Friday, January 9, 2015

THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: David Lindley, Ben Miller Band and a Mama Doll says goodbye

Posted By on Fri, Jan 9, 2015 at 3:37 PM

After a bit of a holiday hiatus, live music performances are heating up around the area once more. Phew.
Also, read about other recent local music happening here.

Tonight, the folk-rock act Mama Doll plays the Bartlett, marking singer/drummer Austen Case’s final performance with the band she co-founded. Edmund Wayne opens for the 8 pm show, which costs $12 at the door. If you’re unfamiliar with the band, check out their searing album As the Crow Flies here.

Experience an evening with David Lindley at the Chateau Rive tonight. Even though the guitarist is 70, he’s still got what it takes to entertain an audience for a couple hours. Over the years he’s played with Jackson Browne, Curtis Mayfield and Dolly Parton, but his solo stuff still makes guitar aficionados go crazy. The show starts at 8 pm and is $20.

Art, art everywhere! Musicians Erik Walters (Silver Torches), Eliza Johnson and Marshall MacLean will provide the soundtrack for featured poet Lauren Gilmore and visual artist Chris Dreyer at the Round No. 4 Saturday. The show hits the Bartlett at 7:30 pm. It costs $8.

John’s Alley in Moscow hosts a Jon Wight Benefit Concert featuring the Seattle-based rock act the Magic Mirrors and singer-songwriter/producer Bart Budwig. Wight, a local musician, was recently diagnosed with abdominal cancer. The show starts at 8 pm.

Saturday, get musically pummeled at (where else?) the Hop! when No Bragging Rights, the Greenery, FAUS, Straight to Our Enemies and the Wake of Giants take to the stage with a whole bunch of raucous metal songs. The all-ages show starts at 6 pm and is $12.

Men with long beards playing banjos and washboards — the esthetic seems overdone these days. But the Ben Miller Band, out of Joplin, Missouri, is anything but a Mumford & Sons copycat trio. On the band’s recent release, Any Way, Shape Or Form, songs progress from mudstomp folk to country, rock ’n’ roll and even silly, shout-back-and-forth numbers — not one songs sounds the same. The group, playing the Big Dipper Sunday at 7 pm, also employs rustic instruments like electric spoons and a homemade one-string bass. That show is $13 the day of. The band also plays at Republic Brewing Co. Monday. 

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MUSIC NEWS: Big Dipper construction, Jason Aldean again and more

Posted By on Fri, Jan 9, 2015 at 12:13 PM

Construction outside of the Big Dipper to bring a water main line to its door was completed Wednesday.
  • Construction outside of the Big Dipper to bring a water main line to its door was completed Wednesday.

The Big Dipper moves closer to larger capacity

The Big Dipper’s fire suppression system installation is that much closer to completion after a main water line was put in this week. Meaning soon the live music venue will move from its current 110-person capacity to a 200 to 250-person capacity, says owner Dan Hoerner.

The city of Spokane pledged to help the business with the cost of the water line construction last April. But it wasn’t until Wednesday that construction — which included cutting up the road in front of the business, installing a 4-inch water line, and drilling through the building's foundation — was finished.

Alpine Fire Sprinklers has volunteered to install the sprinkler system for free, Hoerner says, although a completion date is not yet set.  

"This is just a miracle," Hoerner says. "We've been operating under an economic chokehold because of not having fire sprinklers. But soon we’ll be able to bring in bigger acts and more people. This opens up a lot of opportunities for us. It just shows how much this classic venue means to people in this community."

The Bartlett has awards

Open for more than a year, the Bartlett has just announced its first ever fan-selected Bartlett Awards. Vote here for your favorite musical acts and more who graced the halls of the venue since it opened. 

The winners will be announced at the upcoming free Bartlett Awards show, January 17. Local bands playing the event include Loomer, Sea Giant and Friends of Mine.

Shocking! More country at the Spokane Arena

We knew Jason Aldean was coming through the Spokane Arena after the artist announced it last fall, but the Arena has just confirmed it. Aldean performs April 24 along with opening country crooners Cole Swindell, Tyler Farr and Dee Jay Silver. Tickets for the event go on sale next Friday.

The artist most recently performed at the Arena September 2013.

The Sweeplings hit ABC Family

Cami Bradley’s new duo, the Sweeplings, has made national television. Last fall, the band met with ABC higher-ups to have their music potentially played on any of the network’s many channels. That meeting went well.

Their song “In Too Deep” was chosen to provide the soundtrack for an ABC Family show promo for The Fosters, which will run on the channel until Jan, 19, the show’s winter premiere. A teen soap opera, The Fosters is overly dramatic, but the music here is hauntingly beautiful. We’ll have to wait and see if the band’s music makes any other ABC shows. (Grey’s Anatomy, please).

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Psycho performance with the Spokane Symphony

Posted By on Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 12:04 PM

You’d recognize those shrieking strings anywhere.

“Er, er, er, er, er, er!”

The soundtrack to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic horror movie Psycho is some of the most terrifying music ever set to film. Imagine Janet Leigh’s immortal shower scene without the bone-chilling musical theme to accompany her screams. On February 12 (in time for a pre-Valentine’s date), the Spokane Symphony boldly takes on the Bernard Herrmann-penned score as the film rolls behind them on stage at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.  

The symphony has performed other film soundtracks, like Casablanca last season, but Psycho was practically made for this format. 

Assistant conductor Jorge Luis Uzcategui makes his Spokane Symphony debut with this exciting performance.

Show up early as a character from the film (Mrs. Bates anyone?) and win prizes in the costume contest. The show starts at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are $28 - $49 and can be purchased at beginning Friday. Do note the film is rated R (even though it was made in 1960 and was filmed black and white, do not underestimate its fright factor). 

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

TUESDAY TASTE: Boyhood hits video; Decemberists, Sleater-Kinney among anticipated albums of 2015

Posted By on Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 1:01 PM

Every week we delve into the (mostly) steaming pile of new music and home video releases to help readers spend their money on the most worthy of entertainment options. It's a new year, we have the same job. Let's do this. 

The Decemberists' new album arrives in two weeks.
  • The Decemberists' new album arrives in two weeks.
The music biz is still coasting on holiday sales of Pentatonix and taking a break from releasing anything of note this week. Instead, here are some of the albums I'm most anticipating in the first few months of 2015: 
The Decemberists, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World (Jan. 20). It's been four years since the strong The King is Dead album from the Portland folk-rockers led by Colin Meloy. 
Sleater-Kinney, No Cities to Love (Jan. 20). Nine years after Sleater-Kinney released The Woods and then split up, America's best band (ya heard me!) is back with one of the most anticipated albums and tours of the year — and the tour starts right here in Spokane on Feb. 8 with a sold-out show at the Knitting Factory. 
Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear (Feb. 10). His 2012 debut, Fear Fun, was excellent. Here's hoping the concept album he's releasing for his sophomore effort holds up as well. 
Modest Mouse, Stranger to Ourselves (March 3). It's been eight years since Issaquah's finest put out an album. That's way too long for a band that always has something interesting going thanks to leader Isaac Brock. 
Faith No More, title tba (April). Younger readers probably won't know or care about the Bay Area experimental rockers — it's been 18 years since their last release! — but Mike Patton has one of the best voices in rock. 
My Morning Jacket, title tba (April). Speaking of great voices, MMJ's Jim James has one, too, and the band has reportedly recorded enough songs for two full-length releases. Huzzah!

This week's video releases include some of the worst movies of 2014 — hello, Left Behind remake starring Nicolas Cage — but some of the Oscar favorites are out as well. 

Boyhood has topped a slew of year-end "Best Movies of 2014" lists, and is generating serious Oscar buzz for director Richard Linklater, as well as Patricia Arquette. If the near-three-hour running time was too daunting for you to see it in theaters, now's your chance to buy it and watch on your own time. 
Dinosaur 13 is a remarkable documentary about the discovery of the T-rex named Sue (you might have seen a cast replica of her at the Mobius recently), and the battle for control of her fossil. Here's a look: 
Get On Up got a frustratingly short release in theaters, so a chance to see the James Brown bio-pic is a welcome one. It stars Chadwick Boseman, hot on the heels of his strong Jackie Robinson portrayal in 47

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Friday, January 2, 2015

THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Laying low and playing it cool

Posted By on Fri, Jan 2, 2015 at 4:41 PM

The weekend after a wild weekday New Year’s Eve is always going to be pretty quiet. This time around is no exception. Here's a look at what is still happening and shows coming down the pipeline.

Once again, it's First Friday. Check out the list of Spokane venues offering live music and art here.

Truth. Freedom. Love. Let Bodhi Drip’s peace-loving music take control of you Saturday at the Big Dipper and these idioms will certainly become your mantra. This band, an ever-revolving collective of local musicians anchored by guitarist Lucas Brown, crafts tunes that feel as epic and carefree as a beachside summer day. With their music — sandy garage funk amplified by plenty of saxophone and tinged with notes of reggae — Bodhi Drip hopes to start a revolution of kindness and goodness. The group is currently working on a new album set for a February release. Their show starts at 8 pm, includes the Working Spliffs and is $5 to get in.

The recent album for the death metal band I Declare War is called We are violent people by nature. That should tell you what you’re in for at the upcoming hard-ass show at the Hop! The all-ages show is $13 the day of with doors opening at 6 pm.


Incantation is celebrating 25 years of mind-blowing, eye-popping death metal. Since 1989, when the band was co-founded by John McEntee, the sole original member, Incantation has had somewhat of a bumpy ride, with more than 30 musicians rotating through the lineup over the years. In June the group released Dirges of Elysium — a work that aptly leaps between sludge and speed — more than proving they‘ve gotten/kept it together. Show up at the Hop! next Thursday at 7:30 pm if you’d like to be ensnared by the depths of hell. Funerus, Rutah, Xingaia and In Defiance will open. Cost is $13.

Check here for upcoming January music events.

Here were some of the best shows and albums of last year according to Inlander staff and freelancers. We can't wait to see what 2015 music has for us.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

INK Artspace offers free music, digital arts workshops for kids at local libraries

Posted By on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 at 1:24 PM

A scene from the first Girls Rock Lab, at INK in August 2014. - KRISTEN BLACK
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  • A scene from the first Girls Rock Lab, at INK in August 2014.

At the turn of each new year, we jot down our resolutions. Some are sure to be those unaccomplished goals from the 2014 list, while other entries are more innovative and intended to challenge us to develop a new talent. 

The fledgling arts education nonprofit INK Artspace is collaborating with the Spokane Public Library to offer a few early options for ambitious local kids to get started on their 2015 resolution lists.

These two workshops are directed toward ages 8-18: Girls Rock Lab, a series to expand musical and instrumental knowledge, and Pixel Playground, offering participants the chance to experiment with digital arts. Each program runs for two hours every Tuesday through the month of January, and welcomes students with or without experience. Both programs are free, and registration is required.

Girls Rock Lab, held at the Hillyard library branch, had wild success with its first appearance in August at INK's downtown space.

"The first time we did the lab it was super fun, so we wanted to go ahead and offer more," says Mischa Jakupcak, INK Artspace board president. She adds that girls will experiment with something new each week, from singing and songwriting to percussion and drumming. 

Pixel Playground, offered for the first time at the Downtown library branch, immerses students in lessons in video game production, Photoshop and basic computer programming.

"We want all the kids to walk away with something they personally created," Jakupcak says.

While the first Girls Rock Lab had a great turnout the first go-around, INK Artspace leaders sought to expand to local libraries in order to reach a different group of kids. In the heart of downtown, INK is located away from major residential neighborhoods. 

"We were able to reach only a very select group of kids, so we figured this time we would like to reach out to the neighborhoods where the other kids are," Jakupcak says.

Spaces are filling up fast and only a few spots remain for both programs. Registration forms can be found online on INK's website.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

St. John's Cathedral commemorates 100th anniversary of 1914 Christmas Truce

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 12:05 PM

On Christmas Eve in 1914, during World War I, a true holiday miracle took place in the trenches of Messines, Belgium, when a temporary, unofficial truce was decided in honor of Christmas Day. Gun fire and explosions ceased as British, Belgian, French and German soldiers shook hands and exchanged holiday wishes. These men caught in the midst of war came together over coffee, tea and chocolate, joining in a chorus of "Silent Night" — a harmony that would echo long into history. 

Now, a century later, carillonneurs (aka bell ringers) in 11 different countries around the world commemorate that remarkable truce on its 100th anniversary. Spokane's St. John's Cathedral is one of 78 carillons participating in the worldwide recognition of the Christmas Eve Truce, with Carillonneur Jonathan Lehrer — winner of the 2010 International Carillon competition — leading the cathedral's 49-bell carillon.

The historic, 90-year-old St. John's Cathedral begins the carillon concert on Christmas Eve, following its family Christmas Eve Eucharist at 4 pm, and again at 9:15 pm, prior to the Christmas Eve Choral Eucharist. 

The ringing of the bells are open to all, and St. John's invites the Spokane community to join together in holiday spirit similar to one the expressed by the soldiers a century ago. 


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TUESDAY TASTE: A second Trip and Funkadelic comeback

Posted By on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Even during the week of Christmas the entertainment biz is trying to find its way into your wallet with new music and DVD releases, and we're here to help you separate the good from the bad every Tuesday. 

Not much in the way of new music this week, with one notable exception. You got the funk? Funkadelic is releasing its first new music in 33 years on CD Tuesday (it came out digitally a couple weeks back), and First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate has all the usual suspects you want from a Parliament/Funkadelic release—George Clinton leading the charge, contributions from Sly Stone and a slew of bad mofos. Here's a tune called "Ain't That Funkin' Kind of Hard on You:"

Remarkably, there are two worthy indie flicks newly released this week that you should consider for some holiday viewing. 

The Trip to Italy is the follow-up to The Trip, in which British actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon play exaggerated versions of themselves, bouncing through travel hotspots, exploring fine cuisine and lodgings while delivering their best Michael Caine impressions (among others). The original took them through their native Britain, while the follow-up leads them to, yes, Italy for visits to Pompeii and Sicily. 
Pride stars some seriously great actors (Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Paddy Considine) in a true story about a group of gay and lesbian activists who join forces with some rough-and-tumble striking miners in mid-80s England. Pride was nominated for a Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) Golden Globe. 

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Friday, December 19, 2014

THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Bartlett Christmas, Broken Thumbs debut and Elton Jah’s final show

Posted By on Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 2:01 PM


There was a time on American TV when famous people (i.e., Andy Williams, Bing Crosby, Julie Andrews and the Osmonds) made Christmas specials, and people couldn’t get enough of them. Times have changed, but the Bartlett continues that tradition, sans the TV aspect, by inviting many of their favorite local acts together for the first-ever Bartlett Christmas Special. Guests of honor include Water Monster, Marshall McLean, Mama Doll, the Holy Broke, Caroline Fowler, Scott Ryan and Windoe, along with emcee Derrick Oliver and poet Mark Anderson. Expect original Christmas songs tucked between holiday classics. And prepare yourself for a sing-along portion. The show is sold out starts at 8 pm, so start hoping for a Christmas miracle if you don't have a ticket. Take a listen to some of what will be played tonight here.

The Broken Thumbs, who have been together since June, are finally performing for the first time tonight. The lineup for the Big Dipper show also includes the Failsafe Project, Elephant Death Riot, Cameron Moore and DaethStar. Get there at 7:30 pm and bring $12 if you haven’t already bought tickets. Read our story on the band here.

Since 2011, Elton Jah and his band have played all of the classic Elton John hits, including Jah’s favorite, “Rocket Man,” with a reggae beat. Saturday night at nYne, that’s all coming to an end as the group plays its final show. The band plans to be reincarnated in the near future as a different type of classic act, so be on the lookout for that. In the meantime, take advantage of this last show and an ugly sweater Christmas contest, featuring $100 in prizes. As “Candle in the Wind” put it: Elton Jah, “Your candle burned out long before your legend ever did.” The show starts at 9 pm and is $10.

The Hop’s raucous Nightmare Before Christmas series sees its final show Saturday. This time, the huge number of local acts includes: the Ongoing Concept, Jedediah the Pilot, Extortionist, Age of Nefilim, Verbera, Cold Blooded, Projections, Resverie and Serpentspire.

Celebrate the shortest day of the year at the Big Dipper’s Winter Solstice Party. The lineup includes local rockers Phlegm Fatale, Mirror Mirror and Lost Masters. The show begins at 7:30 pm and is $3. Things are going to get loud! 

Bret Michaels, man. He’s still alive and performing at casinos all around the country. Check him out at Northern Quest Resort and Casino Sunday at 7:30 pm. Cost runs between $55 and $75.

The Colourflies released their new 23-track CD on Tuesday, but they’ll do it all again at Sunday’s Jingle Bell Rock and Metal Fest at the Knitting Factory. The Backups will also release their brand new EP that night. Other local acts on the monstrous lineup include: Scorch the Fallen, Heart Avail, Amnija, the Expo, Rylei Franks, Over Due and Burning Clean. The show begins at 6 pm and $10.
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

TUESDAY TASTE: Sample new D'Angelo and old Kinks; Stefon makes a movie

Posted By on Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 12:05 PM

You might be tempted to buy your friends or loved ones some new music or videos just in time for the holidays. Before you do, let us help you separate the worthy from the waste of money with our Tuesday Taste. 


D'Angelo and the Vanguard, Black Messiah. With a gap between albums that would make Axl Rose blush, D'Angelo is finally back on the scene with new music, and people are pretty excited about it. At one point — around 1995 when his debut Voodoo took the world by storm — he was considered the baddest man in R&B and neo-soul. Will people still care about him in 2014? They probably should, judging by the sound of this one called "Really Love." I recommend you skip the first 1:30 of intro to get to the goods: 

The Kinks, The Anthology 1964-1971. The Brit-pop pioneers are criminally under-appreciated, and this five-disc set of their early years is a great introduction to a band who should be held in the same esteem of the Beatles, the Stones and the Who. They wrote "You Really Got Me," dammit! And this great tune: 

Charli XCX, Sucker.  The British star's sophomore album brings a bit of rock riffage to the mix that matches well with her snotty attitude, a nice contrast to the princess-like propriety of Ms. Swift's brand of pop. If you're looking for something for a young pop music fan, this can work: 


The mainstream releases that will garner most of the attention of less-discerning film fans this week include the latest Woody Allen flick, Magic in the Moonlight, which got raked over pretty good by critics for its hard to believe chemistry (or lack thereof) between the 54-year-old Colin Firth and 26-year-old Emma Stone. Bad Woody can be very bad. The Maze Runner is another wannabe dystopian-future teen flick, so if you haven't had your fill of those yet, go to town. And, of course, there's the reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles out on vid today, but the less said about that, the better. 

If you're looking for something with a bit more to offer, though, consider these flicks: 

The Skeleton Twins features long-time Saturday Night Live co-stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, but this story of estranged twins forced into a reunion offers more drama than you might expect, along with some laughs. You might never look at Hader as merely "Stefon" anymore. Here's the trailer: 

This Is Where I Leave You is a slam-dunk on paper. Based on a best-selling novel by Jonathan Tropper, it stars an unbelievable cast including Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jane Fonda and Adam Driver. The actual film isn't all that it could have been, often leaving its cast with too little to do, but there are moments when it lives up to its potential — particularly when Driver is on screen. Here's a look: 

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