Friday, July 10, 2015

THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Saranac rooftop concert, the Smokes EP release and Ky-Mani Marley

Posted By on Fri, Jul 10, 2015 at 2:31 PM


Ky-Mani Marley (son of Bob Marley) brings his breezy reggae music to Swaxx tonight. Local feel-good but also socially conscious acts Real Life Rockaz and Flying Spiders open for the Jamaican artist. Doors open at 8 pm and cost is $25 day of. This show is sure to feel like summer and is a precursor to the Ziggy Marley show happening in Sandpoint next month.

For those looking to get out of town, the first ever Beach Fest is here to help you let go. Happening on private property at Lake Roosevelt, the two-day event features camping, boating, food and acts like Jaeda, Abstract Rude, K. Clifton and many other EDM and DJ types. Tickets are $20 for 21+ participants and must be purchased in advance. Tickets are available at Downtown and Northside Puffin Glass Locations, or by calling 690-6371.

KYRS’s Marmot Fest is no more, but Saturday the public radio station hosts a smaller version of the music event on the beautiful Saranac Public House Rooftop. The rockin’ local bands playing the show include Phlegm Fatale, Fun Ladies, Twin Towers and Outercourse. Show up early to guarantee a spot, as space is limited. Black Label Brewing is bringing the beer.

Starting smartly at 10 pm is the Smokes EP release show. Once the rooftop show finishes up, head over to Mootsy’s for a free after-party of sorts. Read our recent profile on the fierce two-piece here.

You were probably in high school when you thought emo music was cool, because that’s when you’re most likely to feel all the emotions. Back in 2004, Hawthorne Heights taught us that Ohio is for lovers, and this weekend the band is in town to tell us a little bit more of that. The group plays at Pinnacle Northwest along with Sleepwave, Rot Monger, Deaf To and the Bight. The all-ages show starts at 7 pm and is $15 at the door. High school kids, and high schoolers at heart, enjoy! 

THE Graham Nash heads to the Bing Crosby Theater next Wednesday for an intimate set. His recent memoir Wild Tales is worth the read before you head that way. Check out our recent interview with him here. 

For those interested in classical music (and that should be you) Mozart on a Summer’s Eve runs Tuesday and Wednesday at Manito Park. It’s just $10 for blanket seating, and yes, you can bring your own picnic basket for the event. Find out more info here. 
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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Underground 15 closes its doors

Posted By on Wed, Jul 8, 2015 at 4:10 PM


The downtown bar at the corner of First and Howard is up for sale once more. With barely a year under its belt, Underground 15 bar and music venue has closed, letting patrons know with a sign on its front door (the business's Facebook page is also shut down).

“We're in the process of trying to sell it,” said co-owner and local musician Zach Wirchak in an email. “I like to call it ‘partners disagreement.’ It was best just to try and sell so we can all go our own ways. Frustrating for me, but such is life!”

A little bit out of the way from the downtown nightlife hotspots on Sprague and also North Division and East Main, Underground 15 still managed to draw people for various DJ and trivia nights. The space often hosted local bands that other music venues weren’t featuring. In a town of seemingly rotating music venues, this is yet another loss. 

The location was once home to the local favorite the Blue Spark, which closed in 2013 after 14 years in business. With the next door Ridpath Hotel's opening approaching, the business location may soon be a hot commodity. 
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2015 Spokane Arena Bucket List results

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


In May, the Spokane Arena once again enlisted the good people of the Inland Northwest in a Bucket List poll asking: Which three musical acts would you like to see?

After more than 5,000 votes, the results are in and they’re not completely surprising — Spokane is a pop-country town after all, selling out the last four country shows that have come through the Arena. But the list still includes plenty of rock, pop and legend acts, many of whom Inlander staffers would be thrilled to see. 

1. Garth Brooks
2. AC/DC
3. P!nk
4. Maroon 5
5. Florida Georgia Line
6. Taylor Swift
7. Metallica
8. U2
9. Justin Timberlake
10. Luke Bryan
11. Foo Fighters (tied) Mumford & Sons (tied)
12. Brantley Gilbert
13. Bruno Mars
14. Kenny Chesney (tied) Sam Hunt (tied)
15. Katy Perry
16. Rush
17. Aerosmith (tied) Slipknot (tied)
18. Reba McEntire
19. Blake Shelton (tied) Ed Sheeran (tied)
20. Bruce Springsteen (tied) Keith Urban (tied) Prince (tied)

See the full list, which include an inordinate amount of ties (Beyonce and Lady Gaga both made 27), here.

The Top 10 acts on the 2015 list aren’t all that different from last year’s poll and Arena general manager, Matt Gibson says he's taking note.

"I'd like to have them all come here, but it's always a gamble," he says. "This is a pretty balanced list, and while country sells very well here, I'd like to get in a huge pop act as well." 

Nine of the bands on last year’s wish list did perform here and Gibson plans to build on that success, already reaching out to the artists named on this year's list. 

"It’s not always about dollars and cents, it’s a passion to play for a venue that wanted to see them play," Gibson says. "Our venue is obviously smaller than Key Arena and the Tacoma Dome [In Seattle] but we really make people feel special when they come through."

Gibson says his team plans to conduct the Bucket List poll annually, so if you're favorite act didn't make the cut be sure to vote next year. In the meantime, hopefully this year, we’ll get Metallica! 
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Thursday, July 2, 2015

PLAYLIST: Tunes to get you ready to celebrate Independence Day

Posted By and on Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 12:00 PM

There are a lot of overwrought "patriotic" songs masquerading as inspirational, but the ol' U.S. of A. has also moved many artists to actually come up with some killer tunes. We've collected a few of our favorites here, and we'd love to hear what songs you feel capture the spirit of the country. Let us know in the comments below. 

In the meantime, dig in to some sonic goodness slathered in the stars and stripes to help you get ready for the Fourth of July festivities

Let's start with arguably the best version of the national anthem from semi-recent memory, courtesy of Whitney: 

The Godfather of Soul? Yup, he dug living in America, and appearing in camp classic Rocky IV, where this song comes from: 

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

CONCERT REVIEW: Where’d you go Tyler, the Creator?

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 12:58 PM

At Tuesday night's Tyler, the Creator show, the MC skipped out on an encore. - LAURA JOHNSON
  • Laura Johnson
  • At Tuesday night's Tyler, the Creator show, the MC skipped out on an encore.

It could have been a combination of things: the heat, tiredness, perhaps he was hangry. Whatever the reasoning, Tyler, the Creator didn’t come out for an encore at last night’s Knitting Factory show to the disappointment of his fans.

No artist is required to do anything, and coming back out to do just one more song isn’t necessary. Maybe we shouldn’t expect it. But seriously? Besides festival shows where there isn’t the time, I can’t even think of the last time I didn’t see an encore for a big show. The rapper was only out on stage for a little over an hour, and last night he left his audience wanting more.

The neon-clothed kids (and these really were kids — there was a row of waiting parents in cars after the show let out) had already lined up outside well before 5 pm for a show that wouldn’t start until about 8:30 pm. Once inside, they packed in, excitedly waiting for a guy many parents would freak out over if they ever read his lyrics.

Taco — not to be confused with this Taco — warmed up the stage for his man Tyler, spinning a bunch of Jay-Z, Lil’ Wayne, Kanye and more. Then out of nowhere, the artist burst onto the stage as if blasted out of a canon  going straight into the song “Bitch Suck Dick.” Ah, yes. Joined by Jasper Dolphin, a fellow Odd Future cohort, he glided quickly around the stage. Sometimes there was gangsta swagger, other times he looked like an adult man throwing a tantrum.

After that first song he moved into the part of the show where he spoke to the audience. He called out one dude for using a selfie stick, he pointed out one woman's outfit whose hair looked like big Minnie Mouse ears.

“Have I been to Spokane before?” he asks a cheering crowd. “I guess it 
  • Laura Johnson
must have been a long time ago. What do you do around here? It looks like nothing.”

And with all of these sweet things to say, the MC moved into more crowd-pleasing songs like the slow “IFHY” (perhaps his answer to Eminem’s “Stan”), the money-motivated “Smuckers” and the pedophilia-vibing song “F—-ing Young / Perfect.” For everything he did, the audience fist-pumped and jumped and cursed him and sang along with nearly every word.

Right around 10 pm, he stripped off his white T-shirt, thanked the crowd and peaced out … never to return.

But even if Tyler wasn’t interested in being in Spokane any longer than he needed to, let it be known he worked his ass off with the songs he did do. There were breaks between tunes that lasted almost a minute just so he could catch his breath and towel off the gallons of sweat pouring out of him. He was scary, he was raw, he made all the faces. He was even kind enough not to incite a riot. 

People had a lot of fun Tuesday night, and even with Tyler leaving straight to his hotel right after, that feeling of abandon while his catchy music was pumpin’ is what everyone will remember. And that’s what they should remember.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

CONCERT REVIEW: Gregg Allman brought his Southern-fried rock to The Fox

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 11:39 AM

  • Dan Nailen

Some music just begs to be heard in a hot, muggy roadhouse, where the sweat drips off the beer bottles and the dancing fans alike. Gregg Allman's sound is a perfect example, whether leading his own band or playing with the Allman Brothers Band, as he mixes gritty Southern blues, rootsy rock 'n' roll and more than a dash of funk and soul. 

Allman's show at the pristine Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox was pretty much the polar opposite of a dank, smoky club, but Allman and his eight-piece backing band did their best to evoke the down-home vibe that propelled him to stardom back in the '60s and early '70s alongside his brother Duane, and eventually landed him in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Pulling songs from throughout his career, Allman created 90 minutes of music that took the audience on a trip that was both adventurous and nostalgic. 

Allman took the stage with a slow ramble to the front shortly after opener Matt Andersen delivered his own blues-heavy set — one that proved popular judging by the line of people buying his CDs between acts. Allman entered waving at the crowd and looking a bit gaunt before he plopped down behind his Hammond B-3 organ and led his charges through an instrumental intro that opened up into "It's Not My Cross to Bear," a tune from the Allman Brothers Band's self-titled 1969 debut. The slow blues was a bold way to kick off a show where no doubt many expected a raucous dance party, and it was an ideal way to showcase Allman's voice — a strong, gruff instrument that belies the 67-year-old's slight stature. 

Like many songs to come, the "Cross" also featured a searing guitar solo from Scott Sharrad, who Allman would later introduce as the musical director of the group that also included two percussionists and three horn players, as well as the remarkable piano man Peter Levin. Considering Sharrad was tasked with ripping out some of the most classic of classic-rock riffs, guitar parts created by Duane Allman and Dickey Betts that have stood the test of the time, the man proved up to the task, easily incorporating their urgent rhythms and wicked slide parts throughout the show. 

Allman followed up "It's Not My Cross to Bear" with "I'm No Angel," a song from his 1986 album of the same name that I recall being a overly produced, way-too-slick addition to his catalog. Seeing that song on MTV as a kid kept me from getting into the Allman Brothers Band for years. I'm happy to report the song has aged better than I'd ever expect thanks to the straightforward approach taken by his band, and the addition of an excellent horn section. Of course, I'll never be able to separate the song from one of Amy Poehler's greatest Saturday Night Live moments in my mind. 

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Monday, June 29, 2015

THIS WEEK IN MUSIC: Gregg Allman, Tyler, the Creator, Blitzen Trapper and more

Posted By on Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 10:40 AM

Dude! This week is laced with good music every single day. What a wonderful way to stay cool (in more ways than one).


Tonight, you’ll need to check out Gregg Allman at the beautiful downtown Martin Woldson at the Fox Theater. The legendary rocker is still doing things his own way, choosing to continue performing at the tender age of 67, even after the Allman Brothers Band has called it quits on the touring circut. It’s great to finally have him in town after his Spokane show was postponed last summer. The show begins at 8 pm, features Matt Andersen and starts at $35.
Check out our interview with him here and be sure to read our concert review tomorrow.

Even in hip-hop terms Tyler, the Creator is pretty crazy. He’s told a fan to eat vomit, he’s incited a riot, he’s every parent’s worst nightmare. And Tuesday, he hits up the Knitting Factory to bring a little chaos to the downtown scene. The show starts at 8 pm, is all-ages and features Taco.
Check out our recent story on the rapper here and also read our concert review on his show come Wednesday.

Over at the Bartlett, the show contending for your heart is Portland indie-rockers Blitzen Trapper. While the band was here about a year ago, they’re back with some spankin’ new songs (ones you won’t have heard anywhere else) Tuesday night. Also expect a couple Neil Young covers thrown in as well — the band's most recent release was an exclusive Record Store Day LP covering Young's seminal Harvest. The all-ages event costs $17 and starts at 8 pm.

The Big Dipper is bringing it Wednesday night with so much rock ‘n’ roll, including the Bay Area-based Stone Foxes and local favorites Hey! is For Horses, Flannel Math Animal and Buffalo Jones. The Stone Foxes have opened for the likes of the Black Keys, Cage the Elephant and ZZ Top, and soon enough, if we have anything to say about it, young bands will proudly brag about sharing a stage with these instrument-swapping roots-rockers. The all-ages show starts at 7:30 pm and is $12 at the door.

Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas swing back through the Bartlett Thursday. If you’re interested in voices that thrill your soul as well as your ear drums you need to hear the Detroit-based Hernandez belt out her retro-influenced rock tunes. The all-ages show starts at 8 pm and is $12 at the door.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

PLAYLIST: Hot tunes to help keep your cool this weekend

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 1:32 PM

This heat. Ugh.

We in the Inland Northwest are fine with the humidity-free temps swirling around 90 degrees F. But when the thermometer pushes well over 100, as it’s predicted to do this weekend just in time for the Ironman Coeur d’Alene triathalon competition and Hoopfest, we don't quite know how to handle it.

So we've compiled a list of 10 songs to keep your spirits up, in spite of the heat. Feel free to listen to this while eating popsicles and sitting in a ice water-filled kiddie pool. 

10. Fleet Foxes, “Sun It Rises”
This Seattle folk act’s beautiful whiney crooning is perfect for the beginning of a hot, hot day.

9. The Lovin’ Spoonful, “Summer in the City”
It’s no wonder this song topped the Billboard charts back in 1966, it’s just so damn catchy. Plus, the words: “All around, people looking half dead / Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head,” describe this weekend perfectly.

8. Violent Femmes, “Blister in the Sun”
It’s fine that this song isn’t really about the sunshine or the heat at all. Listen anyway, and relive all the other times you got this song stuck in your head.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Bazaar music, Stateline Music Festival, Eight Bells and Mercy Brown

Posted By on Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 4:52 PM


For those who haven’t experienced a Round at the Bartlett yet, tonight is a perfect edition to start with. Musicians include Water Monster (a 2015 Inlander Band to Watch), Drake Wilcox and Lindsay Johnston along with poet Elissa Ball and painter Elie Downes. Watch as all the action happens at the same time. Cost is $10 at the door.

Local metal act Mercy Brown recently garnered fans from around the world when a collaborative Mary Poppins video went viral. Check them out headlining the Knitting Factory tonight along with Cold Blooded, Rasputin and Serpentspire. The show starts at 8 pm and is $5 for those 21 and under or otherwise free. Read this week's profile on the band here.

Jan Francisco is actually 16-year-old Spokanite Norman Robbins. His one man show comes to the Baby Bar Saturday night along with Dead Sea Squirrels and Fun Ladies. Be there around 10 to catch the rockin' party. 

Marshall McLean Band (Another 2015 Band to Watch) plays all sorts of venues but the Bartlett is certainly one of the group’s favorite joints. MMB and Jeffery Martin take on the Bartlett stage Saturday night starting at 8 pm and cost is $15 at the door

In Portland’s Eight Bells, the trio’s chops are delivered in the service of sprawling tunes that evoke drone-rock, dark metal and psychedelia, says Dan Nailen. The band brings this flair for the dramatic to Pinnacle Northwest Saturday at 8:30 pm. Cost is $7 for the all-ages show. Mercy Brown will play at this show too. 

Bazaar, the sister event to Terrain, runs all Saturday. Purchase local art all while listening to local regional music. Basically, take part in a perfect day.
Here's the whole lineup:
11 am: DB Record Selector (Spokane)
12:30 pm: DJ Breezy Brown (Spokane)
2 pm: Silver Torches (Seattle)
3 pm: ORPHANS. (Bellingham)
4 pm: City Hall (Bellingham)
5 pm: Scott Ryan (Spokane)
6 pm: Wild Wants (Seattle)
7 pm: Friends of Mine (Spokane)
8 pm: Mama Doll (Spokane)
9 pm: Down North (Seattle)

Continuing the area’s string of free, local, music-packed concerts is the third annual Stateline Music Festival. Taking place down at the newly remodeled Cruisers in Idaho, owner Justin Veo says that Father’s Day weekend should be the right fit for families to come out for live music (after previously trying Hoopfest and Labor Day weekends). While the first year started with 10 bands, this year’s festivities features two days and 18 acts. Saturday features hard rock bands doing their own stuff — expect a lot from Invasive, Mechanism, Elephant Gun Riot, AntiHero, Free the Jester, Banish the Echo and Children of Atom — while Sunday includes cover bands like Coleman Underground and Slightly Committed playing the whole musical gamut from country to funk. The event will also include aerial flyovers, roller derby exhibitions and yes, fire dancers. The shows run all afternoon into the evening.

Grieves is back, back again. That’s right, the Seattle rapper is at the Bartlett Sunday throwing his sweet rhymes down. The show is $20, but as he’s sold out the venue before, you’ll probably want to get your tickets early. The all-ages show starts at 8 pm.
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Monday, June 15, 2015

UPDATED: 2015 Bartfest lineup announced

Posted By on Mon, Jun 15, 2015 at 3:54 PM

Expect significant changes from the experiment that was last year’s first-
ever Bartfest. The basic concept remains intact — a celebration of local to national indie acts at the Bartlett and next door nYne — but this time around Bartlett owners Karli and Caleb Ingersoll have made the event two days instead of three, moved it from September to October and all but obliterated the price tag. Currently, weekend wristbands are running at $30 online (after Early Bird passes sold out), a far cry from the original $90 all-access pass of last year.

The first wave of the 2015 Bartfest lineup was just announced (expect about 16 bands when all is said and done) and right now it’s shaping up well. Angel Olsen, who just played Sasquatch! and performed at the Bartlett last year, is the biggest name on the list thus far but we’ll see what is to come.

While the Oct. 9 - 10 event is all-ages, note that nYne is 21+ after 8 pm. Wristbands will move up to $30 after July 15.

Angel Olsen (Chicago)
Horse Feathers (Portland)
Marshall McLean Band (Spokane)
Bryan John Appleby (Seattle)
Silver Torches (Seattle)
Mama Doll (Spokane)
Windoe (Spokane) 

The second wave of carefully currated indie bands are here, with far fewer Spokane acts than one might expect, but it's exciting to see groups from all over the country joining in the fun. This should be the full lineup. 
Vacationer (Philadelphia) 
Deep Sea Diver (Seattle)
Loch Lomond (Portland)
Joseph (Portland)
Cataldo (Seattle)
Great Good Fine Ok (Brooklyn)
River Whyless (Asheville, North Carolina)
Alex Cameron (Los Angeles)
Bellamaine (Anacortes)
Smokey Brights (Seattle)
Pérenne (Spokane)
Read up on all the acts here.

Also note there will be a Poster Show accompanying the festival, showcasing local graphic designers, illustrators and artists who will have designed an original work for each band performing. Proceeds from print sales benefit the Spokane chapter of The Songs for Kids Foundation.
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