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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Roots, Fallon and Adele say "Hello".

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 2015 at 7:04 PM



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Because Jimmy Fallon and The Roots' covers of new songs with children's instruments are always a total blast, The Source wanted to share their newest track: "Hello" by Adele. Enjoy this bit of musical mastery.






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Monday, July 20, 2015

Interview: Melissa Etheridge talks LGBT equality, marijuana, and spirituality

Posted By on Mon, Jul 20, 2015 at 10:28 AM

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We caught up with Melissa Etheridge while she was staying in Niagra Falls in preparation for a performance at the Artpark Festival in Lewiston, New York, to talk about the changing landscape for LGBT equality, the future of legal weed, and the role her spirituality plays in her music. She performs at the Athletic Club of Bend as part of the PEAK Summer Nights series Wednesday, July 22.

Source Weekly: June was a really exciting month. How did you celebrate?

Melissa Etheridge: I was so glad I was with my wife the morning of [the June 26 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage]. She was with me and we were in Iowa of all places, I was playing in Iowa. And just the feeling of relief and celebration and it was so funny that all around the world, so many millions were celebrating love. And I was trying to think, oh my gosh, the people that were against this, how strange it must be to feel like, “Well, they’re celebrating love, what am I celebrating?” What’s the opposite of that, you know? Hate and fear? So I thought, it must be a time when everyone’s like uh, ok. It was just so beautiful to see to feel the relief to feel [that], okay, we’ve all agreed now by a majority that love is love and even though this might make some people uncomfortable, that’ll pass, and we’re all part of this beautiful fabric of America.

SW: It was definitely a nice thing to happen before Independence Day.

ME: Independence Day and right on Pride Weekend. It’s like the justices planned it, it’s like perfect.

SW: How have you seen the landscape for LGBTQ equality change over your career as an out musician?

ME: Oh good lord, it has gone from zero to 100. I came from the early ’80s. I grew up in the ’60s and ’70s where there was no mention of gay or lesbian. I remember the first I ever saw it was in a psychology book where they said, “We don’t think it’s a mental illness.” I’m like, oh shit. Oh no. And that’s where it came from. And then when I landed in the early ’80s in Long Beach I found myself among a very political group of people, it was the beginning of the AIDS epidemic and organizing was happening on a small level but it made all the difference. That’s really what brought the community together. And once we found there were numbers and safety in numbers, and kinda [got] out of the bars—yeah, we love to have a good time and dance, that’s a big part of our culture, but there’s a whole other part of us—and once we got that together, and then seeing that grow in the ’80s and then feeling the power; in the early 90s I was like no, I need to be truthful, there’s no being in a closet. I’m not in the closet, I was not in the closet to anybody but the general public. So coming out was important, and then watching it go through the ’90s and our struggles. And being a top topic on president debates, we could just feel our power was huge. And here we are, we’re a responsible part of our American community.

SW: What do you think is next for the movement and what role do you see yourself playing as an artist and activist?

ME: Wow. I think the best thing I can do as an activist is to be the best person I can be, is to make the choices that, when people put me in a category of an LGBT person, that it’s a plus mark you know, it’s a good example.

SW: Speaking of political issues—as you likely know, recreational marijuana became legal in Oregon on the 1st. I know you’ve been active in supporting access, particularly to medical marijuana.

ME: It’s funny, I see the cannabis movement very similar to the LGBT movement in that a lot of people that are cannabis users are in the closet and a lot of people don’t even know it because they think that people might look down on them to see they’ve chosen this over all the pharmaceutical options. And it’s also a very old, old, old herbal tradition from hundreds or thousands of years ago, so it’s got this sort of scariness about it and it’s time to come out of the closet, as it were, to bring this amazing medicine and amazing part of our culture that we have turned our backs on. We’ve embraced the problem solving culture of caffeine and stimulants and then alcohol and we’ve really let go the consciousness exploring. We’ve made that illegal. And I think that’s what’s next in our society, to understand exploring your own consciousness is a human right, it’s a civil right.


SW: When did you come out of the cannabis closet, so to speak?

ME: When I went through chemotherapy. Before then I had been a social [user], not a steady user. When I went through chemotherapy and just was so clear on the effects and how much it helped me and saw my option of pharmaceuticals was just a pill for the pain and a pill for the pill you take for pain and it was just ridiculous when I could get releief and my appetite and everything from this herb. That was in 2004. And in 2005 I remember I told [then “Dateline NBC” host] Stone Phillips, I did an interview with him and said, look I want to talk about medical marijuana and so the second time he interviewed me he asked me and there it was.


SW: Do you think your weed-infused wine is going to be available outside California at any point?

ME: I think when there’s recreational, or when California and Nevada go, we’ll just have the gold coast, you know. California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Canada, we will be able to hopefully work out crossing those borders and trading and stuff and I’m just waiting for that to happen.

SW: Your openness about various parts of your personal life has made you a source of inspiration for a lot of people. Where do get your strength and inspiration from?

ME: I read a lot. I have a large spiritual sort of base, in myself, that comes from a great belief about why we’re here and reality and so I get that. My belief about what life is is such a joyous energetic gift and so every day I’m inspired.

SW: So why do you think we’re here?

ME: I think we’re here to create, I think we’re here to learn. I think this is a life school and we are all endowed with this opportunity to live, to be a human being and then to learn to create and to strive for joy, that’s what I think it is.

SW: Sounds good to me!

ME: Right on.

SW: A lot of folks, when I mentioned I’d be talking to you, wanted to know why you so often mention angels in your music.

ME: You know what’s funny, I started writing about angels before I ever really understood my own beliefs and my own spirituality. And I just, I would use the term angels for that unknown force, that unknown place or spirit that seemed to be there either guiding or judging or something. It wasn’t until afterward, right around my breast cancer stuff, that I started understanding the term angels and the spirit of what that is and so now, I sort of use the term still, it is bringing up that sort of spiritual side, yes.

SW: What’s next for you musically and how do you shift between more personal and more political work?

ME: Well they all come from the place that I create from, and that’s just going inside and telling my personal experience, and politics can be a part of that. And the plea or the question that I want to put into the listener about what is life, what is spirit, what is the meaning, and then look at my own experience of my own relations, and what are my relations with my lover with my family? These are the places that I write from and create from and I’m always gonna do that.

SW: When you sit down to write these days, what’s most pressing on your mind?

ME: Hmm. That’s a good question. It kind of depends. It’s always a good place to start from my own personal relationship, like with my wife, I usually start from there and then start looking outward, and then oftentimes it depends on the music, what the inspiration is and what the drive is.

SW: What do you think folks should expect from your show coming up here in Bend?

ME: To have a rally good time. I’m gonna be playing the hits, I’m gonna be playing a couple new songs from the new album, I’m gonna be doing a few deep album cuts and just playing the heck out of the night. You will leave feeling better than you came. That’s my plan.

SW: How do you describe or define your own music?

ME: You know, when I think about that question I always end up with just saying, I’ve just got to call it rock and roll. Because in the end, rock and roll can only be defined as a music that incites, that brings about thought and rhythm and sexuality and spirit and that’s what I try to put in my music so I just end up saying it’s rock 'n' roll and I like it.

SW: Anything else?

ME: Bring your comfortable shoes and dance your butt off.


Melissa Etheridge

5:30 pm, Wednesday, July 22

Athletic Club of Bend, 61615 Athletic Club Dr.



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Monday, February 23, 2015

Exclusive Premier! New Music Video from AATS

Posted By on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 7:24 AM

Minneapolis synth pop group Aaron & The Sea have a knack for making immersive, heart thumping music videos. In fact, it was the video for their breakout hit "Deja Vudu" that really set interest in their band on fire back in 2012.

AATS's often haunting visual representation is enhanced by the fact that they pair cold, spine tingling synth rock/pop with artful poetry. This isn't the kind of stuff you're going to be singing with your friends as you roll down the highway on a summer afternoon; rather, it's the type of music that worms its way into your psyche and your secret thoughts. That's especially true if you've seen the music videos that accompany their music.

Today, the Source is lucky enough to have an exclusive premier of AATS's latest music video for the song "Cloak & Dagger" which appears on the band's new EP out March 3 featuring remixes of that song.

The video, which uses facial masks as a canvas for depicting human frailty and the resulting personality facades we create, uses scenes that easily invoke the senses; like a frozen corn field and in indoor pool that conjures up the sent of chlorine. It's another visceral offering from Aaron & The Sea.

Check out that video below as well as the one that started it all after the jump. Just a word of caution on that second video though; don't watch it alone in the dark.

WORLD PREMIER- Aaron & The Sea, "Cloak & Dagger"

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Better Living Through Music: Shakey Graves with Esmé Patterson

Posted By on Mon, Apr 21, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Austin, Texas cult hero Shakey Graves performs with Esme Patterson at this year's SXSW.
Patterson will perform solo (or so we think—we're hoping for a guest appearance from Shakey, as he played sold-out shows in Portland and Eugene this weekend) tonight at 7 at Volcanic Theatre Pub. $5.

Hit the jump to see the video.

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Portland's Leigh Marble Has a New Music Video

Posted By on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 2:55 PM

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We really like Leigh Marble.

Not only is there an extremely compelling story behind the singer/songwriters gutsy music— especially from his latest album Where the Knives Meet Between the Rows— but the Ivy League graduate's work is just wickedly good.

In fact, Where the Knives finished 2012 at 69 of our top 200 albums of the year. And if the growth between his 2007 album Red Tornado and that album is any indication of what we can expect from Marble's next release, look out, because this guy is a real student of rock and roll.

Marble was also a selection to our Concert Wish List for Bend from earlier this year.

This month, Marble released the first music video from Where the Knives for the track "Pony."

It's a lighthearted video that pokes fun at the gap-of-wants that often exists between people who randomly hook-up without thinking things through or knowing each other very well. Marble himself stars in the video along with Cora Benesh from the movie City Baby. It was directed by Robin Washburn.

Accompanying the video was an EP with an alternate version of "Pony" as well as one of "Nail," one of Marble's darker tracks.

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Return of Broken Bells

Posted By on Sat, Nov 23, 2013 at 2:44 PM

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  • Better not forget your ID with these two

In arguably the best ever preview of an upcoming album, power duo Broken Bells (James Mercer, Danger Mouse) have an emotionally potent film vignette on their hands.

After Mercer re-did The Shins and Danger Mouse flirted with another collaboration, the two will release After the Disco in January of 2014, following up their wildly successful self-titled debut in 2010.

Released in two parts (so far), Broken Bells' mini-film begins with Angel and the Fool, a seven and a half minute video filled with emotional connecting points. Broken Bells' music serves as the score for themes like loneliness, love, wonder and uncertainty all while Oliver— played by Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Star Trek: Into Darkness)— explores an alien planet after discovering Helen— played by Kate Mara (House of Cards, Entourage)— the space-traveling woman of his dreams.

In part two, Holding on For Life, Mercer and Danger Mouse add a little comedy as galactic disco club bouncers, before the two central characters are plunged into a disarray of hallucinations and confusion that seem to drive home the point that either taking too long to make a decision or not waiting long enough before acting can both be equally damaging to happiness. Also perhaps that people do dumb things on drugs.

Of course, that's just one way to look at this beautiful and intriguing film.

Full screen viewing recommended.

The first single from the upcoming album can also be listened to on Spotify.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

New Music Video from Father John Misty (and more)

Posted By on Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 3:26 PM

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I'm pretty sure that's Ron Jeremy at 3:05 in and again 20 seconds later.

That's apparently how Sub Pop recording artist Father John Misty (Joshua Tillman) rolls.

Check out this complete non-sequitur of a music video where scenes change as often as FJM's dance moves. (See our Sasquatch! Music Festival photos of the artist for more on that)

In fact, the only correlation between this video for "I'm Writing a Novel" and FJM is that it appears to be a pretty good represenation of what it's like to be inside his head 24 hours a day. They guy is a brilliant songwriter but he is also as quirky as they come. Or at least that's the persona he puts on. Videos like this, well, they just help solidify that notion.

Still, it's a great song.

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

VMAs In A Nutshell (and some other stuff)

Posted By on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 3:09 PM

This photo is a fake. Just like Mileys career.
  • This photo is a fake. Just like Miley's career.

Every single blog and social media outlet has been blowing up with talk surrounding the 2013 VMAs. So I just had to look into what all the fuss was about.

Needless to say, I was as disappointed as I'm sure most of you were to uncover that what happened at the VMAs was in fact NOT a cleverly placed marketing strategy for promoting a Tim Burton sequel to Beetlejuice. Boo. Hiss. Shame on you MTV for getting my hopes up.

Moving on.

Here's what I did find out to be true about the fifth least imporant major awards show of the year (CMAs, ESPYs, TCAs, and SAGAs).

1. In true lame-stream fashion a repeating panel of music videos was up for pretty much every award.
2. MTV's idea of an artist to watch is the too-young-to-shave cliche Austin Mahone. It's a good thing he's still in diapers. He has a good place to put the poo that is his music video.
3. The only category with videos worth watching was the "Best Special Effects" category. Here Duck Sauce earned a deserved nomination as did Flying Lotus with their Elijah Wood starring video.

That's pretty much it. The rest was— besides predictable— just a bunch of twerking nonsense.

Now.

How about some videos that don't suck?

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Want to See Hopeless Jack and the Handsome Devil Smash Stuff?

Posted By on Mon, Jul 1, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Saturday, vagabond rockers Hopeless Jack and the Handsome Devil dropped their first music video, and it's a doozy.

Watch the boys smash a whole bunch of stuff (glass, Christmas ornaments, a wooden guitar, a TV) below.



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will be playing at Mead, Music and Motorcycles, the opening of Nectar of the Gods Meadery's tasting room Aug. 3 with Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

My Favorite Use For GoPro Yet

Posted By on Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Portland's hip five-piece crew Radiation City have released a new video!

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Shot entirely with GoPro cameras, this music video is worth six minutes of your day.

Look familiar? The Cathedral of Junk, located in Austin, Tex. reminds us of a better organized Pakit Liquidators.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Get Ready for Sasquatch: The Wild Feathers

Posted By on Wed, May 15, 2013 at 1:12 PM

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Headed to the SASQUATCH! Music Festival? Consider BENT Central Oregon's guide to all the upcoming action. Just look for the title Get Ready for Sasquatch in the blog stream. It's that simple.

If the 2012 edition of Sasquatch was the breakout year for hip hop, 2013 might be the year for country. And one of the bands booked to that end is Nashvile quintet The Wild Feathers.

Check out their video for Backwoods Company. It's a true to country life rendering that screams fun. Catch their set Monday on the Yeti stage.


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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Coachella Exposed

Posted By on Sun, May 5, 2013 at 12:58 PM

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It's definitely rewarding to be the first of your friends to know about a great band. But there are so many bands out there, even people who pay close attention to music are going to miss many more than they discover. Unfortunately the hipster-wannabe-music-loving culture often fails to be humble when faced with the prospect that someone else scooped them on fresh music.

As indicated by the below video from the Jimmy Kimmel show, this failure to be honest can end up making people look like idiots. It seems that being in the know about music is much more important than just knowing what you know and enjoying it.

The best approach when presented with a band you've never heard of before is to be humble... admit you don't know them... and then if they are good, be honest when you share their music that you just heard of them, even if their album came out years ago. If you don't, you might end up looking like these people:

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