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Review: These United States at Silver Moon

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

(Sorry, folks, wanted to get this up yesterday, but life got in the way.)

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Bend got a brief, crisp set Tuesday night at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom by These United States, a band from Washington, D.C. and Lexington, Ky., that has been picking up buzz around the release of its new album “Everything Touches Everything.”

I don’t even know what to write about the quintet’s 45-minute set, honestly. It was solid. It wasn’t amazing, but it was far from bad. These guys are tight, and their grasp on the wide-open world of twangy rock is impressive. These United States’ album is firmly indie-rock in nature — almost poppy — but live, the band finds a ramshackle groove that veers more toward a 1970s country feel.

That’s not to say this is tear-in-my-beer stuff. No, These United States’ music is punchy, propelled by drummer Robby Cosenza’s heavy-handed work on the skins. The band exudes a sort of throwback exuberance when they play; lots of “ooohs” and “aaahs” and the occasionally a joyous “whoa!” jump out from behind the long hair in their faces. On slower songs especially, frontman Jesse Elliott’s voice creaks a lot like Dinosaur Jr’s J. Mascis. It all has the feel of a jam from another era.

These United States played a few great tunes — “Get Yourself Home” and the seductively catchy “First Sight” among them — and a whole bunch of songs that grabbed me, but really didn’t hang on that tight. Perhaps they’re growers, or perhaps this hard-touring band purposely makes music for the moment, so when they pile in the van and head for the next town, their audience is left wanting more.

Tonight: These United States at Silver Moon (with MP3 download)

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

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These United States is a fast-rising band from Washington, D.C. and Lexington, Ky., that makes a vibrant and rollicking pop/rock/twang racket. They chose the direction of their new album, “Everything Touches Everything,” based on the outcome of the 2008 presidential election; read more about that in my article on the band.

Here’s the opening track from the album. Feel free to download it:

Download These United States, “I Want You To Keep Everything”

These United States plays tonight at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom, located at 24 N.W. Greenwood Ave., in Bend. Local rockers Goodbye Dyna will open the show, which begins around 9 p.m. Cover is $5.

(Photo courtesy Sarah Law)

September 18 in GO! Magazine

Friday, September 18th, 2009

The quiet week in between the Sisters Folk Festival and the Bend Roots Revival isn’t so quiet after all. You’ve got several options for hearing great music over the next seven days, and here are some of them:

Gimme Indie Rock, Part I: These United States roll into the Silver Moon with a punched-up sound and a new album that reflects the mood of post-election America.

Gimme Indie Rock, Part II: Memorable country-rock songs seem to pour naturally from the pen of John McCauley, the twentysomething driving force behind Deer Tick.

Gimme Indie Rock, Part III: The Northwest churns out more interesting, experimental pop bands than anywhere else, and two of them — Finn Riggins from Idaho, and Church from Portland — are heading this way.

Here is my review of Todd Snider, Peter Rowan and Kelly Joe Phelps at the Sisters Folk Festival.

Also, the Domino Room hosts gangster rappers Mr. Capone-E and Mr. Criminal, Bend’s Erin Cole-Baker and Elliot are playing a back to school concert, Blue Turtle Seduction returns to town, The Autonomics invade JC’s, and some of Bend’s best rappers (Top Shelf, Mosley Wotta, Cloaked Characters) will throw a free show Thursday at Boondock’s.

One thing that didn’t get much ink in the print version of GO! Magazine: The Bend Roots Revival will kick off Thursday night with a meet-and-greet and open mic at Parrilla Grill at 6 p.m., followed by some Grateful Dead cover action from Back From the Dead (5:30-7 p.m.) and Rising Tide (7-9 p.m.) over at the Victorian Cafe. You should check that out, and then pick up next Friday’s GO! Magazine for full coverage of the rest of the fest.

And pick up today’s GO! for access to all the articles linked above, or subscribe online, otherwise you may run into the paywall.