Collaborative and Playful

Collaborative and Playful

Neo-grunge rockers Slothrust release an album, working with producer Billy Bush
When I first heard female-fronted neo-grunge rockers Slothrust, I added singer Leah Wellbaum to my list of rock and roll spirit animals.

The New California

Members of The Soft White Sixties know something about seeing a city you love change, for better or worse
When The Soft White Sixties entered the studio to record a new album, "Alta California," its members wanted to be able to capture the spirit of their live performance, after producer Elijah Thompson pointed out how sterile the recording atomsphere can be when compared to the energy and grit of a live show.

Natural Growth

The Head and The Heart returns to Bend to headline Les Schwab Amphitheater
A couple months ago, a friend of mine who works at the Amphitheater teased me by saying entertainment agency, Monqui, had booked one last show for the year, and it was a band I loved.

Deconstruction vs. Destruction

This Island Earth celebrates the evolution and completion of "Wounded Tropic: Volume 1"
When we last caught up with Elijah Goodall, the brains and muscle behind local experimental electro pop act This Island Earth, he told us about "Wounded Tropic," his three-album concept project about an island and its inhabitants that survive a brutal tropical storm.

High Levels of Satisfaction

El Ten Eleven performs instrumental post-rock without the help of laptops on stage
Over the last week, several people have brought up influential post-rockers El Ten Eleven.

Pick's Sisters Folk Festival Picks

Last week, we gave you a sneak peek of this year's Sisters Folk Festival lineup.

Digging Deeper

Travis Ehrenstrom Band gets introspective on the new album, "Something on the Surface"
Travis Ehrenstrom has been a part of the Central Oregon music scene since age 14, attending Sisters High School and taking part in the Americana Project.

Dream Playlist

Portugal. The Man and Cold War Kids hit Bend this week. Fingers crossed they play these jams
For Bend's indie rock lovers, this weekend will go down as one of the best of the summer, thanks to back-to-back performances from alternative rock titans Portugal.

Back to the Blues

After albums featuring soul, funk and gospel, Jonny Lang goes back to some of his original sounds
Jonny Lang says his current album, "Signs," is an example of just letting an album be what it wanted to be musically.

Honesty and Craft

Brandi Carlile tours in support of her sixth studio album—one that ponders motherhood and much more
In a day and age when artists spawned by YouTube and reality show competitions are here today and gone tomorrow, Brandi Carlile represents a throwback to an era when truly gifted musicians achieved a level of respected longevity. 

Drink Up

Victory Swig strives to achieve a positive energy exchange
"It takes a huge level of commitment with every step you take with music," Victory Swig bassist Barrett Dash says.


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