newspaper today:

— Local hip-hop ambassador Mosley Wotta has a new album out called “KinKonK” and he’s going to perform it tonight to celebrate. I talked to him about it and wrote this.

— In Feedback, I talk about my experience Saturday night at Sisters Folk Festival and why I think the lineup on the main stage was proof that the event is in good hands attached to forward-thinking minds.

— My colleague David Jasper interviewed one-man blues-grit band Scott H. Biram and found out how “junkies in Portland” spurred him to stop distorting his singing voice all the time.

Elsewhere: Shadows on Stars headlines Liquid Lounge tonight (stream their album here), Polecat plays twice in town next week and singer-songwriter Paul Eddy is back in town and gigging all over the place after a few years living in Texas. And more, of course.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, April 27th, 2012

For the past couple of days, I’ve been listening exclusively to local singer-songwriter Eric Tollefson’s new album, “The Polar Ends,” in my car. Adding up the short drives and long cross-town trips, I’ve probably made it all the way through the record four or five times.

Mind you, I finished writing this week’s cover story about Tollefson on Tuesday, so these most recent listens have been free and easy, unburdened by the need to listen with a critical and analytical ear. In other words, I’ve just been listening for fun, not as prep for the story.

My conclusion: This thing has a bunch of great songs on it. And boy does it sound good.

On Thursday, Tollefson will play his official album-release show at McMenamins Old St. Francis School. A couple weeks ago, he and I chatted about all kinds of stuff — writing songs, making the record, pressure, nerves, his upcoming relocation to Seattle to try to make it in a bigger pond. Here’s an excerpt:

How the big pond treats him remains to be seen. Not that it matters much.

“If the wheels fall off and people don’t respond to anything I do, I’m still going to write songs every day,” Tollefson said. “There’s just nothing in my life that makes me happier.”

What matters, truly, is Tollefson’s attitude, his approach to music, and how he feels about his work.

“Be a student of music and the industry. Represent yourself the right way and work hard,” he said. “If you’re going to approach something big, you’ve got to do something bigger than you.

“If this record was just me, I don’t think it would come off the same,” he continued. “I wanted it to sound bigger than something I was capable of. And I think, at least, I achieved that.”

Eric’s a solid dude who made a solid album, and I think you should read the whole article.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: local singer-songwriter Jackie Barrett’s new album, plus The California Guitar Trio and Montreal Guitar Trio, Keola Beamer, Mann, Betty and the Boy, Polecat, A.M. Interstate, Sara Jackson-Holman, a Last Band Standing update and more.

[Video] Polecat at McMenamins

Monday, July 18th, 2011

The friendly folks in the Bellingham, Wash., bluegrass-ish band Polecat came through town twice in the past 10 days or so, once for a set at the Bend Summer Festival and once for a show at McMenamins Old St. Francis School.

My colleague Adam Sears was at the McMenamins show, video camera in hand. His footage is below. As you’ll see, this band pumps up its acoustic sound with drums, electric guitars and a bunch of sounds that wouldn’t be caught dead in traditional bluegrass. It’s pretty cool, so check it out.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 8th, 2011

As summer unfolds, the local music scene is getting busier and busier. This week is no exception. Here’s what’s in the music section of this week’s GO! Magazine:

–Country/bluegrass crossover stars Alison Krauss & Union Station return to Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater Saturday. (By the way, you really should grab a print copy of The Bulletin today. The cover of GO! Magazine is designed so that you can tear it off and fold it into a functional paper airplane to commemorate Krauss’ new album “Paper Airplane.” Fun!)

–Free, outdoor concert series are getting going all over Central Oregon. We detail Alive After 5 in Bend, Music on the Green in Redmond and Picnic in the Park in Prineville.

–The Bend Summer Festival will be crawling with bands all weekend, including Toad the Wet Sprocket, Ottmar Liebert, Night Ranger, Coco Montoya, The Dirt Drifters, Luce, Mosley Wotta and tons of locals.

–The Bend Metal Fest gathers five solid local metal band for a night of headbanging tonight at the Domino Room.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Washington bluegrassers Polecat play twice, gifted Portland MC Illmaculate visits Madhappy Lounge, a roving group of Accordion Babes invades McMenamins, The Barn in Sisters hosts a fundraiser for the High & Dry Bluegrass Festival, and a Last Band Standing update.

Big weekend out there. Have fun, y’all!