Friday, January 31, 2014

Weekend Roundup!

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 4:37 PM


Expand your Central Oregon music search radius with a trip out to Sisters for one of two great shows at The Belfry this weekend.

Weather MachineFolksy Americana with a side of blues. 1/31, 7pm. The Belfry, 302 Main St. $10-12. Tickets at

Morning Rituals featuring the Shook TwinsHarmonic stylings and beats. 2/1, 7pm. The Belfry, 302 Main St. $10-12. Tickets at

Don't want to make the drive? Here's some local-to-Bend options:

Juniper and Gin with Second Son Folk rock and Americana. Good beer, too! 1/31, 8pm. Silver Moon Brewing, 24 NW Greenwood Ave. No cover.

2nd Anniversary Party!
Celebrate two years with BTBS and some great music. Including Upstate Trio, Tone Red, and more. 1/31 and 2/1, 5pm. Broken Top Bottle Shop, 1740 NW Pence Lane. No cover

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Friday Mixtape!

Posted By on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 3:32 PM


This week Melville, a Portland band Bend fell in love with when they played The Horned Hand last summer, opened a couple of shows for The Autumn Defense—the divinely crisp pop rock side project of Wilco bassist John Stirratt and multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone.

As hard as it is to write, produce, record and tour in support of albums, many artists, like Stirratt and Sansone, brim with so much creativity they have little choice but to fill limited down time by experimenting with other collaborations. That’s what this mixtape is about.

Beginning with the aforementioned Wilco and The Autumn Defense, each sonnet of back-to-back tracks is an example of an artist’s central project followed by a secondary one. Whether it’s the alt-pop of James Mercer’s The Shins giving way to the spacey synth rock of Broken Bells or multi-instrumentalist and producer of sonic folk outfit Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor flirting with R&B as CANT, this playlist focuses on the incessant need of these artists to make other music.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A free wedding cake. Seriously!

Posted By on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Yes, you and yours CAN have your cake for free - and eat it!

Sweet and Swanky Cakes has generously put up the offer to make a cake for someone's upcoming wedding:

Find out the rules for entry.

And good luck!

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See Bend in a New Way: XProHeli Videos

Posted By on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 1:30 PM

The written word can only do so much to describe the work being done by Bend-based XProHeli. Company founder Hans Skjersaa sent along some of his favorite videos captured on their quadcopters. See more on their YouTube channel.


Smith Rock Highline:

Outside Games hosted here in Bend:

Ragtime Highlining featuring the YogaSlackers

Off-Road Racing

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

No Depression & Other New Music

Posted By on Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Fans of alternative country are rejoicing today. Why you ask? Well, today, the Legacy Edition of Uncle Tupelo's No Depression album— largely credited as being the first alt-country record— was released.

For some (see: your's truly) this is one important album.

Riding on the success of 2004's deluxe re-issue as well as a vinyl offering on National Record Store Day in 2012, this edition of No Depression folds in even more history behind the band that ultimately split apart and became the formidable group Wilco— fronted by Jeff Tweedy— and the perhaps lessor known, but truer to the genre band Son Volt, fronted by Jay Farrar.

This time around, the album has some very welcome editions. Check out the album insert below and then stream the it on Spotify. Whether a long time fan of Tweedy/Farrar or just ready to take the alt-country plunge for the first time, No Depression: Legacy Edition is the number one album to pick up today.


Another worthy album that was released a couple of weeks ago and was intended for the pages of the Source is Waking Lines by Patterns out on Melodic Records. Our full review of that record is

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Fear and Zombies in Las Vegas

Posted By on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Former Source film reviewer Jared Rasic, has written a screen play. It's about zombies. He and a crew of local actors including co-writer Nick Saraceno, Prairie Carrie, Cletas Emrich, Todd Hanson, Amber Dawn Hanson, A.J. Cowan and Tori Miller will be performing said script at Tin Pan Theater tonight at 8 pm. Here's what Rasic had to say about the reading:

Nick Saraceno and I wrote a script a few months ago that is sort of a mashup of 28 Days Later, Fear and Loathing and The Grapes of Wrath. It starts out as an homage to Fear and Loathing and then morphs into something no one has ever seen before. I would definitely classify it as a road trip zombie flick!!


"Fear and Zombies in Las Vegas"
TONIGHT! Tues., Jan 28
Tin Pan Theater, 869 NW Tin Pan Alley
8 pm. Free.

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One Model Oregon Kicks Off Voting

Posted By on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 11:09 AM

One Model Oregon, a local competition that helps aspiring models ages 14-28 to navigate the tough world of professional modeling, is kicking off its yearly head-to-head competition this week. The contestants participate in photo shoots with local photographers to help build their portfolios and jumpstart their modeling careers. Kind of like Bend's own version of "America's Next Top Model," except YOU get to vote for the winner!

Vote for your favorite models here! You can vote once every 24-hours.

The competition began yesterday, and features seven local models in a photo shoot with Echo Photography. The Source will be posting Q&As with each model along with photos and updates on the competition. The first featured model is Tiffany Anderson.


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What in the World?

Posted By on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 10:51 AM

A roundup of the weekend's news:

The Grammy Awards go political: Yes, awards went to the Pacific Northwest's own Macklemore, who sprung from obscurity to shift the center of hip hop, but it is probably the massive translation of his song "Same Love" which will be remembered: During the award ceremony, 33 same-sex couples were married, live, on-air, by Queen Laitfah.

Olympic countdown: Bend nordic ski coaching heading to Sochi: J.D. Downing is coaching a husband-wife team as they head to ski in the Olympics. What makes the story especially keen is that, one, the skiers are in their 40s; and, two, they represent a tiny Caribbean island of Dominica.

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Jack Johnson Announced at LSA in August

Posted By on Mon, Jan 27, 2014 at 9:32 AM

The Les Schwab Amphitheater announced their second summer concert via Twitter: surf-worshiping acoustic pop singer/songwriter Jack Johnson on August 24—just two days before Dave Matthews Band.

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Johnson played the amphitheater in 2003, 2005 and 2008. Tickets go on sale Jan. 31. More information at LSA's website.

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

On Snow

Posted By on Sun, Jan 26, 2014 at 7:46 PM

As reflected on in my recent Bend Newcomer posting, I'm realigning my norms to west coast ideals.

Where I grew up, snow was a reason for freaking out, for rushing to the grocery store for toilet paper, milk, bread and other apocalypse survival tools. Here, the lack of snow brings people to wailing, crying and hair-pulling (or just generalized pouting).

As we have been enjoying/hating-on the warm, sunny days here in Bend, I've been getting updates from my friends back east. The schools in my parent's town, based below the Mason-Dixon line, have had delays and cancellations for the cold temps and white stuff. My friends in New York City are singing praises of their Ugg Adirondack IIs. A pal in Austin sent me the following picture, with the accompanying caption: "As a child, had I known that somewhere in the world this causes a snow day I think I may have run away to find this magical place..." (He grew up in Boston)


So, yes, Texas has gotten a larger dusting recently than us here in Central Oregon. At least we don't have the Olympics coming to town...

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Zombies vs. Unicorns

Posted By on Sat, Jan 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM


Who will triumph on the track? The walking (er, rolling) Zombie dead on a search for human flesh and huge blocks? Or will the horns and equine sense of the Unicorns pierce through the competition? Come find out at Renegade Roller Derby’s latest bout. Doors open at 6pm, bout starts at 7 pm. Midtown Music Hall, 51 NW Greenwood Ave. $10 at, kids under 10 free.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Friday Mixtape!

Posted By on Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 2:05 PM


The first Friday Mixtape of 2014 to explore new-ish music is this collection of sultry, beat-driven dance tunes with an 80’s new wave bent.

Launching with the eight minute long spacey track “Dumb Disco Ideas” from electronic outfit Holy Ghost!, this playlist trudges through the less flashy side of synth music. Despite dance-club quality tempos, there’s a restless unease in songs like “Whorehouse” by CEO and the atmospherically sad “Love is to Die” from Los Angeles group War Paint.

Even the cheery-titled band Happy Hands Club turn in a whimsical and yet unsettling track with “I Never Wanted to Get to Know You” which includes the line: “I really hope you die.”

In all, 15 tracks pair emotionally cold lyrics with warming up-tempo music.

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