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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, October 1st, 2010

The Cowboy Junkies visit Bend’s Tower Theatre, and my colleague David Jasper spoke with bassist Alan Anton:

The band is promoting the new album “Renmin Park,” the first in a series of four albums they’re calling “The Nomad Series.”

“This is what we’re doing that’s special,” Anton said, referring to the band’s 25 years together and the four-album cycle, to be released over an 18-month period.

In a statement on their website, www.latentrecordings.com, Cowboy Junkies explain that “for the first time in 20 years we are completely free of any recording contracts and obligations, we find ourselves writing and recording more than we have in years, our studio (The Clubhouse) feels more and more like home, the band now has 25 years under the hood and is sounding so darn good.”

You can read the whole thing by clicking here.

Mosley Wotta performs at Portland's MusicfestNW on Sept. 10.

Every year, I travel over to Portland for the big MusicfestNW extravaganza. This year, for the first time (that I know of), the festival’s lineup included two Bend acts: Mosley Wotta and Sara Jackson-Holman. In this week’s Feedback, I write about their performances and how the crowds seemed to like ‘em.

Performing live is still a relatively new endeavor for the 21-year-old Jackson-Holman, and on stage, her nerves sometimes show.

But by the time she arrived at the cascading melody of “Into the Blue” and the bouncy “Cellophane” — backed by an effortlessly skilled three-piece band — she found a good groove that carried through the rest of her night, including a formidable cover of Death Cab for Cutie’s “Transatlanticism.”

Live, the songs were noticeably more sparse than their lush, slickly produced counterparts on “When You Dream,” with the exception of the album’s woozy, slow-burning title track, during which Jackson-Holman used unexpected percussion and a gadget that looped her voice to create the set’s true “wow” moment.

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Again, if you’ve seen Mosley Wotta, you probably know most of the songs he/they did: “Birthday Suit” and “Smoke” and “Smile Hater Smile,” all the faves. There were some familiar faces in the crowd of 60ish — Graham’s former DJ Mike “Mud” Graham and former Person People bassist Jordan Muller among them — but there were also lots of people I didn’t recognize, and by the time MoWo finished his opener, “Licking Reason,” most of them were smiling and bobbing their head to the beat.

From there, Graham kept reeling them in. “Boom For Real” is an undeniably great song, no matter your age; halfway through it, I turned and saw two white women in their 60s or 70s, dressed for a night at the opera, shaking their fists and chanting “boom … boom, boom!” to the chorus. Behind them, a 20-something black dude was doing the same thing. (The older women actually howled during “Smoke,” too. It was hilarious.)

I hope you’ll click here and read the whole thing.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: The Devil Makes Three, Greg Brown, The Redwood Plan, Tomorrows Bad Seeds, Mindscape, and live music returns to Sisters’ Three Creeks Brewing Co. And you can always find more options in The Bulletin’s complete music listings.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, March 5th, 2010

The Chris Berry Trio visits Bend this weekend and brings along jam-rock super-guitarist Steve Kimock! Berry’s story is fascinating. He traveled to Africa to study music, became a pop star, and fled for his life in 2001. We talked about the reaction he got from Zimbabweans as his career took off.

“(They) had never seen a white man who could drum and dance and sing in their language, so it actually unfairly catapulted me to the top pretty fast over there just because I was white,” he said. “People would show up and try to go behind the stage and try to unplug (me) because they thought I was lip-synching because they didn’t believe it was actually true. Or they would come to the shows because … they didn’t believe it so they wanted to see it with their own eyes. So it was kind of a novelty thing.”

But it was a very positive experience, Berry said, if for no other reason than the barriers that were broken.

“They had a very narrow view of white people: that we would never touch one of their traditional instruments (or would) look down on their language (or) thought whatever they did was beneath us, because that’s how they were treated by the colonialists,” he said. “So to have someone come in there and be so happy about playing their music, it shattered their stereotypes in a positive way.”

I hope you’ll read the whole thing here.

WarmGadget

The local quartet Warm Gadget fired off 45 minutes worth of heavy noise last week at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom. Here’s part of my review.

The atmosphere in the pub felt a bit like a secret show. It wasn’t. It was just booked last-minute and hastily promoted, so the crowd was modest in size, but full of familiar faces from across Bend’s left-of-center rock scene. In other words, I saw plenty of folks there who prefer their music flavored with weird.

Warm Gadget gave them what they wanted, though I must admit, the band wasn’t quite as out there as I expected them to be. The songs on their MySpace — www.myspace.com/warmgadget7 — are creepy, industrial, electro-fuzz-rock blasts that are, generally speaking, slightly more beat-driven than riff-driven.

Live, those beats and electronic textures are certainly perceptible, but they don’t play as much of a role in the band’s sound as they do on recordings. Live, Warm Gadget is a sludgehammer, pummeling anything in its path with its aural assault.

Delve into the details of the band’s set right here.

Also in this week’s music section: Boxcar String Band at M&J Tavern, the returns of Igor & Red Elvises, The Missionary Position and Craig Carothers, a busy week at Three Creeks Brewing Co., in Sisters, a benefit for The Substitutes’ Dean Prescott (this is actually happening March 14), the neon-pink pop-rock of The Fold, and more pop-reggae at Mountain’s Edge, courtesy of Tomorrows Bad Seeds. And, as always, there’s lots more in our complete music listings.