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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.


Mystery Man

What we know about musician-actor-puppeteer-comedian David Liebe Hart, and what we don't
Last week, I had an 11-minute phone conversation with David Liebe Hart.


Rolling Stoned

The revivalist rock and hijinks of Twin Peaks
"This is Tuna speaking," says Cadien Lake James, quasi-frontman of Chicago rockers Twin Peaks over the phone earlier this month. The quintet — related to the surreal David Lynch TV series in name only — has just crossed the Florida-Georgia line in their van, called Vandalf the White, on a tour leg that will swing through the South before curling up the West Coast to Spokane and the Bartlett for a reprise of their 2014 gig there.


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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.


New Eyes

The story behind the story inevitably changes how you see The Birth of a Nation
I magine the opening scene of an achronological movie narrative, something like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Perhaps it starts with something innocuous, like a conversation between a husband and a wife.



Queen of Katwe is a sports movie done right
A gainst the odds, an illiterate, dirt-poor girl from the slums outside Kampala, Uganda, discovers that she is a chess prodigy. With help from her coach, she pursues her dream to become a grandmaster and move her family out of their grinding poverty.


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