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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 20th, 2012

This coming week is one of the busiest of the year so far as far as opportunities to hear live music in Central Oregon. We covered a ton of stuff in today’s GO! Magazine, and there were even a handful of shows — the Shook Twins at Pickin’ & Paddlin’, John Nemeth at Brasada Ranch, Tropical Punk at The Horned Hand, Herrick at Maverick’s — that I would’ve liked to have written more about, but couldn’t.

So let’s get to it!

The Sweetheart of the Rodeo, Emmylou Harris, is coming to Bend Sunday for the first time since the early 1980s. My colleague David Jasper spoke with her about her music and … wait, what’s that? Oh. Right. No, he talked to her mostly about her dogs.

“I come from a long line of dog lovers and animal lovers,” Harris said. “And I have this big yard. And I thought perhaps I could start a rescue — actually, just an extension of Nashville Humane … a really good shelter here in town.”

Bonaparte’s Retreat was intended to house a maximum of three dogs at a time, “so that I could take some of the over-spill” from the shelter, she said. “That was how we got started, and we still are a small rescue, but right now (the dogs) have their own bunkhouse and place to run.”

Harris lives on a two-acre lot in town, not a country estate as one might assume. (“They have what we call ‘the back 40′ back there,” she said.) And these days Bonaparte’s Retreat takes up to six dogs at a time, including those from Metro Animal Care and Control, “where dogs are put down after a very short period of time if they’re not adopted,” Harris said. “It’s quite heartbreaking, but we do what we can.”

Read more about Emmylou’s puppy love — and her music, too.

The aptly named Dark Time Sunshine. (It was dark in there.) Photo by Andy Tullis / The Bulletin.

For my Feedback column, I went to Liquid Lounge Tuesday night to see indie-rap duo Dark Time Sunshine. Here’s an excerpt of my review:

(Onry) Ozzborn is the front man, and he handles the job with intense focus. But Dark Time Sunshine is powered by Zavala’s heavy-footed beats and space-age synths, which he produced mostly on a chunky drum machine that looked like something harvested from R2-D2.

The set was stocked with songs from the duo’s upcoming album “Anx,” one of the best rap records of 2012 so far. Highlights included the fizzy-lifting funk of “Cultclass” and “Look at What the Cat Did,” the stuttering beat and pop hook of “Forget Me Not,” and the loping bass line and shout-along chorus of “Rock Off.” That last one incited the most vigorous dancing of the evening; a lady dropped her beer and the pint glass shattered at Ozzborn’s feet.

I hope you’ll click here and read the whole thing. And you can watch a couple videos from the show here.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: SPL, VTRN and more throw a dance party at The Astro Lounge, Chris Isaak returns to town, Laila Biali comes to Alive After Five and Moondog Matinee brings no frills to The Horned Hand, plus Marv Ellis, Floater, The Farewell Drifters, Ottmar Liebert, Igor & Red Elvises, The Rum and The Sea, Nuclear Funk, Parrilla Grill’s Show Us Your Spokes series and more!

SPL gives away the Hollow Point catalog for free

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Photo by Daniel Zetterstrom /

Earlier today, globetrotting DJ/producer and Bend native SPL (aka Sam Pool) dropped a downloadable bomb by deciding to give away the entire catalog of his own Hollow Point label — a nearly bottomless supply of massive beats and electronic whomp — to anyone who wants it. For free.

I haven’t listened to the whole thing (there’s a lot here) and I’m not an expert on electronic music, so I don’t know if you would call this dubstep, drum and bass, glitch, IDM, techno … probably a little of all of the above. What I do know is that Sam’s sound is gritty, futuristic and cool, and he’s in demand; he plays this stuff in packed, sweaty clubs all over the planet. Here’s your chance to hear why.

Dude’s only going to leave this up for about 24 hours and the clock’s already ticking, so don’t even step away from the computer to make a sandwich or whatever. Grab it now by clicking here.

Emrg+N+See Schedule and Preview

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Electronic music festival Emrg+N+See, now in its seventh year, is this weekend. A bunch of acts who’ve played in Bend — including our own SPL — are among the many worthy artists in Macleay, about 20 minutes outside of Salem.

There are a lot of reasons to make the 2 1/2-ish hour drive out to this festival. One is this shiny, happy promo video, Emrg+N+See Love Hype!, and here are just a few of the others:

Eugene-based emcee and producer Lafa Taylor is playing at 9 a.m. Saturday. Check out his video for Rollin’ Dough. Good stuff.

LYNX and Janover, playing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the main stage, are definitely worth checking out. This duo is made of a female MC (who beatboxes!) and a nationally renowned hammered dulcimer player. Good beats and airy melodies make for a pretty chilled-out, mostly downtempo experience. (Also check out LYNX with Kyrstyn Pixton at the Nectar Pot Stage, 2 a.m. Sunday — I have no predictions but Pixton is a formerly Portland-based, now San Francisco-based keyboardist with a great voice. She’s also playing at 4:30 a.m. Saturday at the D’Ohm Stage.)

Bend native SPL, a.k.a. Sam Pool, will be playing at 8 p.m. Saturday at the D’Ohm Stage. This producer has been, according to his bio, venturing recently into the “depths of dub-hop infused hyper-bass music,” making his show a “unique and highly energetic experience.” Listen local! (And eat local — DJ Smoke of Spork and The Grove fame will also be at Emrg-N-See with a Grove food booth.)

saQi Ensemble is playing at 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Classically-trained composer and trumpet player saQi of Portland will be backed probably by multi-instrumentalist Russ Liquid and Taylor Aglipay on guitar and sax. I’ve only seen him perform solo, but it was pretty funky with those horns over electronic sounds and beats. Likely to be dancey.

Of course if you’re into bass, you can expect and enjoy plenty of heavy dubstep from the likes of Bass ScienceFree the Robots (“devastating drums”), SPL and others.

You can see the full schedule here. Who else is worth checking out? Leave your pitch in the comments.

(Disclosure: I am in a romantic relationship with one of the artists playing at Emrg+N+See this year.)

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, May 14th, 2010

No pretty videos today, folks. Sorry about that. It’s just that things are ramping up on the local music scene, and these next several weeks are going to be crazy busy. After I’m done with this, I have to write about Horse Feathers and e-mail Sallie Ford and decide how to cover She & Him and prep for an interview with Ben from Band of Horses and get in touch with Mindscape and download photos of Blackstrap and listen to Trainwreck and figure out who the Goo Goo Dolls are. (Just kidding. I know who the Goo Goo Dolls are.)

So this week, we’re skipping the videos and just giving you the meat: In today’s music section in GO! Magazine, we have all the knowledge you need to go see:

Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside at McMenamins
-the Charlie Hunter Trio at the Domino Room
-Moon Mountain Rambler guitarist Mäi’s CD-release show at Silver Moon
-local hero SPL playing a dubstep party at Astro Lounge
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars at the Tower Theatre
The Facemelter Tour‘s gang of death-metal bands at the Bend Event Center
That 1 Guy at Silver Moon
-week five of Last Band Standing at Boondocks Bar & Grill
-a CD-release show celebrating the 11th recording released by students in Sisters High School’s Americana Project
-yet another CD-release show featuring the twisted roots-pop of Professor Gall

So … you’ve got all these options. Leave me a comment and tell me what you’re excited to see!