Bands playing with them include Foo Fighters, the Flaming Lips, Jenny Lewis, the Vaccines, Dawes, tUnE-yArDs, James Vincent McMorrow, JEFF The Brotherhood, Blake Mills and more. Basically, this is one of the biggest festival-esque tours to ever stop through the city of nearly 32,000 people.
Mumford & Sons have purposefully chosen to promote their upcoming album by descending on towns off the beaten tour path.
The other American stopovers take place in Salida, Colorado; Waverly, Iowa; and Seaside Heights, New Jersey — all small towns across the country. This is the second time Mumford & Sons have embarked on a stopover tour, last doing so in 2012.
Tickets will cost $199 for the two-day outdoor event happening on the Whitman College athletic fields. Tickets go on sale Friday. On-site camping is free with registration.
It’s a nearly three-hour drive to Walla Walla from Spokane. Not bad at all to see some of the biggest acts around.
Restaurant Week is here, but after you’re done savoring that last morsel of food you’ll need to check out these awesome shows.
It’s nearly St. Patrick’s Day … in a couple weeks, but still it’s time to get into that Irish state of mind. Tonight, the Young Dubliners tear through the Knitting Factory to help with that. The all-ages show is $14 and starts at 8:30 pm. Read our interview with the band and also some local Irish bands here.
SATURDAY (It’s a big night)
Portland’s John Craigie is used to doing things solo. Saturday he travels to the Bartlett along with a backing band for the first time. The all-ages show starts at 8 pm and is $12 the day of. Read our story on the singer-songwriter here.
The Hoot Hoots are a Seattle band who truly appreciate Spokane, playing here multiple times a year. This time they’re back with touting a wild new album at the Big Dipper. The show kicks off at 9 pm with the Camaros and Goodnight Venus opening. Cost is $12 the day of.
The Brown family recently lost their house to a fire and the Hop! hosts a benefit party to help them through this plight Saturday night. Local musicians offering their talents to the evening are: Tommy Gant, Psycho Syndicate, Willow, the Colouflies, Steven Jaimz, Jar in the Bar Band and Banish the Echo. The show starts at 6 pm and is $3.
Red Room Lounge celebrates local hippie musician Lucas Brown’s birthday with a big show featuring his band Bodhi Drip, Bard and out of towner hip-hoppers Galaxe. The show starts at 10 pm and entry is by donation.
According to Facebook, local rockers the Smokes, Sales Wagon and BBBBandits play Mootsy’s Saturday night. We’re excited anytime a show goes down at Mootsy’s. Get there by 10 pm.
The Perry District gets a little louder Saturday with its celebratory Winterfest. The event happens in a tent outside of Perry Street Pizza and is completely free. Awesome local acts like Pine League, Yak Attack and Hey! is for Horses perform. Get there around 4 pm and stay forever ... or until they kick you out.
ABOUT THE PIN
The brand new music venue should open this weekend, so owner Thomas Chavez says. Check out that lineup here. The best way to see if it’s open? Show up.
"He's world class," beamed onlooker Seiko Miki after Zuill Bailey's Flash-Bach performance in River Park Square. "Though I prefer the more grand scale venues, it's so great that he's bringing this talent to the public like this. It's incredible what he is doing here in little old Spokane."
The afterglow was undeniable. Though the urban setting of a mall atrium seemed a stark contrast to elegant concert halls, Bailey seemed quite at home simply to be in the presence of listeners. From the front door to the escalators, Bailey's music stopped people in their tracks. Closed eyes and soft smiles covered the faces of listeners young and old as the atrium filled with the soothing sounds of Bailey's museum-worthy cello that seemed to be an extension of himself. As the crowd began to disperse after today's free performance, it was as if they time had stood still for those serene 30 minutes.
Bailey is the suave artistic director for the Northwest Bach festival and is back with even more concerts than last year. Take a look at Laura Johnson's article on this year's Northwest Bach Festival here.
Welcome to our weekly look at the new DVDs and album releases, in which we try to steer you toward the awesome and away from the awful. Let's do it.
There's a lot to love for classic-rock and hard-rock fans this week. First and foremost is the reissue of Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti, a stone-cold classic brought to new life under the knife of Jimmy Page. Also arriving this week are new sets from Kid Rock, a live album from Rob Zombie, and some Southern swamp-blues from JJ Grey.
Here, though, are some new releases that rise to the top of the pile:
Screaming Females are a New Jersey-based punk trio who have been around for about a decade, but still seem like fresh faces on the scene. Their new album, Rose Mountain, is their fourth, and marks another leap forward into more melodic songwriting. Here's a taste: Torche is metal with plenty of hooks, including some killer vocal harmonizing few of their peers would dare to try. Their new release, Restarter, is their fourth full-length, and its easily as aggressive and heavy as their previous releases:
“I don’t even know who Riff Raff is,” says the woman nearby in head-to-toe denim. “I’m here for the beer but I really only listen to, like, Johnny Cash.”
Glowsticks are tossed from the balcony around us and from every direction, some landing in people's drinks below. But, let’s face it, if unadulterated (mindless?) fun is serious business, then Riff Raff has made quite the case for being one of its most frustratingly foremost CEOs. In fact, glowsticks landing in your $6 beer seems fitting. This is no place to sip and ponder. Any attempts to nitpick the much-debated Riff Raff persona, particularly in the wake of the Spring Breakersfallout involving James Franco, have mostly dissolved.
It was with rave-like ceremony that Riff Raff finally took the stage at the Knitting Factory last night — after overcooking the hype with a too-long series of gracious but underwhelming opening acts. Donning neon shorts, a loose tank top, and a hilarious fur hat, Riff Raff moves across the stage like that guy you knew in college who loved the Lonely Island but never laughed at them.
This is essentially Panama City Beach, YOLO reincarnate, pre-pre-molly music and, on that level, it occasionally manages to work. There is a bizarre anti-charm to someone who uses Miley Cyrus’s face as a backdrop without using her Mike WiLL Made-It collaboration “23” as a lead-in to his own ode to Jordans (“Tip Toe Wing in My Jawwdinz”), then does a brief cover of iLoveMakonnen’s ”Tuesday” on a Friday and doesn't capitalize on the easy joke.
Ultimately, it’s difficult to dismiss Riff Raff. As soon as you’re positive he’s lampooning, he lets loose a vicious sneer that implies he’s absolutely for real. Though there isn't much to speak of musically, aside from anthems “Dolce & Gabanna” and “Tip Toe Wing in My Jawwdinz," which both elicit huge responses, there still seems to be plenty to speak of with regards to the elusive identity of Horst Christian Simco, aka Jody Highroller, aka Riff Raff.
Riff Raff is still most interesting on that perceived divide between the two — between Franco and Neon Icon, between performer and art conceived.
Tonight, the Red Room Lounge pulls in Corina Corina (a name that will easily cause you to sing this song), a San Francisco-based vocalist who fuses hip-hop and R&B melodies with lyrics about gender equality and loving yourself. The Muzes, a Spokane two-piece featuring Kelley Mak and Jaeda, open the show. The acts stop here as part of a Pacific Northwest Tour. The 21+ show starts at 9 pm.
It’s another round of the Round at the Bartlett. This time musicians Tyler Aker, Cold Mountain Yeti and Ruth Henrickson, poet Devin Devine and visual artist Jesse Pierpoint get together to celebrate local art. The all-ages show is $10 and starts at 8 pm.
Riff Raff is the dude James Franco’s cornrowed and grilled-out Spring Breakers rapper character was inspired by. He comes to the Knitting Factory tonight for an event that’s sure to be unforgettable. The all-ages show starts at 7 pm and is $22.50. Look for our concert review Saturday. These days, he's gaining weight to feeling great. Check him out below.
SATURDAY Spokane's Crystalline and Seattle's Vox Mod turn the Baby Bar into an electronic haven Saturday night. As always, the show is free at this venue.
The Hive brings in yet another group Saturday sure to make you want to dance hard. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe plays delicious funk tinged with soul. Denson not only sings, he plays saxophone and jazz flute. Brownout opens for the group. The show starts at 9 pm. It's $30 at the door.
We’ve got Seattle-based hip-hopper Grieves back in town. Last year he sold out the Bartlett, so you’ll need to get down there early for a good spot. The all-ages show starts at 8 pm and is $20 the day of.
Finally, a flea market/swap meet containing all of the cool stuff that you wish you could find every weekend in one convenient place (although you should probably check out Junk Church happening Sundays at Stella's, too). Here’s your opportunity to sort through the dust and the crowds to potentially find that one gem, donated by people in the community.
All single items are under $5 and it’s free to get in. The event is a fundraiser for the radio station. Saturday hours are from 9 am-5 pm and Sunday it goes from 11 am-5 pm.
If only we had this sort of thing every weekend. Sigh. See you all in line Saturday morning.
By Dan Nailen
on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 11:02 AM
Every week the entertainment biz does its best to separate you from your money, and at Tuesday Taste we help you decide how best to spend your hard-earned cash, sifting through the week's new releases.
Among the mainstream releases this week, Imagine Dragons will probably dominate the sales chart with their bombastic brand of rock. Reggae fans will want to check out a new Bob Marley live set recorded in Boston in 1978. Here are a few releases worth a listen if those don't do it for you:
A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS, Transfixation. The New York noise-rockers try to capture the blend of shoegaze, psychedelia and hardcore that makes their live shows some of the most thrilling in modern rock on their fourth full-length. Here's a taste:
JULIANA HATFIELD THREE, Whatever, My Love. A criminally underappreciated part of the '90s alt-rock explosion, the Juliana Hatfield Three released one album in 1993 and finally are releasing a follow-up 22 years later. Poppy, punky and highly entertaining is the rule with these guys. Here's a new tune, "Wood":
By Dan Nailen
on Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 11:01 AM
Lucinda Williams was perhaps just being gracious when she said early in her sold-out show Saturday that the cheers greeting her after show opener “Steal Your Love” were “the best Valentine’s Day present I could get.”
Even if that’s the case, there’s no questioning the sincerity with which she delivered her searing songs of love, failure and redemption to a rabidly receptive crowd filling the Bing Crosby Theater. Backed by only three stellar musicians, Williams touched on all eras of her decades-long career, pulling her setlist from no less than nine different albums for a performance that included blues (of both the slow-burn and roadhouse-stomping varieties), country, folk and rock. And all of it was led by a performer who seemed as happy as the audience to be there, and equally awed by the prowess of her backing players as she shimmied and swayed to their sounds when she wasn’t playing along on guitar herself.
The 62-year-old hit the stage all in black, from her leather jacket and boots to her jeans, focusing on her nearby music stand for lyric reminders as the show built momentum from a strong start that continued from “Steal Your Love” into an excellent take of “I Just Wanted to See You So Bad,” a song Williams noted was recently recorded by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell.
A couple of songs from Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, arguably Williams’ masterpiece from 1998, followed in “Right on Time” and “Drunken Angel” before she introduced the audience to several songs from her newest work, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone. “West Memphis,” inspired by the story of the West Memphis Three, had Williams singing from the perspective of one of the falsely accused child murderers. “Cold Day in Hell” was a relatively straightforward blues number, leading to the band departing the stage for Williams’ brilliant solo acoustic version of “Compassion,” a song she adapted from one of her recently deceased father’s poems. A call to offer compassion to even those “who don’t want it,” the song hit hard with lines like “You don’t know what wars are going on, down where the spirit meets the bone.”
Hopefully, you took initiative this year and already planned out your Valentine’s Day because a lot of these shows are already sold out. But we’re going to tell you about everything anyway because there’s cool ish happening.
Tonight and Saturday, the Portland Cello Project is scheduled at the Bartlett. Both shows are now sold out, BUT for those with tickets just know you made a great decision. You’ll hear covers of Kanye West and Taylor Swift and whole hell of a lot more. The cello by itself is magical. When a group of them play together, it’s even better. Both shows begin at 8 pm.
In other news: Pinnacle Northwest (aka the Pin) will not open this weekend, according to owner Thomas Chavez. Instead the show scheduled for Friday night, featuring guitarist extraordinaire Felix Martin, will show at the Hop! The all-ages show starts at 9:30 pm. Chavez plans to open the Pin by next weekend. We’ll keep you updated.
For those down in the Moscow/Pullman area tonight, Runaway Symphony will take over Bucer’s Coffeehouse Pub. The band’s languid folk rock just continues to improve and excite. As always at that location, the show is all-ages and free.
Another sold-old show this weekend is Lucinda Williams’ Bing Crosby Theater appearance. As culture writer Dan Nailen explains, Williams’ live shows are meteoric affairs, alternating between soaring heights and occasional emotional stumbles, but hearing Williams perform classics like “Joy,” “Essence” and “Pineola” is hard to beat. That show starts at 8 pm.
Underground 15 brings in Seattle-based rock act Divides and local screamo act Death By Pirates Saturday night. The show is free and starts at 10 pm.
There are a whole bunch of Valentine’s Day dances for you and your honey muffin to attend — or just to show up to alone. Check out places like the Baby Bar (1970/'80s dance party, watch out) and the Hop! and the Lariat and more!