Piano Man

Piano Man

Ben Folds made the keys cool again, and he wants to show you how
Ben Folds doesn't want to give you piano lessons. At least not like that old lady down the street from you as a kid.



A Welcome Return

Indie pop quintet Ra Ra Riot treats Spokane fans with a late-added tour stop
Ra Ra Riot gets a brief break this weekend from their ongoing tour with California rock band Young the Giant. They could have taken that time to relax, but instead they're coming to Spokane.


Meet the Sun

Karrie O'Neill is finally ready to take her music full time, complete with a brand-new album and upcoming tour
A s soon as Kit Ehrgood heard Karrie O'Neill play one of her smoky songs in his Spokane Music Institute studio, he instantly had a picture in his mind of where her music could go. That was about a year ago, and since then O'Neill's music career has catapulted forward.


Party like it's 1975

The latest British pop sensation invades Spokane
The 1975 have consistently sold out good-sized concert venues across the United States for a couple of years now, but it was teenagers who made that a reality. Thus, many older Americans' first exposure to the white-hot English pop-rock quartet came in February courtesy of Saturday Night Live, where the 1975 performed "The Sound" and "Love Me," two relentless earworms from their sophomore album I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It.


Act Naturally

After a brain tumor, one local man's recovery was aided by listening to classic rock. This weekend, he gets to meet Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band
Lance Norman's telling the story for the second time, because he can't remember telling this bit 20 minutes prior. He had emailed Toto guitarist Steve Lukather's PR people, telling them his experience of suffering a traumatic brain injury five years ago, and how through the recovery process he listened to tons of music like Toto and the Beatles.


It's Complicated

The Spokane Symphony and Indigo Girls' one-night stand
Given that Indigo Girls' Emily Saliers and Amy Ray have performed together for more than 35 years in venues as small as a living room and as large as a football stadium, it's hard to think that much could throw them off their game. The first time they took the stage with a symphony, though, a few years ago to perform orchestral versions of their songs, there were serious nerves.


Hit Refresh

Seattle folk-pop sextet the Head and the Heart returns with a new album and a new mentality
For as long as there's been music, there have been artists who came along in the right place at the right time with the right sound, fueling a quick rise to stardom. Take, for example, the winsome folk-pop band the Head and the Heart.


Greatest Alive?

Danny Brown makes his case as rap's boldest voice on Atrocity Exhibition
Detroit rapper Danny Brown is back on our collective radar, this time with a new album and a massive tour — which hits Spokane Friday — to promote it. With him comes a wave of glowing reviews for Atrocity Exhibition, Brown's fourth album and first for the influential Warp Records label.


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Double Trouble

Keeping Up with the Joneses steals an idea and does little with it
Life in the 'burbs gets another humdrum shake-up in the cul-de-sac action comedy Keeping Up with the Joneses.


From Book to Bore

Inferno is a messy, nonsensical continuation of the Robert Langdon series
I'm not sure any of this movie makes sense on any level whatsoever. And that's saying something, considering that it's based on a Dan Brown novel.


The Bad, the Worse and the Puppy

In a Valley of Violence is a funny, thoughtful Western semi-send-up
Ti West's In a Valley of Violence is a film whose appeal slowly unfurls itself. Its somewhat corny pre-credits sequence, in which wanderer Paul (Ethan Hawke) has an encounter with a preacher that culminates in an attack by Paul's trusty canine companion, sees its jarring ridiculousness tempered by the purposefully hokey, stylized opening title sequence that immediately follows it.


Furry Things

Christopher Guest revives his mockumentary franchise with Mascots
The sneaky manner in which Netflix rolls out its original feature films was a bit of a blessing for the cult fans of Christopher Guest, who had to endure only a month or so of anticipation before the release of Mascots. Devotees of Guest's oddball ensemble mockumentaries, featuring mostly improvised dialogue, have been jonesing for a film from the auteur since the mostly forgettable For Your Consideration in 2006.


Missed Connections

The Girl on the Train isn't the next Gone Girl
Gone girls are very big business. Certainly Paula Hawkins' bestseller The Girl on the Train benefited from the tailwind of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, with their overlapping interests in missing women, unfaithful men and unreliable narrators.


School Daze

Middle School aims for a softer, safer Ferris Bueller vibe
Rafe Khatchadorian (Griffin Gluck), a budding artist, is starting over at his third middle school, a place governed by the rules-obsessed Principal Dwight (Andrew Daly) and his chief enforcer (Retta). As a tonic to the school's rigidity, Rafe and his only friend Leo (Thomas Barbusca) embark on a plan to break every one of the rules in the school's Code of Conduct handbook.


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