A few acts coming through town this week have been here before, so if you missed ’em before, here’s your chance:
• Those venerable purveyors of progressive neo-grunge, Floater , will be back at the Midtown complex this weekend.
Two-night stands — one acoustic, one electric — are a regular thing in Bend for the band, which has been at it since the early 1990s. The format gives Floater a chance to show off all its sides, which range from catchy pop to psychedelic rock to thick, sludgy quasi-metal. And their fans, famously dedicated, will hang on to every note.
Catch Floater’s electric set Saturday at Midtown Ballroom for $16, with doors at 8 p.m. and show at 8:30 p.m. The Dry County Crooks will open. Or, hear the acoustic set for $13 at 9 p.m. Sunday at the Domino Room, with doors opening at 8:30 p.m. Both venues are at 51 N.W. Greenwood Ave., in Bend. Tickets for both are available at Ranch Records (541-389-6116), The Ticket Mill (541-318-5457), or online at www.jmax productions.net.
• Beatboxing, guitar playing, singing, spoken-wording, hammered dulcimer hammering; this is the empire of Lynx and Jamie Janover. Lynx is a cool-as-a-cucumber Colorado (but living in the Bay Area) gal who blends the worlds of folk, electronica and hip-hop with no regard for rules. Janover is an innovative percussionist and dulcimer dude best known as one-third of Zilla.
Together, they make electro-acoustic music that’s chill enough to make you nod your head, but interesting enough to keep you from nodding off. Check ’em out at www.myspace.com/lynxandjanover, then at 9 p.m. Thursday at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom (24 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend). Oakland DJ Heyoka will open, and he describes his style as “psytellgibientglitchdubwhomphop.” Obvs. Cover is $7.
• It used to seem like Portland’s Jackstraw was a local band; that’s how frequently the four-man bluegrass powerhouse played in Bend.
These days, though, the group — which formed in 1997 through the Rose City guitar shop Artichoke Music — is taking more time between trips over the Cascades. Too bad. Jackstraw takes its diverse influences, from folk to jazz to pop, and scrambles ‘em all up, filters ’em through some lightning-fast picking, and comes out with a sound that’s rooted in bluegrass, but with distinctly modern twist.
Catch Jackstraw at about 8 p.m. Sunday at Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom (24 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend). Cover is $6.
— Ben Salmon