Category: Music Picks

Beef Kitchen – Evil Wizard Finger (Review)

The problem with Beef Kitchen is that I’m totally onto their game.  Their debut release is a CD, a single, 22 minute release titled “guided meditation.”  But what follows on the disc are a number of performances, many of which are drenched in effected guitar, accompanied by voice and drums, and presented as mysteriously as you can in this digital age.  In fact, I received a message saying that the album was available at Guitar Castle, and it was only in the time since that a digital version grudgingly appeared on Bandcamp. (beefkitchen.bandcamp.com).  Billing themselves as “desert psychedelia,” they mine equal parts Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd, the noise rock sound of the early 2000’s, and Spaceman 3’s Taking Drugs to Make Music To Take Drugs To.   But the catch is, they are trying to mask their chops in all the mystery and weirdness, and for that, I need to call them out.  “Had a friend and he was a wolfman,” they sing out, and in that “song” you can not only hear the guitarwork at its best, but the effects are spare enough to reveal how good these guys are.  The lyrics, while tongue in cheek and delivered as such, are actually getting at something at times, as if to make it appear as if any brilliance were an accident.  Near the end of “guided meditation,” there...

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The Many Many Jam Nights • All Over Town

You don’t have to be in a band to get up on stage and do your thing. It’s a great way to stay in practice, meet other musicians in town, and get used to playing on a stage in front of people. Salem has quite a few open mics and jam nights. I think I’ve tracked them all down, but I’m sure they’ll keep popping up. So here’s the lowdown as far as I know. If I missed some, let me know. Monday: Shotski’s Blues Jam Night • 6 – 10pm • All Ages; Hump Day Jam at South...

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Deadcode (pdx), Aether Theory and That Coyote Friday, April 14th @ 8pm at The Space.

Aether Theory is one of my favorite bands in town. Yeah, I’ve got a few, but they’re much more on the heavy side. But they’re not your typical metal band. They tastefully weave in some prog, some jazz, and some viking head banging goodness. Dylan Hawthorne’s vocals are a perfect compliment to the heavy guitars and slides nicely into the jazzy parts. Guitarist Jared Norris says he doesn’t really get into the whole recording an album thing, but I’m working on him, as I’m sure many other are too. Also on the bill is Portland’s deadcode – a prog...

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Community Website Fundraiser. Saturday, April 15th. Noon to Midnight @ Shotskis Pizza.

From the Facebook Event: Salem Music Scene is hosting an all-day music fest with local artists to raise money for a music community website. We’ll be showcasing over 12 acts in 12 hours with everything from acoustic singer/songwriters to rock to hip-hop! CCTV Salem will be recording this event as well, so get yourself on TV while you’re enjoying some great grub and drinks and awesome local music. Suggested $10 donation at the door. All ages until 9 PM. Artists include: Rich McCloud Music, Percy Lounge, Songs for Alice, Elvicious Cash, Robotic Torres, Giancarlo Marcelo (Gian Marr), Tyrell Opb...

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April Fool’s Showdown #1: Summer Eyes, Black Delaney, and Hot Sheets @ The Fifty

I am a sucker for old-fashioned rock and roll bars, and the Fifty Pub n’ Grub fits that perfectly here in Salem.  This place hosts consistently great rock shows fairly often, and it is safe to say that if there’s a show happening there, you’ll enjoy it, no questions asked.  The inexpensive drinks and the typical barroom hijinx is the perfect ambience for loud rock music, and this show is going to be the soiree of the Spring.   Summer Eyes have that perfectly poppy seasonal sound that straddles many genres and manages to neatly carve out some territory...

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