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Music by former Bendites

Monday, September 21st, 2009

By chance, I guess, I’ve got a handful of links here that’ll let you hear what some former Bend residents are up to these days. Think of it kind of like a high school reunion, except you (likely) didn’t go to high school with these folks, and Mike McShanahan isn’t dunking your head in the toilet and giving you a swirlie just like the old days. That’s what everyone’s old days were like … right?

-Perhaps the most famous recent musician to have called Bend home, Hasidic rapper Matisyahu is back with his much-anticipated third album of reggae-flavored hip-hop. It’s called “Light” and you can listen to the whole thing, at least for now, on this nifty little widget:

A couple years ago, I wrote an article that will tell you all about the dude’s time in Bend, and you can find that right here.

Near/Far alum Wildbleedingheart now goes by Daniel Michael Miller. He lives in Portland and still makes woozy, lo-fi pop-rock that fits in much more snugly in his new hometown than his old one. It’s also pretty darn good. He’s just put up several songs for stream/download, which you can find over here. And if you want to read more about him, click here to find my story from 2007.

-The Portland chamber-folk combo Loch Lomond is led by Bend native Ritchie Young; member Dave Depper is also from here. (There may be others, I’m not sure.) The band has a new EP coming out this fall, and the Portland Mercury has all the details, plus a teaser medley of the record’s songs.

V.E.R.A. Clique comprises three guys who got their start in Bend, but now make hip-hop in Oakland, Calif. They were just recently in town at the Silver Moon for a benefit show, but for the most part, they’re down there in the Bay Area working hard to get their music heard. Good for them. Let’s see if we can help them out. Here’s the title track from their most recent record, “Fresh Out The Box.” Download it and check out these local fellas done good.

Download V.E.R.A. Clique, “Fresh Out The Box”

Say … this brings up a fun question: What local musician or band do you think will be the next to make it big on the outside? Leave a comment and let me know who you think has star potential.

August 7 in GO! Magazine

Friday, August 7th, 2009

This week’s GO! Magazine features quite the array of musical acts. You can’t say local music fans don’t have a variety of choices! We’ve got an alt-rock band of local teenagers, one of the biggest country acts in the world, an up-and-coming hip-hop crew that got its start in Bend, a former “American Idol” contestant playing in Warm Springs (!), crusty ol’ punks from Portland, and more, more, more! Check it:

-The five local guys in The Snag aren’t old enough to drink. Heck, they’re barely old enough to drive. But they have a new CD ready for the world, and they’ll celebrate it with a show tonight. Here’s a track from that CD, lovingly provided by the band:

Download The Snag, “Omne Vivum”

-I went and saw Sugarland at Les Schwab Amphitheater on July 30 and came back with some new thoughts on Central Oregon’s music fans. Read them here.

Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom is hosting a hip-hop benefit, a Bay Area Afro-beat band and a reggae show next week. Very nice, Moon. Very nice. If you want to familiarize yourself with the Afro-beat band, Aphrodesia, here’s a way to do just that:

Download Aphrodesia, “Special Girl”

-Portland punk-rock group 800 Octane has played 22 shows in Bend over the past 12 years. Tonight, they’ll play for the 23rd and 24th time.

-Former “American Idol” rocker gal Amanda Overmyer is performing on Sunday at Kah-Nee-Ta Resort near Warm Springs. Which just makes sense, if you think about it.

Elsewhere in town this weekend: A big B.I.G.S. party at the old Rising Star building, a farewell performance by soon-to-be-Californian David Bowers, and three native Texans (now Central Oregonians) at The Studio.

If you’re subscribed to The Bulletin’s Web site, you’ll be able to see all those links. If you’re not, you’ll need to subscribe or pick up a paper. Either way, you can download the MP3s. They’re available to anyone.