Locals RICE QUEEN continue the legacy of punk and hardcore that's long run rampant through the Spokane music scene. Bassist James Hunt and Drummer Joe Swanstrom continue to carry the torch - one they've both been carrying for decades in Spokane bands. This time it's with Swanstrom's son, Jack, who joins the ranks on guitar. Hunt and the younger Swanstrom scream back and forth over the senior Swanstrom's blast beats. It's heavy punk that's exasperated, wrung out and pissed. They'll be playing along side Cursive Wires and Satin Rulz at Mootsy's. Shows start at 10 pm.
Today, the band features Benson on vocals, Kevin Manuel on guitar, Ryan Thomas on bass and George Bernardo on drums. Off stage, the foursome are contractors, publishers, dive-bar soloists and studio owners. On stage, they perform more than 150 songs - up to four hours - from Johnny Cash's repertoire, including music from the Sun Records and early Columbia era, and music from Cash's live recordings at Folsom Prison and San Quentin.
Benson has the growl, black cowboy tuxedo, pursed lips and manic eyes of Cash on stage. The likeness, he says, is accidental. To maintain the growl, his voice is babied with Ricola cough drops and "all kinds of other shit." And black just happens to be his favorite color. His onstage mannerisms - that's all unconscious, he says.
They are playing at the Knitting Factory at 8:30 pm. All ages.
This hard rocking band will be playing The Center , as wellas the bands At the Skylines, I Declare War and Upon This Drawing.
To an extent, I'm sure Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj are having a fine time up there onstage, amongst their clouds of streamers and glitter. But if you want to see a pop band having an unabashedly great goddamn time onstage, check out the link to the B-52s performing "Private Idaho" back in the early '80s. Adding to the fact that they all have ridiculous haircuts and outfits, they run in place the entire time, all the while hitting perfect harmonies. The band is a little slower these days and the beehives are no more. But save for the occasional autotune, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson on "Roam" and "Rock Lobster" just like the old days. Catch them at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino with Berlin. All ages.