Minus the Bear has accomplished the tough task of making progressive rock accessible
When Minus the Bear last came through Spokane to headline Elkfest 2014, the crowd was rowdy. The band's not-too-heavy, progressive math-rock sound was greeted with a surprising fan reaction — people started crowd surfing, much to the chagrin of some in mellower moods.
Zakk Wylde's second solo record shows off his softer side, but it's just one part of his persona
There's a group called Black Label Society. It's both a heavy metal band and a sort of club.
The newly combined music festival Rage-Apalooza is the Viking's biggest event yet
It was hatched at the octagon house. Throw a party in the backyard, make music and invite friends.
Fitz and the Tantrums' Joseph Karnes discusses his band's journey to now
If he weren't hiking around a nearby Los Angeles water reservoir, he'd be pacing his living room. This is one of Joseph Karnes' few days of downtime before going back out on tour with the soul-pop band Fitz and the Tantrums, a group that has only continued to see its star rise since its inception in 2008.
Boy George and Culture Club paved the way for genre- and gender-bending rock stars
Michael Jackson was the big story at the 1984 Grammys, thanks to his Thriller album and its cavalcade of hits. But those awards also marked the first time the influence of MTV and the dawning of music video were felt — particularly when the winner of the Best New Artist trophy beamed in via satellite.
The roots-rock band's new album is largely a return to earlier form
The new Band of Horses album isn't perfect. But the worst thing about it might be the lack of a question mark at the end of its title, Why Are You OK. And if that's the worst thing you can say about an album, it bodes well for the actual music contained within.
After a decade of remarkable consistency, Baltimore's Beach House mixes things up
Before Beach House's Alex Scally will end his phone interview with the Inlander, he'd like a few recommendations for cool spots near the Knitting Factory. A good bite to eat, perhaps, or a bar that's near and dear to the locals.
Nat Park and the Tunnels of Love emerged from the ashes of other local bands to bring soul to the masses
First there's a scream, and then a crash. "It sounds like a pool table just fell on someone," says Gawain Fadeley, guitarist for the new soul act Nat Park and the Tunnels of Love.
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Hands of Stone can't carve out a distinctive space among boxing biopics
Y ou've got to hand this to Jonathan Jakubowicz, writer/director of Hands of Stone: It takes balls of stone to cast Robert De Niro in your based-on-a-true-story boxing movie. It's been 36 years since De Niro won his lone Best Actor Oscar for playing Jake LaMotta in Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull, and that film remains a kind of gold standard, not just for capturing the visceral, kinetic intensity of boxing, but for shaking up the often predictable rhythms of the movie biography.
Hell or High Water is the crime drama you've been waiting all summer for
T his West Texas crime drama barrels in with the force of a full-gale dust storm over the flat, dry plains of our parched movie summer. Hell or High Water is a good but not great movie with sensational lead performances that elevate it to enjoyably memorable status.
Kubo and the Two Strings is a gorgeous, if conventional, epic journey
Pixar is widely regarded as the gold standard of animation in the 21st century. That makes sense: the studio has reeled off a series of masterpieces over the past decade or so (WALL·E, Up, Inside Out).
Jonah Hill and Miles Teller are armed and dangerous in the true story War Dogs
W ar Dogs was originally called Arms and the Dudes, which makes it sound like a stoner comedy about bumbling weapons dealers from the guy who made the Hangover movies. And it's not that at all.
Sausage Party puts the gross in grocery store
In a letter to a friend, William S. Burroughs famously explained the title of his novel Naked Lunch by describing it as "a frozen moment when everyone sees what is on the end of every fork." At some point in human history, surely, after the third deep bong rip, some stoner must have heard that quote, grown very silent, and then wondered aloud, "But what if the food at the end of the fork, like... looked back?"
Pete's Dragon is a reboot with an infectious spirit
I suppose this new Pete's Dragon falls under the umbrella of Disney's ongoing project to produce live-action remakes of all of its animated features. The 1977 film was mostly live-action, of course, except for the key element of the mischievous giant reptile itself, which was really cartoonish.
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