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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 13th, 2012

Email interviews with musicians tend to not turn out as well as phone or in-person interviews. I figure there are a couple reasons for this: 1) They’re often busy on tour, moving from place to place, and don’t have time to sit down and compose proper answers. 2) Typing is harder than just talking. 3) The interviewer doesn’t get a chance to ask follow-up questions, and follow-up questions are the easiest way to turn an interview into a simple conversation. And it’s conversation where you often get the best quotes.

All that said, I thought our email interview with Robbie Grey of Modern English in today’s GO! Magazine was terrific. One of the best I’ve read.

Anyway, you might recognize this song:

The one-hit-is-better-than-no-hits wonder Modern English will play Munch & Music on Thursday in Bend’s Drake Park. My colleague David Jasper sent Grey some questions, and he sent back some answers. Here’s an excerpt:

GO!: Why do you think “I Melt With You” has had such staying power?

RG: My theories on “Melt” are that it glides. It has an uplifting feeling of a breath of fresh air. The words evoke a lot of imagery and love is involved. The act of lovemaking is implicated. All these things are part of the human condition. Hence the staying power.

GO!: People can see a lot of your videos on YouTube. Any specific songs you would recommend readers look up if they wanted to expand their Modern English vocabulary in advance of your show?

RG: There are so many YouTube videos. “Someone’s Calling” is a good one from the “After the Snow” album. Check out the hundreds of cover versions of “Melt.” I like the one with the harp. Some people have done their own collages of Modern English songs. They are interesting.

GO!: Has “I Melt With You” ever been implicated as a cause of global warming?

RG: “I Melt with You” has at times been implicated as a cause of global warming. The amount of people who have told us they have made love to the song, walked down the aisle to the song on their wedding day, made babies to the song — all that friction will cause heat to rise.

Grey seems like a cool dude. You should read the whole thing here.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Toots and the Maytals kicks off the Alive After Five series in the Old Mill District, Crawfest celebrates local and regional music out in Powell Butte, Diego’s Umbrella returns to town for an album-release show, Dark Time Sunshine headlines an underground hip-hop bill at Liquid Lounge, and The Horned Hand celebrates its first birthday with Whiskey Shivers, Boom Chick, Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy and more.

And last but not least, downtown Bend will be teeming with sound this weekend as Bend Summer Festival fills five stages with music, including Fishbone, Rickie Lee Jones, Gary Wright, Ruthie Foster, Polyrhythmics, Kelly Joe Phelps, Boom Chick, Pepe & The Bottle Blondes, Jeff Kashiwa, The Autonomics and a whole bunch of locals. This is probably the best Summer Fest lineup I can remember. Read about Fishbone and see the rest of the schedule here.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Reggae legends Toots & the Maytals are coming to Redmond! It took a while, but I tracked down Frederick “Toots” Hibbert and talked to him about the key to his longevity.

“The good music makes me stay on the road,” he said. “People need me so they request me to come, so I have to be on the road. I love what I do, (and I) still like to tour to make sure my audience is happy. They love me very much and I love them very much.”

Their love is rooted, first and foremost, in a handful of hit Toots & the Maytals records from the late 1960s and early 1970s, including “54-46 Was My Number,” “Bam Bam,” “Pressure Drop,” “Monkey Man” and “Funky Kingston.”

The band’s early hits are durable classics of the genre, reflective of a time when reggae was a bit grittier and funkier than it tends to be these days.

The Maytals’ music remains popular because it’s “clean” and “positive,” Hibbert said.

“If you’re negative,” he said, “you won’t last long.”

It’s not often Bend gets a performance by an artist as influential as Toots, so you should click here and read what else he had to say.

I also want to highlight my story on Ashland-based indie-folk trio Kites & Crows, who are playing a free show at McMenamins on Wednesday. I really think this is talented up-and-coming band with great songs, so click here to read all about ‘em.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section, we’ve got Ween’s return to Les Schwab Amphitheater, Tracorum kicking off Munch & Music, Sunriver’s Rhythm on the Range festival, Lauren Shera at Silver Moon, a trio of country songwriters at Maragas Winery and Third Seven’s last show before tour, plus Sagebrush Rock, Boxcar String Band, Chris Beland and Last Band Standing.

Enjoy the long weekend and gorgeous weather, folks! Have fun and be safe.

New shows: Toots & the Maytals, Pigeon John, Tech N9ne, Gregory Alan Isakov

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

A few concerts coming to Central Oregon that were recently announced:

–Orchestral folk-pop singer-songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov — last seen in Bend opening for Brandi Carlile — will play what should be a beautifully intimate show on April 16 at PoetHouse Art downtown. Showtime is 9 p.m. and tickets are available in advance for $10 at Bendticket.com. Props to Cassie Moore at LOUDgirl Productions for this one.

–On May 10, L.A. hip-hop nice guy Pigeon John and Portland duo The Chicharones will play the Domino Room. Pigeon John, in my mind, is one of the most interesting and entertaining rappers in the underground, and The Chicharones (aka Sleep of Oldominion and Josh Martinez) are a blast, so this show should be good times. No details yet, but watch the MadHappy Musik Facebook for updates.

–Area reggae-heads will get a taste of some good, old-school stuff on July 3 when Toots & the Maytals play the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond. Again, I have no details yet — all I know is the show is a benefit for the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act of 2012 — but mark your calendar, because Toots is just about the coolest reggae dude going.

–Frequent Bend visitor Tech N9ne, one of the most successful independent rappers ever, will return to the Midtown Ballroom on June 23. And you can bet a whole bunch of young folks will show up and sweat along to Tech’s insanely energetic show. Time, tickets and all that stuff can be found at the Random Presents site.

As always, stick close to Frequency and GO! Magazine to find out about upcoming dates as soon as we do.