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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, January 11th, 2013

My colleague David Jasper talked to folk singer and father of an impressive brood, Loudon Wainwright III, about the inevitability of getting older … and what comes after that. Here’s an excerpt:

(Wainwright) told GO!, “I had a collection of songs that it seemed like, every single one of them, in one way or another, dealt with the topic. So I threw caution to the wind … my producer Dick Connette (and I) just decided to focus on that particular subject, and I think we did.”

They were conscious of not making things too heavy.

“Certainly, with that subject, it needs a light touch. Otherwise, you just get people bummed out for 50 minutes or however long the record lasts,” he said. “The idea being, we’re going to do a record about death and decay, but it would be entertaining.”

Read the whole thing by clicking here.

Elsewhere in the section:

— Brilliant banjo picker Danny Barnes and masterful mandolinist Matt Sircely will play twice this weekend: tonight in Sisters and Saturday in Bend. (Here is video, photos and a review of his terrific late-2011 show in Bend.)

— Prineville-based Christian band Ergo Rex celebrates its new album with a show tonight.

Plus: David Jacobs-Strain at the HarmonyHouse, Giraffe Dodgers and The Brown Edition at McMenamins, Bend d’Vine’s new jazz series, Tony Smiley + Keez + MoWo, The Selfless Riot, Greg Botsford and more. It’s all here.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

Slowly but surely, folks, we’re coming out of the holiday show slowdown.

There are several solid options over the next seven days, including a very busy Thursday night.

First up, a band that could very well blow up big in 2012:

Seattle indie-soul band Pickwick will play a free show at McMenamins on Thursday night. My colleague David Jasper spoke with guitarist Michael Parker about the band’s evolution.

From the start, Pickwick sounded fairly derivative of Wilco.

“We all loved ‘Yankee Hotel Foxtrot,’” Parker said, referring to Wilco’s acclaimed 2002 album. Taking a cue from Wilco, Pickwick infused their sound with elements of country and psychedelia, with a touch of “some electronic stuff,” said Parker.

They would stick to their sonic guns for two years before facing facts. Namely, that they were stuck in the middle of the alt-country pack.

The Wilco influence “didn’t really work for us. We have some friends who do music like that and are amazing at it, but for us, it just wasn’t really a good fit,” said Parker.

In 2010, he and (frontman Galen) Disston met and discussed breaking up the band, “just because the stuff we were doing, we weren’t very proud of,” Parker said. “One of the things we do well as a group is we’re just brutally honest. That’s part of our relationship that had already been established by that point. We can talk to each other about things that might be a little uncomfortable, but we’re still friends at the end of the day.”

Instead of disbanding, they scrapped the alt-country songs and started over.

“We threw it all away. We went from having close to 20 songs to having nothing,” Parker said. Inspired by Sam Cooke’s croon, Pickwick moved to Motown, so to speak, creating a soulful sound that showcased Disston’s singing ability.

You should read the whole thing right here.

Elsewhere this this week’s music section: Polyrhythmics kicks off a new series of Volcanic Punk Parties and San Francisco DJ Comma headlines another Slipmat Science show, plus Matt Hopper & The Roman Candles, The Selfless Riot’s new album, Feeding Frenzy, Boxcar Stringband, Harley Bourbon, Night Under the Covers’ Laurel Canyon night and more!