The fuzzy power pop actthe Hoot Hoots are coming through Spokane again this weekend — they must love us. The talented Seattle four-piece brings along their friendsSmokey Brights for the Bartlett show and Lavoywill open the party with the promise of at least two new songs. Get there at 8 pm. Tickets are $12.
One of the two underappreciated old men rockers coming through this week is Texas Americana singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo. Tonight, he’ll play acoustic with violinist Susan Voelz at the Palomino Club. The show is $15 and starts at 9 pm. Leon Russell (the other old man rocker) plays the Bing Crosby Theater Wednesday.
It’s Record Store Day! Get out there and support your local record stores, duh.
The second weekend of Coachella is just starting up, signaling the return of music festival season in America. Jumping on the festival bandwagon this year is KZUU 90.7 FM, Washington State University’s non-commercial radio station, with its first-ever Kazzuzapalousa in Pullman, happening at the BellTower. The event include Seattle-based headliners Chastity Belt and Childbirth (the latter made up of members from Pony Time, Tacocat and Chastity Belt), two remarkable feminist punk bands who know how to rock the hell out of any joint they play. Other acts include Corey J. Brewer, Daniel Halligan, Youryoungbody, Blackwater Prophet, the Static Tones and Smashclub. There will be local art, and also food and booze for sale. The festival begins at 2 pm and is $8 for students, $10 for the public.
Just across the state line, Moscow is hosting its annual Hemp Fest at East City Park. The musical lineup includes (and we couldn’t make these names up): Charcoal Squids, Galactic Tofu Farmers, Phoenix 99, Voodoo City Radio, Bread & Circus, Endangered Species and more. The event, which includes vendors and guest speakers, is free and goes from 10 am to 7 pm.
As April 20 is on a Monday this year, many of the activities are happening one day prior. Royal's Cannabis is hosting a 4/20 Festival Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. The event features live DJ music and four hand-rolled joints for $20. Meanwhile 4:20 Friendly is hosting the event, Why Wait ‘Til 4:20? The day goes from 2 pm to 7 pm and includes music from Thief of Hearts and Psycho Syndicate. Be sure to bring a blanket and/or chairs for this one.
Also note that Neko Case performs at the Bing Crosby Theater Monday.
This Saturday, it’s time for yet another wild Record Store Day — the event that’s almost single-handedly kept independent record stores in the Inland Northwest and beyond in business for the past decade. While there are fewer record stores participating this year (Groove Merchants is too new and Deadbeat Records moved from Moscow to Olympia), there are more than enough options to see you through.
If you’re a huge audiophile, you already have a list of the exclusive records, archival reissues and fun-colored rarities to go after. For everyone else, it’s time to catch up. Awesome limited-releases include tracks from nearly any genre you ever wanted, from U2 to Monty Python. Check out an entire list here.
Expect a line around the block at all of these locations so plan accordingly. Also don’t forget, these record stores are open other days of the year, too.
1902 N. Hamilton St.
Expect: Outside sidewalk vinyl sale (weather pending), along with exclusive Record Store Day items and swag inside. The store normally opens at 11 am and the doors are set to open somewhat early, at a to be determined time.
1610 N. Monroe
Expect: Special limited edition RSD poster available by the Inlander’s own graphic designer Derrick King. Doors open at 11 am. Live music by the Marshall McLean Band and Glenn Case starts at 3 pm.
The Long Ear
2405 N. Fourth St., Coeur d'Alene
Expect: Free giveaways and free coffee and snacks in line while you wait for doors to open at the usual 10 am. Be advised, this is the largest amount of product the business has ever ordered for RSD.
It's time for another roundup of recently released local music videos. As ever, the diversity within the local scene is magnified with this handful of artists. Check 'em out!
The Coeur d'Alene-based metalcore band Moretta just released its debut and self-titled album. Look for their next show to happen at the end of May. But the real question is: Whose handwriting is featured in this video?
The Muzes Spokane’s own darling MC Jaeda Glasgow has recently teamed up with Kelley Mak out of California to form hip-hop outfit the Muzes. The title track off of their latest EP Boom Bap Gypsies is perfect for rollin’ with your girls on a night out.
By Dan Nailen
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:
Eels 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:
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.
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.
By Dan Nailen
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:"
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.
K Records and THEE XNTRX Present: All Your Friend's Friends, a NW Hip Hop Showcase featuring:
Marshall McLean Band
Fox and the Law
Sons of Huns
Flee the Century
Puff Puff Beer
Boy Eats Drum Machine
Marshall McLean Band
Von the Baptist
Whiskey Dick Mountain
There is No Mountain
The Flying Spiders
Friends of Mine
The Holy Broke
Age of Nefilim
Hey! is for Horses
Boat Race Weekend
The Static Tones
Need more excitement for today? Check out this video from last year's festival.
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.
SATURDAY 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.
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.