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  • Two to the Fore
  • Two to the Fore

    Menomena is one man down, but hardly short on new ideas
      The saxophone, by and large, is an instrument that should be used sparingly — if at all — in rock ‘n’ roll music. Sure, there are a few examples of inspired saxophony in the rock canon: Cl
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  • A Stranger in His Own Mind
  • A Stranger in His Own Mind

    Guitar master Leo Kottke finds himself on the road again
      It’s hard to make sense of a musician like Leo Kottke, a man who once described his own music as sounding “like geese farts on a muggy day.” His mostly instrumental approach to music
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  • WHY Bother?
  • WHY Bother?

    Indie hip-hop innovators WHY? turn out their most polarizing record yet. And Spokane is all over it
      Up until now, WHY?, an innovative and influential hip-hop-indie-rock band, has enjoyed what many music writers would call “critical darling” status. And then the band released its l
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  • American Primitive
  • American Primitive

    A Canadian director reassembles a broken American iconoclast
      Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Vincent Van Gogh — history has left no shortage of tragic artists who achieved their greatest success after they were dead. It’s a theme that permeates director
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  • Young Guns
  • Young Guns

    They're packaged as East Coast, but New York Rifles are Northwestern to the core.
      New York Rifles wear many of those old East Coast influences on their tattered sleeves. The music, however, is not bogged down in imitation of the punk days of yore: There is some real originality and substance that comes through in the band’s energetic mixture of punk, psych and proto-disco.
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  • Multiple Personalities
  • Multiple Personalities

    Martin Short, master of physical comedy and slapstick silliness, hits town.
      camera cuts away from a normallooking Short for a few moments after the bee gets him. Glover, looking disgusted, asks him if he’s OK. The camera cuts back to Short — now swollen four times his size — as he says, “Fine. And you?” Never has anaphy lactic shock been so funny.
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  • Black as They Want to Be
  • Black as They Want to Be

    Sometimes not being metal is the metal-est thing you can do.
      “Encompassing darkness” — that’s how Blake Judd describes his band, which is often described as “psychedelic black metal” by critics and fans. The group started as a straightforward, primitive black metal band when Judd was still a teenager. But with the band’s 2004 album, Eulogy IV,.
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  • The Music of Life and Death
  • The Music of Life and Death

    It took believing, living and almost dying to inspire the Y La Bamba sound.
      Luz Elena Mendoza’s voice sounds like it’s emanating from an antique gramophone at the bottom of a canyon. It is a strange, disembodied voice — one that seems even more profound when you know that Mendoza was very nearly separated from her body after a serious illness seven years ago.
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  • 'King Night,' Salem
  • 'King Night,' Salem

    Like the soundtrack to a satanic crackhouse.
      Salem is a mysterious entity. Its history and personality is as enigmatic as its music. There’s no disputing Salem is doing fascinatingly unique things: combining chopped and screwed hip-hop wit
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  • It Means Party
  • It Means Party

    Forro in the Dark brings the world-famous parties of Brazil to you.
      The music and dancing of Brazil — samba, bossa nova, sultry Brazilian jazz — are known worldwide for being hip-shakingly sensual. But forró (pronounced fo-ho), a music/ dance combination from northeastern Brazil, is less famous outside of its home country.
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  • 'Axioma Ethica Odini,' Enslaved
  • 'Axioma Ethica Odini,' Enslaved

    A perfect black metal album.
      It’s definitely not the heavy revival that some Swans fans were wishing for. Though the newly revived project may have kept the volume down on this record, they thankfully didn’t keep the weird under control..
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  • Stayin' Alive
  • Stayin' Alive

    Portland’s Strength plays disco like it never went out of style.
      History would have it that disco music died in an enormous conflagration on July 12, 1979, in the outfield of Chicago’s Comiskey Park. On that fateful evening — known as “Disco Demolition Night” — thousands of disco records were consumed in a staged explosion in center field, sparking a riot that damaged the stadium.
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  • Flip Side
  • Flip Side

    It’s tough to pin down Astronautalis. Which is kind of the point.
      Seattle-based artist Astronautalis, aka Andy Bothwell, is a poster boy for genre-busting. He is often referred to as a “rapper” in the music press, but that description only scratches the surface of what he does on his albums and onstage.
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  • By Hand and by Heart
  • By Hand and by Heart

    We equate Arts and Crafts with South Hill opulence, but it used to be about rebellion
      A century ago, Spokane was at the peak of its glory. Massive mineral deposits in North Idaho had made Spokane a hub of gold and silver wealth. The city boasted a population of more than 100,000 people
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  • Steal This Band
  • Steal This Band

    Prong set the tone for so many popular metal bands — and yet you probably don’t know their music
      Some bands wear their influences on their sleeves — so much that when you listen to their music, you can hear elements inspired by other artists. In the case of New York’s Prong, you&rsquo
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  • Metalwork
  • Metalwork

    Rust in Peace is 20 years old, and Dave Mustaine is finally chilling out a little
      As the acerbic singer and guitarist for the legendary thrash band, Megadeth, Mustaine has seen his share of turmoil. Whether he was feuding with other metal musicians (most famously with his former band, Metallica) or having brushes with death as the result of his excessive drug use, Mustaine was always in the thick of it.
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  • A Rock, An Island
  • A Rock, An Island

    As one half of Simon and Garfunkel, Garfunkel was the more popular and recognized member.
      As one half of Simon and Garfunkel — arguably the most successful singing duo of all time — Garfunkel was the more popular and recognized member. Paul Simon wrote the songs, but it was Garfunkel’s appearance — taller, better looking, with a trademark shock of kinky, red hair — and his soaring counter-tenor voice that drew the most attention.
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  • Home, Home on the Road
  • Home, Home on the Road

    As “The White Buffalo,” Jacob Smith’s life gets a lot more interesting
      The White Buffalo’s music has a lonely, forlorn quality to it, perhaps born of the many years of laborious, lonesome touring. His rangy, quavering voice exudes a vulnerability that is at odds with his physicality, but it matches well with his often dark, country-gothic lyrics.
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  • Midnight Music
  • Midnight Music

    Saturday nights on KYRS are a psychedelic Land of the Lost
      The Dungeon Master, a.k.a. Martin Faulks, is one-half of the team behind the KYRS community radio show “Nocturnal Transmissions,” a show that focuses on underground rock from the late 1960s, early ’70s and current music that follows in those footsteps..
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  • Please, Make It Stop
  • Please, Make It Stop

    Holiday tunes make you buy more — and makes retail employees annoyed
      Some can’t. “Christmas songs start pretty much right after Halloween, and at that point the majority of songs played in the store are Christmas songs,” says “John,” an employee at Wal-Mart who spoke on the condition that we not use his real name. “For me personally, I didn’t really mind it, except for a few songs that are really grating.
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  • The Hero of Hip-Hop
  • The Hero of Hip-Hop

    He’s related to Ice Cube, but Del couldn’t be more different
      The year: 1991. Hip-hop music is being scrutinized for polluting America’s impressionable youth with obscene lyrics and violent street-gang imagery.
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  • Son From Utopia
  • Son From Utopia

    Zappa Plays Zappa is no tribute band — it’s a spot-on supergroup.
      Frank Zappa was famous for being a weirdo: an outsider artist whose outspoken disdain for all things conventional eventually eclipsed his prodigious musical talent.
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  • Bitter Roots
  • Bitter Roots

    Hillyard’s metal marauders have a new record in the works
      “We called the cops and then waited for another two hours for them to show up,” Striebel says.
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  • Flauting It
  • Flauting It

    Ian Anderson used to front Jethro Tull standing on one leg. We hope he still does that.
      Ian Anderson is best known as the flute-playing leader of the Grammy-winning, genre-busting classic rock outfit Jethro Tull. But he tours and performs under his own name as well, delving deeper into the well of folk, world and baroque classical music that Jethro Tull draws from.
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