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Friday, May 31, 2013

Listen to Aquadeer. Then Head to the Show.

Posted By on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 6:44 PM

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Tonight at The Horned Hand. Bay Area band Aquadeer brings their progressive acoustic folk to Bend. The debut self-titled album just came out last week and you can stream it here. $5 gets you in. 8 p.m.

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Comedy Tonight!

Posted By on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Respect the beard
  • Respect the beard

After winning Last Comic Standing 2013, local do-everything guy Josh Cordell is taking his talents to the non-contest stage. So if you're looking for some chuckles tonight, this is the place to be.

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Broken Top In The News

Posted By on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 11:25 AM

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For those of you who do not wait by your mailbox or stalk newsstands for all things male and macho in the magazine world, you probably missed this nice shout out to our very own, often overlooked, treasure - Broken Top. It will probably come as a shock that there are publications out there who still are aware that not everyone is hunkered down quaffing as much microbrew as possible in this town but Men's Journal found Bend native Eli Odegaard, 23, doing a spring paddle and published a killer photo in the latest issue. Give it up for Eli who managed NOT to talk about which brewery he went to after his adventure and which seasonal he sucked down and what subtle aroma was present in those first heady moments of his consumption. Perhaps it was just good editing but Eli is my hero of the day. Be like Eli - and don't forget your waterproof booties.

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Whats Happening!!

Posted By on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 10:43 AM

Lets play What’s Happening in Bend this weekend. I’ll be Rerun. You be Raj. Up-and-coming NW band Eclectic Approach (named the top unsigned band at SXSW and a recent musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live) will generate megawatts of electro-funk at Silvermoon tonight. Strive Roots, best known for melding reggae, hard rock, funk and hip hop into a power groove, are at the Liquid Lounge. At the Domino Room local bands Jacuzzi and the Necktie Killers open for reggae/ska band the Melodramatics. Acoustic new age band Aquadeer is at the Horned Hand and The Prairie Rockets play Jacksons Corner.

Saturday The Domino Room has Chase Manhattan with special guests Doc Riz and 12th Canvas. Across the street 2nd Helping plays the M&J and Laurie Ivancie jams indie-tronica at Silvermoon. Hopeless Jack and the Handsome Devils are at the Horned Hand (for more info read Ethan Maffey’s interview in Sound). Mark Ransom plays a free show at Parrilla Grill and the Necktie Killers headline a show at the Third Street Pub. At Big T’s The Hooligans and the Confederats open for Neutralboy, a punk band who have been offering up their three cord shit-punk magic since 1992. Dig it.

Hey, hey, HEY! On Sunday Redwood Son kicks off the free Summer Sunday Concert Series at the Les Schwab Ampitheater (read more on Redwood Son in the Sound section). You can help raise money for at-risk kids in the Bend LaPine School District by attending The Face of Art Concert with MOsley WOtta, Brent Allen, The Mostest and Parlour and then wrap up the weekend at Broken Top Bottle Shop Brews and Bands with a free show by Celtic-Americana band Wild Rye.

Get out there and have some fun or Oooooooh I'm tellin' Mama.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Protect Those Ears: Revisit our acoustic earplug review

Posted By on Thu, May 30, 2013 at 10:59 PM

I chose blue.
  • I chose blue.
Last year I was fortunate enough to get a pair of custom acoustic earplugs from Central Oregon Audiology. I wrote a review of them and the response from readers was pretty good.

There's a reason for that. They work brilliantly.

Since summertime outdoor (and loud) concerts are upon us, I thought it would be a good time to revisit the benefits of these earplugs. As I stated in my review, they not only protect your ears from the harmful sounds at a concert, they make the music sound richer; more full.

This year I was able to take my pair of earplugs to the Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheater. Since I'm often in the photo pit and on top of the action, I knew that this bit of technology would be a good idea to have with me. The result? Every show sounded great! I noticed people in the front row and other photogs cringing at the high pitched guitar or overstated bass, but not me. My ears were as happy as a clam. I also slept soundly each night in the campground since my ears weren't ringing at all.

At $160 bucks, they can be a bit spendy, but if you're someone who attends a lot of concerts, during the summer or otherwise; they're a great tool that you'll have forever. Provided you don't lose them of course.

Check out a rudimentary video of the outfitting process below.

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Friday Mixtape!

Posted By on Thu, May 30, 2013 at 8:40 PM

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Fresh new music; this week on the Friday Mixtape!

Take a peek into some ultra hot pop music this week with hits from Classixx, Superhuman Happiness, Little Green Cars and more.

This playlist also has some fun Danish rap from Ponyblod as well as the return of Detroit's electro-pop longtimers ADULT..

Make sure to check out the track "Lies"; apparently from a band that existed only to record the song for a perfume commercial. But bets are on this group putting more music out soon. Their first offering is a little too addicting for them not to keep up the good work.

Which is what you'll be doing at your desk once you hit play on this mixtape!

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Next Week: Rodeo Issue! And a Bit About Horses...

Posted By on Thu, May 30, 2013 at 4:29 PM

In Sisters, next weekend.
  • In Sisters, next weekend.

While everyone in Central Oregon frantically digs for their forgotten cowboy boots and favorite pearl-snap shirts in anticipation of the 73rd annual Sisters Rodeo (Friday June 7-Sunday June 9, with a special kickoff Wednesday June 5), we've been dutifully working on next week's Rodeo Issue. (NOTE: Stay tuned to our Facebook page for ticket giveaways).
Expect food guides, event translations and inside looks, as well as other awesome rodeo-related content that'll be ridin' 'round in the rest of issue (like the world's best horse movies! in Screen and top riding destinations in Outside).

BUT! In the mean time...

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

MusicFest NW Announces Initial Lineup

Posted By on Wed, May 29, 2013 at 12:21 PM

It's official! The first incarnation of the MusicFest Northwest lineup has been released. The festival is a full blown Portland music scene take over for six days each fall. This year features over 150 bands playing at 16 clubs all over the city from September 3-8.

MusicFest NW 2013.
  • MusicFest NW 2013.

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Best Movie of the year! (So far)

Posted By on Wed, May 29, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Can we talk about Matthew McConaughey for a bit? Okay, we can talk about him all day long if you want.
We are in the middle of watching an extraordinary career arc. For a while, the once-promising career seemed to be sagging into mundane, easy-to-digest but forgettable films (How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, some other films where he lounges shirtless). But in recent years (like, the last two) McConaughey has cashed in on the original promise he showed - as a dangerous, leering but likable character in Dazed & Confused.
This latest, Mud, is remarkable. Moody and southern, the film is a love story and a mystery, reverberating with themes of love, loyalty and betrayal. Really until the final scenes, it isn't clear whether McConaughey's character, Mud, is good or evil, crazy or clever - and he plays that line wonderfully; never pandering, just being.
Yes, he does go shirtless (and the woman next to me in the theater audibly gasped when he finally "revealed" late in the movie), but it is his profoundly earnest acting that is finally propping up his career. Hoo-RAY for McConaug-HEY!

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Drinks at Crow's Feet Commons Patio, Now Year-Round

Posted By on Tue, May 28, 2013 at 6:22 PM

Now with beer.
  • Now with beer.

Goodbye shady skids, hello patio wining and dining. It's official—beers are now being served in the plaza in front of Crow's Feet Commons downtown. According to owner David Marchi, who leases his historic building from the city, he recently signed a separate lease with the city that allows for beer and table service in the plaza—an area long plagued by loitering, and, reportedly, drug deals. This is exciting summer news. And the problem of unwanted loitering should take care of itself, without involving the police. Win-win.

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Music for Mondays

Posted By on Tue, May 28, 2013 at 12:45 PM

This week's Monday is actually a Tuesday, but we're still going to launch our new weekly blog entry, Music for Mondays. We'll suggest a song, album or new release to rid you of the beginning of the week blues. This week: The National, Trouble Will Find Me.

Music for Mondays: The National, Trouble Will Find Me.
  • Music for Mondays: The National, Trouble Will Find Me.

Matt Berninger's inflectionless baritone is akin to a modern Leonard Cohen, especially on slow, meandering tracks like "Demons."The new material upholds all of the signature depth and darkness of The National, with brooding lyrics and buzzing, sexy, down-tempo cryers, matched with bouncy pop-driven singles.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

PHOTOS: A Taste of Sasquatch

Posted By on Sun, May 26, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Welcome to Sasquatch 2013
  • Welcome to Sasquatch 2013

Father John Misty
  • Father John Misty

Father John Misty
  • Father John Misty

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