Volume 2015 Inlander Music Festival: Everything you need to know, and suggested lineups for every musical taste
It doesn't matter if you're collecting Social Security or if you just got your braces off — Volume is the Inlander's music festival for all. And it just keeps getting bigger: nine stages, more than 90 bands, rock movies, wristbands that get you special discounts and more.
White Mystery hits the stage and screen at Volume
Together, Miss Alex White and Francis Scott Key White are more than just a rip-roarin', red-headed, retro-stylin' garage-punk band called White Mystery. The Chicago-based siblings are also a bottomless fount of fun and creative ideas.
Touring acts are coming to Volume from all over America, but it's still about the Northwest
Volume is, of course, a celebration of the local music scene. While a lot of the lineup pulls from the area, we also invited acts from around the country to experience the weekend.
Hip-hop and indie rock collide on this Pacific Northwest-grown album, documentary and showcase
In Seattle, Sub Pop Records is often synonymous with the local music scene. But down the I-5 corridor in Olympia, it's all about K Records.
How two children of the nineties embraced the decade
Jordan Satterfield, the front man of Spokane's indie rock act Loomer, is a surprising — and, for some of us, depressing — reminder of just how many years exist between the present and the glorious 1990s. "Built to Spill, Dinosaur Jr. — those were my lullabies," says the 24-year-old Satterfield, whose stepfather introduced him to those bands.
The Marshall McLean Band plants Inland Northwest Americana roots
Chances are, if you have even a passing familiarity with the Spokane music scene, you've heard of the Marshall McLean Band. This is an act on the cusp of something more — bigger stages, another album, a growing fan base; they were voted best original band in the Inlander's most recent Best Of issue, after all.
Simple Montana beginnings lead to a complex combo in Spokane
On the surface, the musical connection between Flannel Math Animal's two members seems obvious. Both guitarist Nick Palmieri and drummer Bradley Spracklin are trained audio engineers.
The band's fuzzed-out, taco-fueled music has the local punk scene hungering for more
The microphone wasn't cooperating at Phlegm Fatale's first-ever show last year and that meant either pack it in or continue to rock sans mic. So there, in the dim garage of the Spokane home she shared with four other roommates, Kendra McKay pushed the microphone aside, wailed on her bass and let out a piercing yell from somewhere deep within her petite frame.
Collaboration is lifting this one-time solo electronic project to new heights
When we talked with Max Harnishfeger a little over a year ago, he had just begun to stretch his musical muscles as Water Monster. Having contributed vocals and bass to indie-rock quartet Cathedral Pearls, he was attempting to nail down a direction for his first solo project while finalizing the songs on his debut album.
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Tomorrowland's fantastical vision of the future may leave you wanting more — or less
Former animation wizard Brad Bird (The Iron Giant, The Incredibles) delivers his second live-action film, after Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, with mixed results. Tomorrowland certainly has lots going for it, including a wholly original plot line, terrific visuals and surprisingly good performances from its young actors.
Mad Max: Fury Road will restore your faith in action movies
The action genre requires a refreshening every dozen years or so (the last one was 1999's The Matrix), so we're overdue. Mad Max: Fury Road might not be that refreshening, but if it isn't, it's most definitely a reminder that it's desperately needed, and a hint of what that might feel like.
Kristen Wiig's performance in Welcome to Me is funny, but squeamishly so
Welcome to Me is not sure if it wants to be an uncomfortable comedy or a wry drama. The film stars Kristen Wiig, who switched over to making films after concluding a popular stint as a longtime regular on Saturday Night Live, where she created a stable of peculiar characters whose lack of social affect was matched by their inappropriate enthusiasm.
2015 Summer Movie Preview
Does this summer at the movies feel a lot like the past few summers? You're not alone.
The best funny movies heading your way this summer
VACATION July 29
There's no shortage of remakes and additions to old franchises this summer
POLTERGEIST May 22
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