Spokane Revival

Spokane Revival

Why Tech N9ne continues to roll through the Lilac City on the regular
No one ever expected much out of Tech N9ne. From his hardscrabble upbringing in Kansas City, where everyone he knew is now dead or in jail, Tech N9ne (aka Aaron Dontez Yates) has clawed his way to hip-hop stardom — show by show, record by record.

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Bad Role Model

2 Chainz advocates for legal weed and for people to use their brains
After citing various cases of stoned parents neglecting or abusing their children, cable talk-show dimwit Nancy Grace asked rapper 2 Chainz why he believed that weed should be legalized in this country. "Everybody is not doing this.

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Audio Devotion

Why it's OK to like bad music
On the long and mostly brown drive from Spokane to Seattle or Spokane to Portland, there are essentially three kinds of stations that come in over the FM airwaves: Pop country, Top 40 and contemporary Christian. On solo trips to visit friends and family in these big, shiny cities, I've tuned into them all, trying to get a grasp on why people are drawn to this music.

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Funny Girl

The times and tweets of Pacific Northwest-bred songstress Neko Case
Her vocals run as clear as glacier water and her lyrics are as transparent as a tell-all memoir, but when Neko Case isn't singing beautifully about depressive scenarios and an often unhappy childhood, she's absolutely hilarious. Not only in her off-the-cuff onstage banter with her longtime band members, but also via her Twitter account, which offers a peek into her in-the-moment lifestyle (as she only does interviews every couple of tours or so).

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Pay to Play

The power struggle between three music-licensing agencies, local venues and musicians trying to get paid
Looking for evidence, an undercover operative slips unnoticed into a dim karaoke bar tucked into a strip mall. Eventually hearing enough, the uninvited visitor vanishes into the late summer evening.

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Oscar Winner

One killer performance overrides the high-concept sci-fi of Ex Machina
Oscar Isaac doesn't exactly make an "entrance" in Ex Machina, at least not in the conventional sense that we think of a character's first appearance. We see him as computer programmer Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson) enters the massive, isolated Alaskan compound of his boss, search engine entrepreneur/billionaire Nathan Bateman (Isaac), who's pounding away at a punching bag.

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War Games

In Country unpacks Vietnam by recreating it
We're forgetting about Vietnam and perhaps we're doing that on purpose. Today's American history textbooks all but skip over the conflict, which lasted a decade and claimed the lives of nearly 60,000 Americans.

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No Country for Old Hipsters

Noah Baumbach explores aging clumsily in While We're Young
In the American societal script, the energetic, wild freedom of youth eventually pivots to the structure and responsibility of parenthood. Noah Baumbach's latest feature While We're Young focuses on a couple in the purgatory between these poles, while feeling the strong magnetic pull of that youthful zeal.

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Real Fiction

True Story sees James Franco and Jonah Hill telling a true story about fakers
Two disgraced men seek redemption through their relationship with each other. Or maybe something less lofty... perhaps the shamed congress of sinners or the mutual gratification of stroked egos.

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Rock Memories

Al Pacino shines as titular rock star Danny Collins in a sadly predictable film
It's easy to see why Al Pacino took a shine to this project: It provides the veteran actor with a role that requires him to dial his performance up and down — unlike much of his work over the past couple of decades, in which he always seems to be going at full tilt. Hooah!

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Fight for Rights

Gett is an unflinching look at one woman's struggle in Israel
The unequal status of women in the face of Israeli law is put on trial in this award-winning film from the brother/sister team of Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz, the latter of whom also stars as the titular character Viviane Amsalem. The film is a carefully calibrated courtroom drama about Viviane's five-year struggle to obtain a divorce from her husband Elisha (Simon Abkarian), a battle marked by the kind of tragic and absurd blend of events that can only be labeled as Kafkaesque.

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