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Sounds From Tornillo

The Lil Smokies' third album is a reflective success that stretches the group's sound
Tornillo sits just outside of El Paso, Texas, and as of 2017 had an estimated population of 1,120. It was in this tiny town that the Montana-formed The Lil Smokies recorded its latest album.

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Band Fact Sheet: Pure Bathing Culture

Get ready for a stripped-down performance for the ages
One of the finest groups in the Portland scene is making a trip near Sisters to perform at The Suttle Lodge. Pure Bathing Culture took four years to release a new full-on project—2019's "Night Pass."

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MOsley WOtta drops a new video in prep for his upcoming EP
Sound the alarm—we're getting new music from MOsley WOtta. In a post on his Facebook today, the man also known as Jason Graham let the people know his new EP "This IS (Not) All There IS" will be dropping on February 2.

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Trail Tunes

For Fit Week, check this playlist by, and for, Central Oregon runners
When setting out for a run, no matter the distance, many people turn to music as their companion. It gives the body adrenaline to keep pushing and even helps distract from the pain or the number of miles left ahead.

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"River of Lost Souls"

Bend band Justusworx releases a new album and plans a release party
"We're all old guys," Mike Ogden explained recently, when he dropped off a CD—Justusworx' latest album. Age in music isn't a bad thing because that usually means experience.

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Will Play For Less

In honor of the Money Issue, local musicians talk about the economic challenges of making a living doing what they love
"Everything is free now, that's what they say; everything I've ever done, gotta give it away. Someone hit the big score, they figured it out; that we're gonna do it anyway, even if it doesn't pay."

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Shining Through the Static

Weezy Ford's debut album, "Sugarcane," highlights a bright future ahead for the Portland rocker
One of the most exciting acts rising out of Portland right now is Weezy Ford—the dreamy rock project of Louisa Ford, who happens to be the younger sister of fellow Portland-based musician Sallie Ford. Rounding out Weezy Ford's musical endeavors as collaborators are Mark Robertson on bass and Dustin Dybvig on drums, who serve as the perfect complement to Ford's haunting vocals.

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Five Must-See Local Shows In 2020

Music fans—now is the time clear your calendars and get your ducks in a row
Well guys, it’s officially 2020. A new year and a new decade is upon us—so we might as well enjoy ourselves, right?

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Get to Know Karyn Ann

A Q&A with the Portland-based singer/songwriter
Karyn Ann's last album, "Be Loud," was released in 2018—10 tracks of poppy, folky and sometimes funky pieces of music that showcase the Portland-based singer's knack for writing songs that are relatable to the listener.

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Source Material: Albums of the Decade

Local musicians reflect on the albums that meant the most to them throughout the decade
The 2010s are coming to a close, people! We've seen a lot happen over the last 10 years, and the music industry in particular has gone through many changes.

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A Change of Music Scenery

Local musicians, promoters and venue owners talk about what's changed in Bend over the last 10 years
A local music scene needs a few basic ingredients to prosper: • Music venues

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Who Did It Better?

We made a playlist, checked it twice...
The fire's burning, the presents are under the tree and the records are spinning—but what's playing? Everyone has a couple of favorite Christmas songs, and even as hard as those Scrooges may try to suppress the cheer, there are always a couple of tunes that come on throughout the holiday season that don't let you fight the feeling.

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Live From Parkway Studios

Guardian of the Underdog releases a live version of "Dragonfly"
There are certain things in music that are really magical, and a well-done live recording is one of them. It's great to see and hear the passion that musicians put into their work and the different spin they might put on a song for that performance.

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Hip Hop Hooray!

Naughty By Nature confirms a show at this year's Oregon WinterFest
Rap fans, it's time to rejoice. Lay It Out Events announced today that Naughty By Nature will be headlining at this year's OnPoint Community Credit Union Oregon WinterFest, which takes place Feb. 14 through 16.

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The Lil Smokies at Domino Room

The Lil Smokies at Domino Room - The Domino Room

Sun., Jan. 26, 8-11:30 p.m.
The Mother Hips

The Mother Hips - Volcanic Theatre Pub

Sat., Jan. 25, 8-11 p.m.
Fireside Show: Bart Budwig with Jonah Sissoyev

Fireside Show: Bart Budwig with Jonah Sissoyev - The Suttle Lodge & Boathouse

Sun., Jan. 26, 6 p.m.
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