Friday, May 8, 2015

THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: B Radicals and Wildcard album releases, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and more

Posted By on Fri, May 8, 2015 at 3:34 PM


Harcore rapper Wildcard, who frequently comes through Spokane but is mostly based in California, has an album release show tonight at the Knitting Factory. The show features Pops, Knithead, Overtime, Tyler Denbeigh and Daethstar. After just having Tech N9ne in town, this show will just further the party.

Space, time, Southern social norms, politics, death and art combine in the Bright Light Social Hour’s music to form what could be described as this generation’s Lone Star rock. Started as an art-rock experiment at a small Texas college, the band moved to Austin to pursue a career in music. Since then, they’ve won six SXSW Austin Music Awards and released the 2013 single “Wendy Davis” (the Texas state senator whose pro-choice filibuster went viral and who ran for governor last year). Their latest work, Space Is Still the Place, the band’s first album in nearly five years, more than proves the old adage that anything worth doing is worth doing right. It’s wild, fuzzy, loud, trippy and a soulful delight. The band plays Saturday at the Bartlett. The all-ages show begins at 8 pm and is $12 the day of.

B Radicals release their first ever album Saturday at the Big Dipper. The show includes all sorts of performance artists and burlesque dancers. Opening bands include Real Life Rockaz, Smiles Davis and Andy Rumsey. Get there at 7 pm. The show is $8 and the album is $10. Read this week’s article on the band here.

This band’s new singles sound almost like something played on pop radio. That’s not a bad thing, just quite a departure from what we’ve come to expect from the indie-pop/psychedelic Portland-based trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Now they’re less lo-fi and more funky/electronic (listen to “Multi-Love” and “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone”). Moving and shaking is just in their nature — singer-songwriter Ruban Nielson (formerly of the Mint Chicks) is originally from New Zealand. Their upcoming show at the Bartlett should include both old and new; chill and dance-inducing. Talk in Tongues open for the band at 8 pm. Cost is $15 the day of. 

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Get stoked about the Spokane Symphony’s 2015-16 season lineup

Posted By on Fri, May 8, 2015 at 11:03 AM

As the final Spokane Symphony classics concert of the season (featuring a Frank Zappa work) serenades our fair city this weekend, it’s time to look on to next year’s roster of classical and pop works. The usual suspects are all there like the annual Nutcracker, the New Year’s Eve Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony showing and the Labor Day Weekend parks performances. But there’s a whole lot more to discover. Yes, you person who thinks they don’t like classical music. Get in there and listen to something different. We assure you, it’s anything but boring.

The Top Eight works to look forward to:

8. About a month early for Halloween, the Symphony takes on Modest Mussorgsky’s frightening tone poem Night on Bald Mountain. Yes, this is the scary piece from Fantasia when the devil pops out and terrorizes a city. Revel in your nightmares once more with this concert. Part of the Russian Adventures classics concert, Sept. 19 – 20.

7. They’ve taken on Casablanca and Psycho, next the Symphony plays the score to Charlie Chaplin’s romantic comedy City Lights. Released in 1931, the film is considered one of the best ever put to celluloid and Chaplin even penned the score. The performance runs Feb. 6.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Spokane Arena brings back the Bucket List, welcomes Shania Twain in September

Posted By on Thu, May 7, 2015 at 11:58 AM

The Spokane Arena is celebrating its 20th year in operation and is celebrating with a long list of events and big-time concerts. And part of that list of shows came straight from your own mind.

Well, that is if you submitted ideas to last year's Bucket List promotion, which allowed folks to write in with the musical act they most desired to see at Spokane's largest indoor venue. That effort yielded a big ol' list (here's the top 22) and the Arena impressively managed to bring (or book for upcoming shows) nine of those acts to their stage. The nine, you ask? In order of their place on the list: #2 Luke Bryan, #13 the Eagles, #19 Eric Church, #25 Motley Crue, #30 Elton John, #31 Def Leppard, #32 Tim McGraw, #33 Miranda Lambert and #34 Blake Shelton.

Now, the Arena is freshening up the Bucket List — which they say was inspired by the Inlander's pie-in-the-sky-idea-that-actually-came-true to bring Pearl Jam to Spokane — and wants to know about your dream concerts, however farfetched they may be. You can vote right here and have until June 10 to get your wishes submitted. From there, the Arena can't promise they'll, for example, reunite Led Zeppelin for you, but they'll sure as hell try.

In other Arena news, the venue just announced this morning that Shania Twain is coming to town (quick, everyone flash back to 1997 with me). At one time the queen of country, Twain is touring for the first time in 11 years, and reportedly the last time ever, and will hit up Spokane on Sat, Sept. 12.
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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

TUESDAY TASTE: My Morning Jacket, Best Coast among week's new releases

Posted By on Tue, May 5, 2015 at 2:04 PM

Each week we dive into the new releases in music and home video to help you decide what to buy, watch and listen to, and what to skip. It's called the Tuesday Taste, and this week is full of some great tunes. Let's do it: 


This week is full of fine new releases, and picking highlights is a fool's game. But I'm just the kind of fool to do it! There are so many new albums out that at least warrant a listen that I can't even focus on Mikal Cronin, Ivan & Alyosha, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Metz and Mumford and Sons. Go spin those new records when you can. 

In the meantime, here are the three releases I'm most excited for this week: 

My Morning Jacket, The Waterfall. The Louisville crew has spent a few years gathering their thoughts and whipping up some new epic riffs, and I'm giddy from what I've heard so far from the new music. And rumor has it they have enough songs recorded to put out a new set perhaps later this year or in 2016. You can stream the whole thing here, and here's a sample: 

Best Coast, California Nights.  
The duo mesmerized me with their past recordings, and seeing them live last year just cemented me as a new fan. Here's a new vid for the title track of California Nights

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Insane Clown Posse goes old school with record tour, stops in Spokane tonight

Posted By on Tue, May 5, 2015 at 11:15 AM

Insane Clown Posse members Shaggy 2 Dope, left, and Violent J hit record stores across the nation for the next month promoting their new album.
  • Insane Clown Posse members Shaggy 2 Dope, left, and Violent J hit record stores across the nation for the next month promoting their new album.

Break out the face paint!

Tonight, the Detroit-based horrorcore duo Insane Clown Posse come through town as part of their "The Marvelous Missing Link’s Traveling In-Store Insanity Tour.” Yes, the juggalo/juggalette favorites head to the Spokane Valley Hasting’s (15312 E. Sprague Ave.) in honor of their brand new album release The Marvelous Missing Link (Lost). And they won’t perform at all.

They’ll start signing things, anything you want, at 6 pm. Expect a DJ spinning ICP tunes and exclusive merchandise.

We caught up with Shaggy 2 Dope (born Joseph "Joey" Utsler) while at a tour stop in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (“a lovely sunny and warm day,” he says). He discussed the decision to do an album signing tour, his favorite Faygo flavor and why people should attend the Gathering of the Juggalos.

INLANDER: Do artists still do in-store album tours? How did you decide to do that?
SHAGGY 2 DOPE: I don’t know, obviously some people because we are. We haven’t done it in so many years, though, and we thought: Let’s connect with the juggalos, connect with people. It gets really emotional and you get emotional with them. Having to go through that every day is a rough ride. Our music just changes people. People come up and tell us they were contemplating suicide and then they listened to our music and didn’t, and that’s tough. But the tons of positivity that comes with it equals it out, it’s a reason why we do this. We’re here to kick it with the everyday average Joe.

What kinds of things do you like to sign for fans?
There’s stuff that’s really hard to sign. Especially the tank tops and the hats, those are hard to sign, and if it’s raining, it doesn’t work. We have things to sign and pass out, too, though. Everyone gets something.

What’s it like not performing at all out on the road?
It’s weird being on the road not doing shows. We’ll go back to the hotel and then it feels like we should be doing a show afterward. When you’ve been on the road for so many years, the tour bus becomes a ship of doom. You get bored. You look forward to doing the show. We’re doing a lot of chilling out and watching movies. We’re definitely not out partying every night — we’re not as young as we used to be.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Fusion Music Festival, jazz galore and Over Sea Under Stone CD release

Posted By on Fri, May 1, 2015 at 3:38 PM


In an ocean of rock vocalists emulating far superior artists, T.J. McMillan sings in a way that easily lasers through his band’s wall of sound. His pure but gritty vocals pair well with Over Sea Under Stone’s style of classic rock with sludgy metal undertones. Guitars are quick to wail and the drums offer a good base for anyone trying to get in a headbanging session. Formed in 2013, the local act has crafted a set of catchy, energetic tunes soon to be released on their first EP coming out this weekend and celebrated at the Big Dipper at 7:30 pm tonight. The all-ages show is $5.

The Alliance is a medieval-themed rock band. They play all original music and perform in costume. Seriously. Tonight, they bring their intricate stage show (complete with sword fighting) to the Knitting Factory at 8 pm. Opening acts include rockers Helldorado, Thirion X and Free the Jester.

The Spokane Falls Community College is back tonight after a four-year absence. Featuring trumpet player Brian Lynch, singer Kathy Kosins and violist Eyvind Kang, the public concert starts at 7:30 pm and is $15 for non-students. Check out all of the details in this week’s music story.

The Fusion Music Festival is an all-day event converging the worlds of the Hop! and Pinnacle Northwest. One $12 (if you buy before day of) gets you into both venues. The list of local bands is enormous and eclectic and includes the Broken Thumbs, North Fork, Banish the Echo, Aardvark, Flying Mammals, Lavoy, the Finns and more. The show starts at noon.

Saturday, the jazz continues with a performance by the Hot Club of Spokane, a group of local jazz/swing/blues musicians, performing at the Bing Crosby Theater for their CD release party. The album includes lesser-known songs performed by Bing Crosby and his hometown jazz cohorts Al Rinker and Mildred Bailey (the show actually features those artists' family members). Cost is $12 and starts at 1 pm.

Bloomsday isn’t just about the runners, nearly 30 acts dot the course offering uplifting music to keep participants motivated. Check out the entire lineup of course entertainment here.

The Hop! brings in North Carolina-based He is Legend, a band to be excited about if you’re into rocking hard. Other bands on the lineup include Must Be the Holy Ghost, FAUS, the Revision Scheme and more. Doors open at 7 pm for the all-ages show.

Also, check out these two benefit shows happening this weekend. 
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

TUESDAY TASTE: New Blur, Inherent Vice and great Vietnam doc in week's releases

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 12:55 PM

Each week we delve into the new music and home video releases and find the best of the bunch. It's the Tuesday Taste, and this week's has a few delicious morsels for you. 

No doubt the hardcore Wu-Tang fans still recovering from their half-assed recent release might look for something better from Raekwon's new solo disc, and Guided by Voices fans this week can delve into another solo set from bandleader Robert Pollard. Oh, and the new Zac Brown Band album will probably sell a zillion or so copies to people who dig that burley dude's country-rock stylings.

I'll pass on that one. And next week has a ridiculous amount of great new releases, so saving money is better than buying questionable releases. There is one release this week worth particular attention, though, and it comes from Blur, with a set called The Magic Whip. The Damon Albarn-led crew has been gone a while, but you can bet the same groovy, pop-rock sensibilities Albarn brought to Gorillaz and his solo work will show up on this one. Here's a taste of a new tune called "There Are Too Many of Us": 

The mainstream releases include the awful Jennifer Lopez vehicle The Boy Next Door, and the movie version of Paddington, the cute little bear. But there are some much better options for you: 

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CONCERT REVIEW: Anthrax defies the years at Spokane Arena

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 11:25 AM

Joey Belladonna (left), drummer Charlie Benante and Scott Ian of Anthrax. - DAN NAILEN
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  • Joey Belladonna (left), drummer Charlie Benante and Scott Ian of Anthrax.

Some styles of music understandably traverse decades with no problem. Performers who sit behind a piano or gently strum an acoustic guitar don’t put a lot of wear and tear on their bodies.

How the thrash-metal dudes in Anthrax — all in their 50s, save for the new lead guitarist — are still doing what they do on stage more than three decades after their debut album Fistful of Metal is totally beyond me. I’m sore just from some moderate headbanging and air-guitar "played" while watching their show.

Monday at Spokane Arena, Anthrax held the middle slot of a bill opened by Crobot and headlined by Volbeat, and they took the fans on a ride through their history, one that included a mosh pit for every song. They reached back to their 1985 album Spreading The Disease for “Madhouse,” and hit hard on their Among the Living album for show-opener “Caught in a Mosh” as well as the set-ending salvo of “I Am the Law” and “Indians.” 

Throughout, the band was as frisky on stage as in their younger days. Guitarist Scott Ian, the most recognizable member of the band for non-fans, raced around and threw up his “devil horns” toward appreciative fans in front after every song. Bassist Frank Bello crouched so low his bass nearly scraped the ground as he plucked his strings and sang backup. New lead guitarist Jon Donais was comfortable settling in and ripping out stinging solos among the musicians a good 15 years or so older. Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante had to sit out the first few weeks on the tour due to some Carpal Tunnel Syndrome issues, but his temporary replacement Jon Dette more than ably replicated Benante's dexterity as he drove the band forward. And out front, the on-again, off-again, now-on-again lead singer Joey Belladonna spent his time exhorting the crowd to pump their fists and sing along to the anthems that made Anthrax one of the “Big Four” of thrash bands, along with Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer.

The highlights for me were the band’s Joe Jackson cover, “Got the Time,” and a monstrous take on “Antisocial” that had even those on hand for Volbeat singing along and throwing their horns to the sky of the half-filled arena.

It was an hour-long blast of high-energy fun, and the band sounded good in the cavernous space. And I don’t know about the guys in the band, but today I could use a massage.

Correction: This post has been updated since it was originally posted. 
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Friday, April 24, 2015

THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Orgy, Tech N9ne and Anthrax

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 5:14 PM


Check for yourself here.

Orgy (the band, not the event) is coming to the Palomino Saturday. Orgy disbanded in 2004, but now the original singer Jay Gordon is back with some hired hands and some new tunes rooted in hard rock with some electronic flourishes. Thirion X, Helldorado, 9ELECTRIC and Death Valley High open for the band. Cost is $20 at the door.

Buzz Vineyard turns 65 and also releasing a new album full of folksy, singer-songwriter songs at Jones Radiator Saturday. Not bad for one night. The show starts at 7:30 pm.

Seattle’s the Lucky Boys are preparing to bring their brand of cutthroat (Kimi Cutthroat is their lead singer, after all) punk rock sound to Mootsy's stage Saturday. Redvolt (out of Richland) and Siamese Suicide open the show at 9 pm. 

Big Dipper brings in the always-cool Fly Moon Royalty Saturday. The Seattle duo expertly combines hip-hop and diva soul music to create music you’ll want to dance to all night. The always funky Flying Spiders open up the show that starts 7 pm. The cost is $12 at the door. 

Also, note the seventh Round at the Bartlett happens Saturday featuring Cami Bradley. 

No matter what the rumors have convinced you of, Tech N9ne does not have a house in Spokane. But he still comes through town at least twice a year, often playing at the Knitting Factory as he will this Sunday. The show starts at 7:30 pm and features openers Krizz Kaliko, Chris Webby, Murs and more. Cost is $28 for the all-ages show. Read our recent story here

House of Shem, the hottest reggae act out of New Zealand comes through the Red Room Lounge Sunday. Valley of Green opens for the show that starts at 9 pm. 

Danish rockers Volbeat headlines the Spokane Arena Monday night with the help of Anthrax (known as one of the "Big Four" in metal, along with Megadeth, Slayer and Metallica) and groove-rock Crobot Monday. A ticket is $40 at the door. Expect the night to rock seriously hard.

Meanwhile, over at the Baby Bar/Neato Burrito the Gooch Palms, Death Valley Girls, 66beat, Phlegm Fatale, Street Tang play for free. The show there is expected to rock equally as hard but with much more of a punk/grunge taste. Starts at 8 pm. 

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Lyrics Born headlines Elkfest 2015

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 10:54 AM

For its 11th year, Elkfest brings in an eclectic mix of regional and local artists, including headliner/Japanese-born rapper Lyrics Born. Since the early ’90s, the artist (aka Tsutomu “Tom” Shimura) has made socially conscious music that more than transcends his Bay Area home. He’s the type of dude who flows over hard beats but is also influenced by soul, jazz and jam-band music. His upcoming album Real People features Trombone Shorty and Galactic. Expect him to start his set off strong with the groovin' hit "Callin' Out." Seattle blues rockers the Grizzled Mighty, who play Spokane at least once a year, should offer up a wild set, as well. Here are the other bands to get excited about.


Touring acts
Lyrics Born
The Grizzled Mighty
Ayron Jones & the Way
Robert Jon & the Wreck
Rust on the Rails
Megan Wilde

Local acts
Hey! is for Horses
Flying Spiders
Pine League
DJ Ahem
Leftover Soul

The free Browne’s Addition block party, happening the weekend following Volume, runs June 5 through 7. As always, the event is all-ages, although the beer gardens are 21+.

Last year, headliners Minus the Bear weren’t announced until closer to the event, so we’ll see if any other big acts are added later. Either way, the lineup as-is will make up a fantastic soundtrack for a weekend in the sun. 
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