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Our picks for 5/26-6/3: Goo Goo Dolls, Trainwreck, Band Of Horses and She & Him, Blackstrap and The Helio Sequence 

Our picks for 5/26-6/3: Goo Goo Dolls, Trainwreck, Band Of Horses and She & Him, Blackstrap and The Helio Sequence

Last Band Standing

thursday 27

We're already in round six of Last Band Standing somehow, which means spring is flying by. This time out we have MOsley WOtta, Mullet Marshmello, Blowin' Smoke, Hands on Throat, Problem Stick going head to head in a friendly little battle. $3/adv, $5/door. 8pm, Boondock's Bar and Grill, 70 NW Newport Ave.

Le Fleur, Yenn Family Acoustic Project

thursday 27

If you like your music spiced with a medium amount of weirdness, this show should be on your Thursday night music menu. Local psychedelic rockers Yenn go acoustic for this gig while Boise's Le Fleur holds down the top of the bill with a spacey take on indie rock. $5. 8pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.

Goo Goo Dolls

friday 28

Close your eyes. Pretend it's 1998, and you're wearing your Abercrombie shirt and living on top of the world as the Goo Goo Dolls' "Iris" plays out of your brand-new CD-playing boom box. That's the feeling you could relive on Friday night when alterna-rockers The Goo Goo Dolls kick off the outdoor summer music season with this Friday-night show. Vedera opens. $37/adv, $38/day of show. All ages. 6:30pm. Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr.


friday 28

Flip to the Local Music section to get Kyle Gass' advice on how to start a kick ass band. Speaking of bands that kick asses, that is what Gass (of Tenacious D fame) and his rocking band of shredders happen to do. Locals of Hogwash open. $10/adv at 21+. 9pm. Mountain's Edge Bar, 61131 S. Highway 97.

Thump Coffee Mixed Media Beard & Mustache Competition

due by sunday 30

You don't need facial hair for this element of the beard and mustache craze that's sweeping through our town, but rather only need to pick up a template that you will then make into a bearded man. Arts and crafts! Entries must be in by Sunday, May 30 and they'll be on display through June 6, at which point they'll be judged by members of Bend's COMBS club. Thump Coffee, 25 NW Minnesota Ave, Ste 2.

Band Of Horses and She & Him

sunday 30

What may be one of the bigger indie rock shows in the history of Bend is this weekend with Band of Horses and She & Him. Turn to the Sound section for more about this double-billed showing of rock prowess. $35/adv, $38/day of show. 6pm. Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr.

Checkered Past

monday 31

Brother Jon's jumps into the Memorial Day weekend outdoor music foray with this patio show featuring Checkered Past, a cover band that specializes in the old school ska and two-tone sounds of The Clash, Kinks, The English Beat and more. A good way to ease through the last few hours of your three-day weekend. Free. Call 541-306-3321 for info. 6pm-8pm. Brother Jon's Public House 1227 NW Galveston Ave.

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Blackstrap CD Release Party

June 2

One of Bend's most well-known acoustic acts, Blackstrap, has just rolled out a new disc, Tales From the American Roadside, and they're inviting you to this party to help celebrate. The new disc is classic Blackstrap and excellently conveys the twangy bluegrass feel the band purveys during the live shows all of us have seen over the years. 7pm. McMenamins Old St. Francis School, 700 NW Bond St.

The Helio Sequence, Empty Space Orchestra

thursday 3

The second installment of the PPDXchange program rolls into the Tower with a performance by indie rock duo Helio Sequence, who make more music than your momma with only drums and guitars (and a few keyboards). The show is currently the band's only billed Oregon show of the summer and also includes local space rocking yahoos, Empty Space Orchestra. All ages. $15 + service fee. 7pm. Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St.

Clumsy Lovers

thursday 3

Have something against Canada? Well, first of all, drop your hateful thinking for a second. And B) you'll forget about all that after seeing the delightfully poppy bluegrassy sounds of Clumsy Lovers, a Canadian troupe who over the years have become frequent flyers in the Bend music scene who return once again thanks to the Grove Presents folks. $10. 9pm. Silver Moon Brewing Co., 24 NW Greenwood Ave.


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