Classic Gass

Classic Gass

Armed with a new album, the Kyle Gass Band brings its blend of rock and humor to Spokane
At this point in his career, Kyle "KG" Gass is used to fans rushing past him at airports to take selfies with Jack Black, his Tenacious D musical partner in crime. But at 56, Gass is content.



Wanna Rock?

A slew of '80s glam favorites come to Wreck The Halls of Spokane Arena
It's natural to feel skeptical. Even if you're the most die-hard fan of the '80s hair-metal movement, you might have looked at the lineup for this weekend's "Wreck The Halls" show with some trepidation.


Lit Up

The urge to photograph and record entire shows is more prevalent than ever, but is that a hindrance to the concertgoing experience?
It's the first night of Sasquatch! 2016 and British electronic-pop act Disclosure has just arrived in a cloud of dry ice and neon spotlights.


Village Reunion

The Shook Twins head back home to Sandpoint for an annual Thanksgiving show
For the past four years, Shook Twins have hosted a Thanksgiving show in their hometown of Sandpoint, but it's usually only identical twins Laurie and Katelyn Shook and bandmate Niko Daoussis who can make it. This time the quirky folk group's bassist and drummer complete the set, along with a slew of local musician friends.


Worth Waiting For

After an explosive start, Coeur d'Alene's Goodnight Venus has finally released their second record
Goodnight Venus says they've been trying to make "Northern Idaho happen" for some time. They even have a song called "Idaho."


Amos Lee Gives Thanks

The folk-soul singer brings his message of gratitude to the masses
"I feel like a fish that's in the best fish tank in the world," singer-songwriter Amos Lee told an adoring crowd at New York City's Radio City Music Hall in September. In other words, life in the spotlight is good for Lee, and he's mighty grateful.


The Try-Hard Society

Sister act Dry and Dusty went on a tour, learned a lot about themselves and are now back in Spokane with their old-time tunes
There's something primitive about the music that Dry and Dusty plays. It's like they're breathing life into the parched bones of a bygone era.


Got it Covered

To the delight of fans, Tyrone Wells returns to his hometown to perform songs from nearly all of his albums
Last night, another couple got engaged at singer-songwriter Tyrone Wells' show. He stopped midway through his set to tell a woman that her boyfriend had something to ask her.


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Man and Wife

Simple, non-heroic love changes the world in Loving
Artists don't always choose to have their work say something particular about the time in which it appears. Sometimes, the time chooses the work.


Grumpy Old Man

The Magic Lantern Theatre is open again and featuring the delightful A Man Called Ove
The cranky curmudgeon in this Swedish import walks around with the puckered face of a man who's seemingly spent a lifetime sucking on lemons. He's the quintessential sourpuss.


Big Themes

Disney's Moana is the empowering and fascinating tale we need right now
"There must be more than this provincial life!" So goes the melancholy cry of the Disney princess.


The Right Side of Edgy

The Edge of Seventeen infuses sharp modern wit into the coming-of-age teen dramedy
There's an inherent melodrama built into the way a teenage mind operates, but that doesn't mean melodramatic expressions of real anxiety and depression are invalid. The Edge of Seventeen understands this on a deeper, realer level than most coming-of-age high school dramedies.


Talking to aliens

Amy Adams must bridge the human-alien language gap in Arrival
You've seen some variation of this scene in any number of alien invasion movies: humans and aliens meet for the first time, and then the aliens immediately begin speaking English. There's always some exposition to wave it away — telepathy, maybe, or perhaps technology, or, in one exceptional instance, a tiny fish lodged in everyone's ear canal — and then the story quickly moves on before audiences can get too stuck on the mechanics of it.


Weird Science

Doctor Strange features a whole lot of CGI but lacks in story
Forget everything you think you know," Chiwetel Ejiofor intones here, in that amazing voice that commands you heed him. Alas, his planet-protecting wizard, Mordo, just wants you to forget everything you know about superhero origin stories so this one will (hopefully) feel fresh to you.


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