Tuesday, April 14, 2015

TUESDAY TASTE: Big scares, Big Eyes, new live Eels in week's new releases

Posted By on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 11:04 AM

Every Tuesday, we delve into the week's new music and DVD releases to let you know the best way to spend your dollars. It's called Tuesday Taste, and here are some samples of the best this week has to offer: 


Arizona-based Calexico consistently creates sounds and songs that sonically stretch well beyond their little corner of the world. The group, led by Joey Burns and John Convertino, are regular collaborators of Neko Case, and their new album Edge of the Sun is another excellent set of music. Here's a taste: 

 leader E (aka Mark Oliver Everett) has always been one of rock's great experimentalists, crafting a catalog that veers from genre to genre, and using an ever-changing lineup to capture the sounds in his head. The new live album Royal Albert Hall is an excellent primer on Eels music, spanning 28 songs that show Eels to be true treasures of modern rock. Fun sidenote: Journey's ex-singer Steve Perry was a semi-member of the band last year. Here's a sample from the live set: 

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Friday, April 10, 2015

THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Disappears, Sheryl Crow and Ryan Keberle returns

Posted By on Fri, Apr 10, 2015 at 3:06 PM


Chicago-based post-punk band Disappears may not offer the soundtrack to spring with its music but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a listen. They’re playing tonight at the Bartlett starting at 8 pm. The show costs $12. Read this week’s feature story on the band here.

For the first time, Ryan Keberle and his modern jazz band Catharsis play the Bing Crosby Theater tonight. The Mead High School graduate hasn’t played in Spokane as a band leader since he left for New York City in 1999. The show features the Brent Edstrom Trio and starts 7:30 pm for $20. Read our feature story on the artist here.

Sandpoint sisters the Shook Twins are back in the area this weekend starting tonight at the Hive in Sandpoint with openers Mama Doll. Then Saturday the indie duo heads over to the Bartlett for a show with the Rustics. These ladies are serious hippie mamas and if you haven’t seen them yet, now is your chance.

Swaxx is going down tonight as Seattle rapper Nacho Picasso, aka Jesse Robinson, is back in town. The hip-hopper has built his career on misogynistic (he talks a lot about “bitches” and "titties") party tunes, but a recent single, “David Bowie,” included samples from a Bowie song off the cult favorite Labyrinth soundtrack, proving Picasso also has an inner nerd. Openers for the show include All Day Trey, TMS, Kemicals, D-Mac, Brotha Nature and more.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Death Cab for Cutie rides into Spokane this October

Posted By on Wed, Apr 8, 2015 at 12:14 PM

Last year, one of the founding members of Bellingham's own indie-rock band Death Cab For Cutie, Chris Walla, left the band after 17 years. But the group vowed to continue on. Now as a three-piece, the band has more than made good on that promise, delivering an emotional new album, Kintsugi, and announcing a nearly year-long world tour — which rolls through the INB Performing Arts Center October 1.

Death Cab For Cutie doesn’t come to Spokane often. They were last here back in 2009 for an awesome Gonzaga University show that included Cold War Kids and Ra Ra Riot. (Although frontman Ben Gibbard was here back in 2013, with his side project the Postal Service).

On tour, DCFC’s openers will include the Antlers, Built to Spill (a band that's majorly influenced DCFC), Best Coast and Explosions in the Sky. Unfortunately, none of these bands will be at the INB Performing Arts Center.

The Spokane stop is the last show before DCFC heads to Seattle for a three-night stint, two of which are already sold out. The tickets for the Spokane show go on sale officially Friday. But for you big fans out there, check out the pre-sale on their website here. Tickets are $35, or $40 at the door.

The band’s recent Tiny Desk Concert for NPR is required watching. The simplistic instrumentation allows the depth and brevity of Gibbard’s voice to shine through. Also, tell me the second song “No Room in Frame,” isn’t a thinly veiled story of Gibbard’s divorce from Zooey Deschanel. And of course, for anyone who went through high school listening to this band while driving in cars with friends, “Passenger Seat” will give you chills. Hopefully, their upcoming Spokane set will include an acoustic portion. 

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Waxahatchee, Mountain Goats highlight the week's new music and DVD releases

Posted By on Tue, Apr 7, 2015 at 12:09 PM

Each week we offer the skinny on some of the best new music and home video releases. We call it Tuesday Taste, and here's the lowdown for this week: 


Waxahatchee, aka Katie Crutchfield, continues her remarkable trajectory as a songwriter on Ivy Tripp, her third full-length. It's a bigger, brasher sound for someone most known for conversational vocals and intimate lyrics, but it totally makes sense on Waxahatchee's latest. Here's a taste of Waxahatchee live: 

Toro Y Moi is the performing name for Chaz Bundick, and on his latest, What For?, the songwriter and producer delves into some tasty pop that leans heavily on the synthesizers rather than the guitars of past efforts. Here's a tune called "Empty Nesters:" 

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Volume 2015 lineup is here!

Posted By on Tue, Apr 7, 2015 at 10:13 AM


The wait is over.

This year, the Inlander brings more bands than ever to its Volume 2015 lineup, with 90-plus acts performing at eight different venues across downtown Spokane come May 29-30. Meaning you’re going to be running hard to try and catch all of the bands you want to see between this year’s venues: The Bartlett, nYne, Mootsy’s, Red Room Lounge, the Pin, Big Dipper, Neato Burrito and Irv's.

Just some of the big acts include brother-sister rock 'n' roll duo White Mystery, Portland rockers the Shivas, Seattle electronic-soul singer Shaprece and a K Records showcase including Northwest hip-hop acts XPERIENCE and more, along with a whole host of incredible regional and local acts.

Pre-order your $20 (plus fees) weekend passes for Volume 2015 here. You can pick them up at the event or have them directly mailed to your home, which does cost extra.

Now, on to the important stuff: The huge-ass lineup is as follows, and we couldn’t be more excited! The venue-by-venue schedule will be announced soon. 

White Mystery
  • White Mystery
White Mystery

K Records and THEE XNTRX Present: All Your Friend's Friends, a NW Hip Hop Showcase featuring:
  • Smoke M2D6
  • Candidt
  • Goldini Bagwell
  • IAME
The Shivas
Flying Spiders

Dude York
Marshall McLean Band
Kris Orlowski
Fox and the Law
Down North
Blvck Ceiling
Sons of Huns
Flee the Century
Water Monster
The Shivas
  • The Shivas

Puff Puff Beer
The Camaros
Boy Eats Drum Machine
Future Twin
The Dip
So Pitted
The Kings
Cathedral Pearls
Marshall McLean Band
  • Marshall McLean Band

Chung Antique
Von the Baptist
Holiday Friends
Pine League
Kristen Marlo
Whiskey Dick Mountain
There is No Mountain
The Flying Spiders
  • The Flying Spiders

Blackwater Prophet
Mama Doll
Tone Collaborative
The Bight
Siamese Suicide
Friends of Mine
Dem Empire
Ian Miles
The Muzes
Mama Doll
  • Mama Doll

The Rustics
Fun Ladies
Scott Ryan
Space Movies
Cursive Wires
iTZ Jaaken
Heavy Seventeen
East Sherman
Breezy Brown
The Holy Broke
Kris Orlowski
  • Kris Orlowski

Age of Nefilim
Hey! is for Horses
Phlegm Fatale
Mirror Mirror
Tear Free
Cold Blooded
Wild Pacific
The Colourflies
Silver Treason
Bandit Train
Boat Race Weekend
The Static Tones
Paisley Devil
Jan Francisco
DJ Case

Need more excitement for today? Check out this video from last year's festival.

Volume is presented by Global Credit Union.
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Friday, April 3, 2015

THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Soblivios album release and Pete Rock Easter hip-hop

Posted By on Fri, Apr 3, 2015 at 11:31 AM


If you feel the need to get a little funky and jazzy and groovy tonight check out the acts over at the Big Dipper. Headlining is Seattle’s Down North, who are always down to party hard. Flying Spiders and Blind Willies open the show. Get there around at 8 pm, cost is $15 at the door.

Want to be a part of a local live recording? Tonight, local rockers Buffalo Jones record their Jones Radiator show for an upcoming live album. Liz Rognes opens up the set starting around 9 pm.

Over at the Pin! crazy local metal act Soblivios releases its first full-length album ever (even though the band's been in existence since 2002). The show includes Tattered, Ironwood, Massacre at the Opera and Concrete Grip. The all-ages show starts at 8 pm and is $8. Read our story on the band here.

Also, remember it’s First Friday downtown tonight. Check out the live music/art happenings here.

For a band from North Lake Tahoe, Calif., Dead Winter Carpenters have played in this neck of the woods more than you might expect, and this Saturday they’re back at the Barlett. It’s more than OK that the five-piece wants to perform here. They’re just pure entertainment — especially when fiddle player Jenni Charles warps into full beast mode, nearly sawing her strings in two with her fiery bow work. Add a hard-hitting upright bass, drums and a pair of guitars, and you’ve got a ramblin’ Americana act that’ll make you wish the evening never had to end. The all-ages show starts at 8 pm with local openers Silver Treason. Cost is $12 at the door.

Sunday night, Pete Rock takes to the Red Room Lounge stage along with golden-era Detroit trio (two of the original members are now deceased) Slum Village, adding a bit of vintage hip-hop flavor to your Easter. While neither act scored huge hits in their early-’90s heydays, they’re credited with inspiring major players in the rap scene and still hold sway today. Rock, known for his jazzy, soulful beats and remixes, even won a Grammy for his contribution to Kanye West’s 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. His long-awaited follow-up instrumental album PeteStrumentals 2 is slated for a June release. The show starts at 8 pm and is $20. Openers include Flying Spiders, Q Dot, Imperfect Cody and Soundcast. 

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Dispatch from Boise: Rocking at Treefort Music Fest

Posted By on Thu, Apr 2, 2015 at 10:30 AM

!!! (generally pronounced "CHK CHK CHK")
  • !!! (generally pronounced "CHK CHK CHK")

In only its fourth year Treefort Music Fest in Boise was something to behold. With 430 acts at 29 stages and forts over four days, this year's festival was a feast for the senses. Festival goers tasted exciting new (and often odd) local beers and ciders at Alefort; bands plugged in at Skatefort while skateboarders ripped the street section; live beats flooded from the Yogafort; perfectly placed jump shots rained down from the pop-up garage rock 3-on-3 basketball tournament; and a seamless racket blasted from a closed side street where a dozen generator-fueled full bands played in unison with the help of conductor Seth Olinsky.

Local food trucks were on point, smiles on faces and cranes in the air. Both Treefort and Boise continue to grow and one visit any day of the week will make a fan out of anyone. So if you need anything late March of next year, my adventurous wife Tiffany and I will be in the #treefort2016, and you’re all invited. ♦

Patrick Kendrick is the director of Volume, the Inlander's music festival (May 29-30) as well as a co-founder of Terrain and a local Realtor with 509 Properties. Watch for Volume's line-up announcement next week.

  • Shaprece

Summer Cannibals
  • Summer Cannibals

  • Foxygen

  • !!!

  • Corners

Viet Cong
  • Viet Cong

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

TUESDAY TASTE: The Sonics! Death Cab! Check out the week's new releases

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 12:01 PM

This weeks' new releases in music and DVDs features a light load on the movie side, but a seriously killer batch of great new tunes. At Tuesday Taste, we tell what's worth your time among all the options. To wit: 


I'm almost embarrassed to say that the new Van Halen live album is pretty high on my list of today's new releases of things I want to hear ASAP. Although, judging by the band's performance on Jimmy Kimmel last night, maybe that's not such a great idea. Besides, there are an insane number of highly anticipated albums arriving this week, including Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Lower Dens, NYC punk-turned-roots rocker Jesse Malin, Ron Sexsmith, Brit folk-rockers The Staves, William Elliott Whitmore and some dude named Ringo. Here are some others: 

Death Cab for Cutie starts life without sonic ace Chris Walla, who stayed around long enough to record their new album, Kintsugi, before leaving the band. How Ben Gibbard and Co.'s sound evolves from here remains a mystery, but the new tunes sound like primo Death Cab with a dash of Postal Service's electronic flourishes. Here's a taste of new tune "Black Sun:"

The Sonics are almost as much a legend as they are a band. The Tacoma garage-rockers hit in the mid-60s with a killer, aggressive sound that inspired some to proclaim them the first punk band. Cited regularly by Seattle's rock royalty as a major influence, the band is definitely something to be reckoned with, even in their reformed state. Here's a cut from their new album, This is the Sonics:

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Monday, March 30, 2015

CONCERT REVIEW: Joe Pug 'takes the country by storm' at the Bartlett

Posted By on Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 1:54 PM


Joe Pug has no illusions about his place in the world of contemporary pop music. 

At his strong Sunday night show at The Bartlett, he delivered a litany of self-deprecating asides between songs. He described his recently released Windfall album, tongue firmly in cheek, as "taking the country by storm" and as the favorite album of 2015, according to Fox News blowhard Sean Hannity. He also dubbed it the "official album of Quizno's." 

"It's no Subway," Pug joked. "But it's a growing chain." 

Pug's humor helped create a genuinely warm vibe at the full Bartlett, a mood that belied the pretty dark lyrical themes that fill much of his music. The set drew heavily from Windfall, but also included tunes from his older albums The Great Despiser and Messenger, as well as some older EPs. Even his reputation for morose tunes gave Pug the opportunity to get some laughs from the crowd, as in when he described writing what he thought of as a light love song for his girlfriend — "It was like my 'It's Raining Men' or something!" — only to have her find it far from ebullient. 

That song, "Pair of Shadows," was delivered solo by Pug, and was one of the highlights of the show. For most of the gig, he was backed by a three-piece guitar/standup bass/drums band that gave his folk some unexpected muscle not always present on his recordings. What always remained was his gruff voice that belies his youth and makes comparisons to singer/songwriters like Bruce Springsteen and John Prine pretty fitting. 

Pug opened the show with a three-song salvo that touched on three different releases, with the new "Burn and Shine," "Messenger" and "Nation of Heat" drawing the audience into Pug's world. Guitarist Greg Tuohey particularly set himself apart early on with chiming lead parts and ringing solos that inspired Pug to proclaim him "the Richard Sherman of guitar" in a nice nod to the Seahawks defensive back. 

Older songs like "I Do My Father's Drugs," "Hymn #76," "A Gentle Few" and "How Good You Are" (featuring the great opening lines "I was born into a circus, but I ran off to join a home") attracted loud cheers from fans familiar with the older material, and the new songs fit alongside them with ease. There are definitely more positive vibes in new songs like "Windfallen," "If Still It Can't Be Found" and, naturally, "'Bright Beginnings." 

"The Measure," another new one played late in the set, included the lines "What we've lost is nothing that can't be found." Clearly, finding the love of his life and getting engaged has had some effect on his songs and their moods — even if his fiancee doesn't think "Pair of Shadows" is exactly a traditional love song, and even if he followed up soon after with his excellent, gritty "The Great Despiser." 

With any luck, perhaps Pug's sunnier on-album disposition will lead more fans to discover a great, young American songwriting talent
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Friday, March 27, 2015

THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Local CD and video releases, CdA Blues Fest and Sir Richard Bishop

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2015 at 1:41 PM


Local bands are on a hot streak this month, dropping records left and right, and this weekend we have two new ones. First up on Friday is Coeur d’Alene act the Static Tones, releasing their fuzzed-out, classic rock ’n’ roll disc Brotherhood of Strangers. The trio’s music is gritty and soulful, translating as well in a dive bar as it does on the open road with the windows down. The show kicks off at the Big Dipper with Blackwater Prophet, Stucco and Sorority opening at 7:30 pm. Cost is $5. 

Countrrrrryy fans listen up: homeboy-turned-Nashville recording artist Jeremy McComb comes through Post Falls’ Nashville North (which he co-owns) tonight with a posse of all-star players. Show up before 8 pm for free cover and dance lessons. The show starts at 9 pm. 

You pronounce the band called !!! as Chk Chk Chk — obviously. Tonight, the Brooklyn-based electronic indie band starts its weird dance party at 8 pm at the Bartlett, with Bandit Train opening. Cost is $15 at the door.

The Coeur d’Alene Blues Festival kicks off tonight at the Coeur d’Alene Resort with an intimate Blues Cruise on the lake. Then tomorrow, bluesy tunes continue with help from acts like Selwyn Birchwood and Lisa Mann. Check out the website here for all times, lineups and locations.

Boat Race Weekend, on the other hand, hitting the stage Saturday night, take their emotional style of pop-punk very seriously on their first record, The Talisman. A Gonzaga three-piece — two members are seniors and the other graduated last year — the group is young, but they’ve got more than enough loud, pent-up angst to express in their songs, which translates to one hell of a ruckus onstage.Their Big Dipper performance starts at 7 pm and is $7. The Bight, the Camorra and Head Hiatus open the show. 

Marshall McLean Band, recently voted by the people as the best original band in Spokane, has an official music video release show (see below) up in Sandpoint Saturday night at the beautiful Panida Theater. Anna Tivel opens the show. Tickets are $15. Expect to be filled with a need to dance when you show up. 

Sir Richard Bishop, whose show was moved from the Palomino Club to South Perry Yoga, brings his storied mix of American Primitivism with Eastern mysticism to Spokane. Learn about his recent affair with an old six-string guitar in this week’s music story. The show starts at 7 pm and is $10.

Also worthy of your time on Saturday are rockin’ shows at the Hop! and Underground 15.

Don't expect Joe Pug to sing as many hymns as he once did. Instead, show up Sunday at the Bartlett to hear the music from his new record that almost didn’t happen. The concert starts at 8 pm and is $14 the day of.  

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