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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Sunshine, sunshine, sunshine! And music, music, music! Woo-hoo!

Les Schwab Amphitheater’s free Summer Sunday concert series kicks off this weekend with the West Coast Americana of Portland’s Redwood Son. My colleague David Jasper talked to the band’s principal member, Josh Malm, about his massive 2011 album “The Lion’s Inside.”

A 20-song, two-disc set is, uh, rather long for a debut, isn’t it?

“It’s been pretty crazy,” he said. “Everybody says that: ‘Wow, nobody does that.’ I’m like, ‘I know!’ Either I’m a genius, or I’m stupid. I’m not really sure.”

Either way, recording it “was kind of a cleansing experience,” Malm said. He’d been set to do one album, and then his drummer, Kipp Crawford, a founding member of Redwood Son, was killed — in a hit-and-run, according to Willamette Week.

“And so then I was just confused about what I wanted to do musically in general, because it’s obviously pretty deflating for everybody,” Malm said.

“I made two albums that were very specific. It was two different bands, two producers, two studios. It was literally trading off where I would put energy. I would spend a few weeks on this album, then leave that alone for a little bit. I just did that for about eight months.”

You’ll find the whole thing — including the full Summer Sunday lineup — right here.

(Video via YouTube user thegus76.)

In this week’s Feedback, I reviewed last weekend’s shows at Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, featuring Cake and Built to Spill on Saturday night and Sigur Ros and Julianna Barwick on Sunday. Here’s an excerpt.

As always, Sigur Ros was a study in dynamics, stretching songs to five, seven, 10 minutes and beyond, and using that time to grow whispered ambient sounds into a massive wall of noise, including small horn and string sections, various keyboards, kitchen-sink percussion and Birgisson’s bowed guitar and helium-pitched voice.

Picking favorites from this near-endless buffet of beauty is difficult, but I loved the heavenly arpeggios of “Hoppipolla” and the triumphant march of “Olsen Olsen.” And “Svefn-g-Englar” at sunset ranks as one of my all-time favorite Schwab moments.

After dark, I dug how the set shifted from sweet to strident in the second half of “Festival,” and from strident to sinister for a new song called “Brennesteinn” that booms and buzzes like nothing else in the band’s catalog.

I hope you’ll click here and read the whole thing. You should also check out a bunch of photos from the shows.)

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Four reggae/ska bands play the Domino Room tonight, The Honeycutters bring genuine Appalachian twang to McMenamins Wednesday, Moondog Matinee and Hopeless Jack & The Handsome Devil team up Saturday night at The Horned Hand, Eclectic Approach visits The Astro Lounge tonight, Silver Moon hosts hip-hop tonight and Laura Ivancie on Saturday, and more!

Les Schwab Amphitheater’s 2013 Summer Sunday concerts lineup

Friday, February 15th, 2013

In today’s GO! Magazine, I have a column that looks at some of the newly announced shows coming to Central Oregon that should give any live-music lover assurance that spring and summer are just around the corner.

Part of that column is the lineup for Les Schwab Amphitheater’s Summer Sunday concert series, which has become one of the coolest (and most popular) things to do in Bend in the sunny months. These shows are attracting bigger and bigger crowds each year, and with good reason. They’re free. They’re family friendly. You can bring your own food and drink, and even your pet. Good times.

Anyway, the LSA crew confirmed one more date in this series after we published today’s column, so here’s the whole lineup:

June 2 — Redwood Son (West Coast Americana)
June 9 — Tremoloco (Mexican-American roots)
June 23 — Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside (throwback roots-pop)
June 30 — Marley’s Ghost (traditional country)
July 14 — Tumbleweed Wanderers (folk-rock ‘n’ soul)
July 21 — Sassparilla (blues-punk)
July 28 — Tony Smiley (one-man loop-rock)
Aug. 4 — Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole (Cajun/zydeco)

That’s a strong slate, folks. Sallie Ford is great. Tremoloco is great. Smiley and Sassparilla have lots of fans around here. Cedric Watson should bring a little flavor to Bend. And I’ve heard good things about a couple of the others. I look forward to digging in and planning my summer Sundays.

You can find more info on this and other music at Les Schwab Amphitheater by visiting the venue’s website.

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[Photos / review] Poor Moon at Les Schwab Amphitheater

Friday, June 15th, 2012

(I was going to write this for today’s GO! Magazine, but we ran out of room. So here you go. Photos by me.)

I feel a little funny about even putting the word “review” in the title of this post. Because, frankly … I don’t have that much to say about folk-pop band Poor Moon‘s show Sunday at Les Schwab Amphitheater.

The band wasn’t amazing, but pleasant enough. Although I suppose if you consider the context of their performance, they were pretty much perfect.

You see, for me, the Schwab’s Summer Sunday Concerts are about the music. But that’s because I’m an abnormally passionate music nerd who will pounce at just about any chance I have to go see a band play, especially one good enough to score a deal with the unimpeachable Subpop Records label, and that shares two of its members with one of my favorite bands, Fleet Foxes. And especially when it’s free and it’s outside and the weather is wonderful and I can take my wife and kid, and, and, and …


The 2012 free Summer Sunday Concerts lineup

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Last night we gave you this summer’s Munch & Music lineup. Today, we have the lineup for Les Schwab Amphitheater’s free Summer Sunday Concerts series! It’s a little more indie-leaning than previous years.

Please note that Mosley Wotta and Harley Bourbon have traded dates since we published the story at the link above. The dates below are correct.

Anyway, here’s the lineup. Click the names for more on the bands:

June 10 — Poor Moon (folk-rock)
June 17 — Harley Bourbon (roots-rock)
June 24 — Y La Bamba (Mexican-American indie-folk)
July 1 — Mosley Wotta (hip-hop)
July 8 — Portland Cello Project (indie orchestra)
July 22 — Uncle Lucius (Southern rock)
July 29 — Paul Thorn (roots music)
Aug. 12 — The Features (pop-rock)

Summer Sunday shows run from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday afternoons and they’re free. Plus you can bring food and your pet. Here’s more info on the amphitheater’s Summer Sunday Concerts.

Who’s playing Les Schwab Amphitheater’s free Sunday concerts?

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Got your answer right here. Click on the band names to learn more and hear their music:

June 13 – The Lights Out and Rosa’s Buds
June 27 – Empty Space Orchestra
July 4 – The Staxx Brothers
July 11 – Mingo Fishtrap
July 18 – Paul Thorn
July 25 – Great American Taxi
Aug. 1 – The Stolen Sweets
Aug. 8 – Dangermuffin
Aug. 15 – Victor Johnson

These shows are popular because they’re free, they’re outside, they’re open to families (including dogs on leashes) and you can bring in your own food. Totally awesome.

Gates open at 1 p.m. and the music starts around 2:30 p.m. For more information, click here or call 541-322-9383.

June 12 in GO! Magazine

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Hello? Oh … hi there! Hi. I’m Ben, and I run a blog about music. It might’ve been hard to tell over the past couple days; it’s been pretty quiet around here. Sorry about that. I’ve been very busy avoiding giant descending set pieces and putting out GO! Magazine. Speaking of which, today’s issue contains … that’s right … articles about music! You know, maybe to make up for the lack of posts over the past couple days, I should tell you about them, eh?

-Bend’s community radio station, KPOV, is celebrating its fourth birthday by gathering a bunch of local musicians and holding a Beatles Singalong. Click here to read all about it and check out our “Abbey Road” album cover re-creation with some of the organizers.

-Hailstorms? What hailstorms? Summer is just around the corner, and summer music series are cranking up. Get all the details on the Summer Sunday concerts at Les Schwab Amphitheater, a whole bunch of shows at Angeline’s Bakery in Sisters, the new Music in the Canyon series in Redmond, and weekend music at Elk Lake Resort. Now that’s covering all of Central Oregon.

-Portland band Weinland played at McMenamins Old St. Francis School last weekend. You can read my review here and watch three videos of them here. They turned out nicely!

-Larry and His Flask is heading out on tour and playing a send-off show before they leave. Find out where and when and who else is on the bill here.

-The Summit Saloon & Stage has a very busy week planned, with Dirty Penny, Indubious and National Theatre Project slated to play. Details here.

More music to check out: Rapper Freddie Gibbs at the Domino Room, The Erins and their friends Ugly Purple Sweater team up for a show, and Mirf the Bing headlines a benefit concert.

If you’re a subscriber to The Bulletin’s Web site, you’ll be able to see all those. If you’re not, you won’t, and you’ll either need to subscribe or pick up the print version of the paper.

free Sunday shows at the Schwab

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

The lineup for the free Summer Sunday shows at Les Schwab Amphitheater has been announced, and it’s a mix of locals, artists that have played the series before, and new out-of-town acts.

The Sunday shows are popular because they’re free, they’re open to families (including dogs on leashes), and folks can bring food in and enjoy an afternoon of music and sunshine. Pretty sweet. Gates open at 1 p.m. and the music starts around 2:30 p.m.

And now, the lineup: