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  • Backpack Backlog
  • Backpack Backlog

    Pioneering independent rappers Hieroglyphics are still going hard after all these years.
      In many ways, the Hieroglyphics crew epitomizes the narrative of the independencedriven âeuro;œbackpackâeuro;� rap of the mid-late âeuro;™90s and early 21st century. Alongside Del Tha Funkee Homosapien, Pep Love, Domino and fellow major-label castoff Casual, they set on a road toward underground distinction after many of their members were dropped by major labels.
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  • For Your Consideration
  • For Your Consideration

    An under-rated soft sci-fi film. Plus, the new installment of the “Song of Ice and Fire” series and a worthwhile local blog.
      But it’s hard to understand why. Adapted from a Philip K. Dick story, this sci-fi thriller has a compelling premise, Matt Damon is impressive as a young New York congressman, and there’s palpable chemistry between Damon and Emily Blunt, who plays his cosmically forbidden lover.
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  • Murder Dog
  • Murder Dog

    Brotha Lynch Hung, after all these years, retains his significance as a particular sort of rap icon.
      There was a time, during my misspent youth, when those lyrics were repeated ad nauseum by several of my young acquaintances. Derived from “Rest in Piss,” possibly the most enduring track on Brotha Lynch Hung’s memorable 1995 album, Season of Da Siccness.
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  • Recess Pieces
  • Recess Pieces

    Ayo.O learned to rap because he wasn't supposed to.
      Turntable Terror, he says, was when “we’d go back to the classrooms, way past curfew, and have someone beat on the desks and beatbox. A couple people would just rap over the beats and this would go on until the late hours of the morning.”.
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  • Up for Review
  • Up for Review

    Our music team takes a crack at reviewing some of the latest local releases.
      Back in the day, a big chunk of The Inlander’s Local Music Issue was comprised of reviews and write-ups of every single band in town. Big undertaking.
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  • Somewhere
  • Somewhere

    Life at the Chateau Marmont
      The Chateau Marmont is a hotel in West Hollywood that has become infamous as a sanctuary for celebrities. Keanu Reeves lived there for years. Lindsay Lohan sought refuge there after a 2007 drunk drivi
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  • Inside Job
  • Inside Job

    Charles Ferguson takes us on a tour of financial collapse from Iceland to Wall Street.
      Charles Ferguson zooms in on iceland. at the beginning of his oscar-winning documentary about the global financial crisis, he focuses on the quiet island nation that, in 2000, began to undertake “one of the purest experiments in financial deregulation ever conducted,” as the gentle narration of Matt Damon informs us.
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  • 'Computers And Blues,' The Streets
  • 'Computers And Blues,' The Streets

    Mike Skinner puts an end to his successful career with a big miss.
      The record includes a couple of mammoth tracks, but the majority nail the gangsta racket without any of the creativity or grandeur that his previous solo work is famed for. In fact, the painfully dull “Butter Knives” is one of the worst Wu-Tang solo jams yet.
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  • Mesrine: Killer Instinct
  • Mesrine: Killer Instinct

    He'll ruin your business, bleed you dry, deflower your daughters — and you’ll like it.
      Two men ride in the backseat of a car driven by Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel), who for a time was infamous as France’s vaguely elitist version of John Dillinger. The passengers are a rotund Gérard Depardieu and a well-dressed Arabic pimp.
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  • Heart of Darkness
  • Heart of Darkness

    If you can’t stand the heat, don’t go into Wildcard’s kitchen.
      “I began rapping as a hobby at 14, and really put my mind to it when locked up in a troubled youth home at 16. That’s when I really had time to sculpt my style,” says Phil Andrade, aka Wildcard..
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  • Nice to See You... Again
  • Nice to See You... Again

    What’s the deal with Tech N9ne playing Spokane so often?
      Even Spokanites who know little about the Kansas City rapper Tech N9ne have noticed how often he has played at the Knitting Factory over the past few years. Having just embarked on his “Independent Grind” tour, he is about to pass through Spokane for the seventh time since 2008.
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  • Metal For Astronauts
  • Metal For Astronauts

    We just want to talk about you, Rosetta. We like your music. Please don't be mad.
      I’d like to tell you about a band called Rosetta.But before I get to their music, I’d like to make note of something else: If one wished to be despised by the members of the Philadelphia b
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  • It's Real Out Here
  • It's Real Out Here

    Real Life Rockaz are the Spokane reggae scene.
      On a relatively rain-moistened Sunday night in Spokane, the Blue Spark is packed with a diverse array of people. A vague aroma of marijuana hangs in the air outside, though it is paid no mind by most. Inside, the stage overflows with equipment and the various local musicians who comprise Real Life Rockaz.
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  • The Filth and the Fury
  • The Filth and the Fury

    Elkfest may rule during the day, but the night belongs to Junkfest.
      “For the last four years of booking,” he says, “I’ve tried to mesh very different acts together, with hopefully seamless transitions between them. These [performers] are some of my favorites that I’ve booked, some of the more unique ones that I wanted to bring back.
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  • Mystery Man
  • Mystery Man

    Th’ Mole gives weird little lessons on how to be cool.
      “I try to make super-energetic music that both challenges people to think and makes people feel good,” Mociun says. “I try to make music that hasn’t been heard before — to create something new and exciting. Lyrically, I want to connect with the listener and show them something new to make them be a happier and healthier person.
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  • Pork Rind Disco
  • Pork Rind Disco

    Sleep and Josh Martinez are the Chicharones
      “It’s a grueling process,” Sleep says. The rapper is referring to the differences between him and Josh Martinez — the other half of the Portland-based hip-hop duo the Chicharon
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  • Epic Quest
  • Epic Quest

    Jedediah the Pilot tells lofty bedtime stories in song
      In the furthest eastern reaches of Hillyard, hidden in the midst of warehouses and dirt roads, Bryan Nelson of Jedediah the Pilot waves me down in the darkness. It’s 11 o’clock at night, a
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  • 'Wasted Talent,
  • 'Wasted Talent,

    Solid, trunk-rattling music from a Spokane transplant
      “I come from a long line of Gs, thugs and drug dealers,” Rod Mac spits on “Politicin” — a characteristically furious track on his debut LP. Indeed, his street cred is not
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  • Harsh Game for the People
  • Harsh Game for the People

    Cool Nutz has been representing Portland hip-hop for two decades and won’t be quitting anytime soon
      “I grew up in Northeast Portland, and making music [there] for so long has opened my eyes — it’s taught me that I need to make music that’s digestible for hip-hop fans and for everyone who likes quality in this city,” he says. “We have an abundance of rap talent and people doing all forms of music.
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  • I Am Better Than You
  • I Am Better Than You

    Jinx has seen the future, and the future is Jinx
      “The fi rst line on my album is ‘My name is Jinx and I am better than you,’” laughs the Massachusetts-raised 20-year-old. “When we were in the studio, I was told that line could turn people off, that I should re-word it. But I’m a fan of artists who have no boundaries in their expression.
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  • All Day, Every Day
  • All Day, Every Day

    Quiz holds it down for the 509 - without coming right out and saying it
      Quiz is the epitome of a hip-hop head, both as fan and performer. “I’m simply a part of it,” says Kay Clifton, whose stage name is derived from “Quiz Kidd,” the Jethro Tull song. And he’s writing all the time. “I can’t imagine living without music,” he says.
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