Broken Yet Hopeful

Broken Yet Hopeful

Kent Ueland has moved on from Terrible Buttons with a solo effort
Kent Ueland has been drinking since noon. The shrill doorbell jarred him awake at his Peaceful Valley house this morning.

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Making it Work

For husband-and-wife duo Feral Anthem, crafting music is an obligation
January 16, the day we meet at Wild Bill's Long Bar in Cheney for an interview, is Jeremy Rouse and Caitlin Garpestad Rouse's five-month wedding anniversary, a realization the pair celebrates with a high five. The laid-back couple, who perform as roots-punk duo Feral Anthem, met in Spanish class at Eastern Washington University and were together for five years before tying the knot in August.

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Consistent Change

How Flannel Math Animal plays some of the most complex rock around
Before the mid-afternoon practice can begin, they stuff clear silicone earplugs into their ears. "Are you sure you don't want a pair?"

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Problem Children

Hell's Belles' sweaty, stylish take on AC/DC still rocks
Adrian Conner's parents should have just let her go to rock shows when she was growing up in Seattle. By forcing Conner to sneak around with friends to see gigs — her first was GWAR and the Melvins at the Moore Theatre — their strict ban on the devil's music is probably what led their adult daughter to spend weekends stripping down to her panties while playing some of the most joyfully nasty rock ever created to rooms of boozed-up dudes.

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Old World Resonance

Chateau Rive hosts many events, but the next two months are all about the music
New Year's Eve remnants litter the cavernous underground space. White cushions and leftover beer bottles are heaped onto Costco-size carts and confetti coats the concrete floor.

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Keep it Like a Secret

Little Accidents is an emotionally devastating look at how we handle death
We don't talk about death. Whatever we might learn about death we keep a secret.

Film

Un-Friend

Jennifer Aniston is excellently depressing in Cake
I sometimes wonder why people want to see movies about someone who is suffering. Like The Elephant Man, My Left Foot, The Theory of Everything.

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To the Mat

Foxcatcher gives us Steve Carell in a creepy role, but not much else
A palpable sense of doom hangs over the chilling Foxcatcher, like a vulture resembling the beak-nosed billionaire John E. du Pont (a prosthetic-enhanced Steve Carell), who's at the story's twisted center. As the film slowly inches toward its inevitably tragic ending, you can't help but think: Nothing good can come from this.

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Coming Home

One soldier's struggle for normalcy tells a bigger story in American Sniper
If movie-world think pieces are any indication, American Sniper is the latest fact-based movie that simply isn't going to be allowed to be a movie. We're apparently not allowed to talk about it without worrying about whether it smoothes over the rough edges of its primary subject, Navy SEAL Chief Chris Kyle, or speculating on its politics because of what we know about director Clint Eastwood and his conversations with empty chairs.

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Dream Into Action

Selma captures the behind-the-scenes work needed to change the world
When we first see Martin Luther King, Jr. (David Oyelowo) in director Ava DuVernay's riveting drama Selma, it's in a context where we're already used to seeing him: He's delivering a speech.

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Tough Living

Tommy Lee Jones' The Homesman is a Western loaded with historical realities
Tommy Lee Jones' second movie as a director is no conventional Western. Look no further than the direction traveled by the film's characters — west to east — for confirmation.

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