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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, March 12th, 2010

Brandi Carlile sold out two shows at the Tower Theatre next week, but we put her on the cover of GO! Magazine anyway. Because she’s great. And she loves Bend. And Bend loves her. Here’s Carlile’s recollection of her gig opening for Sheryl Crow here in 2008:

“I remember she was late to the gig and I had to play for a long time. I mean, I must’ve played for 45 minutes into her set before she got there,” Carlile said, “and the audience never once left us. They never once acted bored or irritated, and they were incredibly receptive to Sheryl when she got there. They let me play at least half an hour (or) 45 minutes into a Sheryl Crow show without Sheryl Crow, and I won’t ever forget that about Bend. I won’t ever forget how kind they were.”

She goes on to talk about last summer’s show at the Tower Theatre, the concept behind her new album “Give Up the Ghost,” working with Elton John, and more. I really enjoyed doing this interview and writing this story, and I hope you’ll read the whole thing here.

Tuck And Roll is one of Bend’s best bands, and they have a brand new album of poppy punk rock to show the world. You can pick it up at tonight’s CD-release show at Players. Meanwhile, here’s a bit from my conversation with frontman Sam Fisher:

“I would call myself a late-bloomer with music. I have four older siblings, and my older brother Mason really had the ultimate ’80s collection of music on tape, so I just kind of latched on to that,” Fisher said in a telephone interview last week. “I didn’t branch out, really, until I met Ryan and when I heard Weezer’s blue album. I think that was … when I realized, ‘Hey, wait a minute. There’s other stuff out there than cheesy butt-rock. This stuff sounds really good.’”

It was his first leap into the deep rabbit hole of music obsession.

“After that is when I first started buying my Pennywise CDs and NOFX CDs. It seems like once you get a good punk album that you like … it’s so easy to discover other music and other bands on that label,” Fisher said. “That was it for me.”

You should read the whole thing here.

Also in the music section of GO! Magazine this week: a round-up of St. Patrick’s Day shows, funk/jazz legend Maceo Parker in Bend and funk/jazz up-and-comer Trombone Shorty in Sisters, plus Pato Banton, Poor Man’s Whiskey, Great American Taxi, One Horse Shy, the second annual Jim Jam for Jim Witty, and the More Bars in More Places underground hip-hop tour, featuring Knobody. And there’s always lots more in our complete music listings.

October 23 in GO! Magazine

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Today, someone asked me if there are times of the year that I’m busier than others, and times of the year when I’m struggling to find something to cover.

When I took this job more than three years ago, the answer probably would’ve been yes. Back then, it seemed the local music scene slowed down in September and October, and stayed pretty slow until about April or May.

But things have changed. For the third fall in a row, I’m just not seeing much of a drop-off in the amount of music-related activity now that the air is getting chillier and my yard is covered with leaves. The (relatively) dead season for concerts in Bend seems to have permanently shortened from October through April to maybe December through March.

That’s awesome, of course, for people like you and me, who love music and love having a multitude of live-music options in our town.

This week is no different. Just look at all these good shows coming up over the next seven days. In a slow week, a half-dozen of these could’ve been perfectly solid choices for a full feature story. As it is, I’m trying to cram them all into a limited amount of space in GO! Magazine. That’s a good problem to have.

-Bay Area jam-grass faves Poor Man’s Whiskey are coming to town, and they’re bringing their “Dark Side of the Moonshine” show with them. Lasers! Costumes! Fog! FLOYD!

-Local hilllbilly punk troupe Larry and His Flask has been on tour for months, and this weekend they’ll play two homecoming shows at the Domino Room and Silver Moon Brewing.

-The buzz is loud for Wednesday’s show at Silver Moon featuring the U.K.-based rock ‘n’ soul band The Heavy. These guys know how to bring it; it will be interesting to see how they draw on a school night.

-Two very intriguing benefits are going down this weekend: Saturday’s Witness Your World fundraiser will feature music by Kev Russell of The Gourds, and Rise Up International will hold its Art For India event on Sunday, with music provided by The Autonomics, Leif James and Chris Chabot.

-This weekend is absolutely packed with good stuff, including Matt Hopper and Eric Tollefson at Silver Moon, Gavin Wahl-Stephens at McMenamins, The Pink Snowflakes at Players, Brent Amaker and the Rodeo at Black Horse Saloon, Mine+Us and DJ Hoppa at Bendistillery Martini Bar and a bunch of poppy, punky, rocky bands at the Rise Up studio, headlined by Phone Calls from Home.

Seriously. Anyone know if there’s a place in Bend that offers human cloning?