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George Lathrop makes sure the big Spokane shows and concerts run smoothly
In this city, there aren't many backstage areas George Lathrop can't get into.



Hitting Even Harder

Seattleite Rocky Votolato kicks off a long tour in Spokane
In May and June, singer-songwriter Rocky Votolato did 37 shows in nine European countries, some solo and some with a band. Before that, he played 34 shows in American living rooms over six weeks in March and April — the month he released his eighth solo album, Hospital Handshakes.


All Man

Gregg Allman has experienced much turmoil, but he perseveres with his mix of blues, rock and country
Gregg Allman was just 23 when people wondered how he would continue. His older brother Duane, guitar god and leader of the Allman Brothers Band, had died in a tragic motorcycle crash.


Fire Starter

Tyler, the Creator pushes everyone's buttons, but still cares about what his fans think
He shouted at the crowd to shove through the gates. "Push!


Tickle the Keys

The Ridler Piano Bar keeps the good times rolling in downtown Spokane with dueling musicians
The five women lined up at the front of the stage know what they're in for. "All right, No. 1," Christan Raxter and Steve Ridler call out from behind their opposite grand pianos.


Lightening the Mood

Local metal quartet Mercy Brown garners fans around the globe thanks to a viral video
At first, the video seems familiar: beloved magical nanny Mary Poppins, jack-of-all-trades Bert and a band of animated townspeople are shown about to break into song. Then the music begins and Sera Hatchett, lead singer of local metal quartet Mercy Brown, growls through "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" like she's cursing an enemy, not singing about a made-up word.


Naked Ambition

Stevie Lynne won't let anyone keep her down — not even herself
The melodies come without warning. Sometimes they arrive when she's wrapped in nothing but a towel at her Browne's Addition apartment, other times when she's out with friends.


Fresh Press

Recent albums from Inland Northwest-bred acts that are sure to make the rest of the country take notice
SWEET MADNESS, Made in Spokane 1978-1981, Volume 2 When we wrote about Sweet Madness two years ago, they had just released the first half of Made in Spokane 1978-1981.


Spicy Rhymes

Lyrics Born cooks up a soulful, Big Easy-inspired gumbo on his new release; plus, the complete Elkfest schedule
Even the most creative musical minds can find themselves searching for inspiration — and sometimes the hunt takes them really far from home. For Lyrics Born, the Bay Area hip-hop maestro with a deep catalog of inventive songs and collaborations headlining Sunday at Elkfest, his latest effort led him to the Deep South.


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Winning Reboot

Somehow, Arnold's return to the Terminator franchise makes for solid sci-fi
There will be Terminator purists who insist that this fifth entry in the series breaks the rules of the Terminator universe. But it's hard to tell if that's something they're going to hate or celebrate.


Stripped Down

Magic Mike XXL can't recapture the substance that made the original more than hunky shirtless guys
There's an important, perhaps counterintuitive point that must be clear before we start talking about Magic Mike XXL: The original 2012 Magic Mike was not about male strippers. Make no mistake: It contained male strippers.


Dog of a Story

Max wastes a promising idea on forgettable characters
There's a promising premise at the beginning of Max, a "war is hell" setup involving a Marine coming home from combat duty in Afghanistan, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and trying to adjust to a life of normalcy. You've seen the posters.


The Me Problem

How to read the emotional emergence from narcissism in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
The arc of critical response to a festival film is… well, let’s understate things a whole lot, and say that it’s complicated. In the swarm of an environment where members of the press are watching four or five films a day, reactions can be distorted by everything from sleep deprivation to the desperate need to find something, anything great to champion.


Mixed Emotions

Inside Out sells silliness to kids while delivering a powerful story for parents.
If there's anything we should realize by now about the way Disney markets its animated films — whether from Disney Animation Studios or Pixar — it's that there's simply no way to know from the advertising what these films are actually about. Brave's advertising played up the comic relief from the mischievous triplets, completely hiding the fact that the central story was about a complex mother-daughter relationship.


Hot Property

Sundance darling Dope gets its day in the sun
Drawing on sources as varied as 1980s Spike Lee, 1990s Quentin Tarantino and Risky Business is bound to result in something at least a little fragmented, but in Dope it's often a lot of fun watching those fragments drift and find their shape. Shameik Moore plays Malcolm, a geeky, straight-A high-school senior trying to carve out his own identity on the rough streets of Inglewood, California.


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