Looks like Thomas had pretty sweet seats!
Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
Friday, April 13th, 2012
One of, in my opinion, the world’s finest singer-songwriters is coming to Bend’s Tower Theatre on Tuesday.
You should go. It’s going to be great.
Ladies and gentlemen, the wonderful and ever-so-slightly warped Todd Snider:
I chatted with Snider last week while he was driving south through California. He was kind, totally forthcoming, and highly quotable. But the most interesting part was when he told me he’s done making records! Wait, what? Yeah, that’s what he said. Believe him if you like, or don’t. (I don’t.) Who knows? But here’s an excerpt:
“I mean, I think I should stop making records, yeah. I may go out and try to tour for a while and really … work on my guitar playing and learning my old songs … but I think I’ve said the s–t I need to say. I don’t see any reason for me to say more s–t. People have given me plenty of attention.”
“You gotta ask yourself how many songs the world needs, you know? God. There’s already so many, and in my neighborhood, I promise you, there’s 10 since me and you started talking. There’s 10 more songs in this poor world,” Snider said. “Maybe there could be something else I could write … maybe a bunch of love songs, (but) that last bit felt like the last bit of throw-up, the bile part. I like it. I think it might be my favorite one. But I (also) think I might’ve said what I was supposed to say, if I was even supposed to say anything.”
You should go read the whole thing.
Also next week: The return of Last Band Standing, Central Oregon’s multi-week, audience-determined battle of the bands. The schedule calls for 28 bands to duke it out over nine weeks, and the winner will pick up some studio time, a vehicle and other stuff. Plus, it’s all free to attend! This really is a pretty great way to sample lots of the local music scene, so go and get all the Last Band Standing info you need.
This week’s music section is packed, by the way. We’ve got something on The White Buffalo, Matt Hopper, Basin & Range and The River Pigs’ CD-release shows, plus The Dig, The We Shared Milk, Michael Allen Harrison Superband, Warm Gadget, the Central Oregon Songwriters Association’s annual showcase, an underground hip-hop show at JC’s and more.
Oh, and tonight’s Roach Gigz show at the Domino Room is canceled.
Thursday, December 17th, 2009
I’ve gone on and on about my favorite recordings of 2009 here and here, but live music is the backbone of any good scene. Here is a look back my 10 favorite shows of the past 12 months in chronological order, with excerpts from reviews already published in The Bulletin or on Frequency.
(The Ramblers) were terrific. Their arsenal of stringed instruments rang out crisp and clean. The mix was perfect, with percussionist Dale Largent complementing the pickers nicely. Vocally, the harmonies were shipshape, and I was surprised by guitarist Matthew Hyman’s strong voice. I didn’t realize he’s that good of a singer.
As for the set list, the band flitted back and forth between its favorite styles, from Hyman’s twangy ballads to bassist Dan McClung’s jazzgrass instrumentals to mandolinist Joe Schulte’s more rock-influenced numbers.
One highlight was my co-worker Jenny Harada’s song for her brother, Jason, who died last summer, called “Chasing The Sun.” I’m sure there were dry eyes in the house, but they weren’t mine. Another highlight was a new Schulte song built on a weird, ominous groove and featuring a wicked Largent drum solo, like old-time music meets heavy metal. A genre was born just then, I think: doomgrass.
We also got a raucous cover of the old Stealers Wheel hit “Stuck In The Middle,” a perfectly plaintive version of “Restless,” and what may be the Ramblers’ new signature tune, “Let It All Be Good.” In the latter, when Schulte sang “You’re dancing to our music till your toes start to bleed,” I scanned the wiggly bunch up front to get a glimpse of life imitating art.
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.
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.
Friday, September 11th, 2009
As I said earlier, I spilled a lot of ink on the Sisters Folk Festival this week, but probably could’ve written even more. One artist playing the festival that I really wish I could’ve done more on is Todd Snider, a Nashville-based singer-songwriter who plays tonight on the Village Green main stage from 9 to 10 p.m.
I’ve been a fan of Todd’s since back in 1998, when I first heard the first track on his album “Viva Satellite.” It’s called “Rocket Fuel,” and I still think it’s one of the best pure, simple rock ‘n’ roll songs I own. I found a live version you can hear. Be sure to listen to the lyrics; I’m not sure they’d qualify for a poetry competition, but for me, they capture that whole young/carefree/immortal ethos that, as a 33-year-old working dude with bills to pay, seems so dumb and yet so appealing at the same time:
“Viva Satellite” is a pretty rockin’, full-band affair. And I haven’t been able to keep up with everything Snider has released since, so there may be some more rock-oriented albums among his more recent output, but for the most part, I think in the past few years he’s been focused on the folk-blues troubadour thing.
That format, of course, tends to shine a light on songwriting, and for Snider, that’s a good thing. The guy can spin a story and set it to a tune just about as well as anyone going these days. Click through the jump to watch three videos I found that showcase his skills. Bonus! Two of them have distinctly Northwest themes, and one is set in Oregon!