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To the Point

Melvins' Buzz Osborne doesn't care what you think, and he never did
Buzz Osborne wakes up looking like that. "Do you think I do anything to my hair?" he asks, talking from his home in Hollywood, California, last week.



Ordinary to Extraordinary

Wimps celebrate the everyday on new punk-filled EP
Hating your job, coming home after a long day of work and wanting nothing more than to lie on the couch only to be kept up at night by your thoughts? We've all been there.


Breaking the cycle

Naomi Punk's music shines through on its own terms
"It's raining in Olympia, which is pretty exciting for everybody," says Travis Coster, shortly after answering the phone to chat with the Inlander about his punk band Naomi Punk.


Spokane Sounds Like...

The music we're more likely to listen to than any other city
Call it creepy, but Spotify knows what we like. The trendy music streaming service recently analyzed about 20 billion users' song-listening habits in nearly 1,000 places worldwide to discover what folks uniquely listened to in their respective cities and towns.


Paternity Leave

Has Wilco finally moved away from the 'dad rock' label?
If you look up the term "dad rock" on Google Trends, you'll find a steady flurry of worldwide search activity from late 2010 through present day, a lonely spike of searches in the first half of 2009, and before that... nothing. Not a peep, all the way back to 2004 — ancient times in the Internet age.


Looking Back, Looking Forward

Dawes takes an open-minded approach to what is yet to come
It's hit or miss. Free outdoor shows can either prompt a widespread rager or elicit polite claps from attendees more interested in their picnic baskets than music. That's why folk-rock act Dawes often takes a pessimistic approach to these events, like when they play Liberty Lake's Pavillion Park on Saturday.


Don't Call it a Comeback

Cathedral Pearls, poised with a new record, are ready to take this seriously again
They say this is the first real album. It's the sound they've been coming to for some time now — a mix between petal-soft rock, pop-laced melodies and jagged layers of instrumental and vocal harmonies.


Awesome Ain't Easy

Gleason Fest is back for yet another year, along with its namesake
It's the show that means the most to him each year. John Blakesley coordinates multiple concerts and festivals, including Elk Fest, but once Gleason Fest comes around, it's about more than just music — there are so many emotions attached to the benefit project.


Hear This

How George Relles has helped shape the Festival at Sandpoint's sound since day one
He's always listening. Discerning malfunctions like garbled speakers or screaming feedback is easy, yet it takes a trained ear to tame the acoustics of a venue — making an act sound like a recording, only better.


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Third-World Problems

Owen Wilson and Lake Bell take a stab at drama in No Escape
If you took No Escape for a light action movie, something like a flick in which Liam Neeson would beat up villainous cartoon foreigners, you're forgiven. It's certainly the way the film has been marketed.


Slaying The Shark

Meru is one outdoors doc that knows a great story trumps great stunts
Plenty of outdoor-adventure documentaries get by on stunning photography and flashy stunts that might be thrilling for backcountry skiers or weekend kayakers, but for many of us they come off as little more than 90-minute North Face ads. Meru, though, is one outdoorsy doc that knows how to get its audience emotionally invested in what's happening on screen, in this case the efforts of three mountain climbers to scale a 21,000-foot peak known as the Shark's Fin on India's Mount Meru.


Express Yourself

Straight Outta Compton delivers some powerful nostalgia
The fact that I've slotted a track by Compton, California's original gangsta rap supergroup, N.W.A., into my upcoming wedding playlist (alongside other African-American sonic incendiaries such as Gil Scott-Heron and Nina Simone) speaks volumes about N.W.A's sustained cultural relevance and musical integrity. They took the fiery braggadocio of early-'80s East New York hip-hop, dialed it up to 11, busted the knob off, and then set it ablaze while flipping the bird to the LAPD and the PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center) in equal measure.


No Winning Side

Cartel Land offers an intense look at vigilantes fighting Mexican drug gangs on both sides of the border
Cartel Land doesn't rely on deep historical research or the filmmaker's interrogation skills to be one of the most intensely watchable and shocking documentaries in recent memory. Instead, its effectiveness comes through the incredible access director Matthew Heineman gained to two vigilante groups — one on each side of the U.S.-Mexico border, both formed by fear of the havoc being wrought by Mexican drug cartels.


Spy vs. Spy

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. carves out a unique space in a crowded espionage marketplace
It's understandable if your first reaction to a movie version of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is, "Do we really need another movie version of an old television show?" This is a reaction one should have on a regular basis, and it only means that you are an emotionally healthy adult.


Consider the Author

The End of the Tour turns a David Foster Wallace literary conversation into enthralling cinema
EDITOR'S NOTE: The schedule for The End of the Tour's arrival in the Inland Northwest changed after The Inlander went to press.


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