One Becomes Two

One Becomes Two

The Hop! continues on while Pinnacle Northwest, the new downtown all-ages music venue, opens up
We're standing on the dark stage of the soon-to-be-open Pinnacle Northwest, surveying a tiered room that's experienced its fair share of rattling bass beats, grinding dance moves and powerhouse rock shows. "We may be getting rid of that," owner Thomas "TC" Chavez says, pointing to a smooth, silver-colored dance pole near the front of the stage.

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Past Masters

Skull Fist brings classic heavy metal into the 21st century
Death metal. Black metal.

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Broken Yet Hopeful

Kent Ueland has moved on from Terrible Buttons with a solo effort
Kent Ueland has been drinking since noon. The shrill doorbell jarred him awake at his Peaceful Valley house this morning.

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Making it Work

For husband-and-wife duo Feral Anthem, crafting music is an obligation
January 16, the day we meet at Wild Bill's Long Bar in Cheney for an interview, is Jeremy Rouse and Caitlin Garpestad Rouse's five-month wedding anniversary, a realization the pair celebrates with a high five. The laid-back couple, who perform as roots-punk duo Feral Anthem, met in Spanish class at Eastern Washington University and were together for five years before tying the knot in August.

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Consistent Change

How Flannel Math Animal plays some of the most complex rock around
Before the mid-afternoon practice can begin, they stuff clear silicone earplugs into their ears. "Are you sure you don't want a pair?"

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Tough Issues

Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer provide a thoughtful meditation on race in Black or White
Originally titled Black and White, then changed, with no explanation, to Black or White, this second teaming of writer-director Mike Binder and star Kevin Costner (their first was the overlooked 2005 dramady The Upside of Anger) gives us both men wearing their "game on" shoes. It also features a story made timely by the unfortunate overabundance of racially charged headlines these days.

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Short Takes

Masterful storytelling happens in a hurry for the Oscar-nominated short films
Given how brief attention spans are these days, one would think short films would be enjoying a boom in popularity and a much higher profile. As it is, shorts remain largely unseen except among the most die-hard of film geeks.

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Keep it Like a Secret

Little Accidents is an emotionally devastating look at how we handle death
We don't talk about death. Whatever we might learn about death we keep a secret.

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Un-Friend

Jennifer Aniston is excellently depressing in Cake
I sometimes wonder why people want to see movies about someone who is suffering. Like The Elephant Man, My Left Foot, The Theory of Everything.

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To the Mat

Foxcatcher gives us Steve Carell in a creepy role, but not much else
A palpable sense of doom hangs over the chilling Foxcatcher, like a vulture resembling the beak-nosed billionaire John E. du Pont (a prosthetic-enhanced Steve Carell), who's at the story's twisted center. As the film slowly inches toward its inevitably tragic ending, you can't help but think: Nothing good can come from this.

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Coming Home

One soldier's struggle for normalcy tells a bigger story in American Sniper
If movie-world think pieces are any indication, American Sniper is the latest fact-based movie that simply isn't going to be allowed to be a movie. We're apparently not allowed to talk about it without worrying about whether it smoothes over the rough edges of its primary subject, Navy SEAL Chief Chris Kyle, or speculating on its politics because of what we know about director Clint Eastwood and his conversations with empty chairs.

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