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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Two days before a trio of pretty, porcelain indie-pop bands descend on that shed next to the big green lawn along the Deschutes River, Seattle’s Hey Marseilles will sneak into town and do a very similar thing – for free! – on Wednesday night.

Really, if you wish you could see Blind Pilot, The Head and the Heart and The Shins but don’t have the funds to make it happen, you should definitely check this band out. They’re probably right up your alley.

So anyway, Hey Marseilles will play McMenamins Old St. Francis School Wednesday. My colleague David Jasper chatted up the band’s Matt Bishop about being an orchestral pop band that brings an unexpected heft, perhaps, to its live show.

“It tends to be pretty lively, relatively speaking, at least in the acoustic music genre. There’s not any thumping bass, by any means. We try to keep it light and fun,” (Bishop) said.

“I think our strength, in terms of the live presentation, is we’re actually able to pull off live a lot of what is on the record,” he added. “We have accordion, cello, viola and trumpets and clarinet and bass clarinet and bass and a couple of guitars — not necessarily all at the same time, but in terms of the live show, it’s pretty unique in its ability to bring all of those things and essentially play all the new pretty things that (are) on the record.”

You should click here and read the whole thing.

(We got lots of awesome photos of Wednesday’s Social Distortion show in Bend, but no video. Fortunately, YouTube user cjules1st captured “Story of My Life” and “I Was Wrong,” and the sound is quite good. Thanks, cjules1st!)

For my Feedback column, I went to see Social Distortion at Midtown Ballroom Wednesday night and came away with a new appreciation for Mike Ness’ songwriting skills. Here’s an excerpt:

On Wednesday, as the Beastie Boys’ “No Sleep Till Brooklyn” blared over the loudspeakers, (Ness) swaggered out onto the stage, pounded his heart twice, pointed to the throng, and launched into “Bad Luck” surrounded by carefully placed tchotchkes — boxing gloves, vintage signs, a streetlight, a ceramic dog. (It looked like a punk-rock Applebee’s up there.)

From there, the band raced through a handful of tunes that showcased the power of an electric guitar and a good melody: the hard-charging “So Far Away,” the mobster tale “Machine Gun Blues” and the midtempo hit “I Was Wrong.”

Ness introduced one of his biggest hits by saying he almost left it off the setlist. Yeah, right. The forever-bouncy “Story of My Life” went over quite well, eliciting not only hundreds of horned hands in the air, but also the loudest singalong of the night.

I hope you’ll read the whole thing.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Underground lifers Aceyalone and Sunspot Jonz headline a solid hip-hop bill Sunday night, plus Pure Prairie League at the Tower Theatre, Naive Melodies doing Talking Heads at The Astro Lounge, Chuck Pyle at the HarmonyHouse, death metal at Third Street Pub, a Last Band Standing update and more.

[Photos] Social Distortion and Toadies at Midtown Ballroom

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

As you almost certainly know by now, the iconic SoCal punk band Social Distortion played Bend’s Midtown Ballroom last night, turning in a tough, tight 90-minute set in front of a packed house of adoring fans. I’ll have a full review in tomorrow’s GO! Magazine (and I will link here, of course), but right now, you should definitely scroll down and check out these terrific photos of the night, taken by The Bulletin’s Rob Kerr. If you saw the show, relive it here. If you missed it, these’ll give you a peek at the scene.

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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Between Beats Antique in February and next week’s Social Distortion show, the Midtown Ballroom has certainly hosted two big ol’ buzz-worthy shows in 2012. Viva la Midtown!

But seriously, people are stoked for this Social D concert. Like … really stoked. So I was pumped we were able to get Mike Ness to give us a call for a chat.

As Ness was making his way toward Bend for Wednesday’s show, my colleague David Jasper talked to him about fake punks, his new man cave and the late Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch:

“Punk rock was supposed to be about individuality,” (said) Ness, known for his abilities as a between-song storyteller with a biting wit. “So, you know, I think the Beastie Boys are just as punk as Social Distortion because of that (individuality). I’ve seen so many Dickies-wearing, tattooed, f—ing grease-haired generic punk guys I could just puke. There’s more to it, guys, than trying to look like everyone else, and sound (like everyone else).

“You know, that’s kind of why we chose to incorporate Americana into our style,” he said, “because by the mid-’80s, punk, like anything else, was starting to stereotype itself.”

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Speaking of Yauch, this week in Feedback, I tried to work out my thoughts about his death and why it hit me — and maybe you, too — a lot harder than I would’ve predicted if you’d asked me two weeks ago. Here’s an excerpt:

Listening to those four records (released over an eight-year span) now is like watching a bratty child grow into a wide-eyed and well-developed college kid. The awkward stages and annoying behavior fade away, replaced by tremendous, world-changing potential. The change is most striking in Yauch, who transformed from a scruffy, beercan-crushing lout into a political activist and spiritual leader who spit gravelly rhymes about respecting both mothers and Mother Earth.

If you’re the right age, and you look closely (the benefit of hindsight doesn’t hurt), you can see yourself growing up in Yauch’s example. I clearly remember giggling like a pre-teen at the bawdiest moments of “License to Ill.” Because, well, I was 10. I recall digging into the vintage funk/soul-sample paradise of “Paul’s Boutique” just as my own affinity for soaking up musical history was beginning to bloom.

And one of my most vivid adolescent memories is blasting “Ill Communication” in my friend Mark’s car, cruising our hometown for no good reason other than to celebrate our rapidly expanding freedom. Months later, the climax of the Beasties’ then-mega-hit “Sabotage” was the highlight of my first Lollapalooza experience.

There are a lot of kids … er, old folks like me who watched Adam Yauch mature from afar while experiencing a similar arc in their own lives.

I’ve already heard from a dozen folks who said this column rang true for them. I hope you’ll give it a read and see if it does for you.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Lindsey Buckingham comes to the Tower Theatre, Sweet Bonnie Gayle & The Rural Demons play country and gospel classics at The Horned Hand, David Nelson Band and Moonalice are gonna get Dead at the Domino Room, 4 Peaks Music Festival plans a weekend full of music and The Prairie Rockets perform tonight at Jackson’s Corner, plus Vagabond Opera, a Last Band Standing update, the lineup for the 2012 Deschutes County Fair and more.