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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 6th, 2012

Today’s cover story in GO! Magazine is on local heroes Larry and His Flask, their recent tour of Europe, their history of busking and the stress that comes along with being in hard-touring band, even if you’re in one of the most fun bands on Earth.

They’ve come a long way from their old-school punk-rock days, that’s for sure. Just for fun, I dug up this old story I did on the Flask in 2006. Give it a read … it’s an eye-opener.

But back to the present. Larry and His Flask returns to Redmond tonight for a free, all-ages show that may be your only chance to catch them live this summer (if you live in Central Oregon). I met up with the guys last week where we chatted about, well, all the stuff I mentioned above. Here’s an excerpt:

This is a band, after all, that decided at some point to just go and travel and play for people and win their ears and hearts with the pure power of their live show.

I'm so happy with how today's cover turned out.

And it worked. Thanks to that initial DIY effort, plus subsequent support tours, the Warped gig and gushing press, Larry and His Flask is now one of the buzz bands on the white-hot roots-music-with-punk-spirit scene.

Banjo player Andrew Carew couldn’t have guessed what the future held. He joined the fold when he was 19, after his band broke up and the Flask was in flux. When asked if he saw this kind of potential in these guys, he answered simply: “No.”

Then, after a perfectly timed pause: “Hell no!”

He was wrong, of course. Late last week, the six band members … reflected on their favorite parts of the European tour, which carried them through 10 countries: the Leaning Tower of Pisa. A canal tour in Holland. A sunny drive across the snow-capped Alps.

Busking in Edinburgh, Scotland and Florence, Italy and London.

“Those were awesome,” Jesse Marshall said.

So were the shows, where crowds were bigger than expected and lots of folks actually sang along to the band’s songs.

This is a story of a band that did things the right way and now it’s paying off. I hope you’ll go read the whole thing.

Three other things worth noting in this week’s very crowded GO!:
– Local chamber-folk trio Hilst & Coffey will celebrate its new album Wednesday at McMenamins Old St. Francis School.
– Local roots-jam band Mark Ransom & The Mostest will do the same thing the next night at the same place.
– The popular free concert series Munch & Music kicks off Thursday in Drake Park with the reggae band Live Wyya.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings, September Stayed, American Me, Keak Da Sneak, City Faire, The Dirty Words, Ray Lawrence Jr., Johnny Outlaw & The Johnson Creek Stranglers, Bryan John Appleby, Lemolo, Abbey Road Live!, Taarka, Chiringa, Beth Wood, Chris Kokesh and more!

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, March 25th, 2011

“Hair metal” survivors L.A. Guns are in Bend tonight for a show at the Domino Room. I spoke with drummer Steve Riley about the key to the band’s longevity.

“Bands die when they get on a big tour … and then they have to come back and go out and do clubs. There are a lot of bands that won’t do that,” Riley said. “We never really cared. We just wanted to play and we have no problem bouncing from a Whitesnake show to a club show on our own and then back to a Scorpions show and then back to a club on our own.

“You’ve got to dig in and you’ve got to want to play. You can’t believe your own bulls—,” he said. “Phil and myself, we always just wanted to be working musicians where we go out and play a full set of our own original material, and that’s what we do. If it’s in a club, who cares? And if it’s with Whitesnake or Cinderella in a big arena, that’s great too. As long as we’re playing, we’re cool.”

Riley was a super nice, totally humble guy, and I enjoyed chatting with him. I hope you’ll read the whole story, which you can find by clicking here.

Tim Bluhm of The Mother Hips performing in Bend. Photo by Ben.

On St. Patrick’s Day, I went and caught a couple of excellent pop-rock bands — The Mother HIps and The Parson Red Heads — at McMenamins in Bend. Here’s part of my review, from today’s Feedback column:

(The Hips) came to town to play a ton of songs, kicking things off with the jagged “Third Floor Story” and “Esmerelda,” an affable tune that would fit in nicely on classic-rock radio playlists.

The thing is, the same can be said of most of the songs in the Hips’ set. “Do It On the Strings.” “Toughie.” “Later Days.” “Smoke.” All are well-written, with sweet choruses and swaggering guitar riffs. But when you string ’em together one after another, it really highlights where the Hips’ range begins and ends. And it’s not exactly a wide swath, not that it matters much to the couple hundred devout fans who showed up for the show, pumped their fists and mouthed every word.

There were peaks, of course. I loved the ragged chug of “Time-Sick Son of a Grizzly Bear,” the astral reverb and ascendant chorus of “Magazine,” and the wonderful “White Falcon Fuzz,” an easygoing rocker than sounds imported straight from your dad’s record player, circa 1975.

Do me a favor and click here to read the rest of it.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Arturo Sandoval brings jazz to the Tower Theatre, and Tom Grant does the same at The Oxford hotel, folk singer Danny Schmidt plays two shows, local MC Mindscape and Floater frontman Robert Wynia make for a busy weekend at Silver Moon, The Ascetic Junkies return to town, The Dirty Words celebrate their new album, and Tuck and Roll headlines a punk show at MadHappy.

Bid adieu to The Dirty Words tonight

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Bend’s indie-rock community will take a big hit in the next week or so when the four fellows in The Dirty Words relocate to Portland.

David Clemmer, Mike Chastain, Aaron Poplin and Scott Page have played a whole bunch of shows around town in the past five years, and they’ve done so with style. They got together when Clemmer met Chastain through a local theater production in 2004 (see my full feature on the band here) and they’ve been rocking constantly and consistently ever since. Clemmer writes songs that drip with passion, emotion and wit, and his three bandmates ably inject those songs with a healthy helping of kinetic energy. Think Modest Mouse, but with plenty of melody in place of all that silly barking.

Anyway, the Words believe Portland will be more fertile ground for their band, and they’re probably right. But before they go, they’ll play a farewell show tonight at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom (24 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend). Doors will open around 8 p.m., the show will start around 9 p.m., and it’s $5 to get in. It’s also Clemmer’s birthday, so come prepared to party.

David Clemmer was kind enough to answer a few questions from the Frequency question machine about the band’s impending move and future plans. Read on …

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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Lap steel guitar wizard Robert Randolph and his Family Band will bring their gospel-blues-rock to Bend on Sunday. My colleague David Jasper spoke with Randolph about the past and present of sacred steel music.

“There’s a history of our church … which goes all the way back 70 years,” Randolph explained. “In those days in the south, guys couldn’t afford organs and pianos in church. The thing was basically to buy a lap steel guitar because they couldn’t afford” organs. “And this basically turned into a historical thing. It reached me, and it’s reaching kids younger than me.”

“You see, long before me, there were some guys that played who would have been huge rock stars — just as big as Muddy Waters and those guys in the ’50s, ’60s and into the ’70s. And those guys just weren’t really allowed to leave” the auspices of the church.

“It was a much different time then. By me being younger, and things sort of changing within the organization, it was sort of my focus to really go out there” and share the music with the world at large, he said.

Click here to read the whole thing.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: The Builders and The Butchers roll into McMenamins, Person People and Empty Space Orchestra play B.I.G.S.’ big fifth birthday bash, the Sagebrush Rock Festival goes down in Christmas Valley, and Intervision visits Sunriver, plus the latest on locals Franchot Tone, Tuck and Roll, The Dirty Words and The Autonomics.

And last but not least, the 4 Peaks Music Festival happens this weekend, but thanks to a last-minute change of plans, the article in the paper has the wrong venue. So click here to get up-to-date info.

Need more? Visit The Bulletin’s complete music listing.

Whoa! Busy Thursday night!

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

You have absolutely no excuse to not go see some live music tonight. Check out these options:

–At the Tower Theatre, the second installment of the PDXchange Program features Portland’s The Helio Sequence, a band I praised at length here. Special bonus: local alien-rockers Empty Space Orchestra open the show! 8 p.m., $15 (plus venue fees).

–At Backporch Coffee Roasters, Canadian folk singer Zachary Lucky will perform tonight, along with local fave Erin Cole-Baker. Lucky deserved more ink in last week’s GO! Magazine, but we found out about the show too late; the guy writes great songs. 7:30 p.m., $5.

–More Canadians — this time, party-grass combo the Clumsy Lovers — will invade Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom tonight. I haven’t seen ‘em, but I know someone who has, and this person has extensive party experience, and he says the Lovers bring it. Hard. 9 p.m., $10.

–Local indie-rockers The Dirty Words somehow secured a rare Thursday night show at McMenamins Old St. Francis School. If the Words are still planning on moving to Portland later this year, then time is running short if you’re planning on seeing ‘em. Here’s a chance. 7 p.m., free.

Last Band Standing continues at Boondock’s. The size of the crowds hasn’t waned, even as the competition enters its seventh (!) week. Tonight’s bill: StillFear, Thorns of Creation, Gebular, Group Therapy, Warm Gadget, aka maybe the heaviest week of the entire contest. 8 p.m., $5.

–Finally, at The Summit Saloon & Stage, a reggae band called Synrgy is playing. And they’re from Humboldt County, Calif., so you know they’ve got at least some genuine reggae vibe, even if they can’t spell “synergy.” 10 p.m., $5.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Local guitarist and singer-songwriter Gary Fulkerson has a CD-release show planned for Saturday at Silver Moon Brewing. The guy was also one of my favorite interviews in a long time. For an hour, we talked about music, fear, doubt, triumph … and doughnuts. Here’s a taste:

“Emotionally and creatively, I felt as though I wasn’t really being true to myself somehow, and I wasn’t really expressing what I needed to express,” he said. “The combination of picking up the guitar (came together with) feeling completely stuck and reaching this pit, and at the confluence of those things, I started to write songs. So I sat down and I wrote this first song.”

That was more than two years ago. Since then , the songs have poured forth, and Fulkerson has compiled some of them on his new album, “Float and Scatter,” which he’ll celebrate with a show Saturday in Bend.

“It became a need more than something I wanted to try. It became a necessity,” Fulkerson said. “It was like, ‘I’ve got to just get something out. Something has to get out of me.’ And when I wrote that first song, it was as if I had released a breath that I’d been holding in for a century. And it was like, ‘I want another one of those.’ So I wrote another and another, and all of a sudden that doubt and question in my mind began to just melt away.”

I hope you’ll read the whole thing here.

(Video of Brandi in Bend by snowshoe80.)

I attended the Brandi Carlile concert on March 17 at Bend’s Tower Theatre and was pretty much blown away. Here’s an excerpt of my review:

Carlile focused on material from her 2009 album “Give Up the Ghost,” but also dug into her breakout record, 2007’s “The Story,” flanked (as usual) by longtime collaborators and identical twins Tim and Phil Hanseroth. On stage, the three are a soulful study in symmetry, constantly approaching and backing away from their microphones like pistons in a car engine.

They’re also pretty darn tight musically, as proven on a gathered-round-the-mic version of “Oh Dear,” the perfect Hanseroth harmonies on “Looking Out,” and the easygoing, ’70s-inspired chorus of “Late Morning Lullaby.”

But most of all, they proved it with an unamplified take on “Ghost” standout “Dying Day,” played on beat-up guitars at the edge of the stage to take advantage of the Tower’s top-notch acoustics. It was a jaw-dropping performance, a highly skilled jam session transported from some far-away front porch, and unquestionably the highlight of a night full of highlights.

You can see a bunch of photos of the show here, and you can read my whole review here.

Bendites Guy J Jackson and David Finch have a new album called “Odd Frost,” which features Jackson’s surreal poetry set to Finch’s improvised jazz. They’re doing a CD-release show Saturday at Greenwood Playhouse.

“My stories are generally pretty wacky-doo. There’s always some kind of hyper-real aspect in there,” Jackson said. “Bob Dylan’s kind of my big ol’ hero. He kind of walks the universe in his songs … and that’s what I try to do. I think, like, ‘OK, now I need a story about corporate life, and now I need a story about a chicken and his human friend.’”

Jackson said he has long been interested in working with musicians who can score his stories. In Finch, he found a willing and able partner. The two recorded the songs late at night, with no rehearsal. In fact, Finch often hadn’t heard the story before tape began to roll.

“We just started throwing out stuff. I’d say, ‘Give me the feel. Give me the tone,’ and we’d just record it,” Finch said. “It just kind of was magic.”

Read the whole thing by clicking here.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Portland hip-hop kingpin Cool Nutz, a CD-release show for Redmond’s Ross Rogers, Bill Nershi and Scott Law return to town, Old Stone Church hosts the “Portland Indie Infusion” with The Dimes, Norman and Tortune, and The Dirty Words play McMenamins Old St. Francis School. And, as always, you can find more in our complete music listings.

January 15 in GO! Magazine

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Team Conan, of course! Is there any other option?

The Frequency blog is on Team Conan, of course! Is there any other option?

In honor of the recent announcement that Bend will host the first-ever National Beard and Moustache Championships in June, we here at GO! Magazine dedicated most of today’s music section to facial hair, and the faces who wear it. We’ve got a cover subject who plays old-time blues, never smiles, and keeps a thick beard, plus my overview of the historical relationship between musicians and hairy chins. Let’s cut to the face … er, I mean chase:

-Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band is back in town with a slew of stompin’ new country-blues songs. Read my interview with the Reverend here.

-“The Sound & The Furry: A farcical look at the hairy history of rock.” I’m just so proud of that headline, I had to point it out to you. ALSO, be sure to pick up the print version of the paper so you can take our beard-rocker quiz!

And in the non-beardo section of the section:

-On Wednesday, Fascination and Vinyl Film will fill Silver Moon Brewing with catchy, dramatic pop-rock that’s not often seen ’round these parts.

-Another rare sighting for Bend: Dance-punk, brought to you (and Players Bar) by Seattle up-and-comers The Redwood Plan.

-You love pirates. And you love bands. So you should love a pirate band, right? Test that theory tonight with eyepatch-punks The Deadly Gallows.

-The list of noteworthy local-band gigs is newsier than usual this week, with Jukebot’s inaugural show, a retooled Sofa Kings at M&J, and a weekend full of fun at Mountain’s Edge, where Problem Stick, The Dirty Words, Necktie Killer and Wetsock will test-drive the new stage.

Again, grabbing an actual copy of The Bulletin today gets you not only all these articles and more, but also: BEARD-ROCKER QUIZ.

Local music news: DJ Barisone mix / The Dirty Words video / The Supervillains coming to town / introducing Jukebot / Chris Chabot streams new album

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Little nuggets of news from Central Oregon’s music scene, coming your way … now.

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DJ Barisone lived in Bend for a decade and moved to Portland a few months back. No matter where he lives, though, you want to hear his latest mix, right? Yup, you do. Especially if some sunny, funky, dubby party music sounds good to you on these cold, gray, winter days. It’s called “Lion in the Dancehall,” and you can get it by clicking here. If you’re gun-shy, check the tracklist here.

I’m late on this, but there’s still plenty of time — a month — to submit a “YouTube-style webcam video” to local indie-rock band The Dirty Words for their song “Damn Jacket.” They’re going to take all the videos they get and smash them together to create their very first music video. Fun, right? Right. There are some rules and other guidelines, including how to submit your masterpiece, here.

Local, faith-focused folk singer Chris Chabot has released a new album called “Outer Space,” and he’s made it available for streaming here. They’re pretty songs, so give ‘em a listen.

Fresh off their successful luring of the Mad Caddies to Mountain’s Edge back in November, Redmond’s Necktie Killer will open two local shows for another nationally touring reggae/ska outfit, The Supervillains, in late January. The Florida four-piece have played in Bend three times in the past three years, including an opening slot for the Caddies at the Domino Room in early 2007. But on Jan. 23, they’ll squeeze into Bend’s Mountain’s Edge bar, and on Jan. 24, they’ll play at Timbers in Redmond. There’s more info — times, cost, ticket outlets — at Necktie Killer’s spiffy Web site.

(Reminder: Necktie Killer and Larry and His Flask are gonna rock New Year’s Eve tonight at Mountain’s Edge. 9 p.m. $5. Cheap, good times.)

Jukebot

Check out the McMenamins Old St. Francis School calendar. Look there, on Jan. 20: Jukebot.

Who’s Jukebot, you ask?

Jukebot, apparently, is what you get when you take the ashes of the recently defunct/defunked local band El Dante — or at least the ashes named Gabe Johnson (guitar) and Tyler Mason (bass) — and you mix them with Jared Forqueran (drums) and Aaron Andre Miller (keys) of Person People and Anastacia’s band, and then you add the dynamic vocals of Stephanie Slade, also of The Sofa Kings. (Forqueran, Miller and Mason also played together in the David Bowers Colony before it blew apart.)

That’s a lot of cross-band-pollination there.

So yeah, Jukebot is a new band on the scene that has no music on its MySpace yet, but promises to play “21st century funk ‘n’ roll” influenced by Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Pearl Jam, The Meters and so on. The band came together to play the recent, annual, semi-secret “Church of Neil” show (to celebrate Mr. Young’s birthday) and clicked. Since, according to the MySpace, Jukebot has been “focusing largely on cover material and has recently begun to branch out into original material that reflects the members wide variety of influences, spanning from Rock n Roll to Funk, from Modern Rock to Hip Hop and Soul.”

That Jan. 20 show at McMenamins will be their first ever. Assuming they stick together for a while, you can bet we’ll be telling you more about Jukebot in GO! Magazine and Frequency at some point in the future.

Music 00-09, by David Clemmer

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

(This post is part of Frequency’s coverage of the best music of the past decade. You can see all of that coverage in one place by clicking here. And be sure to check out “Near/Far,” our free, legal, downloadable MP3 compilation of the best music of 2009, by clicking here.)

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As part of Frequency’s ongoing coverage of music in the first 10 years of the 21st century, I’ve asked a few folks close to the local scene to reflect on the past decade in whatever way they see fit. Today, we have something from the mighty mind and pen of David Clemmer, lead singer and songwriter of local indie-rock band The Dirty Words and a former employee of the now defunct Boomtown Records in downtown Bend.

I know that David is an avid music fan, and he makes some interesting points here, so make sure to click below to read the whole thing. Whether you agree or disagree with him, I hope you’ll leave your own thoughts in the comments.

A Game of Stars

To describe this past decade in music, one would have to appropriate the first run-on sentence in “A Tale of Two Cities.” Best, worst, wisdom, foolishness, belief, incredulity, Light, Darkness, hope, despair, et cetera, ad infinitum. Then you have to factor in mathematics: When you take two equal extremes on either side of the positive-negative spectrum and add them together, you get zero.

In this case: ennui.

There are many possible reasons for this, I think.

What we saw in this quote-unquote “dawn” of a digital age could be seen as an amazing innovation, or could be seen as an incomparable rate of music being distributed for cheap or free directly to our homes without having us leave our chairs. The havoc wreaked on our attention spans is insurmountable. Quantity overpowering quality in the field of subjective and diverse creativity is a dangerous numbing agent.

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Local music news: The Dirty Words cancel / video of The Erins in France / Living Legends tickets / Ventis celebrates Christmas

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

A few notes from the local music scene:

-The Dirty Words have canceled their performance Friday night as part of Parrilla Grill’s Winter Music Series because frontman David Clemmer is sick.

-Tickets are now on sale at Ranch Records for the big Living Legends show happening Jan. 28 at Midtown Ballroom. It’s not all the Legends, but several of them — Grouch & Eligh, Sunspot Jonz, Luckyiam and Scarub. Tickets are $22 in advance, plus I think Ranch charges an extra buck or two if you pay with plastic.

-It’s mid-December, and you know what that means: Time to get sick of Christmas music! If you’re tired of the same ol’ songs you hear every year, click over to the MySpace of local band Ventis, where they’ve posted several original Christmas tunes.

-As I mentioned briefly in my article on local songstress Erin Cole-Baker last week, she and her musical buddy, Erin Zurflu, just returned from a seven-gig tour in France. On the Internet, they say “post video or it didn’t happen.” So here you go … the video is mislabeled — they play “Berries,” not “Daniel” — but it’s moving pictures of The Erins in Reding, France: