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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, April 6th, 2012

Tonight at the Domino Room, local bass/beat collective Slipmat Science will throw another party as part of what has been a very busy winter for the crew. But this one, in my opinion, features the two best headliners of the bunch.

That is, of course, just a matter of taste. I’m sure many folks like Beats Antique or Tunnidge or Knight Riderz more than Filastine and Heyoka. But for me, these two dudes — one from Barcelona, one from the Bay Area — are the most enjoyable electro-wizards Slipmat has brought to town over the past few months. So click their names in the previous sentence and see if you agree. And read on …

My colleague Sigourney Nuñez’s interview with Filastine turned out great, I thought. He comes off as a really interesting, thoughtful guy who feels somewhat trapped between his techno-futuristic sound and his innate desire to get as far away from the grid as possible. An excerpt:

On stage, Filastine projects sights to accompany sounds from a laptop computer and an amplified shopping cart wired with what he calls electronic gadgets: drum pads and touch screens with different interfaces to control audio and video, just to name a couple.

Each song has a theme, so during performances he curates visuals from his library of videos grabbed from documentary footage.

“It’s about storytelling,” he said. “It’s a complex performance in less than an hour. I’d rather people hear and see what I do and come to their own analysis.”

As a multimedia performer, Filastine is surrounded by technology.

“My art involves computers. These tools that are so phenomenal will literally eat our lives and we just gotta take a break from that,” he said. “I find it really hard to find that time. What I do is try to spend time away from computers, roads and electricity so that usually involves going into the ocean, mountains and deserts, just to reconnect without technology.”

Click here to read all about Filastine.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section*: OK Sweetheart plays The Horned Hand, The Shook Twins visit McMenamins, Beth Wood and Shireen Amini collaborate at Higher Ground Common House, the Bobby Lindstrom Band celebrates its new album, The Horned Hand hosts separate shows by Filthy Still and The Calamity Cubes, and Les Schwab Amphitheater unveils its Summer Sunday Concerts lineup. Plus The Anvil Blasters, CinderBlue, RaiseTheVibe, and sold out concerts by Bruce Hornsby and Glen “Toad the Wet Sprocket” Phillips.

*Normally, I would provide you with a link to the music section, but we’re having technical difficulties right now, so if you want to read any of those stories, just search here.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Downtown Bend will celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style Thursday as L.A. fusionistas Ozomatli headline a free outdoor celebration on Wall Street. My conversation with band co-founder Ulises Bella focused more on Ozo’s world travels than its music.

But it’s the band’s role as U.S. Department of State-designated Cultural Ambassadors that sparks a fire in Bella. When he talks about Ozomatli’s music, he sounds excited. When he talks about its overseas work, he sounds inspired.

Since 2007, the band has traveled to Nepal, India, Myanmar, Madagascar, Jordan, Tunisia, South Africa, Egypt, Mongolia and China on official government business, playing free public concerts, conducting workshops and doing community outreach in, as Bella puts it, “places no bands go to.”

To wit: Last summer, Ozomatli performed for thousands of people in a public square in Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar. They were the first Western band to play there. Ever.

“We feel like some pioneers. Like, yo, we’re gonna go into this country and … maybe a handful of people might know who we are,” Bella said. “In a weird way, it’s a great litmus test for letting the music stand on its own.

“In a lot of ways, there’s something in our music, especially rhythmically, that you can latch onto and be like, ‘Hey, I kind of know this. This kind of seems familiar to me,’” he continued. “We start playing and immediately the reaction is for the most part overwhelmingly positive.”

Bellas was great interview. I hope you’ll click here to read the whole thing.

Elsewhere in this week’s jam-packed music section, we’ve got short stories on Cash’d Out and The Staxx Brothers, plus The Northstar Session, Mad Rad, The Anvil Blasters, Sara Jackson-Holman, Super Adventure Club, Brandi Carlile, Floater, Tony Smiley and Marv Ellis, the Acorn Project and more.