Breaking Through

Breaking Through

Geographer's Mike Deni finds a new purpose on Ghost Modern
When you hit rock bottom, sometimes your only option is to claw your way out. For Mike Deni, the powerhouse behind San Francisco-based, melancholic, synth-heavy indie-rock band Geographer, that meant finding something to strive for after realizing that life was essentially meaningless, a journey he explores on the band's latest release, Ghost Modern.



Hitting the Right Note

The Spokane Falls Community College Jazz Festival returns as an outreach for everyone
There are no auditions here. At Spokane Falls Community College, jazz ensemble enrollment is open for all.


Spokane Revival

Why Tech N9ne continues to roll through the Lilac City on the regular
No one ever expected much out of Tech N9ne. From his hardscrabble upbringing in Kansas City, where everyone he knew is now dead or in jail, Tech N9ne (aka Aaron Dontez Yates) has clawed his way to hip-hop stardom — show by show, record by record.


Bad Role Model

2 Chainz advocates for legal weed and for people to use their brains
After citing various cases of stoned parents neglecting or abusing their children, cable talk-show dimwit Nancy Grace asked rapper 2 Chainz why he believed that weed should be legalized in this country. "Everybody is not doing this.


Audio Devotion

Why it's OK to like bad music
On the long and mostly brown drive from Spokane to Seattle or Spokane to Portland, there are essentially three kinds of stations that come in over the FM airwaves: Pop country, Top 40 and contemporary Christian. On solo trips to visit friends and family in these big, shiny cities, I've tuned into them all, trying to get a grasp on why people are drawn to this music.


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Good Goes Bad

The Avengers have to fight themselves in the CGI-happy Age of Ultron
Sneaky superhero movie! It was another caped-crusader tradition which gave us the idea that heroes who don't die in the line of duty live to become villains, but it took The Avengers to let it play out onscreen.


Student and Pupil

Ethan Hawke's documentary Seymour: An Introduction mediates long and hard on artistry
As he explains in Seymour: An Introduction, Ethan Hawke had the great fortune to be seated next to Seymour Bernstein at a dinner party. Best known as an Oscar- and Tony-nominated actor, Hawke is a modern multi-hyphenate who has also authored a couple of books, co-authored screenplays (with Richard Linklater and Julie Delpy) and directed several movies and plays.


Oscar Winner

One killer performance overrides the high-concept sci-fi of Ex Machina
Oscar Isaac doesn't exactly make an "entrance" in Ex Machina, at least not in the conventional sense that we think of a character's first appearance. We see him as computer programmer Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson) enters the massive, isolated Alaskan compound of his boss, search engine entrepreneur/billionaire Nathan Bateman (Isaac), who's pounding away at a punching bag.


War Games

In Country unpacks Vietnam by recreating it
We're forgetting about Vietnam and perhaps we're doing that on purpose. Today's American history textbooks all but skip over the conflict, which lasted a decade and claimed the lives of nearly 60,000 Americans.


No Country for Old Hipsters

Noah Baumbach explores aging clumsily in While We're Young
In the American societal script, the energetic, wild freedom of youth eventually pivots to the structure and responsibility of parenthood. Noah Baumbach's latest feature While We're Young focuses on a couple in the purgatory between these poles, while feeling the strong magnetic pull of that youthful zeal.


Real Fiction

True Story sees James Franco and Jonah Hill telling a true story about fakers
Two disgraced men seek redemption through their relationship with each other. Or maybe something less lofty... perhaps the shamed congress of sinners or the mutual gratification of stroked egos.


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