Last week’s GO! Magazine didn’t have nearly enough coverage of tonight’s Low Hums / Rural Demons show at Volcanic Theatre Pub. So I will endeavor to make up for that here.
Low Hums are a Seattle-based band (led by Jonas Haskins, formerly of the band Earth) that specializes in creating not only music, but moods, especially the kind of mood that happens when you’re flat on your back in the desert, baked by the sun (or whatever) and staring up at stars pinpricking a dusky sky. This is a twangy trance music for deteriorating dunes, expansive adobe-drones to soundtrack your cosmic wanderings; Central Oregonians, think of it as buzzy juniper jams designed to enhance a leisurely trip through the Badlands.
Low Hums is a band that vibes.
Tonight, they’ll bring those vibes to Bend, where the opening act — local slowcore doom-roots collective Rural Demons — could not be a more perfect pairing.
Here’s Low Hums’ self-titled full-length, which came out last year. Click ‘n’ bliss:
Low Hums and Rural Demons play at 9 tonight, with doors opening at 8 p.m., at Volcanic Theatre Pub (70 N.W. Century Drive, Bend). It’s free to attend.
The Austin, Texas band The Preservation is playing at The Horned Hand (507 N.W. Colorado Ave., Bend) tonight. 8 p.m. start time, and a $5 cover. Well worth it to see these folks make mighty fine music.
I actually saw them play at Silver Moon back in the summer of 2010, when I described them thusly:
(The Preservation sounds) like the Austin, Texas music scene come to life: a pinch of twang-pop, a dash of of rockabilly and swing, a smidgen of soul, and a healthy splash of margarita mix and festive chili pepper lights. Think the Beatles/Kinks/Velvet Underground, Wilco, The Derailers and Loretta Lynn’s “Portland, Oregon,” and you’re barking up the right taco stand.
That still stands, I think. But you can hear them for yourself on their Bandcamp site, where they’ve posted their most recent album “Two Sisters” for free streaming:
Everywhere you look these days, it’s Bobby Lindstrom, Bobby Lindstrom, Bobby Lindstrom.
The Bend-based blues/rock singer-songwriter seems to get more gigs ’round here than just about anyone else.
So we decided to write about him!
This week, Bobby’s playing four shows in five nights. My colleague David Jasper met up with him earlier this week and found about his background and the clarity that comes with being clean and sober.
When he was 17, (Lindstrom) and a friend attended a recording seminar at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and decided to hitchhike from there to Oxnard, Calif. “His cousin lived there, and he wasn’t home. We sat out on his porch, and I started playing the blues, just like that,” Lindstrom said. “I’m like, ‘Dude! Check this out! This is so easy, man.’ After that I started listening to B.B. King, Jimmy Reed, Taj Mahal, Little Richard.”
He’s been writing and playing the blues ever since. The hale, 58-year-old father of a 31-year-old son, Lindstrom describes himself as a recovering addict. He’s had a rebellious tendency and an addictive personality from childhood — “long before I found drugs,” he said — and has been clean and sober since 1995.
Following rehab, Lindstrom launched into a flurry of writing and recording, and has released a string of six albums since 1999. His most recent two are 2010’s “Hungry, Cold & Blue” and “Bring It On,” released last year. A disc of blues standards is slated for release this year. (Lindstrom’s albums are available at www.reverbnation.com/bobbylindstrom.)
“It’s been curious watching myself, as I learn to write and play and start to get some success. Success is the strangest thing for a recovering addict. All of a sudden, everything is working,” he said. “The last couple of years, everything that I’ve been through is starting to make sense. It’s starting to come into focus.”
I hope you’ll click here and read the whole thing.
Boots Riley and The Coup
For my Feedback column this week, I spent Saturday night taking in some hip-hop: The Coup, Busdriver and Buck 65 at Bend WinterFest. Here’s an excerpt:
To paraphrase that great, graceful star of stage and screen known as Meat Loaf, I would do anything for a quality hip-hop show in Bend … even that.
And by “that” I mean “traipse around Bend’s west side on a bone-chilling February night to see three interesting and imaginative rappers perform in a town that has experienced a dearth of good hip-hop in recent months.”
Even that, I would do.
Let’s get this out of the way: Saturday night was cold. So, so cold. Cold enough that my brilliant plan to park at the Century Center, walk a mile or so to Bend WinterFest to see Oakland-based funk-hop group The Coup on an outdoor stage in the Old Mill District, and then walk back to the Century Center for an indoor afterparty show by oddball rappers Busdriver and Buck 65 didn’t seem so brilliant at about 9:45 p.m., as I trudged along Simpson Avenue, teeth chattering.
What can I say? I don’t look at weather forecasts.
I promise the whole thing isn’t about me. In fact, the rest is about the shows. Read the whole thing by clicking here.
Also in this week’s music section: G. Love & Special Sauce return to the Domino Room, Greensky Bluegrass is back in town tonight, and a ton of locals: Five Pint Mary, Rural Demons, Blackflowers Blacksun, Johnny Forrest, Boxcar Stringband, Flannel Bandana. Plus we’ve got a photo album of Third Seven’s tour of Europe right here. He’ll play a homecoming show Monday.
–Plus: Half-of-Hillstomp Henry Kammerer comes to town with McDougall, Rosie Ledet brings zydeco to the Domino Room on Saturday, JPOD the Beat Chef heads up an electronic bill tonight at Midtown, “The Goat Rodeo Sessions Live” film screens at the Regal Old Mill 16, indie-folk chanteuse Ezza Rose plays The Wine Shop, Cadence takes on Players Bar, and much more!
Great poster for tonight’s Animal Eyes / Rural Demons show at The Horned Hand. I wrote about Animal Eyes here. You can scroll through Frequency’s ever-growing archive of cool flyers and posters for local shows by clicking here.
The Horned Hand has an evening full of rustic indie-folk music tonight with local band Rural Demons, plus Coloradans The Ghost of Michael Clark and The Changing Colors. Things will get going shortly after 8 p.m. and cover is $5. Here’s what I wrote about The Changing Colors in last week’s GO! Magazine:
Led by twin brothers Conor and Ian Bourgal, The Changing Colors come from the rustic Colorado music scene, where it’s easy to imagine their sad, sweeping folk tunes caroming around the craggy face of the nearby Rockies. The Bourgals excel at making sparse songs sound resonant and atmospheric.
Upon further review, these dudes write some seriously gorgeous songs. Imagine a less wild-eyed Will Oldham (Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Palace Music) if his songs were set free in a wide-open space to breathe. But still super-bearded. That’s The Changing Colors. Here’s a sample:
I don’t know much about The Ghost of Michael Clark, but I’m sure the link above and/or a search engine will help you. Besides, I want to make sure to tell you to get there on time tonight to see the Rural Demons, a Bend-based “western gothic doom country” band led by James Ryan Adams that has been playing a bunch recently. They also just released an album, “Ghost Lights,” that I’ve been spinning a ton. You should do the same (stream it free here), because it’s very, very good.