Drinking Songs, And Then Some

Drinking Songs, And Then Some

Whitey Morgan's independent streak makes him a must-hear modern country outlaw
If you're unfamiliar with Whitey Morgan, it'll take you roughly 10 seconds of listening to his new album Sonic Ranch to get the gist. That's the point when the Michigan native's baritone kicks in, after a few tasty guitar chords, on a tale of a lonely man seeking solace in a bottle.



Roarin' Forward

The new concert series at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park is the first in a string of changes
The number of live shows available to Inland Northwest music lovers multiplies the moment it's warm enough to hang out on a patio. This summer, the Red Lion Hotel at the Park upped its outdoor concert game with free events every weekend through the end of August.


The Only Ones

Three legends of their respective genres converge on Northern Quest
These aren't necessarily the acts you'd associate with a casino circuit tour. And in looking at the other summer concert dates, Melissa Etheridge, Blondie and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts aren't playing many other casinos — they aren't playing any other shows together either.


Steal Away

With local favorites BBBBandits' final show this weekend, an Inlander freelancer looks back on his time with the band
As the furious State Line sun beat down, I took a moment to soak up the scenery. Twenty feet from the stage, maybe five people stood watching us play.


No Stopping Him

Graham Nash has written songs that moved a generation, and he's still creating
When his 2013 autobiography finally was finished, Graham Nash skimmed back through the pages and thought: "I wish I was him." Everything seemed too unbelievable.


It Takes Two

The Smokes are fine doing things on their own
Take it from the Smokes: Two's company, but three's a crowd. The local lo-fi/hard rock band began as a three-piece but downsized to the duo of Matt Slater (drums) and Himes Alexander (vocals/guitar) after their former singer went to Florida to look up a girl he met online.


All Access

George Lathrop makes sure the big Spokane shows and concerts run smoothly
In this city, there aren't many backstage areas George Lathrop can't get into.


Hitting Even Harder

Seattleite Rocky Votolato kicks off a long tour in Spokane
In May and June, singer-songwriter Rocky Votolato did 37 shows in nine European countries, some solo and some with a band. Before that, he played 34 shows in American living rooms over six weeks in March and April — the month he released his eighth solo album, Hospital Handshakes.


All Man

Gregg Allman has experienced much turmoil, but he perseveres with his mix of blues, rock and country
Gregg Allman was just 23 when people wondered how he would continue. His older brother Duane, guitar god and leader of the Allman Brothers Band, had died in a tragic motorcycle crash.


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Outside the Box-ing

Southpaw upends familiar underdog sports-movie expectations
Thanks to Rocky, we all know how the story's supposed to roll in a boxing drama about a guy from the streets getting a title shot. The scrappy underdog, lacking the resources of his rival, has to make do with an old, never-quite-a-contender trainer who has the fighter punching meat, or whatever new equivalent a screenwriter can come up with.


Surreal World

Think your parents are strict? See The Wolfpack
Imagine living in New York City, one of the most vibrant, exciting cities in the world, but having parents so fearful of what lurked outside that they almost literally never let you out the front door of your house. Then imagine those same overbearing parents having no issue providing you with a nonstop stream of TV and movies, from the violent to the fantastical to the profane, to occupy your time between home-schooling lessons.


Small Wonder

Ant-Man rediscovers some of the playfulness of superhero adventure
In the scene from Marvel Studios' latest superhero tale Ant-Man in which Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) first tries out the suit that can shrink him to the size of an insect, his greatest threat is being washed down a bathtub drain, or flung from a spinning record during a dance party. During one late action sequence, Scott flees from explosions that reduce the buildings and landscape around him to rubble — the exploding surroundings are only a scale model.


Sad Clown

Trainwreck keeps derailing Amy Schumer's brand of comedy
About midway through Trainwreck, Amy Townsend (Amy Schumer) gets a particularly emotional moment — sad, darkly funny and shot through with the messiness of her character. And all I could think was, "Where the hell is the whole movie that's actually about this character?"


Buried Personality

A director's distinctive style is lost in the rote thrills of Self/less
Despite a film journalist's most earnest efforts, we aren't clued into everything about movies all the time. While many features roll into theaters after months of hype, or a respected auteur's latest work is greeted with a similarly lengthy period of festival buzz, occasionally it happens that a new film arrives where we might absorb little knowledge regarding what it's about, or even who made it.


Origin Tales

Minions is loaded with too much confusing backstory
I love the Minions. They made the perfect Despicable Me even loonier, and they were the only tolerable thing about the execrable Despicable Me 2.


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