By Dan Nailen
on Tue, Oct 18, 2016 at 11:15 AM
Pearl Jam is pretty much guaranteed to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.
Bank on Pearl Jam. Bet on Joan Baez and Tupac. And argue among yourselves about the relative merits of ELO vs. The Cars vs. Chic.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its list of candidates for induction in 2017, and as always, there is plenty for music geeks to debate beyond simply the existence of any sort of "hall of fame" dedicated to music that's historically been all about rebelling against the authorities and mainstream acceptance. Obviously the Rock Hall includes everything from folk to hip-hop as well as traditional guitar rock, so let the arguments commence on the merits of the nominees.
To be eligible this year, artists had to release their first single or album in 1991 or before, so this year's first-time nominees include Pearl Jam, Jane's Addiction and Depeche Mode. There are also several artists making a return appearance to voters' ballots, including Yes, Janet Jackson and The Cars. Each year, only five artists are selected; last year's inductees included Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Chicago, N.W.A. and Steve Miller.
Besides the 800 industry folks who vote, you can cast a vote as well; the top five selections of us regular folks' will make up a "fans ballot" that will help ultimately decide this year's inductees. You can go vote right here.
Below, you'll find the complete list of nominees that you can vote for, along with my analysis of how likely the artist is to be inducted in 2017. Please, no wagering (unless I get a cut):
ON THE BALLOT FOR THE FIRST TIME Pearl Jam — Probably the only sure thing among the newly eligible artists, thanks to the band's longevity, myriad good works for charity and fans' rights (ie. fighting Ticketmaster) and their continued relevance on the tour circuit. Chance of induction: 100%
By Dan Nailen
on Sun, Oct 16, 2016 at 3:00 PM
Indigo Girls' Amy Ray (left) and Emily Saliers melded well with the Spokane Symphony during their 17-song set.
The pairing of pop musicians with a symphony orchestra can be a dicey thing, potentially leaving fans of the guest artist and the symphony both unsatisfied with the results.
It's doubtful that will be the case for anyone who saw the Indigo Girls join forces with the Spokane Symphony Saturday night for a memorable couple hours at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox.
For Indigo Girls fans — and there were plenty, judging by the non-stop shouted requests and impromptu dancing dotting both sets — hearing 17 songs evolve from their folk-pop roots into lushly orchestrated epics was a treat. For symphony regulars, hearing the local musicians conducted by Jorge Luis UzcÃ¡tegui tackle something beyond classical music must have made for a distinctly different night at the symphony. And judging by the looks on the faces of many the symphony musicians themselves, they were having as much fun as the audience and featured headliners.
The Indigo Girls' Amy Ray and Emily Saliers are total pros, capable of delivering an excellent show in virtually any environment, so it's no surprise the orchestrated versions of their catalog worked well. Possibly surprising to them, judging by their ecstatic response to the Spokane Symphony's efforts behind them on stage, was how well the songs would come across on this visit to Eastern Washington, the only symphony performance of their fall tour.
The duo repeatedly gave the musicians love in their between-song banter, and Saliers called it the "best symphony show" she could remember. The audience was just as engaged, giving the Girls a standing ovation before they played a single song, and several more after.
In many ways, the show resembled a typical Indigo Girls set, in terms of the mix of old favorites and newer songs, and tunes punctuated with Ray or Saliers exclaiming "Thanks, y'all!" Every song came with the Girls' swapping out acoustic guitars for electrics or mandolins or more acoustic guitars. All familiar activities for folks who have seen the duo over their three-plus decades on the road.
But the orchestra definitely brought a welcome new feel to several songs. Ray's "Compromise" was brilliant and dramatic in its new iteration. The xylophone (maybe marimba?) that opened "Galileo" was a nice touch, as was the solo violin at the beginning of Saliers' "The Wood Song." Old favorite "Chickenman" was a treat, as the symphony members rocked out to keep up with Ray's stomping tune, and Saliers' "Ghost" was truly transporting for the audience, as she said it was for her when we chatted last week.
All in all, it was both an excellent Indigo Girls performance and fun night at the symphony, and an altogether different type of show for both. As Saliers' said in introducing "Power of Two" and welcoming people to sing along, "I was going to say 'don't be afraid because it's a symphony show,' but I can tell you're not."
Nope, the audience embraced this special combination just fine.
1. Love Of Our Lives
3. Come a Long Way Emily
5. Virginia Woolf
6. Happy in the Sorrow Key
7. Power of Two
8. Kid Fears
11. The Wood Song
17. Closer to Fine
People on their feet and dancing—not a typical scene at the Spokane Symphony.
Tonight, Spokane's folk-forward group Folkinception hosts its own album-recording fundraiser at Iron Goat Brewing Co. The forthcoming CD will be the crowd-pleasing band's second, and their first album was funded by crowdsourcing as well (read about that right here). The show, which starts at 7 pm, is free to attend but donations are greatly appreciated.
With their new EP, Throw Your Head to the World!, local act Boat Race Weekend is still taking their emotional style of pop-punk quite seriously. The busy group — childhood best friends who formed a band in 2013 while attending Gonzaga University — will share the four-track EP in its entirety at Saturday’s release show at the Big Dipper, which starts at 7:30 pm and is $8 at the door. The EP was produced and recorded by Dawson Scholz of the Idaho-based the Ongoing Concept.
Over the decade's Erika Wennerstrom's songwriting has evolved, but she's still a bluesy belter at heart. To better give you a taste of her style, the singer-songwriter leaves her band, the Heartless Bastards, behind for her solo show at the Bartlett this Saturday. The show starts at 8 pm and is $15 the day of.
This weekend, they're just two girls and an orchestra.
Indigo Girls hook up with the Spokane Symphony Saturday to deliver one of the most thrilling mash-ups of the season. Expect this totally live set to make you rethink the band's entire catalogue. The show starts at 8 pm and starts at $40. Read our fresh interview with the band right here.
This weekend offers up three entirely hip-hop experiences, each of which are worth your time.
BROTHERS FROM ANOTHER
Last seen in Spokane for the Inlander's own Volume festival, Seattle-based Brothers From Another (who also played the main stage at Sasquatch! this year) are back in town tonight to further show off their throwback beats and boy band dance moves as Terrain 9 headliners. The entire lineup for the free Spokane arts show, which starts at 5 pm and runs all night, includes Techtax, Powerbleeder, Local Pavlov, Griffey, Forest Fires and DJ JG. Check out our event preview right here.
By Dan Nailen
on Mon, Oct 3, 2016 at 3:19 PM
Are you experienced in the ways of Jimi Hendrix? Or perhaps a casual fan of the pioneering guitar god and one of the major artists of the 60s counterculture and pretty much every classic-rock station in existence?
Either way, you might want to check out The Experience Hendrix Tour dropping by Northern Quest Resort & Casino this winter. The roaming tribute to Hendrix brings together an insane array of guitar players for one massive night of tunes like "Purple Haze," "Crosstown Traffic" and "Hey Joe."
This year's version, stopping by Airway Heights on Saturday, Feb. 18, includes blues legend Buddy Guy, Blues Society frontman Zakk Wylde, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Dweezil Zappa, Keb' Mo' and more, joining a rhythm section led by former Jimmy Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys bassist Billy Cox.
In the mood to hear some very strange music about aliens and religion and lost love tonight? Of course you are. Eric Liebe Hart rolls into the Big Dipper tonight with his host of puppets, psychedelic cable access videos and, of course, his awesome dad style. The musical comedy show starts at 7:30 pm, is $13 at the door and includes the rocking stylings of the Smokes along with local improv troupes the Ditch Kids and Midnight Goats. Read our recent interview with the Hart right here.
Tonight, the Straight out of Hell Tour, including high-flying metal actsSuicide Silence, Whitechapel, Carnifex and Oceano, hits the Pin! and show promoter Ryan Levey says that this is one of the most thrilling shows he's brought in all year — explaining the $30 price tag. The show starts at 6:30 pm.
As you may remember the Bartlett's own Bartfest, scheduled for this week, was canceled earlier this year. However, two of the festival headliners Twin Peaks and Tops are still here this Saturday to entertain. Chicago act Twin Peaks (whom we wrote about in this week's issue) plays at the Bartlett along with White Reaper starting at 8 pm for $12, while Tops takes over the Observatory along with Super Sparkle and Mini Murders at 9 pm. Cost for that show is $10.
Dolly Parton took to the Northern Quest stage last night for a sold out show. She told the audience they aren't real — her nails that is.
She got into "Jolene" rather quickly last night. That's right, THE Dolly Parton walked out onto the outdoor Northern Quest Resort and Casino stage and treated fans to one of her best written works (possibly one of the best of all time) only a few songs into her sold-out show. It was a bit more sing/talky than her original recording, but that got us ready for the rest of the evening full of ... talking. Lots of it.
But that's part of what made the 70-year-old's show so incredible. She talked our ears off, and it was funny and moving. It was like she invited us all over to sit in her parlor one Thursday evening to tell us her life story. The not-so-natural blonde spoke of her poor family upbringing and her faith and her prior and upcoming film/TV projects (apparently Burt Reynolds is a good kisser, for the record).
When she stood up from a bench she was singing on for part of the show, she worried her "box office" may be showing. She told us she was fine being tacky, and proceeded to explain about the town trollop she resembled her "look" after. "I'm not a natural beauty," she said. Her minister grandpa worried about her looks too, she told us, and he would ask her if she wanted to go to hell and she'd reply: "No, but do I have to look like hell when I go there?"
All puns aside, the recent announcement that the upbeat indie rock group — which counts a violinist among its members, hence their oft baroque/orchestral categorization — was planning a quick stopover in Spokane had this fan beyond excited, and I've got a Google alert set to remind me this Friday morning, Sept. 23 at 10 am, to grab my own tickets ($22 for the all-ages event) to the show on Saturday, Oct. 29.
Currently on tour to promote their fourth full-length album released back in February, Need Your Light, the band is heading to downtown Spokane's intimate venue The Bartlett, which is known to sell out when hot acts like this come through.
When the band previously announced their new album's fall tour, Spokane was not included on the list, but we're glad they decided a trip over the mountains between gigs in Seattle and Portland was worth it. Ra Ra Riot was last here back in April 2009 for an amazing show at Gonzaga University, joining Cold War Kids and Death Cab for Cutie.
You may have seen Coeur d'Alene singer-songwriter Ron Greene out and about at many restaurants and live music spaces across the region, including Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, playing a mix of covers and his own tunes. But tonight, the artist releases a new album, In Honor Of A Critic, full of his own original works at the Bartlett. Openers include Shelby McKinnon and Justin Brache. The show starts at 8 pm and is $10 at the door.
Blink-182, the band you grew up with rocking out to
Blink-182's new lineup now includes Alkaline Trio guitarist/vocalist Matt Skiba.
“All the Small Things,” “The Rock Show” and “What’s My Age Again?,” has returned to the spotlight with a new record aptly called California, which went No. 1 when it was released in July. They'll play the Spokane Arena tonight showing off their new lineup, along with other emo/punk acts A Day to Remember and All-American Rejects. The show starts at 7 pm and tickets start at $25. While the trio is sure to play the hits, their new stuff will certainly be on display as well (see below).
Head to Spokane's West Central neighborhood Saturday afternoon to hear 20 musicians and poets perform on 17 various porches, all you have to do is walk around to hear a new sound. That's right, PorchFest is back to help promote community building in the economically diverse neighborhood. The performances are all free and run from 3-7pm.
“We’re gonna need a big space,” thought local pop auteur Nick Swoboda after his little sister asked him to perform at her Sweet 16 celebration, reports Connor Dinnison. She’ll get her wish: the Knitting Factory will host Emma’s Birthday Bash this Saturday, featuring a headline performance by her brother along with many others. Swoboda’s intricately crafted, genre-bending productions, nimble wordplay and confidence behind the mic are the results of hard work; he writes, produces, engineers, records and runs a mixing/mastering service out of his home studio, even doing audio/visual work on commercials for clients like STCU. The show starts at 8 pm and is $10 at the door.
Also, the Spokane Symphony kicks off its season this Saturday with its first classics concert.
Bonnie Raitt's voice and guitar-playing skills gave Spokane something to talk about last night.
The emotions ran wild last night. One woman in front of me burst into tears right before diva extraordinaire Bonnie Raitt left the INB Performing Arts Center stage for the first time. She pulled her husband in for a hug and sobbed into his chest. Another older man in the audience kept waving his arms around. He yelled at folks surrounding him when they weren't showing as much passion as he was.
But the person who took the cake? Allen Stone.
Yes, Chewelah's own bluesman Allen Stone, who's currently signed to Capitol Records, sat directly in the middle of the packed-in INB auditorium (all three tiers were mostly filled in) and danced his heart out to a few of Raitt's upbeat numbers, like "Something to Talk About" and the Zimbabwean hymn "Hear Me Lord." He motioned to the audience to stand with him. Many followed.
Last night, the mostly older audience — Raitt is 66 after all — was treated to one of the most talented guitar players of all time along with her incredible band. Raitt's slide-guitar prowess was on full display, shredding up every guitar she was given, which was essentially a new one for each song. When she brought out opener Richard Thompson, the two rocked out on the acoustic guitar together for the heartfelt "Dimming of the Day," which was written by Thompson.