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Highlights from Oregon artists in November: featuring Chandler P, Masinformation and Adam Selzer
For those in Central Oregon looking to keep it low-key this Thanksgiving, you can never have a bad time when there are some good tunes in the background. Here are a few local and regional recommendations on November releases you truly don't want to miss out on.

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Pete Kartsounes Steps into New Age

The Bend artist's second album of the year will help relax mind, body and soul
The productive year for Pete Kartsounes continues. In August, the Bend-based singer/songwriter released "Out Here On My Own Vol.

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Modern-Day Payola?

Local artists say Spotify's recent announcement to give artist and labels paid promotion isn't a cool feature; it's harmful to the industry and those listening
On Nov. 2, Spotify announced a new feature that will "Amplify Artist Input in your Personalized Recommendations," by allowing artists and labels to take a promotional cut from streaming royalties, and boosting them in different recommended areas on the platform. In today's world, streaming services reign king over radio, but just as payola (pay-to-play) ran rampant during the peak of radio, some say the move represents another way to amplify some voices while shutting others down.

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New on the Bend-Block

Faded Rituals makes its electronic-music debut with "Summertime Forever"
Hearing about new bands or artists in Central Oregon is the best news. So when Faded Rituals reached out to introduce its musical project and first single, this music writer was stoked.

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BOO! Halloween Shows Are Everywhere

A spooky week of fun as Central Oregon lines up concerts all over the region
The scariest possible thing I can think of is no live music— and for the most part Central Oregon has defeated that idea this year, and will continue to do so over this Halloween weekend. The best part of it is that there are shows all over the region!

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Musicians Say "No" to Trump

From "YMCA" to "Happy," songs don't always land well on the campaign trail
With its Wagnerian orchestral soundtrack, exceptionally low camera angles, and sweeping shots of white marble columns reaching up toward the heavens, the recent Republican National Convention served as an answer to the question, "What would happen if the producers of "The Apprentice" did a remake of Leni Riefenstahl's "Triumph of the Will?" Which makes sense, given that two of Trump's former reality show producers were brought onboard to help direct the event.

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