The Nixon Rodeo continues to gain fans and write more music, but they have no grand illusions regarding their local act
Some in the band call this "the shitty basement," but there's cushy carpet here and a fresh paint job. "Hey, this house is new," says Nixon Rodeo frontman Brent Forsyth, gathered in the basement with his band last week.
Seattle trio Duke Evers' new album is surprisingly full of bright pop-rock
We've all heard the stories of Seattle's weather acting as inspiration for musical creativity, the city's gloomy skies and rainfall forcing artists to hole up inside and woodshed their chops. That's part of Duke Evers' story, but the band's experience recording its first full-length album, Velvet Hips, for San Diego-based indie label Randm Records lines up more with the vibrant, upbeat pop-rock filling its 11 songs.
What the changing political and social climate means for local musicians
River City Roots want to make one thing clear: The Dakota Access Pipeline construction may be postponed, but that doesn't mean that the protest against the project is over. Currently, folks are hunkered down for the long, sub-zero winter at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota.
What is to be, and what could be, for the local music scene in 2017
In last week's issue we explored our favorite shows from the past year, and this time around we're looking into the area's upcoming shows, as well as suggesting some ways to improve our small but mighty local scene. We even offered up a list of awesome touring acts we'd like see play locally.
Reflecting on some of our favorite touring concerts of the year, Inlander music writers see hope for the future
This is the time of year we focus on the shows that did come through Spokane. And while there will always be acts that pass us by for larger cities, this year's awesome bunch of national touring shows did not disappoint.
Inlander music writers reveal which new albums they appreciated most in 2016
In a year when so many music legends passed away, it's important to note that artists still made great records. With the following Top 10 album lists, you'll find very few overlapping picks — as each writer has distinct musical tastes, just like you.
Spokane just gained another record store, even as it lost a beloved music chain
Mike Roberts had only lived in Spokane a few days before noticing the for-sale sign posted on the Northwest Boulevard property, but he saw the potential in this tiny storefront. Here, he could sell records and tapes.
Void Omnia rages on with its atmospheric black metal and doom-and-gloom mentality
Black metal has enjoyed unprecedented attention stateside in recent years, thanks largely to the breakthrough of the San Francisco band Deafheaven, which takes certain elements of the longstanding subgenre — most notably screeching, unintelligible vocals — and juxtaposes them with post-rock's unhurried pace and gorgeous sheets of shoegazey guitars. Questions of pace will never be a problem for fellow notable Bay Area quintet Void Omnia, which brings its savage attack to Spokane on Monday.
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20th Century Women offers a compassionate take on generational shifts
If you were given just a thumbnail description of the plot of writer/director Mike Mills' 20th Century Women, you might think you'd know what to expect from the character of Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening). The 55-year-old single mother of a 15-year-old son, Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann), in 1979 Santa Barbara, Dorothea struggles with the confidence that she can provide everything Jamie needs to grow up emotionally healthy.
Michael Keaton gives us the story of McDonald's in the Founder
Few things are more American than McDonald's, which is what makes The Founder rather horrifying. I found myself scribbling that word — horrifying — a lot during my viewing of the film, which condemns with its conclusion that the American dream at its apex is nothing more than rapacious bullshit.
Jackie keeps repeating its intriguing ideas about turning people into icons
Before a single image appears on screen in Jackie, there is a deeply unsettling swell of strings from Mica Levi's score; something that begins triumphant, then dips into a kind of horror-movie dissonance. Soon, the haunted face of Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman) appears — eyes red-rimmed as she walks on the Kennedy family property in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, just a week after the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy — the music continuing its eerie swing between glorious and terrifying.
Ben Affleck directs and stars in Live by Night, but forgets to add some excitement
With his fourth film as director, Ben Affleck has finally produced a stinker. Live by Night fails because it commits the cardinal sin of cinema: it's boring.
Hidden Figures rights wrongs both cinematic and historic
Once upon a time, such as during the early years of America's space program, "computer" meant "person who does manual calculations." This was considered rather menial labor, particularly when a woman did it... and lots of women did it.
A Monster Calls is a beautiful and unique story about children
Be warned. Yes, A Monster Calls is a fairy tale, but more of the Grimm (and grim) sort: no happy ending, no heroes or villains, just a lot of hard truths about life and human nature.
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