Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Seattle's Fleet Foxes have reunited, and they're coming to Spokane

Posted By on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 3:34 PM


It sure seems like we've been dropping an awful lot of local concert announcements lately, and here's another: Fleet Foxes, the critically adored alt-folk outfit from Seattle, are scheduled to play one of their first shows in six years at the Knitting Factory on May 16, and tickets go on sale tomorrow.

The band first rose to prominence with its 2008 self-titled debut, which was named best album of the year by Pitchfork, Mojo and Billboard. After touring with their Grammy-nominated sophomore LP Helplessness Blues, Fleet Foxes went on hiatus in 2013, and frontman and songwriter Robin Pecknold went back to college at Columbia.

(And for those who are curious, former Foxes drummer Josh Tillman, better known as the pop provocateur Father John Misty, will not be returning to the lineup.)

Now the band's back together, and they've announced a new album titled Crack-Up, which is set for release in June. The first single, the complex, nine-minute-long "Third of May," picks up where the last record left off, continuing the band's penchant for strummy, intricately-harmonized Americana.

The Foxes' upcoming tour kicks off in Missoula on May 15 and continues with a handful of concerts in mid-size Pacific Northwest theaters. Prices for their Spokane show have yet to be announced, but you can snatch up a ticket tomorrow morning at 10 am.
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Willie, Flo Rida, Sammy Hagar and Alice Cooper among Northern Quest's 2017 summer concert lineup — see it here

Posted By on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 1:51 PM

Alice Cooper kicks off this summer's shows at Northern Quest.
  • Alice Cooper kicks off this summer's shows at Northern Quest.

From classic rock to country legends to hip-hop heavyweights, there's a little something for all tastes at this year's summer concert series at Northern Quest Resort & Casino.

Here's a breakdown of all the summer has to offer (although the resort could always add some shows at a later date):

ALICE COOPER, June 18, $45/$55/$65, on sale April 1. The shock-rock legend puts on a great live show, and you might be able to catch him golfing somewhere earlier in the day if you can recognize him without his makeup.

SAMMY HAGAR AND THE CIRCLE, June 30, $65/$75/$85, on sale April 1. The longtime lead singer for Van Halen and solo artist brings a band that includes former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason (son of John) Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson to delve into all eras of Hagar's career, plus a few Zeppelin covers.

SUBLIME WITH ROME AND THE OFFSPRING, July 6, $44/$65/$85, on sale April 1. Two of the biggest bands of the '90s on tour together and delivering hits like "What I Got" and "Keep 'Em Separated."

DONNY AND MARIE, July 16, $55/$65/$85, on sale April 1. They've performed together on Las Vegas and toured separately for years, but this show is the rare treat when the two '70s icons hit the road together for a show.

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Community Colleges of Spokane moves Pullman classes to WSU campus

Posted By on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 1:47 PM

Community college classes will be held in this WSU building starting April 3 - COURTESY OF CCS
  • Courtesy of CCS
  • Community college classes will be held in this WSU building starting April 3

Starting Monday, Spokane Falls Community College students will move to the Washington State University campus for classes, allowing SFCC to maintain its branch in Pullman while modestly cutting costs.

Last year, Community Colleges of Spokane Chancellor Christine Johnson said the SFCC Pullman would remain in some capacity, but CCS was looking at a way to keep it there affordably. CCS, at the time, was looking to trim its budget by up to 10 percent. By June, CCS announced that it was in talks with WSU to move the Pullman branch from the Gladish Community Center starting in January.

The move took longer than anticipated, but last week WSU and CCS announced it was happening.

"Washington State University has always been a strong partner to our community colleges," SFCC President Janet Gullickson said in the news release. "Moving our Pullman operations onto their campus takes that partnership to a whole new level and allows us to greatly enhance the educational opportunities for our students."

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Idaho farmer's double life, Spokane construction season, and morning headlines

Posted By on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 9:24 AM


MUSIC: Did you catch Social Distortion while they were in Spokane over the weekend? Here's our review.

NEWS: After a botched euthanasia of a dog, a man is suing Washington State University and the state in a case that could set a new legal precedent.

MUSIC: Coming soon to Spokane, relive the '90s with Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows.


Idaho farmer lived secret life as Florida man
A North Idaho farmer just wanted to live a simple life in the country, but after 17 years, his other life, as a felon in Florida, finally caught up with him. (Spokesman-Review)

Back to work
The days are getting longer, the snow has melted, and the grass is growing. That's right, Spokane: It's construction season. (KXLY)

It's wet outside
If it seems like this March has been rainier than usual, you are correct. Already, this has been the fourth wettest March on record in Spokane. (Spokesman-Review)

Nunes asked to recuse himself
House Democrats want Rep. Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, to recuse himself from the investigation of possible Russian interference with the 2016 election. Democrats say his relationship with President Trump means he can't be impartial. Nunes has rejected the idea.

Pressing on
After "the longest prayer we've ever had," House Republicans say they're not giving up on repealing Obamacare just yet. (CNN)
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Monday, March 27, 2017

Lawsuit over 'torturous' euthanasia of Cle Elum man's dog could set new precedent

Posted By on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 12:31 PM

  • Courtesy of Rob Repin
  • Kaisa

Kaisa was not supposed to wake up. The grey and white Alaskan malamute was diagnosed with cancer, and veterinarians gave her only months to live. Her owner, Rob Repin, made the difficult decision to have her put down.

What was supposed to be a peaceful goodbye to Kaisa, Repin's sole companion for the past 11 years, quickly turned into a torturous ordeal. Nearly five years later, it's not over.

Repin sued Washington State University and Washington state in a case that raises issues never before considered in courts throughout the country, according to a Washington State Court of Appeals commissioner's ruling. Repin, a reclusive gold prospector who lives in a 420-square-foot cabin that he built himself, is asking for compensation for the emotional distress caused by his dog's botched euthanasia.

If successful, his lawsuit could break new legal ground for pet owners in Washington. His claim focuses on the debate between the role of a pet. Was Kaisa "just a dog?" A piece of Repin's property? Or was she, as Repin describes, his family?

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Spokane Arena adds Matchbox 20, Counting Crows, Piano Guys to upcoming schedule

Posted By on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 11:59 AM

Adam Duritz of Counting Crows (left) and Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20
  • Adam Duritz of Counting Crows (left) and Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20

The Spokane Arena continues to bulk up its upcoming concert schedule with an impressive roster of names.

The big announcement of the week is that '90s hitmakers Matchbox 20 and Counting Crows will kick off a co-headlining tour in Spokane on July 12. The tour coincides with the 20th anniversary of Matchbox 20's breakthrough album Yourself or Someone Like You (doesn't that make you feel old?), a blockbuster LP that spawned the Top 40 singles "3 A.M.," "Push," "Back to Good" and "Real World." Counting Crows have been around even longer, best known for the alt-rock radio staples "Mr. Jones" and "A Long December."

Tickets for the show range from $35 to $85, and they go on sale Fri, March 31, at noon through TicketsWest.
The Piano Guys
  • The Piano Guys

And on Oct. 12, the Piano Guys will return to the Arena after playing there last May. Best known for imaginative YouTube videos featuring instrumental renditions of everything from Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling" to "Let It Go" from Frozen, the Utah-based quartet recently released its sixth studio album, Uncharted.

Tickets start at $29.50 and run all the way up to $179.50; they're available at 10 am this Friday through TicketsWest.

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CONCERT REVIEW: Social Distortion's reliable rock fills the Knit

Posted By on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 10:36 AM

Social Distortion got the packed Knitting Factory into a sweaty mess within a couple songs. - DAN NAILEN
  • Dan Nailen
  • Social Distortion got the packed Knitting Factory into a sweaty mess within a couple songs.

Social Distortion is one of those bands whose fans can genuinely count on to deliver what they know and love every time the group records new songs or hits a concert stage. And what they deliver is a winning blend of punk attitude and retro-rock riffage.

The audience? Predominantly hot-rodders and bikers, old punks and Bettie Page fashionistas, although Social D had enough time in the major-label spotlight and on rock radio that plenty of decidedly un-punk souls join the mob to hear leader Mike Ness's raspy roll through hits like "Ball and Chain" and "Story of My Life."

"Mob" is a bit of an understatement for the crowd at the jam-packed Knitting Factory show on Saturday night. It was tough to find any room to move around, whether on the main floor, in the bar area or upstairs; it was wall-to-wall and instantly sweaty when Social Distortion took the stage and lit into the barreling "So Far Away" and "Bad Luck," a worthy one-two punch of a show opener that got the mob to at least move forward and break into a pit in front of the stage.

A few songs in, after watching the, um, aggressive reaction to the band's tunes in that pit, Ness implored the crowd to mellow out a little. "Let's all get out of here alive, okay?" he asked, grinning.

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Alton Brown heads to town, Zags hit final four, and morning headlines

Posted By on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 9:47 AM


What's up?: This week Alton Brown comes to town to show off food science, the Coeur d'Alene Blues Festival kicks off, Gilbert Gottfried is scheduled to make you laugh, and more. 


Zags score their way to Final Four
Gonzaga will face off against South Carolina in what will be the first Final Four game for each school. The Chicago Sun-Times takes a look at who might be favored to win in the final match ups of March Madness. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Baby behind bars
Some women serving time in a Washington state prison are raising their babies inside the facility through a program that could help reduce the likelihood the mothers will reoffend, and help the children have a healthy relationship with their moms, Melissa Santos reports. (Tacoma News Tribune)

That's a first
SpaceX, the private space company started by Elon Musk, plans to launch a reused rocket for the first time this week. Live updates available at spaceflightnow.com. (Bloomberg)
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Sunday, March 26, 2017

THIS WEEK: Alton Brown, Louie Anderson, CdA Blues Fest and more

Posted By on Sun, Mar 26, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Alton Brown plays with his food Wednesday at the INB.
  • Alton Brown plays with his food Wednesday at the INB.

There are plenty of ways to have a great ol' time and put an end to March, so peruse our event listings and staff picks and get out there! Here's a little cheat sheet, a breakdown of some of the highlights of the week ahead:

Monday, March 27

LIVE BANDS | Some stellar rock at The Observatory to start your week, courtesy of Ice Cream, Heavy Seventeen and Balonely.

Tuesday, March 28

FILM | The New York Film Critics series continues with Salt & Fire, Werner Hertzog's look at a South American ecological disaster, screening at the Panida Theater in Sandpoint. Actor Michael Shannon will be part of the on-screen, post-show Q&A. Here's a look at the trailer:

Wednesday, March 29

WORDS | Prison writer Arthur Longworth uncovered life inside a Walla Walla prison in his book Zek: An American Prison Story, and two former inmates will read from the book at Auntie's, while Longworth joins the discussion via phone.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Zags win, SPD culture audit released, and Trump able to feel doubt and regret

Posted By on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 9:19 AM

The river is still INSANE, guys - DANIEL WALTERS PHOTO
  • Daniel Walters photo
  • The river is still INSANE, guys


$10 justice
Why Spokane prosecutors sent a $10 theft to trial — and how it backfired.

Girls can be pioneers now

Check out the new WSU Spokane exhibit about how women in Washington state were able to do incredible things even before they were allowed to go to college.


Gonzaga totally didn't choke this year in the Sweet Sixteen

In a narrow game that left Zag fans utterly bereft of fingernails, Gonzaga beat West Virginia, and gave John Blanchette an opportunity to write a signature John Blanchette column. (Spokesman-Review)

Culture Audit
The Spokane Police Department wants more officers and more stability, the culture audit finds. (Spokesman-Review)

Rachel Profiling
“People might as well know the whole truth of my life story,“ says the woman best known for the lengths she went to obscure the whole truth of her life story. (Associated Press)

What is this new feeling they call... regret?

Trump has told people close to him that he regrets trying to pursue health care reform before tax reform. (New York Times)

Art of the Strongarm

Trump's dealmaking prowess is put to the test, but he's already been able to change the minds of several Republicans and convince them to support the incredibly unpopular health care bill. (Washington Post)

Living on borrowed words
Writer Benny Johnson— fired for plagiarism at Buzzfeed— apparently plagiarized Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' biography in his new job.  (Business Insider)

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