Life-Changing Experience

Life-Changing Experience

A Jimi Hendrix tribute brings the icon's old bass player and an amazing cast of guitarists to Spokane
Billy Cox heard Jimi Hendrix playing guitar before he ever laid eyes on the man who would go on to be one of the revolutionary forces of rock 'n' roll. Cox and Hendrix were both teenagers serving in the Army and stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in 1961.

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'Evolving in Weird Ways'

Chad Ubovich's garage-rockin' Meatbodies are back with a new "loose concept" album
Chad Ubovich has an extensive and esoteric explanation ready to roll for when people ask him why the new Meatbodies album is named Alice. "Alice is not really intended to be a person or an allusion to a fictional character, but just kind of this representation of a kind of pagan view of Mother Earth, and how the world is turning away from that," he says by telephone from his home in Los Angeles.

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Sweet and Sour

Retro rocker Sallie Ford digs deep on Soul Sick
Sallie Ford pulls no punches on her new album Soul Sick. The Portland singer-songwriter has written and recorded a set of songs about struggling with insecurity, anxiety and depression.

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On The Way Up

Rising Seattle blues-rocker Ayron Jones returns to Spokane
As names go, Ayron Jones can drop some big ones. "I'm being well taken care of by the Seattle circle of royalty out here," he says by phone.

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Rolling On

A new Smithsonian project paying tribute to Woody Guthrie's Pacific Northwest songs features some of the region's best musicians
Woody Guthrie is probably best known for his folk songs illustrating the life of America's rural working class, particularly the Okies he followed to California during the Great Depression. Songs like "This Land Is Your Land," "Do Re Mi" and "Dust Pneumonia Blues" earned Guthrie the sobriquet of "Dust Bowl Troubadour," and his dedication to speaking truth to power through song made him a hero to artists like Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, The Clash's Joe Strummer and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.

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Patriot Act

Bullets or Balloons takes aim at corrupt power and our "soundbite society"
"One must respect democracy despite its imperfections," bellows Bullets or Balloons frontman Chris Henderson in the opening seconds of the band's latest record, Binary Minds. "What?!" he exclaims in baffled hysteria moments later.

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Grown-Ups

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.

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Sunny Disposition

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.

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Alienation Building

A Cure for Wellness brings operatic craziness sure to irritate audiences
There's a temptation, for those who write about movies for a living, to anticipate the commercial prospects of movies before they are released. This is usually a fool's errand; anyone who believes they know exactly what will be a hit and what will be a flop should be in a far more lucrative career than film criticism.

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The Dork Knight

A child's sense of goofy play reigns in The LEGO Batman Movie
In 2014, The LEGO Movie was the kind of experience which gives a film critic that elusive sense of home: Here was something that at first glance was simply a continuation of the movie industry's creatively bankrupt mining of familiar brand names and nostalgia, but instead turned out to be one of the year's best films. As written and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the improbably delightful animated feature found a brilliant game plan for turning this particular toy into a story: combining a child's anarchic sense of play with a savvy adult's perspective on how goofy yet inspired that play can look from a distance.

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The Evil Inside

The "final chapter" in a dying franchise that just won't die
Alas, there is not much I can tell you about this ultimate entry in the video-game movie franchise Resident Evil. I apologize.

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Not Lost in Translation

The universality of an acclaimed Iranian director's latest work transcends cultural barriers
In 2012, acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for his magnificent divorce drama A Separation. He was invited to join the Academy, and it is believed that he accepted (though, because the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences does not make its ranks public, this isn't certain).

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The Beginning

Rich Cowan looks back at The Basket, a film that helped prove Spokane could make movies
It's been almost 18 years since Rich Cowan's directorial debut, The Basket, hit the big screen, but he still thinks about the movie often. He still has the movie poster in his office.

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Till Death Do We Start

Filmmaker Adam Harum on his short film and moviemaking in Spokane
"Stories begin at their end," says the late critic and writer John Berger in a 1983 episode of the British television program Voices, citing the deaths of Romeo and Juliet as an example and drawing a completed circle in the air with a finger. "That is when the story is given form."

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