Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hey '90s rock lovers: Everclear, Vertical Horizon & Fastball headed to Northern Quest

Posted By on Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 11:46 AM

Everclear headlines in Airway Heights May 13.
  • Everclear headlines in Airway Heights May 13.

In the late '90s, few bands had the kind of hot streak enjoyed by Portland-based Everclear, the pop-rock crew led by Art Alexakis that had just enough edge to appeal to the so-called Alternative Nation, and enough hooks to land songs like "Santa Monica," "Everything to Everyone" and "Father of Mine" in heavy rotation on the radio and MTV.

Alexakis is still going, with a new Everclear lineup and a relatively new album, Black is the New Black, and they'll be headlining a show at Northern Quest Resort & Casino on May 13. They'll be joined by fellow '90s success stories Vertical Horizon and Fastball on the bill. Tickets go on sale Friday morning at 6 am through a special presale (use the code NQSOCIAL when you go to buy), through the Northern Quest Resort & Casino website. Otherwise, they go on sale Saturday at 8:30 am; tickets are $45/$55/$65 for the show.

Everclear delivered three straight platinum-selling albums in their heyday, including Sparkle and Fade (1995), So Much for the Afterglow (1997) and the ridiculously titled Songs from an American Movie Vol. 1: Learning How to Smile (2000).

Vertical Horizon is best know for their 1999 hit "Everything You Want," while Fastball is a real bonus in this show as far as I'm concerned. The Texas band had a couple of hits in "The Way" and "Fire Escape" and continues to make really catchy, straightforward rock a couple decades later.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

THIS WEEKEND: Mike Stern Band, Reel Big Fish and a bevy of Baby Bar shenanigans

Posted By on Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 10:15 AM

Mike Stern plays at SFCC with his band Friday night.
  • Mike Stern plays at SFCC with his band Friday night.

Maybe you're planning a romantic Valentine's Day dinner this weekend, or enjoying the single life with friends. Something all of us can get behind — solo acts and duos — is the fun of a great night out for some live music. Thankfully, there's plenty happening across the Inland Northwest this weekend.


Here’s the thing about a horn section — it almost always makes a song better. Whether you’re talking about soul or funk, rock or reggae, a well-appointed horn section can take already great songs to a whole new level, and make middling songs seem a lot better than they really are. In the mid-’90s wave of ska-influenced acts like No Doubt, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Less Than Jake, having a killer horn section is one of the things that made Reel Big Fish stand out. It certainly helped make a hit out of the SoCal band’s 1997 breakthrough “Sell Out.” They’re still on the road plying their energetic wares, including a tour that includes fellow ’90s refugees Anti-Flag as well as reggae-fied Ballyhoo! and Toronto punks Pkew Pkew Pkew that stops at the Knitting Factory on Friday. Here's a little sample:

Iron Goat Brewing is hosting an EP release party for Buffalo Jones, and Andy Rumsey will be on hand as well for this free gig.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Watershed 2017 to feature Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton among its headliners

Posted By on Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 3:02 PM

Traditional country hero Chris Stapleton is among this year's headliners for Watershed.
  • Traditional country hero Chris Stapleton is among this year's headliners for Watershed.

The Watershed Music and Camping Festival announced a batch of its artists for the upcoming sixth edition of the country-flavored hoedown taking place at The Gorge amphitheater July 28-30 this year.

Among the headliners announced Wednesday are Luke Bryan (who recently did the National Anthem before the Super Bowl), critical darling Chris Stapleton and Darius Rucker. Also among the first wave of artists announced are Lauren Alaina, Lee Brice, Josh Abbott Band, Randy Houser and Chase Rice. More artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Last year Watershed expanded to two weekends for its fifth anniversary, but the festival returns to one weekend in 2017 — the recipe for success that made it one of the hottest tickets in the Northwest since kicking off in 2012.

Besides the entertainment on stage, Watershed is known for its fans fully embracing three days of country chaos, including giant slip-and-slides in the parking lot, beer pong competitions and massive, themed campsites.

Tickets for Watershed 2017 go on sale one week from today, Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 10 am. Three-day passes are $199, and do not include camping. A basic camping pass, good for one vehicle full of as many folks can fit, will run you $150. There are a variety of VIP options available as well.
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Jimmy Eat World, Beach Slang schedule Spokane spring show

Posted By on Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 10:39 AM

Jimmy Eat World headlines The Knitting Factory on April 25.
  • Jimmy Eat World headlines The Knitting Factory on April 25.

Emo survivors Jimmy Eat World put the finishing touches on their ninth studio album, Integrity Blues, in 2016 after a couple years off, and they're launching a tour that will bring the Arizona crew to Spokane this spring.

Jimmy Eat World will headline The Knitting Factory on Tuesday, April 25, with Beach Slang opening the show. Tickets are $26 in advance for the all-ages gig, and available starting Friday at 10 am at The Knit's website and There will also be a special presale on Wednesday starting at 10 am.

The band's latest comes on the heels of a mini-hiatus that saw lead singer Jim Adkins go on a solo tour, including a stop at The Bartlett, while other members toured with side projects, opened distilleries and took up boxing.

When they got back together, Jimmy Eat World decided to focus on songs, Adkins says, that are "about trying to overcome the personal struggle instead of getting upset with what life could be that it isn't." The resulting tunes are still full of the kind of killer hooks that made older songs like "The Middle" and "Futures" have serious staying power.

Here's a sample of one of the new tunes, "Sure and Certain:"

Joining Jimmy Eat World is Philadelphia-based buzz band Beach Slang, and that has me super-pumped. The band specializes in raucous rock ala The Replacements or The Hold Steady, and released their excellent second album A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings a few months ago. Here's a sample:

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Friday, February 3, 2017

THIS WEEKEND: Belt of Vapor is back, Ayron Jones brings it, and more

Posted By on Fri, Feb 3, 2017 at 11:10 AM

Ayron Jones and his band The Way headline The Big Dipper on Saturday.
  • Ayron Jones and his band The Way headline The Big Dipper on Saturday.

There's a whole lotta great music going on this weekend in the Inland Northwest, so make a point of perusing our music listings to find some close to you — just in case the snow makes travel a big sketchy.

We have a few options below, but first a little public service announcement:, a favored online music sampling and buying site among all your favorite bands, is having a benefit sale all day today. All the site's proceeds for music bought today will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union. Pretty cool. How go shopping.

Here are some music highlights of the weekend


For many, Las Vegas means glitzy casinos and garish poolside parties, and concerts by either faceless DJs at sweaty nightclubs or oldies acts like Wayne Newton and Celine Dion. But every city has a seedy underbelly, and it’s hard to imagine a more appropriate soundtrack for Sin City’s dark side than Meade Ave, a metal crew named after a street dedicated primarily to adult shops and dirty warehouses. The band has seen a few lineup changes since forming in 2013 — hey, the metal life is rough — but a newly solidified four-man lineup is preparing a new album, Stitching The Torn, for release this spring. The sound? Classic metal crunch that recalls the likes of Judas Priest or the thrashier moments of Iron Maiden on tunes like “The Hangman’s Toll.” They're playing at The Pin! and the cover is $10.

Over at The Observatory, Seattle indie punks Ramona play a show with Boat Race Weekend, Lucky Chase and Wake Up Flora.


Ayron Jones and the Way played Volume last spring, and the Seattle blues-rock crew has officially achieved "next big thing" status in their hometown. That typically means good things ahead. Read our interview with Jones and check out the show Saturday at The Big Dipper. Cover is $10.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Confessions of an Inlander art director: "Nickelback was my first concert"

Posted By on Wed, Feb 1, 2017 at 2:43 PM

Nickelback is ... back
  • Nickelback is ... back

Dressed in my Payless skate shoes, blue husky-sized jeans and a graphic tee, my mom and I were driving across the state line. I was 12 and on my way to my first real rock show. The song “Lightning Crashes” was stuck in my head.

Nickelback and Live — a band that never quite achieved the same fame — were performing at the Greyhound Park in Post Falls.

When I retold my recollection of this event during my teen years, I would fib and say my mom dragged me with her. But man, I was excited to be there.

It was a night of firsts. First concert, first Rockstar energy drink, first piece of band merch (a black Nickelback zip-up hoodie), and I even saw my first real-life pair of boobs when a woman climbed on a man’s shoulders and dropped her top.

Now the much-maligned Canadian rockers are back at it with a tour and ninth studio album set for release on June 9. Catch Nickelback August 29 at the Spokane Arena with Daughtry — another 2000s great. Tickets go on sale February 11 at 10 am through TicketsWest and range from $30-$125.

Here's the first single off the upcoming album (it's got some heavy riffs, enjoy!):

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Flaming Lips, Son Volt, Red Fang all heading to Spokane for spring shows

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 10:38 AM

Prepare to get weird. Flaming Lips are headed to Spokane.
  • Prepare to get weird. Flaming Lips are headed to Spokane.

You gotta love when the harsh, dark days of winter give way to warmer temps and an uptick in the number of touring bands heading to Spokane.

In just the last week we've heard about more-than-worthy shows scheduling the Lilac City, offering a diversity of sound and venues, and making music dorks like myself start some serious financial planning to handle buying all these tickets.

The highlight from today? Word that the incomparable Flaming Lips — they of the giant hamster ball, inexplicable Miley Cyrus collaborations and incredibly inventive tunes — are coming by the Knitting Factory on May 13 (a Saturday!). Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 am. and are $38 in advance/$40 day of show for the all-ages gig. (We fantasized about this happening just a couple issues ago. Behold our power!)

The Oklahoma psychedelic rock crew has a new album Oczy Mlody and a stage show unlike anything you'll catch from most bands with nearly four decades of performing under their belts. Here's a trippy vid from their new album:

Also announced recently, alt-country cats Son Volt are swinging by The Barlett for a show on Sunday, May 7. The band is led by Jay Farrar, possessor of one of the great voices in modern American music, as well as former Uncle Tupelo bandmate with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. Son Volt has a new album, Notes of Blue, arriving on Feb. 17. Tickets for the show are $25 in advance, $28 day of show through The Bartlett website.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

THIS WEEKEND: Nat Park, Bartlett Awards, Bullets and Balloons release party and more

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Nat Park & the Tunnels of Love play tonight at The Observatory.
  • Nat Park & the Tunnels of Love play tonight at The Observatory.

There's a bevy of fine tunes happening all over the region this weekend, so go hit up our music listings to get a groove on. Here are a few highlights of the weekend:


The Bartlett is celebrating three years of making the Spokane music scene a much better place, and they're doing it the best way they know how — by delivering some excellent tunes. Tonight, catch Super Sparkle and The Dancing Plague of 1518.

The Observatory has a show that is sure to be a killer, featuring the soulful Nat Park & the Tunnels of Love and Fat Lady. It would be hard to find a local double bill more joyously rocking and funky than these two relatively new acts.

The Knitting Factory offers a night of flashback fun with Zoso-The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience. You know, besides watching The Song Remains the Same turned to 11.


Locals Bullets or Balloons introduces a new album of torrid, topical punk with a show at The Big Dipper. Read our interview with the band, one of the best in Spokane IMHO.

Catch The Bartlett Awards Violet Catastrophe and Runaway Octopus.

The Spokane Symphony's Superpops series swings in a, um, swing direction with a collaboration with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. You probably remember this tune:

If you like the country stuff, Sawyer Brown is delivering it at Northern Quest.


Get out to the Roadhouse to support a cancer benefit with tunes from Michael Dixon, Ray Vasquez, Gilbert Rivas, The Hankers and Tin Pan Alley.

The Knitting Factory gets a wee bit irie with Iration, a favorite visitor to the Lilac City, almost on a Tech N9ne level.
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Monday, January 23, 2017

Sasquatch fest lineup announced; Twenty One Pilots, Chance the Rapper, Shins among headliners

Posted By on Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 9:50 AM

The full lineup for Sasquatch 2017 is out, and tickets go on sale Saturday.
  • The full lineup for Sasquatch 2017 is out, and tickets go on sale Saturday.

The full lineup of this spring's Sasquatch Music Festival has a nice blend of old and new designed to help the annual Memorial Day throwdown at The Gorge to get back to it's insanely crowded heights after a down year in 2016.

Twenty One Pilots, Chance the Rapper, Phantogram, The Shins and The Head and the Heart were among the bigger names joining the previously announced Frank Church. Tickets for this year's festival go on sale Saturday at 10 am and are $295 for the three-day pass; camping is $99.50 extra per car for the basic spot, and there are a number of VIP options available.

The wise decision to make the festival just three days over the holiday weekend potentially means more bang for your buck, and down-lineup acts like soul man Charles Bradley, indie-rock darling Car Seat Headrest, alt-country singer Courtney Marie Andrews and bounce beast Big Freedia should help get things going before each night's headliners.

The festival's comedy component is stellar as well, including appearances by Fred Armisen, Sasheer Zamata and Beth Stelling.

Here's a look back at our Sasquatch coverage from last year.
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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


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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