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This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Portland-based indie rock duo Viva Voce come to Bend Monday to help kick off the 2011 PDXchange Program series, along with Damien Jurado and Loch Lomond. I talked to Anita Robinson about Viva Voce’s new album, “The Future Will Destroy You,” which is due out in June.

“We feel like these songs are really representative of Viva Voce as a band,” she said. “For the past couple of records, we’ve really experimented and our fans have been really patient and understanding and supportive … but the feedback we’ve heard from them is kind of what we feel inside, too, and that’s that when we just play the two of us, somehow it’s more special to our fans and we feel a stronger connection to them.”

As for the sound of the upcoming album, Anita is playing it close to the vest.

“No one’s heard them yet so I’m really curious to hear what kind of feedback we’re going to get,” she said. “I think that people are going to love the songs and that’s ultimately our hope. We’re really, really proud of them, and we pushed ourselves in a way that we haven’t before.”

Click here to read the whole thing. Also, stay tuned to Frequency for more about Damien Jurado, who your humble blogger just happens to consider one of the finest songwriters going.

The Truth & Salvage Co. rolls into the Silver Moon on Sunday evening, bringing with ‘em a likable, harmony-heavy country-rock sound. I spoke with drummer Bill Smith about the band’s origins.

(Truth & Salvage Co.) has roots in North Carolina, where Smith, guitarist Scott Kinnebrew and keyboardist Walker Young played in a hot jazz/ragtime band called Scrappy Hamilton.

Scrappy was “Django (Reinhardt) meets rockabilly meets Squirrel Nut Zippers,” Smith said, thanks in large part to Kinnebrew’s upbringing in New Orleans.

Over a few years, the three men made their way to Los Angeles to find their paths, and they continued to play together, eventually settling into Hollywood’s famed Hotel Cafe for jam sessions.

It was there they met Tim Jones, another singer-songwriter who had come to L.A. to make music his career.

Jones was welcomed into the fold “with open arms,” Smith said, and the group began holding beer-soaked jams and songwriting sessions at their house on Gower Street.

“(Truth & Salvage Co.) exploded out of that,” he said.

I hope you’ll read the whole story by clicking here.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section, we’ve got a CD-release show from Portland-based, Bend-connected band Water & Bodies, a big benefit show with an all-star lineup for local violinist Erin Zurflu, the return of tech-savvy, Bay Area jam-band Moonalice, and a big dance party thrown by the Slipmat Science crew. A little farther west in Deschutes County, there’s a benefit show in Tumalo for the High & Dry Bluegrass Festival, bluesman David Jacobs-Strain visits Sisters’ HarmonyHouse, and Portland’s wonderful Weinland plays The Barn in Sisters.

Top 5 things Weinland can check off their “Someday that will be us” list, by Adam Shearer

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

When the excellent Portland indie-folk band Weinland played in Bend a couple times last year, I covered those appearances extensively; see here and here and here to get up to speed. Tonight, the band returns to town, sharing a bill with Laura Veirs at the Tower Theatre for the final PDXchange Program show of the year. Find details on the show (and Veirs) here.

Because it’s been a while since we chatted, I wrote Weinland frontman Adam Shearer and asked him what’s been going on with the band. Turns out they’ve been quite busy, with a bunch of exciting things happening, especially recently. So here’s a list of the top five things Weinland can check off their “Someday that will be us” list, as submitted by Mr. Shearer himself.

• Weinland Was Featured on NPR
Weinland was recently featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered. NPR selected our version of Led Zeppelin’s “Hey Hey What Can I Do” for their FM broadcast. Check it out by clicking here. The track comes from the new Zeppelin tribute entitled “The Land of Ice and Snow,” which also features Laura Veirs, M. Ward, Chris Walla, and many more.

• Weinland’s Music is on MTV
Weinland was recently featured on one of MTV’s most popular programs, “The World of Jenks.” The show featured our track “I Feel Wasted” from “Breaks in The Sun” in their third episode. Fingers crossed: They just requested two more songs and we’re hoping for more news of this nature. Read what we had to say about it on our blog.

• Weinland Played with The Decemberists
Ya, we did! And it was awesome. Just to make sure we made the most of it, we also covered “Carry On My Wayward Son” by Kansas, and the security guards told us that they all agreed we were their favorite band … but only because we paid tribute to Kansas. :)

• Weinland Is Going to SXSW
Last year Weinland was invited to showcase at the 2010 South by Southwest Music Festival. SXSW is one of the largest music festivals in the country and a big feather in the cap. But we couldn’t go, because I (Adam) had a baby on the way and that baby was due the last day of the festival … which happens in Austin … which is too far from Portland (when you have a baby on the way). My son is now a happy 7-month-old and Weinland just received an advanced invitation to showcase at next year’s festival (March 2011). We’ll see you in Austin!

• Weinland Has Started Their Best Record Yet.
Seriously, we’re really excited about it. We can’t say anything else about it now, but just know that Weinland is gearing up for a big year!

Weinland has a Facebook page, and you probably do, too, so go be their buddy by clicking here. Then go see them tonight, with Laura Veirs, at the Tower Theatre in Bend. Show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $15 plus fees, available through the venue.

Win 2 tickets to Wednesday’s Laura Veirs / Weinland show (UPDATED)

Monday, October 25th, 2010

UPDATE: Oops! I guess something wasn’t working correctly yesterday, and folks who tried to comment got error messages. Sorry about that. So I’m extending and expanding this contest.

Here’s the new deal: Cassondra of Bend already has claim to one pair of tickets, but I have two more pairs to give away. The first two people who comment and can also pick up their pair at The Bulletin (1777 S.W. Chandler Ave., Bend) before the show can have ‘em. Comments should work now, so get to it! Leave a real e-mail address and I’ll be in touch ASAP.

Two excellent Portland-based indie-folk acts — Laura Veirs and Weinland — are playing at Bend’s Tower Theatre on Wednesday as part of the PDXchange Program, and I have a handful of tickets to give away. If you enjoy great music, you should go to this show, and you should want these tickets.

Anyway, today’s giveaway is easy: Just leave a comment on this post, and I’ll pick a winner at random at 6 tonight. You’ll need to be able to pick up the tickets from The Bulletin on Tuesday or Wednesday, and be sure to leave a valid e-mail address so I can get in touch.

Look for a couple other giveaways on Frequency’s Facebook and Twitter in the next couple days.

Oh, and here’s my feature story on Laura Veirs from last week’s GO! Magazine, and here’s my favorite song of hers:

PDXchange Program adds three dates: The Thermals, Blind Pilot, Laura Veirs/Weinland

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Henry Abel’s PDXchange Program, which brings Portland-based indie bands to the Tower Theatre, picked up some serious momentum last night when Abel announced his next three shows:

Sept. 8 — The Thermals
Sept. 29 — Blind Pilot
Oct. 27 — Laura Veirs and Weinland

What a score for PDXchange. The Thermals and Blind Pilot — two very different bands — are the series’ biggest names yet. Blind Pilot will play the Tower just weeks after a slot at the gigantic Austin City Limits Festival in Texas, and a year after the brought some indie-pop flavor to the Sisters Folk Festival. And political punk-poppers The Thermals will play Bend the day after their new album, “Personal Life,” is released.

Plus … how cool is it gonna be to see The Thermals at the Tower Theatre!?

Not to mention, both Veirs and Weinland frontman Adam Shearer are brilliant songwriters and terrific performers.

Man, that is a solid lineup of shows. Kudos, Henry. Anyway, local openers will be added and sale dates for tickets will be announced, and you can be among the first to get that kind of information by signing up for PDXchange’s mailing list at the website.

The 10 best concerts of the year in Central Oregon

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

I’ve gone on and on about my favorite recordings of 2009 here and here, but live music is the backbone of any good scene. Here is a look back my 10 favorite shows of the past 12 months in chronological order, with excerpts from reviews already published in The Bulletin or on Frequency.

Moon Mountain Ramblers, Jan. 24, Tower Theatre

MMR

(The Ramblers) were terrific. Their arsenal of stringed instruments rang out crisp and clean. The mix was perfect, with percussionist Dale Largent complementing the pickers nicely. Vocally, the harmonies were shipshape, and I was surprised by guitarist Matthew Hyman’s strong voice. I didn’t realize he’s that good of a singer.

As for the set list, the band flitted back and forth between its favorite styles, from Hyman’s twangy ballads to bassist Dan McClung’s jazzgrass instrumentals to mandolinist Joe Schulte’s more rock-influenced numbers.

One highlight was my co-worker Jenny Harada’s song for her brother, Jason, who died last summer, called “Chasing The Sun.” I’m sure there were dry eyes in the house, but they weren’t mine. Another highlight was a new Schulte song built on a weird, ominous groove and featuring a wicked Largent drum solo, like old-time music meets heavy metal. A genre was born just then, I think: doomgrass.

We also got a raucous cover of the old Stealers Wheel hit “Stuck In The Middle,” a perfectly plaintive version of “Restless,” and what may be the Ramblers’ new signature tune, “Let It All Be Good.” In the latter, when Schulte sang “You’re dancing to our music till your toes start to bleed,” I scanned the wiggly bunch up front to get a glimpse of life imitating art.

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The best music of 2009 (so far)

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Well folks, it’s early July, and that means one thing to obsessive music geeks everywhere: Time to make a list!

The first six months of 2009 have come and gone, and they were a bit of a roller-coaster for me, music-wise. For the first few months of the year, I didn’t hear much that I loved and was convinced this would be the weakest year of new music in quite some time. (I’m talking non-local here. Locally, it’s been a stellar year for recorded music. Click here or grab a copy of today’s GO! Magazine for more on that.)

In the last few months, though, things have picked up considerably. Truth is, I think running this blog has helped a lot. It has forced me to pay closer attention to new music, and to check out more stuff than I think I normally would’ve. As a result, there are a lot of names on the list below that I wasn’t necessarily familiar with on New Year’s Day.

And that, really, is what I love about music. I’m constantly on the lookout for what’s new. I love the thrill of discovering a new band, even if they’re not necessarily making a new sound. I like looking forward, not back. (Never mind the fact that I’ve listened to Kathleen Edwards’ 2008 album “Asking For Flowers” more over the past six months than any of the albums listed below.)

With that in mind, let’s look back (haha) at the records that really grabbed me in the first half of 2009. I’m not going to clutter this post up with CD covers or YouTube videos. Just click on the artist names to find out more.

The Best of the Best
Crocodiles, “Crocodiles” (slacker shoegaze)
Japandroids, “Post-Nothing” (noisy garage rock … read more here)
School of Seven Bells, “Alpinisms” (icy electro-pop … read more here)
Shabazz Palaces, “CD1″/”CD2″ (brainy Seattle hip-hop … read more here)
Weinland, “Breaks In The Sun” (graceful folk-pop … read more here and watch video of their live show in Bend here)

The Best of the Rest
Brakes, “Touchdown” (pure, perfect pop-rock)
Dinosaur Jr, “Farm” (guitars on blast)
Truck North, “Truck Jewels” (Philly hip-hop … read more here)

More Good Stuff
Animal Collective, “Merriweather Post Pavilion” (psychedelic Afro-electro-pop)
Arbouretum, “Song of the Pearl” (stoner blues)
Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound, “When Sweet Sleep Returned” (psych-pop)
Black Moth Super Rainbow, “Eating Us” (analog weirdness … read more here)
Gui Boratto, “Take My Breath Away” (twinkling electronica)
Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse and David Lynch, “Dark Night of the Soul” (creepy pop … read more here)
The Decemberists, “The Hazards of Love” (indie-prog)
John Doe & The Sadies, “Country Club” (country)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, “The Pains of Being Pure at Heart” (throwback twee)
Sonic Youth, “The Eternal” (noise-rock)
Telekinesis, “Telekinesis!” (indie-pop)
Various artists, “Dark Was the Night” (indie-rock Mt. Rushmore)
Wale, “Back to the Feature” (D.C. hip-hop)

OK. Hopefully I didn’t forget something. If I did, remind me in the comments. Think I should’ve included your favorite album? Tell me in the comments. Think one of those albums stinks? Let me know in the comments! I love nothing more than talking about music…

June 12 in GO! Magazine

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Hello? Oh … hi there! Hi. I’m Ben, and I run a blog about music. It might’ve been hard to tell over the past couple days; it’s been pretty quiet around here. Sorry about that. I’ve been very busy avoiding giant descending set pieces and putting out GO! Magazine. Speaking of which, today’s issue contains … that’s right … articles about music! You know, maybe to make up for the lack of posts over the past couple days, I should tell you about them, eh?

-Bend’s community radio station, KPOV, is celebrating its fourth birthday by gathering a bunch of local musicians and holding a Beatles Singalong. Click here to read all about it and check out our “Abbey Road” album cover re-creation with some of the organizers.

-Hailstorms? What hailstorms? Summer is just around the corner, and summer music series are cranking up. Get all the details on the Summer Sunday concerts at Les Schwab Amphitheater, a whole bunch of shows at Angeline’s Bakery in Sisters, the new Music in the Canyon series in Redmond, and weekend music at Elk Lake Resort. Now that’s covering all of Central Oregon.

-Portland band Weinland played at McMenamins Old St. Francis School last weekend. You can read my review here and watch three videos of them here. They turned out nicely!

-Larry and His Flask is heading out on tour and playing a send-off show before they leave. Find out where and when and who else is on the bill here.

-The Summit Saloon & Stage has a very busy week planned, with Dirty Penny, Indubious and National Theatre Project slated to play. Details here.

-More music to check out: Rapper Freddie Gibbs at the Domino Room, The Erins and their friends Ugly Purple Sweater team up for a show, and Mirf the Bing headlines a benefit concert.

If you’re a subscriber to The Bulletin’s Web site, you’ll be able to see all those. If you’re not, you won’t, and you’ll either need to subscribe or pick up the print version of the paper.

Video: Weinland at McMenamins in Bend

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Excellent show by an excellent band. You can read my full review in Friday’s GO! Magazine. For now, though, tide yourself over with not one … not two … but three videos from Weinland’s show Saturday night in Bend! Watch one before the jump, but don’t forget to click through and watch the two after, too.

First up: “Sunken Eyes”

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Download tracks from Weinland, Cicada Omega

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

On the fence about seeing either Weinland at McMenamins or Cicada Omega at Silver Moon tonight? Have a sample of each (you may need to right click and choose “Save As”):

Download Weinland’s “Sunken Eyes”

Download Cicada Omega’s “This Time Another Year” (MP3 no longer available.)

And as long as we’re here, let’s add another flyer to Frequency’s nifty flyer archive:

Cicada Omega

June 5 in GO! Magazine

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Good morning, Frequency faithful. Can someone tell me how in the world it’s already June!?

Central Oregon has warmed up in the last couple weeks, and around here, warmer weather usually means more music. So without further adieu, here’s a look at what’s happening in Central Oregon over the next seven days, brought to you by LeBron James, who has plenty of time these days to do things like sponsor music blog posts. (Speaking of the NBA, have you read the NBA Finals preview that local hip-hop group Top Shelf did for Frequency? If not, you should. It’s a fun read.)

Anyway, in today’s GO! Magazine, we have:

-A little bit about each of the six young, mostly local bands playing in tonight’s Rise Up Battle of the Bands. Read up on them, then visit their MySpaces to hear their work: Adventure Galley / The Autonomics / The Snag / The Space Hoax / We Are Brontosaurus … and Hunters on the Horizon are so new, they don’t yet have a MySpace!

-My review of last weekend’s Rise Up benefit show featuring Water & Bodies, We Are Brontosaurus and Empty Space Orchestra. It’s like Rise Up week in GO!

-A roundup of what’s happening at Silver Moon Brewing this week.

-My plea to you, dear reader, imploring you to go see the excellent alt-folk band Weinland on Saturday. (There’s a much more extensive story about the band here.)

-The details on tonight’s hip-hop show featuring Twitter-crazy Bay Area rapper Mistah F.A.B.

-A quick overview of where a few local acts are playing, including Detour: Jazz, The Quons, Moon Mountain Ramblers, Brian Hanson and a whole bunch of punk and metal bands.

-A reminder that Wednesday’s Brandi Carlile show at the Tower Theatre is sold out.

Say, did you know that not all of those links will work if you’re not subscribed to The Bulletin’s online edition? Well, they won’t. So if you want to see them all, please subscribe or pick up a hard copy of GO! Magazine.