Thursday, February 27, 2014

ALBUM REVIEW: Dialects by Snowmine

Posted By on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 1:45 PM


Sounding akin to a church choir, the sophomore release from Brooklyn band Snowmine is filled with angelic vocals that bubble toward the sky like effervescent puffs of cloud.

On Dialects, lead singer/composer Grayson Sanders picks up where he left off when Snowmine released their debut album Laminate Pet Animal via Bandcamp in 2011. His voice is as soft and stretched as before. But this time, he quietly thunders through rock arrangements inspired by classical music and layered atop mellow jazz and afro-beats juxtaposed to the just as mellow but more progressive rock found on that debut record.

The result is an album that burrows into the mind like expanding ice.

Pop interludes like the wintry ditties “Rome” and “Columbus” provide sweet moments that break up the more Avant-garde chunks of Dialects. The sixth track “Safety in an Open Mind” is an instrumental synth-laden prog-jazz number that steers the record’s final five songs into its most experimental outputs, shuttering any designs the album might have had at whimsy.

Not to say that Dialects isn’t fun to listen to, it’s surprisingly uplifting largely due to Sanders’ vocals, but it’s also somber at the same time. In that way the album is perhaps even a poignant representation of the band’s namesake, a story about Sander’s grandfather leading a platoon through a snowy field of land mines during the Korean War.

In fact, armed with that knowledge, it’s almost impossible to listen to its crisp songs and not feel a chilly shudder travel through your shoulders; making Dialects an album that results in listening experiences rather than simple background music.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

One Model Oregon Exclusive Photos and Q&As

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 12:38 PM

The third round of the One Model Oregon voting is open! Tickets are also on sale for the March 8 Grand Finale Fashion Show!

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!

Read more about the models and view exclusive photos below, and remember, you can vote once a day everyday for your favorites here!

Today's featured model is Dallas Knoop.


What is your favorite place to visit?
Any place warm, with a swimmable ocean or lake nearby.

What is your favorite food?
I'm a very picky eater but I really love the bread from Great Harvest Bakery.

What is your hometown like?
My hometown was Harlem, Netherlands. It was very historically and culturally rich with millions of bikes.

Do you have a secret wish or dream?
I dream that I have always had is to visit outer space. I would love to see the Earth Moon and the starts from a spaceship cruising light speed through the darkness.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Giveaway: Celebrate African American History Month with Music

Posted By on Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Celebrated in the U.S. and Canada during the month of February, African American History Month has morphed from an observance solely for remembering historical figures and events associated with slavery and it's eventual demise to a month honoring all ground-breaking African Americans.

In the music world, that's a tough conversation to have without mentioning the King and Queen of Soul; namely, Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin.

To celebrate their immense contribution to rock and roll and soul music, the Source is giving away a four-disc anthology of each artist's music.

In order to win, all you've got to do is either comment below or on the FACEBOOK post about this giveaway, or reply to us on Twitter (@sourceweekly) and tell us who you think ought to be recognized for their contributions during African American History Month.

We'll pick a winner by the end of the week.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Treefort Music Festival Here We Come!

Posted By on Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 4:53 PM

The Source just received word that our press pass for the Treefort Music Festival in Boise, Idaho was approved!

That means that music editor Brianna Brey will be attending the Northwest-centric, three-day festival March 20-23. Click here for a full lineup of artists.

To hear more from Treefort, check out this playlist (non-comprehensive, but pretty darn close) and explore the over 150+ bands that will be performing at this year's festival.

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One Model Oregon Exclusive Photos and Q&As

Posted By on Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 4:32 PM

The third round of the One Model Oregon voting is open! Tickets are also on sale for the March 8 Grand Finale Fashion Show!

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!

Read more about the models and view exclusive photos below, and remember, you can vote once a day everyday for your favorites here!


Today's featured model is Lisa Dahl.

What is your favorite movie genre and why?
Horror because I love to be surprised.

What is your favorite food?
Korean food hands down!

Favorite wardrobe accessory?
Winter—a cute hat. Summer—a cute pair of sandals and a colorful pedicure!

Favorite thing to do on a weekend?
Sleep in, play dates with my daughter, and trying new recipes.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Friday Mixtape! Sasquatch Past

Posted By on Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 8:56 PM


The SASQUATCH! Music Festival has always been a place to see cutting edge, up and coming bands along with a stellar lineup of high octane headliners.

With the announcement earlier this month of this year's slate of performers as well as the ensuing ticket sales and likely sell out, we thought we would take a look at some of the bands who have graced the festival stages over the 12 years since the festival's inception in 2002.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Better Than Free: The Grand Anderson

Posted By on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Even better than free, our Grand Anderson Film Series GIVES AWAY stuff! That's right: Come for free, leave with gifts! Like, a chocolate pig-out party at Sunriver!
The Grand Anderson (showing "The Fantastic Mr. Fox," Wedn. 7 pm, Old Stone Church)

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Monday, February 17, 2014

What In The (Olympic) World?

Posted By on Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Is anything else happening in the world right now beside Sochi?

The biggest protest of the Games were yesterday. No, not about gay rights. But about hockey, as frustrated Russian fans chanted outside the US Embassy about a disallowed goal, as if the US diplomats had anything to do with the referee.

Also, showing emotion, Bode Miller's post-bronze medal interview has been criticized. No, not about Bode, but about the NBC anchors who made him cry.

Ice dancing continues twirling.

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Rise Up International and Larry and His Flask Team Up

Posted By on Sat, Feb 15, 2014 at 4:22 PM

In an uber-local mash-up of charitable awesomeness, Jesse Roberts of arts organization Rise Up International and Jesse Marshal of Bend's own folk-punk heroes Larry and His Flask, are planning a trip to Nicaragua to build a recording studio and cultivate art exchanges with Bend's sister city, Condega. Learn more below and donate to this project at

RiseUp Nica from Jesse Roberts on Vimeo.

From February 23rd to March 4th a small group from Rise Up International will be traveling to Nicaragua to conduct art workshops and help with an indigenous music preservation project. The project will consist of an arts exchange. Artwork will be taken and hung at schools, public areas, youth centers, inside & out. We will collaborate with local artists and students in Nicaragua and then bring back the art to hang in Bend, Oregon. Condega is a sister city of Bend and this project is part on ongoing goodwill endeavors to foster positive relationships between the two cities and countries. This project is 100% independent with partial sponsorship from the Bend/Condega sister city group. We are still in need of funding for art and recording studio supplies. Donations can be made by clicking the button below. 100% will go to the Nicaragua project and not for any administrative purposes.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

100 Hikes are Worth Three Minutes of your Day

Posted By on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Local "Hike Guy" Kolby Kirk took on a big project in 2012, he wanted to hike 100 times and 700 trail miles by January 1st, 2014. Check out details of the 100 Hikes Project here.

"On each hike, I created a number using natural materials found along the trail," explains Kirk who lives in Bend, and does most of his hiking nearby. "Trying to capture the best photo of the numbers, I ended up with thousands of photos. I used the photos to make this film."

Watch all 100 of Kolby's amazing outdoor adventures below. It's a beautiful way to spend three minutes of your morning.

100 Hikes Project: The Numbers from Kolby Kirk on Vimeo.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Friday Mixtape!- Bartender's Brawl Soundtrack

Posted By on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 6:45 PM


Drink. Drank. Drunk.

How one gets there is an important part of the journey and that’s what Oregon Winterfest’s Bartender’s Brawl is all about.

Taking place in the Source’s BENT Lounge on Feb. 15 at 7 p.m., the Bartender’s Brawl will pit local mixologists against one another to see who can come up with the winning concocted libation. This mixtape will serve as the soundtrack.

Obvious imbibing tunes like Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice” are included—as is a folksy remake of that song by past Winterfest performer’s The Gourds—along with some vintage alcohol-inspired songs like “Rum and Coca Cola” by harmony legends The Andrew Sisters and a little hangover ditty by Janis Joplin.

So press play and get ready to watch a real-life version of Cocktail

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High Desert Museum Announces New President

Posted By on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 3:42 PM

After a nationwide search, the High Desert Museum announced yesterday that they have chosen Dr. Dana Whitelaw, former VP of programs at the museum, as the new president of the nonprofit.


Below is the press release from Feb. 12.

High Desert Museum Names New President.
Dr. Dana Whitelaw chosen to lead the iconic non-profit institution.

Bend, OR ‑ Central Oregon’s premier Museum has a new leader. Dr. Dana Whitelaw, formerly VP of Programs at The High Desert Museum, has been appointed President, effective immediately.

Dr. Whitelaw was selected after an exhaustive nationwide search by the Museum Board of Trustees. Board Chair David Souther, who led the search committee, said the unanimous decision bodes very well for the future of the museum.
“We had so many high-quality candidates… museum professionals from all across the country who wanted to lead this organization,” Souther said. “We chose Dr. Whitelaw for her passion, her track record of success and her intimate knowledge of the operation. The selection process was very thorough, and we are completely confident that Dana Whitelaw was the right choice.”

Whitelaw steps into the role as President following the retirement of Janeanne Upp last December.
Whitelaw started as a grant writer at the High Desert Museum in 2008. She holds a Master of Science degree and a Ph.D. in biological anthropology from the University of Colorado. Before moving to Bend she spent eight years teaching in the Anthropology Department at the University of Colorado and conducting research in Madagascar. She lives in Bend with her husband and two children.

“I’m very grateful that the board has given me this opportunity to lead,” Whitelaw said. “The organization is in a very solid place right now, and with such a talented team of people here… I’m really looking forward to taking the next steps at the Musuem.”

The High Desert Museum is a regional museum acclaimed for its stewardship of the natural, historical and cultural resources of the High Desert. It features wildlife, indoor and outdoor exhibits, living history performances, an impressive collection of Native American artifacts and Western art and offers an extensive array of educational programming. The Museum is 10 minutes south of downtown Bend on Highway 97.

Stay tuned to the Source for more on the museum and the new president.

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