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Banjos have made a sexy, albeit backwoodsy comeback. But don’t be fooled by the Seattle band’s acoustic string section, hand clapping and folksy harmonies — Campfire OK doesn’t sound dated. The quintet incorporates subtle synthesizers and a thunderous piano to create a textured, atmospheric rock sound that’s more indie than Americana, and more experimental than roots. Listen for skillful instrumentation, thoughtful arrangements and a modern interpretation of banjo playing. Catch them on Friday at 8:10 pm at Club 412.
Electronic pop has never sounded so sweet. Sick Kids XOXO combines lackadaisical synthesizers with catchy guitar hooks and two solid lead vocalists — one male, one female — to create a sound that feels like a caffeine high. The band has become darlings of Missoula’s music scene and show stoppers at events like the Treefort Music Fest in Boise. They are sure to draw a dance-happy crowd at Club 412 on Saturday at 9:50 pm.
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Here are some highlights so far:
Summer in Siberia practice for their 11:59 pm set on Friday at Mootsy's.
Interplayers joined our list of venues last week.
Bagpipes drone sharp and lonely over the solemn quiet of the INB Performing Arts Center in downtown Spokane. Hundreds stand straight, hands crossed behind them, some clutching damp tissues. Snare drums roll like falling rain as "Amazing Grace" sounds throughout the auditorium.
One-by-one, dozens of airmen from Fairchild Air Force Base march forward to offer a final salute to their fallen comrades. They pause before three smiling photos of Capt. Mark Tyler Voss, Capt. Victoria Pinckney and Technical Sgt. Herman "Tre" Mackey III.
Voss, Pinckney and Mackey, the crew of Shell 77, died May 3 when their KC-135 air refueling tanker crashed in Kyrgyzstan. Military servicemen and women, regional dignitaries and the Spokane community gathered this afternoon to honor their service.
At the center of the stage, three sets of tan combat boots stand in a row. An aviation helmet rests atop each set to form a combat memorial. Airmen slowly file by in dark blue dress uniforms, pausing to salute.
As the low hum of the bagpipes fades, a shout cuts across the room. Orders sound from just beyond the auditorium as rifles can be heard cocking, the heavy clack echoing against the walls.
With the first volley of gunshots, a shudder ripples through the crowd. Babies wail and men sniff back tears. Two more volleys follow to complete the 21-gun salute.
Col. Brian Newberry, commander of the 92nd Air Refueling Wing, speaks of their great sacrifice. They join the 2,090 other servicemen and women lost as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. He motions to the hundreds of people filling the center.
"The crew of Shell 77 will never be forgotten," he says.
Friends and family of the three deceased airmen take the stage to share stories of service, compassion, eccentricity and honor.
Voss, of Austin, Texas, always looked out for those in his Air Force family. Pinckney, of Denver, Colo., served as a "hard-charging aviator" and loving mother. Mackey, of Bakersfield, Calif., became a father figure for those around him.
Newberry says current and future airmen will hope to live up to their examples, and to be "guided by their starlight."
Voss' mother Marcelle Voss says her son always dreamed of being a pilot. Fairchild gave him that chance. She singled out her son's gift for living life to the fullest.
"Tyler was prepared to meet his maker," she says, urging the audience to cherish every moment and those people close to them.
"May God bless America," she ends, "May God bless the military, especially the Air Force."
Spokane Mayor David Condon then steps forward to read an official proclamation from the city, honoring the three airmen and voicing strong support for the Fairchild community.
"We are humbled by your loved ones' sacrifice," he says.
When the thunder of the gunshots dies down, a lone bugle starts playing "Taps." Those in uniform stand straight, saluting the row of memorials. Civilians hold their hands over their hearts as the lonesome tune carries over the auditorium.
Fairchild Chaplain Jim Glass then leads the audience in singing the Air Force hymn:
"Thou who dost keep with tender might
The balanced birds in all their flight,
Thou of the tempered winds, be near,
That, having You, they know no fear."
Glass ends with a prayer. The bagpipes begin again as the crowd slowly files out of the auditorium. They quietly spill out onto the sidewalk where limousines and patrol cars line the street.
Overhead, hoisted on the ladder of a fire engine, a massive American flag flutters in the wind.
We hope you guys had a great three-day weekend. Here's something for your dead-eyed-post-three-day-weekend computer screen stare.
The first river rescue of the season means that summer must be right around the corner. (KREM)
Speed kills at the Spokane Motorcycle Raceway Park over the weekend. (S-R)
Weed is legal, but robbing medical marijuana shops is not. (KXLY)
Remember George Zimmerman, the dude who heroically shot an unarmed teen in Florida? Dude's finally in court. (Orlando Sentinel)
Stupid bird flu is back. (Guardian)
Justin Bieber's International Asshat Moron of the Year Tour continues. (LA Times)
And now, a guy on a buffalo!
The Gorge has been taken over for the holiday weekend by indie rockers, overpriced beer vendors and my flower-headband-wearing, vodka-downing peers. (And all the others Culture Editor Mike Bookey told us about last week.)
The sounds (waking up in the campground to my neighbor singing, a cappella, Foreigner’s "Hot Blooded"), sights (a young woman vomiting in a garbage can while passersby continued to throw away their trash there) and smells (see last anecdote — plus, curly fries) are exactly what you're imagining.
But so far I’ve seen Vampire Weekend send a crowd of hipsters into a dancing frenzy, Nick Offerman (you know, Ron from Parks and Recreation) shirtless and giving life advice, and indie supergroup Divine Fits shred as night fell. Worth it.
(We’ve included some of his iPhone photos here, but look for a post next week of all the best close-up, high-res photos freelance photographer Nick Gast has been snapping throughout the weekend.)
Apparently a lot of folks have already turned this three-day weekend into a four-day weekend. But here at Inlander HQ we’re still holding down the fort — making calls to empty offices, feeding the fish, checking our email.
And the weirdest thing to show up via email (so far) today is this:
You should include rainbow StacheTats in your gay pride celebrations, the email suggests.
Yes, StacheTats — temporary mustache tattoos that are “sweat proof, smile proof, waterproof, beverage proof, and they do not itch or tickle.” And they are made in the USA.
It looks like they’ve got ’em for other occasions, too, like an Irish flag ’stache for St. Paddy’s, a chili pepper ’stache for Cinco de Mayo and a whole line of American flag/bald eagle ’staches that would be perfect for the Fourth of July or anytime you’re feeling particularly patriotic.
If you’ve got a bunch of little nieces and nephews, you should probably order a stack of these and consider your Christmas shopping done.
The bodies of two local airmen who died in a KC-135 crash in Kyrgyzstan earlier this month returned to Fairchild Air Force Base. A public memorial for the fallen airmen will be held next week. (KXLY)
Clay Starbuck, who has been charged with murdering his ex-wife in her Deer Park home, testified in court yesterday. He denied allegations that he killed his ex-wife, Chanin Starbuck, and sexually violated her remains. (S-R) %uFFFD
A section of an Interstate 5 bridge collapsed into Skagit River in Mount Vernon, Wash., last night. Two cars tumbled into the river, injuring three. State Patrol has determined the collapse was caused by an oversize truck. (WaPost)
The Boy Scouts of America voted to end its policy banning openly gay youths from joining its ranks. The Scouts' policy banning gay adults from serving as staff or volunteers remains intact. (WSJ)%uFFFD
Amanda Bynes was arrested last night in Midtown Manhattan after tossing a bong out of a window. She was also taken to the hospital for psychiatric evaluation. (NBC New York)
Amanda, what happened to you?
For your Thursday afternoon, some little bites of food news from around the region:The Fainting Goat is getting ready to open at the beginning of June with a full menu and monthly wine tasting events. (They’re hiring.)
Sandpoint bakeshop Sugar Girl Creations is open now in the Cedar Street Bridge market, but will be moving to a new storefront on Church Street later this summer. Guinness whoopie pies? Apple pie buttercream frosting? Yes, please.
On Main Street in Pullman, a bakery called Artfully Yours is also planning to open at the end of this month. Its focus is made-from-scratch baked goods that don’t contain common allergens — no gluten, nuts, eggs, soy, dairy or corn.
Eat for charity: Casper Fry is donating $1 from every burger sold through the end of May for Oklahoma tornado aid.
Drink for charity: Nectar Wine is donating half its profits from tonight’s Wine TweetUp to Spokane Meals on Wheels. Anyone interested in socializing is welcome at the weekly TweetUp events.
American Craft Beer Week is over, but The Blue Spark in downtown Spokane is continuing its outstanding $2 deal on local pints on Thursdays from noon to 6 pm. (We wrote more about the bar’s focus on Northwest beers in this week’s print issue.)
The Spokesman-Review wrote about new owners for Overbluff Cellars on the South Hill, which will also become home to the Anvil Coffee roasting operation.
In this week’s Entree newsletter, we’ve got news of Clover’s recent accolades and seasonal changes, plus a new Sweet Frosting Blissful Bakeshop location in the Wandermere area. Sign up for the weekly email newsletter here.
38-year-old Matthew Ryan Buquet was indicted for mailing two ricin-laced letters that were intercepted last week, one of which was addressed to U.S. District Court Judge Fred Van Sickle. Buquet pleaded not guilty to the charge. (Inlander)
Janna Smith, the 13-year-old South Hill girl who went missing yesterday afternoon, was thankfully found safe this morning. (S-R)
Unemployment is down, just slightly, in Spokane County. About 2,700 jobs were added in April. (KXLY)
For the first time, the White House formally acknowledged that it had killed four American citizens in drone strikes overseas. Today, President Obama will introduce new rules limiting drone attacks. (NY Times)
Two men brutally killed a British soldier with a meat cleaver in broad daylight in London yesterday. Investigators are treating the incident as a terrorist attack. (Reuters)
Twitter rolled out a new two-step authentication system following a series of high-profile hacks. (CNN)
An 80-year-old Japanese mountaineer, Yuichiro Miura, became the oldest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest. (AP via NBC)
A 38-year-old Spokane man pleaded not guilty this afternoon to a federal charge of mailing threatening communication as part of the recent investigation into two poison-laced letters intercepted last week.
Matthew Ryan Buquet made his initial appearance in court this afternoon. Appearing with a long black beard and narrow sunglasses, Buquet acknowledged he understood the charges and entered a plea of not guilty.
The indictment in the case alleges Buquet "knowingly and willfully" mailed a threatening letter on May 14 to U.S. District Court Judge Fred Van Sickle.
Records indicate the letter contained "a threat to injure and kill Judge Van Sickle."
Federal investigators say two threatening letters were intercepted on May 14 during routine screening. Additional details were not immediately available.
The American Postal Workers Union announced the two threatening letters tested positive for traces of deadly ricin. The second letter was reportedly addressed to the downtown Spokane Post Office near the federal courthouse.
No injuries have been reported in connection with the case.
FBI agents and investigators with the U.S. Postal Inspector Service searched an apartment building in Browne's Addition on Saturday as part of the investigation.
Buquet was ordered to remain in custody pending a bail hearing next week. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison or a $250,000 fine if convicted.
One of the best things about walking clear across the Inlander HQ offices to get coffee half a dozen times a day is passing by Art Director Chris Bovey’s office and taking a peek at his screen to see what he’s working on.Some of his extracurricular work — a series of Eastern Washington landmark prints — is featured today over on Collect, a Spokane-centric blog curated by Karli Ingersoll that we told you to check out last month. (There's even more to see now, and you can contribute other ideas.)
Since he’s just down the hall, we asked Chris to explain a little more about how the project came about:
How did you get started on this project?
I started with Mount Spokane because I see it every morning on my way to work. Yeah, it’s not as big as Rainier but it’s glorious in its own way and it needed to have its own tribute. I love Spokane and there are so many awesome things here that we take for granted.
How you do choose which landmarks to feature?
I am intrigued about government design. Mt. Spokane, Finch and Grand Coulee are all government sites and there is such beauty in their simplistic designs. From the Helvetica signage to the architecture at those places, they're beautiful. Turbull Wildlife Refuge in Cheney is another I plan to do.
Where do you get inspiration for the colors and styles?
Oddly enough, when I design them on the computer first they never come out as cool or amazing as when I actually hit them with ink. So much changes during that process and you just have to adapt and roll with it. It really is lightning and I couldn't do the exact same thing again even if I wanted to. That is the exciting part.
Check out more detail photos of the prints over on Collect.
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