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The Great Hiatum

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The Great Hiatum

Multiple Genres

Melissa Randel – Vocals
Keith Randel – Guitar/Vocals
James Aronoff – Guitar
Max Miller – Bass
Travis Lein – Drums

Members of The Great Hiatum
The Great Hiatum brings a clash of styles to their music and performances. Photo courtesy of The Great Hiatum

If you’re looking to classify The Great Hiatum in just one genre, you’re going to have a tough time. In fact, classifying them in two genres is troubling as well. This band from Eugene prides themselves on being a little different, something that is evident from the approach they take when composing music. Instead of focusing on just one specific audience, the style of The Great Hiatum ranges from punk to alternative to indie to funk to a blend of everything mixed together. The variation in their music can be well illustrated by listening to the contrasts between Travis’ Song and Scary Situation. 

Whereas Travis’ Song has a much more relaxed and indie feel to the melody, Scary Situation incorporates an interesting play between lyrical beats while emphasizing a little more rock and funk to the music. Led by the vocals of Melissa Randel, these University of Oregon alums have become a prominent band in the Eugene area..

 

Small Joys

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Small Joys

Acoustic Indie

Olivia Rae – Vocals
Michael Stein – Bass
Dan K – Guitar

The Small Joys. Photo Courtesy of Small Joys

Small Joys hail from Eugene, but are well known in the Northwest. Consisting of a familiar acoustic indie combination of guitar, bass and various hand percussion, Small Joys still manage a unique sound heavily reminiscent of late 60’s folk. Olivia Rae’s voice is plaintive without being grating and is well suited to the intimate nature of their songs. Small Joys released their self-titled debut EP in February 2012, and more recently a single “Leaf Let” in September 2012.

Rare Monk

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Rare Monk

Indie Alt Rock Fusion

Rick Buhr – Drums
Forest Gallien – Bass
Dorian Aites – Vocals, guitar, keyboards
Issac Thelin – Violin, tenor sax
Jake Martin – Guitar

The crew of Rare Monk getting set for a gig. Photo courtesy of Rare Monk.

Fresh off their latest EP Death By Proxy, Rare Monk has been showcasing their talents all along the West Coast as they get prepared to launch their next full album, their first since Astral Travel Battles.

Though many classify this band in the Indie category, Rare Monk is also very experimental with their sound. At times resembling the sounds of Modest Mouse, Rare Monk experiments with the fusion of Indie with other genres such as alternative and rock. Composed of five members, this band from Eugene, Oregon uses a variety of instruments (including the violin and saxophone) to create a unique sound that keeps their audience wanting more.

 

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

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Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
Seattle hip-hop artists

Macklemore – Rapper
Ryan Lewis – Producer
Owuor Arunga – Trumpet
Andrew Joslyn – Violin
Ray Dalton – Vocalist

Hailing from Seattle, Washington, Macklemore (Ben Haggerty) has emerged as one of the more brilliant young hip-hop artists to come from the northwest in quite some time.

To say that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have taken the northwest by storm would be an understatement.

Starting off his career by rapping at local block parties during his time at Garfield High School, Macklemore quickly established himself as one of the emerging artists in the Seattle area. Focusing on issues such as drug addiction, the Seattle area, and personal stories, Macklemore’s music truly comes from the heart.

In 2012, Macklemore officially teamed up with DJ Ryan Lewis to create an EP entiled VS. Redux that was an instant hit in Seattle. Since then, Ryan Lewis has become an integral part of the Macklemore experience.

Since partnering with Ryan Lews, Macklemore has seen his popularity shoot through the roof. Still sticking with a message that relays his own background, Macklemore has begun to take the hip-hop world by storm, recently releasing his debut album, The Heist, on October 9, 2012. That album, since its debut, shot up the US Billboard list, officially debuting at number two on the US Billboard 200.

 

Crooked River

Crooked River

Roots Folk Country

Rob Jacobs – guitar, vocals
Teri Jacobs – guitar, vocals, harmonica
Lana Dishner – guitar, vocals
Lane Fricke  – washtub Bass

Label: Crooked River

Crooked River

Crooked River is a quartet from Springfield, OR that formed several years ago with members who all share a love of traditional country music. Fricke is the newest member joining the band adding a washtub bass. Rob and Teri have both played in bands such as The Crop Circles, Dicky Mo and Jentzu as well as the Alter Egos.  The band’s debut album My Troubled Heart was released in 2010. With three strong songwriters rendering original material (Rob, Lana & Teri) in such songs as My Troubled Heart, this band sounds a lot like The Judds meet the Dixie Chicks.

Crooked River

 

–Glass

 

Fancy Bandits

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Fancy Bandits

Creep-pop/Alt-circus rock

Veigh: keyboard, vocals
Gina Kontur: bass, tambourine
TerriAnne O’Rourke: guitar, vocals
Beau Eastlund: drums

Label: Fancy Bandits

The Fancy Bandits

Fancy Bandits are a Eugene band who have been described by some as the “Tim Burton Circus” as their songs tend to sound eerie with a flair for the weird.  The band started in the spring of  2008 and a year later, released their debut CD Stealing Away as a three-piece combo, including such songs as State of Mine, Good Morning and Mission Impossible. With a strong keyboard sound ranging from old world organ grinders to Gothic retro Wurlitzer sounds, this band only recently added guitar to their eclectic sound.
The band is unique with the full goth-like keyboards, and sound much like a mix of the PJ Harvey, Pink Floyd and The Smiths.

The Fancy Bandits

 

–Glass

The Dick Danger Band

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The Dick Danger Band

Rockabilly Surf Pop

Dick Danger: guitar, vocals
Suki Hobbs: bass, vocals
Mike Bachmann: drums

Label: Cletus Records

The DIck Danger Band

The Dick Danger Band, a Eugene based band, have been performing most of the past five years in the Pacific Northwest.  It’s obvious from watching them perform their influences have been the great Carl Perkins, Eddie Cochrane, Chuck Berry and John Fogarty. In 2009, The band released, 10 Sensational Tales of Suspense, with such songs as “Do the White Bread” and “Barkin’ Like a Doggie.”

Dick Danger’s music is somewhat rockabilly, 60’s style garage rock, surf, rhythm and blues and country. 

For five years Dick Danger was a member of the wildly popular Roughstock band along with Suki Hobbs. Both are currently members of the Coyote Ridge Band.


The Dick Danger Band

 

–Glass

Tyler Fortier

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Tyler Fortier

Alt/Folk/Rock

 

Tyler Fortier
Tyler Fortier

Calling Eugene home,  singer/songwriter, Tyler Fortier has been releasing CD’s since 2006.  With two new CD’s already released this year, Fear of the Unknown and And They Rode Like Wildfire Snaking Through The Hills ‘ Neath the Scarlet Sun and another CD, Bang on Time, set to be released this month, Fortier seems to have quite a bit to say.  With material ranging from 19th century narrative songs about the old west, to the end of the world to flooded fields.

Thankfully for this artist, the folks at Ninkasi Brewing took a fancy to him just prior to the release of his 4th CD, Love is Fleeting and extended a sponsorship to him, helping shine the spotlight not only on his work but his tours.

Fortier has been compared to Neil Young to Tom Petty as well as Bruce Springsteen for his story telling abilities and vocal presentation. With a busy touring schedule, this singer/songwriter makes time in his demo recording studio to teach private songwriting lessons.

Tyler Fortier

 

–Glass