The boys of the Strokes are men now. But their most recent album, Angles, will leave you wishing for the gritty scruffiness of their younger years. Back in 2001, the young New York garage rockers blindsided listeners with Is This It? and again in 2003 with Room on Fire. As twenty-somethings, the Strokes were revivalists griming up the music that they loved.
Yet on Angles, the band is trying too hard to leave a legacy - as if to create a sound for some future band to revive. Bad idea. "Machu Picchu" is a confusing dance track. "You're So Right" and "Games" are bad, "Metabolism" is worse: tracks drowning in horrible synth lines, tinny drums and weak, wailing vocals. And yet, the band intersperses these terrible decisions in between perfectly good ones: "Taken For a Fool" and "Gratisfaction." Sure, bands should grow and change. But this spacey, disco party of a record feels like the band is falling down and grabbing anything they can on the way down. - Leah Sottile Recommended Download: "Gratisfaction"
We recently visited Bend for the Film Festival and very much enjoyed ourselves, with one small exception.
We parked our Ford in the public parking structure, only to find when we returned on Friday night that it had been spat upon, apparently in retribution for our Obama 2012 bumper sticker.
I understand that whoever did this was passionate about politics, something I have always shared.
After living in Bend for a year and a half, I recently stopped through on business. I love the town, the people, and all the outdoor beauty the area offers.
One of my favorite things about Bend is without question, The Source.
From the first time I read it, I knew it would be a cover-to-cover great time for me to enjoy all the stories, community news, the updates on all the music and arts, presentations, and great things goings on around town.