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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, June 8th, 2012

I’m sure Poor Moon’s Christian Wargo is already tired of talking about his life and work in Fleet Foxes, and I’m not terribly interested in letting the stature of the Seattle-based indie-folk giants overshadow Wargo’s new band, either.

But I have to say, it was pretty tough to chat with him last week and not talk about his “other” band. I mean, Fleet Foxes is arguably my favorite band of the past five years. Fortunately, Wargo is a fine songwriter in his own right, and the Poor Moon songs we’ve heard so far point to a bright future for his new venture.

That venture continues this weekend when Poor Moon kicks off Les Schwab Amphitheater’s free Summer Sunday Concerts series. When we spoke, Wargo and I chatted about life on the road with a band that’s doing things a bit more DIY than, say, Fleet Foxes have been in recent years.

“It has been a real breath of fresh air for us,” he said. “Being in the van together with your bros, you get to see where you’re going, as opposed to a bus tour, where you go to bed and then you wake up in the next backstage area and it can be a little monotonous.

“You know, being in charge of getting yourself to the show and finding hotels, it’s been fun,” he continued. “We really have enjoyed it a lot. I couldn’t actually see myself getting into a bus right now.”

Besides being closer to band mates, touring on a smaller scale also provides more opportunities to meet and make connections with fans, he said.

“In the smaller clubs, (there’s) just an energy that you can’t quite get when you’re playing theaters,” Wargo said. “It’s all around just been great. I love it.”

Read the whole thing here.

Also worth highlighting this weekend: Local community radio station KPOV is celebrating its 7th birthday with another Beatles Singalong! It’s just what it sounds like: Local bands play Beatles songs, the lyrics are projected on a screen and everyone sings along. There’s a costume contest and trivia and other stuff, and proceeds benefit KPOV. Good times, great cause!

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Bad boy glam-rapper Mickey Avalon is back in Bend, the Pickin’ & Paddlin’ series begins with The Pitchfork Revolution, a trio of Oregon songwriters will play The Horned Hand, Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks visit Kimberly, a roundup of the opportunities to see and hear Irish/Celtic music this week, the psych-rock sounds of Rubedo, and a Last Band Standing update. Plus, a bunch of good local bands are playing the Bend Pride celebration on Saturday. All are welcome!

Tonight: Montë Mar at Astro Lounge, The Palisades / Rubedo at Madhappy Lounge

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Monday nights are generally pretty sleepy in Bend, but tonight isn’t playing along. Besides the Kottonmouth Kings show at the Domino Room, a couple of downtown bars are hosting bands that are worth your time. They’re also worth more ink than they got in last week’s GO! Magazine, but I didn’t know about them then, so let me make up for that by telling you about them now:

At the new Astro Lounge (939 N.W. Bond St., Bend), the California indie/pop/rock band Montë Mar will get going around 8 p.m. It’s free. “California indie/pop/rock” tells you most of what you need to know about this quintet. They specialize in breezy, bouncy pop, with sun-dazed melodies draped in reverb, and just a hint of electronic influence here and there. Think The Beatles and The Smiths, or Death Cab for Cutie if they’d come from a sunny coast instead of the gray Northwest. They also sound like a cross between Aveo, Voxtrot and The Lassie Foundation, if you know any of those bands … which, if you do, send me an email. We should hang.

Find listenables at their website, MySpace and Facebook. Here’s a taste, too … stick around till the end to hear this catchy tune climb into the heavens:

Down at the Madhappy Lounge (850 N.W. Brooks St., Bend), a couple of interesting rock bands — The Palisades and Rubedo — will play a free show in the bar’s cozy corner starting around 9 p.m. The Palisades are a trio from Bellingham, Wash., that does a rough-hewn kind of thing that reminds me of mid-’90s post-punk heroes Braid, complete with the rhythmic zigzags and hoarse melodies. Hear their newest EP here.

Rubedo, from Denver, brings to Bend an eclectic sound that vacillates between wispy, murky quietudes and blasts of abrasive rock, always coursing with threads of experimental jazz and funk. It truly is hard to get a handle on. Bewildering, even. Rubedo is working with some heavy hitters (connected to bands like The Dodos and The Mars Volta) on their debut album, which is due out soon (I think). Visit their website to hear some music and find their various social media outposts.