Festival Primer

Festival Primer

As summer fast approaches, we're previewing some of the biggest and best out-of-town festivals you should be planning for
Music fans in Eastern Washington know how vital festivals can be when it comes to seeing your favorite contemporary bands who routinely skip Spokane in favor of playing Missoula or Boise. The festival industry has grown at an astonishing rate in recent years, with corporations bidding on and eating up little fests like they were microbreweries.

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Long-Term Effects

Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors write songs to last a lifetime on Souvenir
Drew Holcomb has what he calls a "collector personality," and the rootsy singer-songwriter has a Nashville house full of objects he's gathered through the years. It started when Holcomb was a kid growing up in Memphis.

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Choice Spins

The 10 Record Store Day releases we'll be looking out for
Big Star, Complete Third, Vol. 3: Final Masters

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Freshen Up

Jimmy Eat World keeps evolving after nine albums and nearly 25 years
When a band's been around a while, it can be a challenge to keep things fresh. For pop-rockers Jimmy Eat World, the years after their 2013 album Damage proved full of efforts to recharge the band's batteries, nearly 25 years into a career that's seen them move from emo-scene figureheads to MTV darlings to elder statesmen of the alt-rock scene.

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Gear Junkies

Spokane rock trio Supervillain defy expectations with their new album's vintage riffage
Supervillain is a band in a constant standoff with other people's assumptions about what they might sound like. If they get you at one of their shows, though, they'll have you hooked with danceable riffs that defy any of your preconceived notions.

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Rare Air

Get down to the globally flavored electro-jams of Beats Antique
For a hard-touring band — especially one with a habit of releasing its albums in the fall — a winter at home with few professional obligations is a rarity. But that's exactly what the three members of Beats Antique have enjoyed over the past few months, drummer Tommy "Sidecar" Cappel says in a telephone interview from his residence in Oakland, California.

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Monthly Mardi Gras

Northwest of New Orleans is a musical variety series that aims to bring the sounds of the Big Easy to the Bartlett
It was in 2005, in a small New Orleans jazz club called the Spotted Cat, when Garrin Hertel fell head over heels in love with the music of the French Quarter. While watching a band called the Jazz Vipers, Hertel, a classically trained pianist who hadn't played music in more than a decade, was finally inspired to get back into the swing of things.

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This Ain't No Disco

Life During Wartime pays groove-filled homage to Talking Heads
Name a popular band, and there's likely a tribute act out there delivering soundalike versions of their songs. The Bing and the Knitting Factory get a steady diet of classic-rock tributes, and even smaller venues occasionally play host to the likes of Super Diamond (Neil Diamond) or the Iron Maidens (duh — Iron Maiden).

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Into the Wild

The Lost City of Z is a curiously muted, elegantly made portrait of one man's dogged obsession
The Lost City of Z is as much about the euphoria of discovery and exploration as it is failure and disappointment, the story of a man whose reputation as an iconoclast and trailblazer was bound to the same South American jungles that would also devour him. At its core, the movie, adapted by writer-director James Gray from David Grann's nonfiction bestseller, is a portrait of reckless obsession, but it's remarkably low-key in its approach, almost to a fault.

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Yawn Yawn, Bang Bang

An A-list cast indulges in target practice in the one-note shoot-'em-up Free Fire
Ben Wheatley's Free Fire is a period piece in more ways than one. It's set in Boston in the 1970s, an era of face-consuming sideburns and leisure suits with mile-wide collars, but it plays like one of those forgettable Quentin Tarantino rip-offs that we saw a lot of in the wake of Pulp Fiction's surprise success.

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Casualties of War

Frantz is a beautifully mounted, black-and-white period piece that's occasionally hobbled by its own tricky structure
François Ozon's Frantz is named for a dead man, a German soldier killed in France during World War I, whose tombstone sits atop an empty grave in a modest cemetery in his hometown of Quedlinburg. That's where Anna (Paula Beer), the woman to whom the late Frantz Hoffmeister was engaged, sees a strange fellow weeping and dropping roses on her fiancé's grave.

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A Beautiful Mind

A lovely child performance anchors the satisfying family drama Gifted
Film history is packed with precociously adorable children who made a splash, from Shirley Temple and Jackie Cooper to Drew Barrymore and Macaulay Culkin, and they've proven a reliable way to give viewers — as the kids say these days — all the feels. But the moppet-based movie is also fraught with peril.

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Running on Fumes

The eighth time is really not the charm for the long-running Fast and Furious franchise, which is dumb enough to drive a critic mad
There's no point, there's no point, there's no point.

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Blue in the Face

Doubling down on regressive gender stereotypes, The Lost Village is a Smurfing disaster
The problem with the Smurfs — apart from the fiery rage they inspire to stomp them into blue goo — is Smurfette. (Typical.

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Tim Kasher, Allison Weiss, Mama Doll @ The Bartlett

Fri., April 28, 8 p.m.

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