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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, June 24th, 2011

This week in the music section, we bring you sort of a hodgepodge of stuff, ranging from benefit shows to CD-release events to concert series kick-offs to brand new venues opening. So here’s a list:

KPOV’s raising funds with its second Beatles Singalong, and …
Friends of Megan Cecil are raising funds for her battle against cancer, and …
The High & Dry Bluegrass Festival’s raising funds by blending barbershop and bluegrass.


Local pop-punkers Tuck and Roll celebrate their new EP at Madhappy Lounge on Saturday, and …
Electro-soul-hop duo Dinner at the Thompson’s will also visit Madhappy on Thursday, and …
Slow Trucks nods to ’90s indie rock at Madhappy on Monday.


The Moon Mountain Ramblers kick off the summer concert series at Angeline’s Bakery in Sisters, and …
The Sweet Harlots kick off the Pickin’ and Paddlin’ series along the Deschutes River in Bend, and …
Brent Alan and friends kick off a new venue, Sugar Mountain Amphitheater near Terrebonne.

And then there are the things that don’t fit neatly into one of the groups above!

Deschutes Brewery is celebrating 23 years in business with a party in their parking lot, and …
Oh Sugoi! and Third Seven will fill McMenamins with experimental sounds, and …
I saw Brett Dennen and Dawes at the Athletic Club of Bend and then wrote what I thought about it.

Click here to read it all!

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Eugene’s sunny pop/rock/reggae band Rootdown returns to Bend this weekend to celebrate the release of its new album “Tidal Wave.” I spoke with frontman Paul Wright about Rootdown’s upbeat music and upbeat message.

“Our banner is one of hope and positive momentum,” Wright said. “We want to be about encouraging people and about bringing hope, and sometimes living in Oregon — at least on our side over here — it can be pretty depressing six or seven months out of the year.

“When it’s sunny here, man, we take notice,” he continued. “We kinda bring that same feeling that I get when it’s springtime and summer starts to hit here. I think we bring that with our show and our music.”

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

Feedback this week focuses on the sudden springtime surge of locally made albums we’re experiencing, and I look ahead at what other local recordings are underway and might be released by the end of the year. Wondering what’s up with Moon Mountain Ramblers, Eric Tollefson, Mosley Wotta, Erin Cole-Baker, Tuck and Roll and a bunch more? Click here to find out.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section, we’ve got the wildly eclectic Vagabond Opera, a showcase of local songwriters Tollefson, Sara Jackson-Holman and Kylan Johnson at McMenamins, the return of the Portland Cello Project, the shred-tastic guitar skills of Jennifer Batten, and some ’90s-influenced indie rock from Slow Trucks, plus a Last Band Standing update.

Tonight: David Clemmer & The Stoics, Slow Trucks at Silver Moon (w/ free MP3 download)

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom has a show tonight that didn’t get a lot of ink in last week’s GO! Magazine, but is definitely worth your attention.

First, the unfamiliar: Slow Trucks, a trio out of San Francisco that makes perfectly fuzzy, throwback indie rock that would’ve fit nicely on Merge Records in its ’90s heyday. (Not that Merge has declined, really, but Slow Trucks is more in that Archers of Loaf / Verbena / Butterglory sort of vein.) The band is the next big thing from Future Farmer Records, a California-based label whose past roster boasts no less than M. Ward, The Minders and The Heavenly States, so those dudes know what’s up. And they think Slow Trucks is what’s up. Fair enough.

Now, the slightly more familiar: David Clemmer & The Stoics, the solo (but band-backed) project of Mr. Clemmer, who’s also the frontman of local faves The Dirty Words. The Stoics are Aaron Miller on bass, Ben Larson on keys and Caleb Kelleher on drums, and Clemmer is the man with the voice and the guitar, and the three solo albums that are really, really excellent.

Take “Vermont Songs,” for example. Clemmer recorded the 10-track song cycle back in 2007, as part of The RPM Challenge, in which musicians commit to getting an album together within the month of February. (Click here to read what I wrote about Clemmer’s effort then.) The haste of the project did not noticeably harm it; I thought it was one of the five best local albums of 2007.

Even so, it was done quickly and, I’m sure, with less-than-stellar equipment, and now, Clemmer has chosen to re-record much of “Vermont Songs” and re-release it. The new version, which includes updated takes of nine of the songs, plus a new song in place of one of the old ones, is done and will be available at tonight’s show. It’s a big difference: the songs are louder and crisper and better played, and details that were buried in lo-fi mumbling three years ago now add new layers of texture to the album. These re-recordings are a very welcome improvement.

Clemmer was nice enough to allow me to offer Frequency readers a free download from “Vermont Songs,” and I chose “Chapter 2,” which is probably the poppiest and most rocking tune on the album. Here you go:

Download David Clemmer, “Chapter 2″

Slow Trucks and David & The Stoics play at 8 tonight at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom, 24 N.W. Greenwood Ave., in Bend. Cover is $5.