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Video/review: Vetiver at Silver Moon

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

A fellow Bulletin-ite, Scott Johnson, shot some video of Vetiver’s show Friday night at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom in Bend. Here’s the band doing “Rolling Sea,” and my mini-review is after the clip:

Vetiver – Rolling Sea from Scott Johnson on Vimeo.

In last week’s article on Vetiver in GO! Magazine, I called the band’s “Tight Knit” album “one of the best albums of 2009 so far.” And I still think that’s true, but it might be a tad misleading. Because while I do think “Tight Knit” is very good, I don’t know that it has the kind of oomph I need from a record, whether it’s loud and rocking or quiet and folky, or somewhere in between. “Tight Knit” is a solid album that shows off a fine songwriter (Andy Cabic) and his very skilled band. It is not, however, a swift punch to the gut, or a slow-burning fire under your butt. The most visceral reaction I can imagine to the record is to close your eyes and smile and nod along.

Vetiver’s live show is the same way. San Francisco-based Cabic and his backing quartet sounded great Friday night in a stuffy Silver Moon. They played and sang their songs well, and the crowd — a good-sized crowd, I thought, though it was definitely not full — seemed appreciative. Vetiver effortlessly (and I use that word with purpose) wandered from folksy pop to blues jams to honky tonk, rarely straying far from a fairly languid pace. Even rarer was a change in expression on any of the musicians’ faces. Yeah, they looked a little bored, a little sleepy. But I think my assumption that they were just deep into the music is a safe one. I hope it is.

The band picked songs from each of its four records; highlights, in my mind, were the labyrinthine “Luna Sea,” the tight, 1960s-ish bop of “More of This,” and the gorgeous “Maureen,” featuring the clearest, most perfect harmonies of the night. Occasionally, they’d channel the Grateful Dead and linger on a jam for just a bit too long. Vetiver closed (save a one-song encore I don’t remember) with a cover of The Everly Brothers’ “Hey Doll Baby,” which sounded about how you’d expect: classic pop-rockabilly shuffle filtered through a sun-baked, summer-of-love P.O.V. It didn’t rock, exactly, but it was probably the most upbeat number of the night.

I only wish we’d seen that level of energy just a few more times, but it’s clear Cabic is very happy and very comfortable doing the easygoing, country/soft-rock thing. And no matter what you thought of Vetiver’s spunk, it’s also clear they’re very good at what they do.

Poster: Vetiver at Silver Moon

Friday, July 31st, 2009

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Download: Vetiver, Empty Space Orchestra

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Vetiver and Empty Space Orchestra. Both great bands, though very different. Both playing tonight in Bend. And the timing works out so that you can see ‘em both if you’d like.

Unsure? Here are a couple of samples. First, the catchiest track from Vetiver’s 2009 album “Tight Knit.”

Download Vetiver, “Everyday”

Second, we have a special track from Bend’s own Empty Space Orchestra. This is a live version of their song “Pandemonium” that has been streaming on their MySpace, but otherwise is unreleased:

Download Empty Space Orchestra, “Pandemonium (Live)”

July 31 in GO! Magazine

Friday, July 31st, 2009

These next seven days, folks, might just be the busiest, music-wise, of the year so far in Central Oregon. Almost every night you have options, and many of those options are either big names or big talents (or both). Are you planning on hitting any of these? Some of them? All of them? Leave a comment and let me know what your plans are.

Oh, and all today’s links are free and available to non-subscribers, so click away! Let’s go in chronological order:

-Tonight, Vetiver plays California sun-kissed folk-pop at Silver Moon Brewing.

-Also tonight, up-and-coming country stars Lady Antebellum will play the final free show at the Deschutes County Fair.

-Looking for something else to do tonight? Try Sagebrush Rock at Boston’s or Empty Space Orchestra at Parrilla or Necktie Killer at The Underground.

-On Saturday, a big ol’ rap show will roll into the Midtown Ballroom. Kottonmouth Kings and Swollen Members are co-headlining, and local rapper The Dirtball will perform. Should be one of the biggest Midtown shows in a while.

-Also Saturday, Tuck And Roll plays at Silver Moon and Apropos performs at The Studio.

-On Sunday, the Les Schwab Amphitheater will host its second ticketed show of the summer when Lyle Lovett and His Large Band come to town.

-Also on Sunday, Susie McEntire Luchsinger does her annual concert out in Antelope.

-Monday night is blues night at the Tower Theatre, where veteran guitarist Johnny Winter will appear.

-Wednesday night will bring a couple of young, rootsy bands to Bend, as bluegrassers Town Mountain play at Silver Moon and Breathe Owl Breathe hits McMenamins.

Again, anyone can get to any of those stories, so check ‘em out. And if you want to see the cool dartboard motif that the GO! Magazine design team put together, pick up a copy of the actual newspaper!

Now this is how you do a promo photo …

Friday, July 24th, 2009

When you write about music, you see a lot of terrible promotional band photos. So it’s nice when you see one that blows you away. This one, taken by Alissa Anderson of the band Vetiver, just blew me away.

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Vetiver will perform next Friday night at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom in Bend. Look for my article about them in next week’s GO! Magazine.

Vetiver coming to Silver Moon Brewing

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Now this is sweet! According to an e-mail blast from Silver Moon booking guru Cassie Moore, the excellent folk-pop band Vetiver will perform at the Bend pub on July 31.

Silver Moon may have hosted a band or three with a bigger national profile than this one, but not many. Vetiver is tight with freak-folk kingpin Devendra Banhart and a longtime favorite within that scene, though their recent work has crept toward a more pastoral, hazy pop sound. The band’s newest release, “Tight Knit,” was released by Sub Pop Records in February to generally favorable reviews. Ye ol’ Pitchfork said the album is “built with a keen ear for detail, be it a subtle dose of pedal steel or a gently rippling guitar effect, and it features (frontman Andy Cabic’s) most consistently engaging batch of songs to date.”

Here’s the video for “Everyday” from “Tight Knit” for your sampling purposes: