Monday, August 31, 2015

CONCERT REVIEW: Huey Lewis & the News brought a bar band vibe to town

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 10:35 AM

Huey Lewis & The News love their sunglasses.
  • Huey Lewis & The News love their sunglasses.

There are a few things about Huey Lewis & The News that makes the band better than your average oldies act touring around in 2015. 

First, of course, is a jumbo-sized catalog of hits to draw from when they hit the stage. Huey and his charges were so prevalent on the radio and MTV in the '80s that they can easily play a show of nothing by recognizable crowd-pleasers, as opposed to some legacy bands who try to stretch their three big hits into a 90-minute show. They can't resist throwing a few new tunes in the set, of course, but they don't have to pad the set with junk. 

The band also has a great sense of humor about being an oldies band, with the affable frontman making several good-spirited jokes about his own age, and that of his audience, as well as the tendency of classic rock crowds to hate hearing new music from their favorite old bands. To wit: At one point, after asking how many in the crowd had seen the band before, Lewis said, "I know some people have seen us before. And I know how they feel. 'I'm tired of the old stuff. I want to hear the new stuff!'" That was a pretty funny way to introduce one of the few new songs delivered at the sold-out show at Northern Quest Resort & Casino Sunday night, a so-so tuned called "Her Love is Killing Me." 

The biggest advantage Huey Lewis & the News take to the stage in 2015, though, is that the band is fully capable of sounding exactly as they did during their heyday three decades ago. Back when they were megastars, they were pretty much a bar band with a really good-looking frontman, playing straightforward rock 'n' roll tunes that nodded to soul and R&B here and there. In 2015, Huey is still a pretty good-looking dude, the hooks remain the same, and band (abetted by a horn section) sounds great playing a set of monster hits, well-chosen covers and those few new songs. 

With stars visible for the first time in recent memory, and a chilly bite in the air that definitely felt like fall, Lewis and Co. took the stage to the heartbeat of "The Heart of Rock and Roll," a song that is not only one of the band's biggest hits, but gives them the opportunity to shout "Spokane!" in the spot typically held for "Detroit!" 

"If This Is It" and "I Want a New Drug" came in rapid succession, and the band had the crowd on its feet from the get-go, where they stayed through a show that included an excellent a cappella mini-set mid-show, a staple of Lewis and the band through the years. The band's take on "Little Bitty Pretty One" was excellent, and a primo example of how the band reaches backwards to rock's early years to forge their own pop-rock style. 

Longtime members of the News, guitarist/saxophonist Johnny Colla and drummer Bill Gibson got some big love from the crowd when Lewis introduced the band, as did lead guitarist Stef Burns, who spent the night stepping forward for surprisingly raucous guitar solos song after song; there were moments I thought the show was turning into a tribute to Carlos Santana thanks to the repeated focus on Burns' guitar. 

Among the highlights of the show were "Jacob's Ladder," "Heart and Soul" and "It's Alright," and the reggae-tinged "While We're Young" was the best among the yet-to-be-released songs that the band delivered. 

Opening the show was a surprisingly spry Eddie Money, who laced a set full of hits like "Baby Hold On to Me," "Shakin'" and "Two Tickets to Paradise" with some true enthusiasm for the casino's outdoor venue: "I'm up 150 bucks!" 

There are still a couple of shows left in Northern Quest's "summer" season, but be forewarned, it was pretty damn cold by the end of this trip back in time with Huey and Eddie. Dress accordingly if you hit "Weird Al" Yankovic or the Yes/Toto show.
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MB: Spokane SWAT incident, McKinley now Denali, ISIS's war on history

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 9:06 AM


HERE:

Washington fires cause loss of livestock, grazing land, miles of fence and water sources for ranchers. (Spokesman-Review)

An eastern Idaho woman filed a complaint that says an Idaho State Trooper coerced her to have sex with him in his patrol car. (KXLY)

The Spokane County Sheriff's SWAT team arrested a man Sunday who officials say was holding a woman hostage. Neither the victim nor the suspect were seriously injured during the incident. (KREM)  

The three candidates for police ombudsman made their way around town last week. Will one candidate's online comments hurt his chances? (Inlander) 

THERE: 

North America's tallest mountain, Mount McKinley (20,237 feet), will be renamed Denali as it was first known by Alaska Natives, thanks to an executive order by President Obama. (USA Today). Obama will be in Alaska today to talk about climate change. (New York Times)

The man accused of shooting a Texas sheriff's deputy "execution-style" will be arraigned today on capital murder charges. If indicted by a grand jury, he could face the death penalty. The shooting occurred last week at a Chevron station in Houston as the deputy was gassing up his patrol car. (Washington Post)

Syrian officials are unsure how much damage an explosion near the Temple of Bel caused the ancient structure. Activists are saying the Islamic State is responsible for the blast. (Chicago Tribune)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Missouri is number one in death penalty executions per capita (yes, even more that Texas). (The Marshall Project)

A 24-year-old black man was found dead in his jail cell while he waited for trial. Jamycheal Mitchell was held for four months without bail in Virginia for allegedly stealing $5 worth of groceries. (The Guardian) 

The trial of a North Carolina cop who shot an unarmed black man in September 2013 ended in a hung jury last week. North Carolina Attorney General, Roy Cooper, says the case will not be retried. (WCNC)
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Friday, August 28, 2015

Will police ombudsman candidate Allen Huggins' online comments hurt his chances for the job?

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 7:01 PM

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Allen Huggins, one of the three final candidates for the police ombudsman job, has a prominent online presence in the Wall Street Journal comments section. He's also written op-eds for the Coeur d'Alene Press and the California Peace Officers' Association website. The CPOA is a nonprofit leadership organization for law enforcement in California.  

As was first reported by the Spokesman Review, some of Huggins' comments about the Black Lives Matter movement on a Wall Street Journal article are controversial: 
"In reality, they only matter when the other party is a white officer. Otherwise, not a peep from Obama, Sharpton and their bands of myopic rioters. Proof, you say? Sure. How much coverage is the Memphis murder of a white cop being killed by the black suspect getting?" 
We asked Huggins how he expects a person of color to feel comfortable coming to him (were he to be hired as the ombudsman) with a complaint with the confidence that he would handle it fairly: 

"They should feel comfortable because I care about all lives," he says. "I care about people who are mistreated and who've had an issue with the police. It doesn't matter what race they are to me. That comment has to do with the hypocrisy of how they pick and choose their argument. ... My frustration is that this movement is selective about what they choose to say, but ignore the elephant in the room, which is black kids as the victims of other black kids. Where are they for that?" 

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Why the Albertson Foundation is using a bright yellow deer to get Idaho kids to college

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 2:55 PM

What's this bright yellow deer all about? That's the question the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation want you to ask. - PHOTO COURTESY OF ALBERTSON FOUNDATION
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  • What's this bright yellow deer all about? That's the question the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation want you to ask.

Earlier this year, the Inlander asked a big question: Why are so few Idaho kids going on to college? Not just a four-year college, but community colleges or tech programs. The Go-On rate is stuck around 50 percent. 

It's a problem that's nearly as bad in Washington and Oregon as well. But Idaho has the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, a well-funded organization that's been trying to fix that problem since 2008. They launched multiple ad campaigns, gave grants to schools, and gave universities scholarships. And in some schools things got better. 

But statewide, the numbers have remained dismal. 

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Meet the three candidates for Spokane police ombudsman

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 2:04 PM

Robert Breeden, Allen Huggins, Raheel Humayun - YOUNG KWAK PHOTO
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  • Robert Breeden, Allen Huggins, Raheel Humayun


The three finalists for the Spokane Police Ombudsman made their rounds from forums to luncheons to public interviews throughout the past two days as the city got a little closer to filling the long-vacant position. The Office of Police Ombudsman Commission announced Thursday evening that it will hold a meeting September 1 for comments from the public, and a decision could be made as soon as September 9.

The three candidates are: 

Raheel Humayun
, an investigator for British Columbia's Office of the Ombudsperson. Humayun was also an instructor with the Justice Institute of British Columbia and a forensics investigator for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Of the three, he is the only one who hasn't been a law enforcement officer.

Robert Breeden is a former law enforcement officer of 32 years in Florida. Most recently, Breeden was a special agent in charge of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in Miami.

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THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Wimps, Hip-hop 4 Hope and Huey Lewis and the News

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 11:19 AM


FRIDAY

It’s one of those nights when the Baby Bar/Neato Burrito is sure to be packed to the gills. Tonight’s super Washington punk lineup features Seattle-based Pony Time (listen to their new single “Really Nice Guys” right here) and Wimps (read our preview story on them here) along with some of Spokane’s favorites, 66beat and Phlegm Fatale. It’s going to get crazy. Show up at 9 pm for the free 21+ show.

Celebrate hip-hop’s uplifting side over at the Hip-Hop 4 Hope event at nYne, featuring Seattle’s Yodi Mac along with King Kuzey, Purpose and Kosh. The show is a fundraiser for inner city youth and begins at 8 pm. $5 cover at the door but donations are accepted.

SATURDAY
Folk music isn’t going anywhere and Saturday’s lineup at Jones Radiator proves that with Southern singer-songwriter Daniel Amedee taking the stage. Local folksters Feral Anthem also perform, as do the Seattle-based ska group Bad Koala. Start time is 9 pm, supposedly. 

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MB: Macklemore caught on tape, fed lands closed, and would-be-leaders say controversial things

Posted By on Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 9:22 AM


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Macklemore and his crew caught live on tape vandalizing Downtown Spokane; breaking traffic laws. (Inlander)

What one police ombudsman candidate thinks of Black Lives Matter. (He doesn't sound like a fan.) (Spokesman-Review)

Maybe there won't be a teacher's strike in Spokane Public Schools after all. (Spokesman-Review)

In Idaho, many federal and state lands have been closed due to the wildfire danger. (CDA Press)

THERE

Draconian immigration policies cause hundreds to flee across the border — in Venezuela. (New York Times) 

A day after the Democratic National Committee slammed Rand Paul for appearing on stage with local politicians who've compared abortion providers to Nazis, Hillary Clinton herself compared several Republican candidates to terrorists (for their views on abortion.)  (The Hill)

Ashley Madison's parent company's CEO is stepping down. Presumably not to spend more time with his family. (Washington Post)

TRUMPISMS


Did you know that Donald Trump's said some controversial things? Politico found nearly 200 of the classiest things he's ever said. (Politico) 
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Rand Paul learns what Coeur d'Alene means, brings libertarian-speak to North Idaho

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 5:13 PM


U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a man who loves freedom so much that he once considered using a catheter to facilitate a 13-hour filibuster on the floor of the Senate, came through the Inland Northwest to drum up support for his bid for the GOP presidential nomination.

The freshman senator from Kentucky spoke in both Spokane and later that day in Coeur d’Alene Wednesday, and Boise today, to deliver his libertarian-tinged message of embracing the entirety of the Bill of Rights (not just the 2nd Amendment), expanding his party's reach to the poor and minorities and reducing government spending. 

The son of former Congressman Ron Paul and two-time Republican presidential candidate drew roughly 400 people to Schuler Performing Arts Center at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, a group that even included a white guy with dreadlocks.
White guy with dreadlocks at a Republican event - JAKE THOMAS
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  • White guy with dreadlocks at a Republican event

U.S. Rep. Raúl Labrador, an Idaho Republican who chairs Rand's Western States campaign, warmed up the crowd, telling them that the senator was a genuine conservative and that you can’t just speak to the angry people if you want to be elected president. Paul, said Labrador, is even so revered by U.S. Transportation Safety Administration agents at airports (normally the scourge of libertarian-leaning individuals), to the point they might even start a group to support him.

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A first look at Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' new Spokane-shot video "Downtown"

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 10:42 AM


That Macklemore and Ryan Lewis music video shot by North by Northwest in downtown Spokane last month premiered Thursday morning. The song is called "Downtown," and it features mopeds, 1970s looks, Ken Griffey Jr. and — best of all — Spokane.

Watch for yourself, but here's all the Spokane locations we caught:
  1. The first shot of white-bricked building is the side of The Globe on Division and Pine (here's what it looked like as they shot it). 
  2. That well-featured moped store is Northtown Auto Liquidators at Division and Garland.
  3. Macklemore tagged (think street art, not popping tags, a la "Thrift Shop") in the graffiti alley behind the Crescent Warehouse between Lincoln and Monroe. 
  4. The Fox Theater, looking like it's straight out of 1973. 
  5. The video cuts back and forth between the Parkade and atrium behind the downtown Rite Aid store — that's where we caught them dropping it low in July (and by dropping it low, I mean his dancers drop it low and Macklemore looks a little awkward). 
  6. Cruising down East Sprague, just like a Spokanite should. 
  7. The bus is outside the now-defunct Mayfair Cafe at Washington and Second. 
  8. IS THAT KEN GRIFFEY JR. in fake Pike Place Market?! (Yes.) 
  9. Roman-turned-American moto-chariot man comes out from under a train overpass in west downtown on Cedar, just south of the Rocket Bakery. 
  10. Boots and Zola on West Main are pretty clearly shown — also lookin' a little more '70s than 2015. 
  11. Main and Howard. 
  12. The crooner of the chorus dances outside the boarded-up Otis Hotel, and the crowds begin to gather outside the Montvale Hotel.
  13. Finally, the epic scene of Spokanites celebrating Downtown with Macklemore is on First Avenue, headed West toward Browne's Addition. 
Did we miss any of your favorite featured spots? Let us know! 

Macklemore is performing live on the MTV VMAs Sunday at 9 pm, presumably including the live premiere of "Downtown." 

Spokanites are happy to see their city looking so good (albeit a little rough around the edges) — perhaps this is the best tourism video Spokane hasn't made, until now?
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MB: Journalists grieve on-air murder, WSU president remembered, Rand in Spokane

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 9:35 AM


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Rand Paul, one of the characters in this year's presidential primary series, spoke in Spokane last night. (Spokesman-Review)

Negotiations with the local teachers union are rocky. (Spokesman-Review)

The life of the late WSU president Elson Floyd is remembered. (Spokesman-Review)

With all the smoke, indoor hotel stays have become popular in the region. They have a pool and cable! (KREM)

THERE

The on-air killing of two TV journalists by a former colleague left the nation horrified. (New York Times)

A bunch of migrants have been found dead in a truck in Austria. (Washington Post)

In which Homeland Security busts a website of a radical ring of, well, gay escorts. (The Atlantic) 

CHARISMATIC MONSTER THEATER (AND OTHERS)

Five TV shows they will never stop making (NPR)
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