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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Social Distortion heading to Spokane in March

Posted By on Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 11:05 AM

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Legendary SoCal punks Social Distortion are still going strong nearly four decades into their career, and they're heading to Spokane for a show this spring.

The crew led by Mike Ness and best known for songs like "Mommy's Little Monster," "Ball and Chain," "Bad Luck" and a mean cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" will play the Knitting Factory on Saturday, March 25. Tickets are $35 (there's also a $135 VIP package with early admission and all sorts of goodies) and go on sale Friday at 9 am via TicketWeb outlets and the Knitting Factory website. Jade Jackson opens the show, and it's all-ages, so you older punks can bring the kids.

Here's a little taste of what Social D will be bringing to town:

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Friday, January 13, 2017

THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Hell's Belles, The Drip CD Release, Standing Rock benefit

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 2:08 PM

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Don't let the cold win! Go out this weekend and find a local concert to crash. Dance along, listen and scream. Let the music warm your soul.

FRIDAY
They call themselves audio terrorists, and for 10 years Richland-based the Drip has truly assaulted earholes with their extremely loud metal attacks. Today, the quintet is finally releasing their first full-length album, The Haunting Fear of Inevitability, and they come to the Observatory to share this joy with Spokane fans. This music is for people who enjoy the idea of standing out in a pulverizing thunderstorm with absolutely no shelter in sight. There are crashes and booms galore, along with tons of raging guitar licks pouring down on top of your skull. And when Brandon Caldwell starts screaming, it sounds like the end is truly near — but you won’t care. You’ll just want to keep screaming right along with him, all night long.  The show starts at 8 pm and is $8.

Tonight, the Pin! hosts a huge punk show with Scatterbox, Foxtrot Epidemic, Skunktopus and Bullets or Balloons. The super loud concert starts at 7:30 pm and is $5. For anyone who hasn't checked out the Pin! recently, they now have up and downstairs bars running.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Def Leppard, Poison, Tesla coming back to Spokane this summer

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 3:09 PM

Def Leppard
  • Def Leppard

British classic-rockers just can't get enough of the Lilac City.

Hot on the heels of Elton John booking a gig at the Spokane Arena for the second time in less than three years, hard-rock heroes Def Leppard will do the same. They've scheduled a show for the arena on Wednesday, June 7, and will bring along Poison and Tesla for the show as well.

Tickets for the Def Leppard show are $29.50, $59.50, $79.50, $99.50 and $125, and will go on sale Saturday, Jan. 21, at the arena box office and at TicketsWest locations.

Def Leppard visited Spokane in the fall of 2015, delivering a solid show of old favorites. Tesla was on that bill as well. The addition of Poison is noteworthy as its the band's first tour in more than five years, a pause necessitated by drummer Rikki Rockett's battle with cancer.
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Friday, December 30, 2016

NYE EVENTS: Five local concerts to help you ring in 2017

Posted By on Fri, Dec 30, 2016 at 10:48 AM

Spin Doctors bring in 2017 at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino.
  • Spin Doctors bring in 2017 at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino.

It’s OK if you haven’t locked down your New Year’s Eve plans; you still have some hours to decide which musically inclined adventure will take you into 2017. Here are some of the big events going down around Spokane Saturday night.

GOODBYE TWENTYSUCKSTEEN
For anyone in the mood to give a big F-you to 2016, the Observatory and the nearby Baby Bar are here to serve. The bars are teaming up for two local rock-filled lineups that are sure to please. The Baby Bar features Deer, Peru Resh and DJ Lydell while the Observatory offers up the talents of Wild Pacific, Fun Ladies and MC Positive Luv. The shows include a midnight champagne toast and balloon drop.
Goodbye Twentysucksteen NYE Party • The Observatory/Baby Bar • 9 pm • Free • 21+

SPIN THE NIGHT AWAY
As 1990s nostalgia has been huge this year, it makes sense that the Spin Doctors are coming to Airway Heights’ Northern Quest Resort & Casino to celebrate the end of 2016. We’re not sure about the band’s set plans, but their hit “What Time Is It?” would be a perfect for the midnight countdown. For those not wanting the party to end, the casino’s Club Impulse also offers a NYE party with DJ Patrick right next door.
Spin Doctors • Northern Quest Resort & Casino • 10:30 pm • $25 • 21+

CAVE IN TO THIS
Seattle’s Cave Singers are back in town (they were also here in July) to help the Bartlett ring in the New Year. Expect the indie-rock trio to blast its fruitful mix of folk and punk straight into your soul, while local openers the Smokes will impress with their scuzzy garage-rock sound. As in the past few years, the traditionally all-ages venue has made their NYE show 21+ only.
The Cave Singers and the Smokes • The Bartlett • 9 pm • $20 • 21+

REUNITED AGAIN
After five years apart, Small Town Nation heads to the Knitting Factory for one blowout reunion show. The popular local pop-punk act went far together over seven years, even recording an album with MxPx’s Mike Herrera, before eventually going their separate ways (two members are now in the Nixon Rodeo). The show openers include rock acts Punks in Drublic, Velafire, Good Kids Bad Ideas and Ragtag Romantics. The show should be done about 11:15, giving you plenty of time to hustle outside to view the downtown fireworks at midnight.
Small Town Nation NYE Reunion Show • Knitting Factory • 7:30 pm • Free • All-ages

NORTHSIDE ROCKS OUT
For those looking for a reason to stay away from downtown this New Year’s Eve, five Northside venues have banded together to offer Last Night. One $10 button gets you into all of the participating bars and music venues to watch more than 20 blues, rock and acoustic artists perform, including Supervillain, Sovereign Citizen & the Non-Prophets, Over Sea Under Stone, Karrie O’Neill and more. Click here for more lineup information. Last Night Spokane • The Palomino, The Venue, Jackson St. Bar & Grill, One Bridge North, Spike’s • 6 pm • $10 • 21+

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas Playlist: Staff members choose songs that mean something, anything

Posted By on Tue, Dec 20, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Happy holidays from the whole family!
  • Happy holidays from the whole family!

Just like parents say it's challenging to pick one's favorite child, it wasn't easy for the Inlander editorial staff members to choose between every single Christmas song and arrive at just one selection. These aren't necessarily our favorites of all time, but certainly tunes that have had an effect on us — maybe even melted our frosty journalist hearts a time or two. We hope you enjoy this little playlist of timeless, dorky and sad-sack tunes.

"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," Lou Rawls
Ted S. McGregor Jr., publisher
Judy Garland was the first to sing this one in the musical Meet Me in St. Louis, but the man with "the silkiest chops in the singing game," according to Sinatra, made it sound the way a shot of Schnapps feels just before Christmas dinner. Probably the best version of the best Christmas song ever.

"Holidays," The Lonely Wild
Mike Bookey, culture editor
OK, this song is kind of a downer, as is its excellent music video. Nevertheless, I love how goddamned honest this song by the L.A.-based, country-tinged, indie-rock act the Lonely Wild. It's all about the stress that tends to lead up to the holidays and the pressures that come along with family, gift-buying and putting on a happy face when maybe you're not happy at all. Also, stick around for the insane guitar solo that throws the track into an unexpectedly crazy but awesome direction.

"Run Rudolf Run," Chuck Berry

Mitch Ryals, staff writer
I don't care for Christmas music. But, if I'm forced to choose something, it's gotta be Chuck Berry's bluesy-rock rendition of "Run Rudolph Run." Ol' Chuck didn't write the song, but his 1958 cover is typically credited with popularizing Johnny Marks and Marvin Brodie's tune. As we all know, without the Father of Rock 'n' Roll strumming away, the McCallisters (Home Alone) would have missed their flight.

"Twelve Days of Christmas," John Denver and the Muppets

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Pearl Jam, Spokane-bound Journey among new Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees

Posted By on Tue, Dec 20, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Tupac is going into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 21 years after his death.
  • Tupac is going into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 21 years after his death.

Back in October when the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced its list of potential 2017 inductees, it wasn't hard to suss out the one automatic selection.

That would be Pearl Jam, a band that enjoys ongoing critical and touring success and had immeasurable commercial success in terms of record sales in its early years. The Northwest crew headlines the list of inductees announced today, which also includes Tupac Shakur, Journey, Joan Baez, Yes and Electric Light Orchestra.

Those artists were chosen among several considered for the Rock Hall this time around. The artists who didn't make the cut this time around include Depeche Mode, Janet Jackson, Kraftwerk, The Cars, Jane's Addiction, Steppenwolf, Bad Brains, J. Geils Band, The Zombies, Chaka Khan, Chic, MC5 and Joe Tex.
Pearl Jam will undoubtedly lead the epic induction ceremony closing jam in 2017.
  • Pearl Jam will undoubtedly lead the epic induction ceremony closing jam in 2017.

In a post I wrote back in October, I predicted the selections of Pearl Jam, Yes, Joan Baez and Tupac. I totally missed the boat on Journey and ELO, and I thought Depeche Mode would get in, but I forgot that the people who select the inductees are overwhelmingly old white dudes, and that Rock Hall founder Jann Wenner, publisher of Rolling Stone, started his magazine in San Francisco, where Journey once ruled as Santana-style hippie jammers before their '80s pop-rock heyday. And they love them some ELO thanks to their music and leader Jeff Lynne's history working as a producer with the likes of George Harrison and Tom Petty.

Journey is coming to Spokane for a show at the arena just a few weeks before the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, where fans will be curious to see if the band's most famous singer, Steve Perry, will join Journey for a song or two. In Spokane, of course, Perry soundalike Arnel Pineda will be fronting the band.
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Friday, December 16, 2016

THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Christmas concerts get blue, nightmarish and special

Posted By on Fri, Dec 16, 2016 at 2:47 PM


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You have only a few more chances to catch Ragtag Romantics live in Spokane before they head out on a five-month national tour in February. Tonight, the soulful ska band, named an Inlander Band to Watch earlier this year, takes over the nYne stage before the usual club music starts up later in the evening. The show begins at 8 pm and is $5 at the door.

Krist Krueger isn’t known for his creative song titles. Instead, each of his Yardsss works, or case studies, focuses on building off of electronic ideas. Consider the one-man show’s recent EP titled 333; the two songs on the disc are called “3331” and “3332.” His other albums also follow that numbered structure. While the aurally stunning tunes are supposed to make you think (Krueger is inspired by modern composer John Cage, after all), it’s also OK to just let the vibrant, mostly instrumental layers wash over you. Tonight, the Chicago/Portland-based artist comes to the Observatory to share the audio-visual and multidisciplinary show he’s calling “Parablesss [in three parts].” The show starts at 8 pm and is $5 at the door.

Sammy Eubanks
once again hosts the Blue Christmas special at the Knitting Factory. As always, the bluesy singer-songwriter is bringing in his friends in to help him celebrate and this year's lineup includes Spokane Dan and the Blues Blazers, Biscuit Blues Revue and Ben Klein. The 7 pm show is free, but only open to those 21 and up.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY
This is the final weekend of the
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 Nightmare Before Christmas music event at the Pin!, which strives to make Christmas loud. Shows start Friday and conclude Saturday and include a ton of local metal and rock acts along with national touring groups, including Idaho's the Ongoing Concept. Check here for the whole monstrous lineup. If you don't already have an event pass, pay $13 at the door per show. Tonight's concert begins at 6 pm.

Continuing its enjoyable tradition of asking local bands to record original or classic Christmas songs, the Bartlett has released a new compilation and hosts an accompanying Christmas special this weekend. Friday's festive show features Mama Doll, Mini Murders, Curran Long, Lavoy and Violet Catastrophe, while Saturday night's lineup is Lavoy, Curran Long, Windoe, Water Monster and Jenny Anne Mannan. Both shows begin at 8 pm and are $10 at the door. Check out the new album below:

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Sing loud for all to hear — the Bartlett's third local Christmas EP is here

Posted By on Wed, Dec 14, 2016 at 3:15 PM


The wait is over, Bartlett Christmas - Volume Three dropped this morning. Yes, the Bartlett music venue continues its fun tradition of asking local bands to record original or traditional Christmas songs for a special holiday album.

This year's installment features the following local indie/pop/folk/rock acts:
Folkinception ft. The Holy Broke
Lavoy
Jenny Anne Mannan
Violet Catastrophe
Prairie War
Mini Murders
Curran Long

The tunes explore heartbreak and also true happiness. Nothing is too syrupy or over-the-top (unlike far too many holiday tunes). The songs are occasionally funny and feel real and lived in, and best of all, very Pacific Northwest. Curran Long's cover of "I'll Be Home For Christmas," which closes out the seven-song EP, may even bring tears to your eyes.

Last year, we chatted with a bunch of local musicians and songwriters to find out what it's like to write a brand new Christmas song. Here's what they had to say.

Also, check out the first and second volumes of Bartlett Christmas tunes right here.

And for this year's Bartlett Christmas tunes, click below:

Catch these songs and a whole bunch more this weekend at the Bartlett Christmas Special.
The year's CD release party event has expanded to two nights of holiday cheer, with a different lineup for each concert. Friday features Mama Doll, Mini Murders, Curran Long, Lavoy and Violet Catastrophe, while Saturday night's lineup is Lavoy, Curran Long, Windoe, Water Monster and Jenny Anne Mannan. Each night costs $8, or $10 at the door, and starts at 8 pm.
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Friday, December 9, 2016

THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: The Sweeplings, Nightmare Before Christmas and more

Posted By on Fri, Dec 9, 2016 at 3:41 PM


FRIDAY

Armed with a brand-new Christmas EP, Winter's Call, the Sweeplings (Spokane singer-songwriter Cami Bradley’s act) come to Vessel Coffee Roasters tonight for an intimate Christmas performance that will show off some of their favorite holiday songs. Over the past few years, Bradley has continued to work her magic on the rest of the country. After placing sixth on America's Got Talent in 2013, Bradley joined up with Alabama native Whitney Dean to create a powerhouse folk-pop duo. Tonight's show is sold out, but for those with tickets the show starts at 7:30 pm.

If you like seeing yourself on film, local math rockers Flannel Math Animal are recording a live concert video at the Big Dipper tonight starting at 8 pm. By choosing to be a part of the audience included on the video you'll also receive the concert video for free via email.  Local singer-songwriter Andy Rumsey opens the set.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Why Boise's Treefort Music Festival matters to Spokane

Posted By on Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 4:10 PM

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There's been quite a bit of regional music festival news as of late. First, Sasquatch!, in a bold move, opted to not only offer early-bird tickets for the holidays, as per usual, but also announced that Frank Ocean would headline the 2017 Memorial Day event. Then, it was revealed that Spokane would have it's own large, three-day riverfront music festival called Tinnabulation. Boise's own downtown Treefort Music Fest's (March 22-26) first wave of band announcements also landed last week with this seriously on-point preview video.

Now Boise and Spokane, about a six-hour car ride from one another, are similarly sized cities, and the Lilac City can benefit greatly from Treefort Music Festival, especially with high-end indie artists like Mac DeMarco, The Growlers, The Bouncing Souls, STRFKR, Deafheaven, WHY?, JMSN, The Album Leaf, Rituals of Mine, Open Mike Eagle, Carpenter Brut, Eilen Jewell, Jonathan Richman, Grouper, Lower Dens and Meat Puppets coming through their festival. Here's how:

1) Tinnabulation organizers can learn from Boise's music festival setup and build upon that. Treefort, now in its sixth year, has expanded overtime to include five days and a multitude of stages that feature everything from music to yoga. Spokane's Tinnabulation, which runs in September, will start out as three days of mostly music. Organizers say they plan to bring in large national touring acts (perhaps more well-known than what Boise's fest enjoys), but bands like these already booked for Treefort can serve as a starting point.

2) As in the past, let's hope that many of these artists will stop at Spokane before and after their Treefort sets (musicians like Mac DeMarco would be perfect in a Knitting Factory setting— hint, hint). Already Meat Puppets are scheduled to hit the Bartlett March 20 and Strand of Oaks will be there March 23, so that's a start. Any other city — Coeur d'Alene, Moscow, Pullman or Sandpoint — that these bands grace during that time, would only continue to build excitement for the Inland Northwest music scene.

Expect two more waves of Treefort music acts to be announced soon. A five-day general admission wristband is $89 for fans under 21, and $165 for those 21 and over.
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