Ready to Rock

Ready to Rock

Soulful rock and blues are the fuel behind the Leadbetter Band's first full-length album
If you get around the music scene in Central Oregon, you're probably familiar with Eric Leadbetter—or at least have heard his name. His very first show in Bend was back in 2008.

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Preserve Inspires an Opus

'Malheur Symphony' concludes COS season
When asked whether his newest symphony was borne of a desire to bring back a positive association for the massive, scenic Malheur National Wildlife Refuge of southeastern Oregon, Chris Thomas is quick to respond in the affirmative. "That was the entire point," he confirms.

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Coyotes and Peanut Butter

Jared & The Mill are synced up and doing things to the band's own groove
Jared Kolesar is very grateful for what he does. This much is abundantly clear as we speak on the phone.

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Upstate Comes Out West

Vocalist Melanie Glenn talks about the band's beginnings and new album
When they first started out, Upstate (formerly the Upstate Rubdown) was just kind of kickin' it and making music while in college. The band would play at dive bars, house parties and wherever else they could.

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From an Old House on Lopez Island

Seattle's Kuinka gears up for the band's first release in two years
Kuinka is a band formed out of happenstance—one of those "it's a small world" moments. The four all grew up in Mount Vernon, Wash. While they ran in similar circles, they never really totally met.

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Gung Ho For Shows: Robert Plant and The Sensational Spaceshifters

Former frontman of Led Zeppelin announces Bend stop on North American tour
If  Led Zeppelin came on the radio back in the day, my dad would make sure to let everyone in the car know that they were indeed "the greatest rock band of all time." Lucky for Central Oregonians, one of the pieces to the Zeppelin puzzle will be making his way to Bend.

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His Own Sound

CJ Neary is chasing his passions with the help of his family, band and friends
When he was five, eventual prodigy CJ Neary began playing the fiddle. You might not think most little kids would be interested in an instrument like that, but once he heard the sound, Neary was hooked.

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Band Fact Sheet: The Sheepdogs

These long-haired rockers are truly a gem in the rock scene
The Sheepdogs can really jam. As a band with a plethora of influences—greats including Led Zeppelin and The Allman Brothers make up a few of their notable imprints—the group is a solid example of paying homage to the music of the past, while still keeping things original.

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One Show, One Song at a Time

PJ Moon and The Swappers draw from life experience on the road—and much more
The debut album of PJ Moon and The Swappers, "Memoirs of Living in a Car," was released last October. The album is an 11-track mix of everything—rock, soul, funk—and even a little bit of country.

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Getting Back on the Bike

How Brent Cowles moved forward through music
Brent Cowles is a modern mix of soul that sticks. To me, he's like a quality peanut butter: His unique tone can get down to the gravel – that's the chunky, if you will.

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Artist Fact Sheet: Andy Frasco & The U.N.

Andy Frasco brings his undeniable passion for music and life to Bend
Andy Frasco & The U.N. aren't your typical jam band—and they'll tell you that. Frasco previously described the group as "a punk rock band for the jam scene" in an interview with the Live For Live Music website.

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Record Store Day 2019

Recycle Music and record lovers relish the twice-a-year holiday
Somewhere in the pantheon of the best holiday rankings, Record Store Day is up toward the top. Not only is it a nostalgic practice for some, but it's a great way to support an industry that most probably figured would be dead by now.

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