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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

Dudes, we are officially in Central Oregon’s busy time of year, musically speaking. Here’s what’s up.

Bend’s beloved rock ‘n’ roll bar with the creepy hunting lodge aesthetic — The Horned Hand — is closing Saturday night after two years of business. They’ll end with an excellent lineup of bands including locals The Rural Demons and The Kronk Men, plus Chicago garage-pop band Outer Minds. I spoke with Brian Costello of Outer Minds about his band’s only other show at the Hand, among other things.

“That tour, our van had broken down like three or four times. In Los Angeles, we got to play for 10 minutes before they cut us off because they had booked … some kind of Korean rave party,” he said. “So much went wrong.

“So we get to Bend and we had no idea what to expect. We’d never been there. And everyone was so friendly and receptive, and we just had such a great time there,” he said. “After all those things that went wrong, we just felt very welcome and relaxed and ready to play. It was a wonderful time.”

It was a wonderful show, too. The band was in fine form, chugging through its upbeat brand of fuzzy garage-pop, highlighted by exuberant boy-girl vocals (courtesy Mary McKane, Gina Lira and frontman Zach Medearis), ultra-catchy melodies that sound imported straight from the psychedelic ’60s, and, maybe most of all, the buoyant charm of McKane’s 1967 Farfisa organ, which gives the whole sound an authentically vintage feel.

I hope you’ll click here and read the whole thing.

Also in this week’s music section: Steve Miller Band brings its bevy of hits back to Bend, Ziggy Marley returns to town, The Pitchfork Revolution kicks off the summer concert series at Angeline’s Bakery, Marcus Eaton plays Volcanic Theatre Pub, The Sound Garden ramps up its schedule beginning with a pop show Sunday and a metal show Monday, DJ P hits the decks at Liquid Lounge Saturday night, Krafty Kuts does the same on Thursday and more, more, more.

And not in this week’s music section: Portland indie-folk-pop band Blind Pilot headlines the Hullabaloo tonight in Bend’s Northwest Crossing neighborhood. Hot Buttered Rum, Jackstraw, Mosley Wotta, Tony Smiley and more are playing the Bite of Bend Saturday and Sunday.

Eight things I yelled at the Steve Miller Band last night before I realized that legendary guitarist and classic-rock hitmaker Steve Miller is not the same Steve Miller that rents my house in Idaho*

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

“How’s the weather over there? Snow all gone yet?”

“Did you ever hear the sump pump kick on in the spring?”

“Why don’t you take some of that dough you’ve made over the years, buy a big ol’ jet airliner, and fly me over there so I can fix your kitchen cabinets myself rather than paying someone else to do it!”

“Wooooohooooooooo!” (This was in response to the line “I’m a midnight toker,” as required by Bend city code**, which says all local concertgoers must cheer nonsensically in response to any drug reference in any song, to affirm that the concertgoer heard and appreciates said reference. Bonus points for holding your beer aloft and spilling it on the people around you.)

“You seen any more spiders in the kids’ rooms?”

“Why didn’t you tell me you are legendary guitarist and classic-rock hitmaker Steve Miller when we were negotiating the monthly rent, man? Not cool.”

“What does ‘pompatus’ mean?”

“Do the neighbors still have all that junk in their yard?”

*Not really.
**Also not really.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Hit-making machines that inspire nostalgia invade Les Schwab Amphitheater this weekend, with the Steve Miller Band playing Friday night and Barenaked Ladies on Saturday. I didn’t interview either, but instead used Daniel Levitin’s best-selling book “This Is Your Brain On Music” as a basis for a piece on how music affects our memories and emotions. An excerpt:

Both bands evoke immediate and distinct reactions from people, not necessarily because of the way those songs are built — though a catchy melody or well-played guitar lick never hurt anyone — but because, as Levitin describes, our experiences and emotions are closely tied to the music that we hear.

That close tie can be found deep in the brain, where the hippocampus — a structure crucial to memory retrieval — sits right next to the amygdala, which Levitin describes as “the seat of emotions” in mammals. The amygdala is activated by an experience or memory with strong emotional components, and Levitin’s studies show that music activates not only that part, but the nearby hippocampus as well.

Under a relatively new group of theories known as multiple-trace memory models, “each experience we have is preserved in high fidelity in our long-term memory system” and is waiting to be unlocked by groups of neurons configured in a particular way, according to Levitin. Think of those neurons as cues for your memories.

“A song playing comprises a very specific and vivid set of memory cues,” Levitin writes. And then: “The music that you have listened to at various times in your life is cross-coded with the events of those times. That is, the music is linked to events of the time, and those events are linked to the music.”

I was pretty happy with how this turned out, and I really do hope you’ll read the whole thing by clicking here.

Bend’s own Ritchie Young and Dave Depper will bring their high-flying indie-folk band Loch Lomond to their home town Thursday to play the Tower Theatre as part of the PDXchange Program. I chatted with Young about the band, its beginnings, and its future:

Now, though, that new album is done, and Young hopes to have it out early next year. He calls it “not as folky” as Loch Lomond’s most recent full-length, “Paper The Walls,” but also “definitely not straightforward.”

It is, in Young’s words, “maybe a cross between what we were doing before and early Genesis.”

Whatever it is, the new album will come on the heels of the band’s recent tours supporting Portland mega-indie acts The Decemberists and Blitzen Trapper. Which means more people know about the band, and more people will be paying attention when it’s released.

Not that Young and his mates are going to let that kind of attention or pressure affect the way they do things.

“We don’t think of it that way. We tour a lot, and we try at every show wherever we’re at to play our best and represent the band in the best way possible,” he said. “If we wanted to explode overnight or had that expectation, it would’ve destroyed the band long ago. We really love touring, we really love each other and we just have a blast playing.

“When good things happen, we’re very excited,” Young continued, “but I think it’ll kill a band faster than anything to say, ‘This is our chance. This is the record that’s going to break.’ We’re not the biggest band in the world, but when we go out, people show up and people like the band.”

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Elsewhere in this week’s music section: “Southern raconteur” Paul Thorn plays the Summer Sunday show, guitar wizard Ottmar Liebert returns to the Tower, Afro Classics fill the Domino Room with quality hip-hop, Prayers for Atheists mix rap, punk and politics and The Substitutes founder Don Hoxie holds a listening party for his new CD, plus Paula Cole, Halestorm, Blvd Park, and a big weekend at Angeline’s Bakery. And if that doesn’t quench your thirst, check out all the options in The Bulletin’s complete music listing.

Win two tickets EACH to Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Steve Miller Band

Monday, March 15th, 2010



If you’d like to buy tickets to see Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard or the Steve Miller Band at Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, you certainly can. Click here for all the details.

But if you’d like to win two free general admission tickets to each of those three shows, read on.

Wait, what? Two free tickets? To three different shows featuring country legends Willie and Merle and classic-rock-radio staple Steve Miller?

Indeed, thanks to the generous folks at Monqui Presents, Frequency is giving away six tickets total, including two each to each of those shows. If you were to buy them in advance, they’d cost you upwards of $250.

Here’s how it’s going to work: If you want the six tickets, just leave a comment on this blog post explaining why you deserve to win them. Be funny, be creative, tug on my heartstrings — whatever. Just be sure to leave a real e-mail address so I can get in touch with you if you win.

The deadline to enter is Friday at noon. Shortly thereafter, the Frequency Contest Operating Committee will pick a winner. (That committee is not real, but I figure if I keep mentioning it, someone other than me will show up at the meetings, held each Thursday morning at the D&D.)

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Steve Miller tickets on sale today

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Tickets for three shows in Les Schwab Amphitheater’s Bend Summer Concerts series will go on sale today at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets, including 866-866-4502,, and The Ticket Mill (541-318-5457) in the Old Mill District in Bend. Here are the details for each show. Prices are subject to additional service charges.

Friday, Sept. 17: Willie Nelson and Family
6 p.m., gates open 5 p.m.
$46 general admission, $79 reserved in advance
$48 general admission, $83 reserved on day of show

Friday, July 16: Steve Miller Band
6:30 p.m., gates open 5 p.m.
$39 general admission, $75 reserved in advance
$43 general admission, $78 reserved on day of show

Sunday, June 20: Merle Haggard & The Strangers
6:30 p.m., gates open 5 p.m.
$36 general admission, $59 reserved in advance
$38 general admission, $63 reserved on day of show
Note: There are a limited number of opportunities to buy two general admission ticket for $50 at

For more information, visit or, or call 541-312-8510.

Steve Miller Band to play Les Schwab Amphitheater

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

If you’re not on Twitter, you might’ve missed it, but the Space Cowboy himself will roll into the Schwab on July 16, per the Old Mill District:


For the record, I called this one … granted, I was two years off, but whatever. I stand by what I said in that article: If I got to book shows in Bend, the Steve Miller Band wouldn’t be my first choice, but I can think of worse ways to spend a lazy July evening than lounging on the grass listening to “The Joker,” “Rock’n Me,” “Fly Like An Eagle,” “Take the Money and Run,” and this, my favorite Miller tune which, I just realized, sounds a lot like late-2000s Wilco: