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A-Trak, Purity Ring, Gramatik, Pantyraid and RJD2 headlining 2013 What The Festival

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

The second What The Festival — a gathering of electronic and bass-heavy artists, plus camping, pool parties, visual art and other summer-in-the-High-Desert fun times — is going down July 26-28 at the Wolf Run Ranch up near Dufur, about two hours north of Bend.

This morning, WTF organizers made an initial lineup announcement … or at least they posted this image on their website.


There are lots of odd names I’ve never heard before (Goth-Trad, Nit Grit, Pumpkin, Lushbunny), a handful of artists that Bend folks should be familiar with (Eliot Lipp, An-Ten-Nae, Lynx, Saqi, Medium Troy), some mid-sized national acts (Yacht, XXYYXX, Machinedrum, Starkey, Shigeto) and everything in between. With more to come, as you can see at the bottom there.

Plus, RJD2 is a respected alt-hip-hop producer, Pantyraid is a popular duo (MartyParty + Ooah) that makes melodic dance music, and Gramatik is a digital freedom activist and Pretty Lights Music affiliate with an affinity for wicked, glitchy soulstep.

But the big names on that image are big for a reason: A-Trak is one of the world’s biggest DJs who made his name winning every turntablist contest there is and then shot to fame when he became the personal DJ for Kanye West. And Purity Ring is a Canadian duo that combines deep, dark beats and bass with indie-pop melodies. Their set at MusicfestNW 2011 was probably the best I saw all weekend.

Tickets to the event go on sale Thursday. I’m sure you’ll be able to find much more info at the WTF website or on Facebook.

This week in GO! Magazine’s music section

Friday, July 27th, 2012

As always, there’s lots of live music to hear in Central Oregon this week. Here are a bunch of stories that aren’t about a Portland music festival that’s still more than a week away:

— The iconic blues-jam band Hot Tuna comes to the Tower Theatre next week. Here’s our interview with legendary guitarist Jorma Kaukonen.

— Longtime local DJ Harlo (aka Jason Harlowe) is both celebrating a new CD and saying farewell to Bend tonight at the Astro Lounge. He’s moving to the Portland area.

Elsewhere in this week’s music section: Big Head Todd & The Monsters visit the Athletic Club of Bend, What The Festival?! brings electronic stars to White River Canyon, Parrilla Grill hosts the Moon Mountain Ramblers, Paul Thorn plays a free show at Les Schwab Amphitheater, Tango Alpha Tango comes to McMenamins, and the Northwest Best series kicks off at Liquid Lounge with The Melodramatics and Necktie Killer. Plus, all-events passes to the Sisters Folk Festival are getting ready to jump in price, so grab ’em now. Oh, and Chris Young, Uncle Kracker, former Bad Company singer Brian Howe and Hot Chelle Rae are playing shows at the Deschutes County Fair.