Posts Tagged ‘The Roe’

Central Oregon musicians pay tribute to Michael Jackson (Part II)

Monday, July 6th, 2009


It’s been more than a week now since the unexpected death of Michael Jackson, and the man, his life and his legacy is still a hot topic of conversation. Whether you think he should be remembered as a pop-culture icon or that his latter-day legal troubles overshadowed his chart success (or both), there’s no question the guy had an enormous influence on music.

To get an idea of the influence he had on Central Oregon’s music scene, Frequency asked a bunch of local musicians to talk about Michael Jackson’s role in their development as artists, to reflect on his life, or just to share their memories of his music, and so many responded, I split them up into two posts. You can read the first one by clicking here, and the second batch begins just after the jump.


Lots of new LOCAL music to listen to

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Central Oregon musicians have been incredibly productive this year, releasing a whole bunch of recorded music, with no sign of slowing down any time soon. Just look at all the new stuff you can hear online:

The Sofa Kings do a bluesy, female-fronted take on straight-up rock ‘n’ roll, a la Heart or Jefferson Airplane/Starship. And, they’ve just posted a few songs from their recorded-but-not-yet-released CD on their MySpace.

-Redmond’s The Roe is known for its pop-infused emo/punk, which is why their new song, “Oh Amelia,” is so startling. It’s got a lo-fi, twangy feel, like a sleepy Social Distortion. Hear it at the band’s MySpace. (“We would like to make it clear that this IS NOT portraying the style of the new CD,” the band writes. “We are keeping our same style and keepin it rock n roll.”

Warm Gadget is a newish project on the local scene, a creepy, electro-industrial collaboration between electronic-music artist (and former Vihara member) Colten Williams and Tim Vester, formerly of The Kronkmen, with some help from Eric Metzger, Jared Forqueran and Jeff Swearengin. The band recently posted some of its newer music, and it’s great, weird stuff.

The Commercial Underground has a few new tracks up on their MySpace. These guys do breezy, feel-good, throwback pop-rock that’ll make you long for the ’70s, if you’re old enough to remember the ’70s.

-Since the last time I visited their MySpace, The Space Hoax has posted two new songs — “Aries Day” and “Vintage International” — for our listening pleasure. Both are excellent, and you should go listen to them right now. Seriously.

-Just the other day, Empty Space Orchestra put a live version of “Pandemonium,” recorded early last month, on its MySpace. Go take a listen to hear what everyone’s buzzing about.

-Local hip-hop cat Mosley Wotta has a “ruff edit” of a downcast new song called “Blood Sugar” on his MySpace. There are a couple other newer tracks up there, too. All are worth hearing.

There are probably tons more out there, I just don’t know about them. Say … are you in a band that calls Central Oregon home? Do you have some new music? I’d love to hear it, and maybe post it on Frequency. Give me a shout via e-mail or through MySpace.