"A Little After Midnight" is the first Moon Mountain Ramblers album since 2010's "Live at the Tower" double album. Just like their live shows, "A Little After Midnight" is a freewheeling and eclectic bit of music that dances between genres without a care in the world.
"The Tides" is the first album put out by the Sisters-spawned group called Raman Ellis. The album is 11 tracks of Americana-folk style music that is both familiar and appealing to those living in Central Oregon.
Parlour is a group in Bend that umbrellas four members known around town for their classic take on folk music, participation in the local scene and their tendency to drink and be merry. Having just released its first album, this folk band graces the stages of many local venues with no sign of slowing down.
Honey Don't is a local band to see at the 4 Peaks Music Festival on June 16, bringing all that Americana music has to offer: bluegrass, folk, old timey, country, blues, swing and even bits of jazz. It is a genre limited only by the artist's interpretations and this group shows no restraint.
Radiohead's 2016 release, "A Moon Shaped Pool," might be its best album since "Kid A," but without a half-dozen listens under the belt, it's hard to judge. The group's albums are not what they first appear, and never just a collection of new songs.
Released May 6
Evie Ladin opens for the Stray Birds on May 24 at the Old Stone Performing Arts Center (previously the Old Stone Church). The Stray Birds is an acoustic trio on a coast-to-coast tour, stopping by Bend between gigs in Ashland and Eugene.
The Hill Dogs Re-release
Few albums are worthy of taking up a permanent spot used for companionship on the road, but the re-released "Ghosts of Champoeg" by the Hill Dogs is one of those albums. This CD, first released March 13, 2013, includes 15 tracks of what the band calls psychedelic folk'n' rock.
"Everything You Need"
A CD release party for "Everything You Need," the second album by the local group Broken Down Guitars, is coming Saturday, April 30. The six-piece band prides itself in being about diversity in sound with influence from blues, rock and country, all with an electric mix to it.
Whenever good hip-hop music passes by, it is hard not to compare it to Bend's own Person People. With members including Mike Fish, KP, MOsley WOtta, Mez, Sorski and Adam Bomb, they were one of the most explosive hip-hop collaborations far and wide.
National treasure and local legend Curtis Salgado just put out his latest blues album, "The Beautiful Lowdown," a 12-track released on April 8. Salgado expresses his deepest emotions writing or co-writing 11 of the 12 tracks on the album.