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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, April 26th, 2013

I’m not gonna lie to you, folks: Today’s music section in GO! Magazine is chock full of great stuff. Examples? OK!

One of my favorite rappers, Aesop Rock, returns to Bend Saturday night for a show at the Domino Room. I emailed him some questions about his very personal new album “Skelethon,” and he emailed back some answers.

GO!: I’m sure self-producing the record influenced the sound and style of “Skelethon,” but how about the lyrics and themes? It’s dark in places, and feels very “dude in a room kicking stuff out of his brain” to me, if that makes sense.

AR: Yeah, that sounds about right. The short answer is that this is my first solo album since the passing of my best friend, Camu Tao. A lot of death and related topics come and go, and there’s a lot of just figuring out how to process that kind of thing in there. A lot of thinking out loud within the lyrics. I don’t think I ever get too sad or too dark, or at least when I do it is still in a very human way, in my opinion. Just because it’s about death doesn’t mean it’s a bunch of sad and depressing music on there.

Read the whole thing by clicking here.

The local metal band Inimica performs at Players Bar & Grill in 2010. Photo by Ben.

The local metal band Inimica performs at Players Bar & Grill in 2010. Photo by Ben.

In Feedback, I wrote a fond farewell to westside-Bend dive and local-music institution Players Bar & Grill. And I started the piece off with a quote from a familiar face in Central Oregon’s punk scene.

“Players Bar & Grill has got to be my favorite bar to play at. No other bar in Central Oregon would put up with some of the rowdy shows that we put on and still pay us. It’s the only place in town that I can put on free shows for people and the bar kicks down a few hundred bucks so we can give gas money to bring in out of town bands. I see so many great bands that I want to bring in and share with Bend, and Players lets me do that. Sometimes people don’t realize it’s a bar like this that helps keep the punk scene alive.”

— Darin Lones of The Confederats in The Bulletin, Jan. 5, 2007

Click here and read the whole thing.

Elsewhere in the music section: Judy Collins brings 50 years of folk history to the Tower Theatre, Tony Furtado plays The Belfry, Johnsmith has two gigs this weekend, surf-rockers King Ghidora invade The Horned Hand, Vampirates’ 10th anniversary tour stops in Bend, live music begins at Volcanic Theatre Pub and Parrilla Grill hosts two interesting local bands: All You All and Isles.

October 9 in GO! Magazine

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Ladies and gents, I have family in town this weekend and am going to try to steer clear of the blog for a few days. Devastating, I know.

Before I disappear, though, I want to let you know what’s happening in Bend, musically, over the next seven days. Be sure to grab a GO! Magazine or visit the calendar on the GO! Web site for lots more options beyond these:

-When L.A. MCs Scarub and Very collaborate, they call themselves Afro Classics. And they’re dope. They have a new album out this week and they’re playing in Bend next week.

-You thought the days of Queen-style pomp-rock were over, didn’t you? Well, meet The Janks.

-Sweatshop Union is a hip-hop collective out of British Columbia, Canada. They are not associated with any sweatshops as far as I know. Now get back to work!

-Local industrial band Warm Gadget and one-man speed-metal wonder Bald Eagle Shirt are gonna get strange at Players Bar & Grill.

-Silver Moon Brewing continues to expand its music offerings, hosting cosmopolitan electro-funk-jazz duo Planet Loop and Bend’s own glitch-hop crew, the Thumbprint Collective. (Download 48 minutes of Thumbprint’s chilled out electronica by clicking right here.)

-Guitar mega-talent Tony Furtado in concert at a beautiful old church in the ghost town of Richmond? Sounds like a highly listenable experience. Just remember to take a sweater.

-Also: Willie Carmichael’s going to folk up Dan Chavers’ Studio, and bluegrass is the name of the game when Blackstrap plays McMenamins Old St. Francis School.

-Don’t forget there are a few music-related movies happening at BendFilm this weekend.

And hey! Look for another blog post in the next little bit about a fundraiser happening Saturday at Parrilla Grill that you should consider checking out.