Matt Hopper does rock ’n’ roll right.
His “Jersey Finger" album, a full stream of which is featured prominently at www .matthopper.com, sounds as rad today as it did back in 2010, when I gushed about it on these very pages:
“‘Jersey Finger’ paints Hopper as a guy who has a vision for his music, knows his strengths, and is confident his work deserves to be heard. It also proves he has the skills and the strut to make you want to pay attention."
Originally from Alaska but now based in Boise, Idaho, Hopper has a very natural ear for memorable melodies and irresistible guitar riffs; great songs seem to pour out of him.
Now here’s some good news: On his website, Hopper lists his goals for 2013, and one of those is “wrapping up the new records." That’s either a typo or he’s working on multiple albums as we speak. And that’s great news! New music from Matt Hopper always is.
Matt Hopper & The Roman Candles; 9 p.m. Thursday; $5; Silver Moon Brewing & Taproom, 24 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; www.silvermoon brewing.com.