This coming Thursday... the music calendar in Bend, Oregon is packed. The White Buffalo plays with a full band at Silver Moon Tap Room, The Aggrolites are set to knock down listeners at The Domino Room, and it's the town's second week of Munch N Music in Drake Park.
I'm gonna tell you to skip all of that.
You read me right. Skip it. (I suppose if you want to see some pretty standard Afro Beat Reggae at Munch N Music you can stroll through the park without sacrificing plans for live music later in the night)
The White Buffalo is completely awesome and with a full band in town for the first time, the chances that he will be even more awesome are pretty good. But it's still this artist's 3rd trip to Bend in the first half of 2010, with all shows performed at Silver Moon. Add to that Silver Moon's lack of air conditioning... and you could be in for a very uncomfortable evening as SM is one of the worst summertime venues in Bend. You will have a pretty good chance of seeing him come round this way again when the mercury isn't so high... so my recommendation is to hold off on seeing him this visit.
And for one of the same reasons... I say skip the Aggrolites. While easily more hip than the reggae that will be performed at Munch N Music that same night, The Aggrolites are not strangers to Bend. They've been here before and they will be here again. There isn't too much new that they are doing with their music, aside from their Yo Gabba Gabba contribution. Nothing new... with great potential to see them in town again down the road... means... skip it.
Now what does that leave us? A great Indie Rock performance at Bend's Mountain's Edge Bar by Iowa band, The Poison Control Center. This is where you should be on July 15th if you want to see some great new wave, 90's style, powerpop rock. At only $3 for admission to the show it's also the best bargain in town. They will be arriving fresh off performances at KEXP's studios and The High Dive in Seattle, and Portland's Doug Fir Lounge. So we are quite lucky to have them choose Bend as a stop on their tour. Check out four songs from this band below and make your way over to the South end of town by 9pm on Thursday. You will be glad you did.