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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!

new Rubblebucket video to get you warmed up for tonight

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Last time Rubblebucket was in town, I went and saw them, steeling myself against a letdown. The hype around their previous show here (at The Bite of Bend) was loud enough to I figured they couldn’t possibly live up to it.

But they’re a very, very, very good and fun band, especially live. Here’s what I wrote after that show:

The octet … plays exuberant, globally inspired pop music that sounds like the stuttering polyrhythms and vibrant horns of Afrobeat dancing with the steady, motorik pulse of the English band Stereolab, all fronted by the terrific vocals of Kalmia Traver, who is clearly influenced by Icelandic pop superstar Björk.

If that sounds like a stylistic mishmash, well, it is. But it’s pretty amazing how well it works.

The thing about Rubblebucket is they play music that is unique, and discernibly different from pretty much any other band you’ll hear. That’s not hard to do. Anyone can start a band that blends, I don’t know, polka and dubstep.

What Rubblebucket does well is take in their influences and push out a hyper-prismatic sound that comes off as totally natural and totally unforced. And that is hard to do.

Here’s a new video the band put out today. Details on their show in Bend tonight are below.

The Omegaween Ball, featuring performances by Rubblebucket and Empty Space Orchestra; 9 tonight, doors open at 8 p.m.; $15 at the door; Century Center, 70 S.W. Century Drive, Bend; www.parallel44presents.com.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Because of the party hearty nature of Halloween weekend — and the sheer number of bands playing ‘ween-themed shows over the next few nights — we’re going to venture outside of the music section this week into GO! Magazine’s cover story, which features not 20 … not 30 … not 40 … but 50+ Halloween parties, concerts, trick or treats, costume contests, films, readings and more.

If you don’t find something spooky to do in these listings, you just aren’t looking hard enough. Happy Halloween! Y’all have fun out and be safe out there.

Elsewhere:

The Horned Hand hosts the psychedelic garage-pop of Gardens.

Busy and beloved local drummer Jared Forqueran is moving to Denver, but not before playing a couple farewell gigs this weekend.

I review The Felice Brothers’ show at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom. (Bonus photos and video here.)

And the rest of the music section: Head for the Hills and Dead Winter Carpenters, a benefit for Gary Bowne, Moira Smiley & VOCO, Children of Nova and My Favorite Sacred Songs. Plus Blackstrap, Dela Project, Third Seven and Truckstop Gravy and a whole bunch of other stuff.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, May 13th, 2011

It’s been a long time coming, but Empty Space Orchestra’s new album is here, and that means the local instrumental rock band has a CD-release show on Thursday. I caught up with ESO last week and we talked about their popularity in Bend and taking their show to new towns.

“I don’t really feel like I want it to happen faster,” guitarist Shane Thomas said. “I mean, it would be nice if it would, but we know we’ll have to go to other cities and play for, like, 15 and 20 people. That’s nothing that’s old for us, but it’s definitely nice to be able to come back here and play for (big crowds).”

Saxophonist Graham Jacobs said the band is “pretty excited” to play new towns, a point drummer Lindsey Elias reiterated after acknowledging that well-attended Bend shows are always a boost.

“But it’s also nice to really get in front of the few people that are there in those different cities that have … virgin ears,” she said. “That’s what’s fun, to see people’s reactions to something they’ve never seen before.”

Click here to read the whole thing, won’t you?

(There is another video of Ozomatli performing in Bend on Frequency’s YouTube channel.)

Like most of Bend — OK, not most, but a lot of people — Feedback got swept up in last week’s Cinco de Mayo celebration in downtown Bend. I loved Rubblebucket’s music, missed Todd Haaby, and was wowed by the crowd for the headliner, Ozomatli.

It was a sea of party-hungry humanity: beers aloft, kids on shoulders, smiling faces, sombreros flying through the air and folks finding whatever space they could to dance to the sounds of Ozomatli, the L.A.-based Latin fusion band that headlined the night and charged through a set of fiery songs that only fueled the celebration.

Ozomatli has become world famous for its versatility, and they showcased it in Bend, bouncing easily from hip-hop to cumbia to funk to reggae to straight-up punk rock, reflecting the cosmopolitan sprawl of their hometown. Highlights included the stomping rap-rock of “City of Angels,” an epic, brassy ranchera tune called “Caballito” and “La Temperatura,” a heavily Latin-flavored number that inspired chaos among the crowd.

I hope you’ll read the whole thing by clicking here.

Elsewhere in the music section: Tyler Fortier brings his excellent songs to the Silver Moon, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers return to town, members of the Hieroglyphics crew headline a hip-hop show and The Bobby Lindstrom band and Sisters Americana Project celebrate new CDs, plus Cicada Omega, Will West and Mumbo Gumbo, and a Last Band Standing update.

Tonight: Ozomatli/Rubblebucket, Cash’d Out, Brandi Carlile, MMR and more

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Time for a math lesson, kids:

Cinco de Mayo + this awesome and long-awaited weather x one of the most robust weeknights of live music I can remember around here = downtown Bend is gonna be bananas tonight.

Here’s a quick roundup of what’s happening:

–The biggest party appears to be Amalia’s Cinco de Mayo celebration, which will shut down part of Wall Street and feature music by the kaleidoscopic pop band Rubblebucket (4:30 p.m.), Bend’s own Todd Haaby & Sola Via (6:30 p.m.) and Latin/hip-hop/rock giants Ozomatli (8:30 p.m.). There’ll also be Mexican food, dancing, a low-rider demo and other fun stuff, all for free. Here’s my story on Ozomatli plus all the details on the event. Listen:

Ozomatli

Rubblebucket

–While the party swirls outside, Seattle-based singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile will be wowing a packed house inside the Tower Theatre. Carlile is a terrific performer, which is why this show (like her previous three appearances in Bend) is sold out. If you’ve already got your ticket, enjoy!

Brandi Carlile

–Just down the breezeway and a little later into the night, MadHappy Lounge will celebrate Cinco de Mayo electronically with NorCal techno kingpin DJ G.A.M.M.A., plus DJs Rada and Huff. That one will get going around 9 p.m. and is free.

DJ G.A.M.M.A.

–Meanwhile, up on Greenwood Avenue, the astoundingly authentic Johnny Cash tribute band Cash’d Out will transform the Domino Room into a big ol’ time machine to the 1950s and ’60s. The San Diego quartet has the look and sound of early Cash (and his band, the Tennessee Three) down pat. More info is here, and for this one, you need visuals.

–Finally, if you’d prefer your Cinco de Mayo tunes to have a little more local flavor, considering hitting The Summit Saloon & Stage around 9 p.m. for one of Bend’s most popular party bands, the Moon Mountain Ramblers. Or shimmy up to McMenamins Old St. Francis School at 7 p.m. for Brothers in Achord, a new bluesy/folksy collaboration between local singer-songwriters Josh Hart and Leif James.

Have fun out there, folks, and be safe.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Downtown Bend will celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style Thursday as L.A. fusionistas Ozomatli headline a free outdoor celebration on Wall Street. My conversation with band co-founder Ulises Bella focused more on Ozo’s world travels than its music.

But it’s the band’s role as U.S. Department of State-designated Cultural Ambassadors that sparks a fire in Bella. When he talks about Ozomatli’s music, he sounds excited. When he talks about its overseas work, he sounds inspired.

Since 2007, the band has traveled to Nepal, India, Myanmar, Madagascar, Jordan, Tunisia, South Africa, Egypt, Mongolia and China on official government business, playing free public concerts, conducting workshops and doing community outreach in, as Bella puts it, “places no bands go to.”

To wit: Last summer, Ozomatli performed for thousands of people in a public square in Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar. They were the first Western band to play there. Ever.

“We feel like some pioneers. Like, yo, we’re gonna go into this country and … maybe a handful of people might know who we are,” Bella said. “In a weird way, it’s a great litmus test for letting the music stand on its own.

“In a lot of ways, there’s something in our music, especially rhythmically, that you can latch onto and be like, ‘Hey, I kind of know this. This kind of seems familiar to me,’” he continued. “We start playing and immediately the reaction is for the most part overwhelmingly positive.”

Bellas was great interview. I hope you’ll click here to read the whole thing.

Elsewhere in this week’s jam-packed music section, we’ve got short stories on Cash’d Out and The Staxx Brothers, plus The Northstar Session, Mad Rad, The Anvil Blasters, Sara Jackson-Holman, Super Adventure Club, Brandi Carlile, Floater, Tony Smiley and Marv Ellis, the Acorn Project and more.

Ozomatli, Rubblebucket playing Cinco de Mayo in Bend

Friday, March 18th, 2011

The team of blogmonkeys stationed inside the Frequency Command Bunker has been a little slow with the “publish” button recently, so chances are good you already know that the fantastic Latin rock/hip-hop band Ozomatli is playing a free, outdoor show on May 5 in downtown Bend.

Pretty exciting!

Today, even more exciting news about that show: Rubblebucket, the globally inspired, funky pop band that by all accounts completely slayed The Bite of Bend last summer, has been added to the lineup of what the C3 Events Facebook page calls a free “Cinco de Mayo Street Fair” (presented by Amalia’s restaurant). Local flamenco band Todd Haaby and Sola Via will also play.

Combine all that with Bend fave Brandi Carlile’s soon-to-be sold out show at the Tower Theatre that night (tickets are available today and are going fast), Cinco de Mayo is shaping up to be a very fun night on Wall Street. Start thinking warm thoughts now.

New video for Rubblebucket’s “Came Out of a Lady”

Monday, November 1st, 2010

If you were at the Bite of Bend in June, you may remember a performance by Rubblebucket, the funky “rock-ro-beat” band from the Northeast. I don’t remember it, because I wasn’t there. But I do remember, like, a half-dozen people telling me afterward that the band played a mind-blowing set.

So anyway, here’s an artsy new video for their hip-shaker of a song “Came Out of a Lady.” Enjoy!

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, June 25th, 2010

The Acorn Project, from Bellingham, Wash., is coming down to play three consecutive nights at Bend’s McMenamins Old St. Francis School. That seemed like a good-enough reason to chat with saxophonist Sam Lax about the band.

If Acorn Project is a jam band, they’re one with a sense of momentum. Where most jam bands might engage in endless, aimless guitar noodling, this one keeps moving forward, rocking out, ever mindful of keeping a beat.

In other words, Acorn Project’s music is jammy, sure, but also muscular and punchy, a result of its members’ varied interests.

“Everybody has a pretty different taste in what they like, and I think that … kind of led to our eclectic mix,” Lax said. “Our bass player and lead singer/guitarist are both big fans of blues-rock and more of an indie sound. Myself and the keyboard player are really into the jam scene and the live electronica scene. And then we have our drummer who’s big into hip-hop.”

And while the individual Acorns will improvise and take solos, the band tries to focus on strong songwriting rather than just setting sail and seeing where the wind blows.

“If we’re going to write a funk song, we want it to sound like funk,” Lax said. “We’ll open it up and let things flow, but we try to have, like, an end in sight, you know?”

You can check out the whole thing here.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section:

Bend-based booking agency In The Pocket Artists is having a family gathering of sorts this weekend, as four bands from its roster play in town over three days. Click here to read up on the company, as well as Rubblebucket, The Staxx Brothers, Jukebot! and Empty Space Orchestra.

It seems like every week, another local artist is releasing a new album. This week, we have two: Sisters singer-songwriter Dennis McGregor will celebrate “Behind The Beat, Below The Note” Saturday at the Harmony House, and Bend Americana combo Moon Mountain Ramblers will show off their new double-disc “Live at the Tower” album with a show tonight at Angeline’s Bakery in Sisters, and Saturday night at Silver Moon Brewing in Bend.

Still not satisfied? How about punk vets GBH at the Domino Room, jazzman Dan Balmer kicking off Black Butte Ranch’s summer concert series, and David Miller, Erin Cole-Baker and the Rough String Band, plus an update on Last Band Standing. As always, there’s much, much more in The Bulletin’s complete music listings.

And don’t forget: some of the best tunes in town this weekend will be at the Bite of Bend. We’re talking March Fourth Marching Band, Rubblebucket, Ascetic Junkies, The Staxx Brothers and more. Here’s our story on that!