Former Television guitarist Richard Lloyd won't let himself forget
Richard Lloyd still lives in New York City. He's tried living in other cities, even ones in exotic locales, but nothing else but the bustle of NYC feels like home.
Two locals return to the annual free Labor Day weekend festival
Twenty-something musicians Josh Starkel of the band Duke Evers and singer-songwriter Whitney Mongé are up-and-coming in Seattle — as their respective parents, who still reside here, so proudly called to let us know. This weekend, the two come home to Spokane to play the Pig Out in the Park festival for the first time, an event they each grew up attending.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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A Walk in the Woods lacks a cinematic smart-ass
We're a long way from the glory days of cinematic smart-asses. Hollywood once enjoyed a long tradition of wise-ass protagonists whose inability to let a dry witticism fly by unmolested often landed them in trouble, from Paul Newman in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid to Paul Newman in The Sting to... let's see...
Noam Baumbach and Greta Gerwig gives us a familiar yet engaging story in Mistress America
In Noah Baumbach's second release in one calendar year, following the bitter-tasting, olds-against-the-millennials comedy While We're Young, he and co-screenwriter/star Greta Gerwig borrow bullet points from Breakfast at Tiffany's: A naïf writer falls under the spell of a self-invented Manhattan party girl who scrapes by on the largesse of others. Gerwig plays Brooke, the Holly Golightly type, getting a little long in the tooth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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