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This is Reality

Lukas Nelson's dreams came true when Neil Young wanted to work with his band
Lukas Nelson met his Promise of the Real drummer Anthony LoGerfo at a Neil Young concert. His band's name was taken from Young's song "Walk On," and the group's style and socially conscious lyrics draw inspiration from Young.



Come Together

Purity Ring tries something different on their sophomore album
For Another Eternity, the follow-up to their 2012 debut Shrines, Purity Ring vocalist Megan James and producer/instrumentalist Corin Roddick did something new: record together. Shrines came together over email, as Roddick lived in Montreal and James called Halifax, Nova Scotia, home; the two were about an 11-hour drive apart.


Rocker Soccer '83

A busload of baby-faced rockers and a mysterious soccer match — trying to piece together an epic August day from long, long ago
Wow, Def Leppard at the Arena — that's a blast from my past. I saw them play live in Spokane... all the way back in 1983.


Beauty in the Broken

Death Cab For Cutie gets in touch with its emotions again
In the Japanese art form kintsugi, artists take broken pieces of pottery and meld them together with precious metals, highlighting the imperfections rather than trying to conceal them. Death Cab for Cutie's new album, named after the art style, gets up close and personal with those ugly ridges.


Rise Above

Light Up the Sky learns what it's like to get a record deal
Over burgers at Red Robin last Fourth of July, Ray and Isaac Luna's dad gives them the talk. He says they need to do something with their lives, that music probably won't pay the bills.


Blasting Back

Dave and Phil Alvin find new musical life together in old songs
Battling brothers are part of a proud tradition of dysfunctional-yet-great bands, ranging from the Kinks to the Black Crowes to Oasis. Redemption stories of brothers putting aside their differences for the sake of family and great music are rarer, but that's the tale roots-rockers Dave and Phil Alvin are spinning three decades after the acrimonious split of the Blasters.


Still White and Nerdy

"Weird Al" Yankovic on his love for the Hawaiian shirt and his TV career, and the person he is inside
He's the guy who sang "Eat It." And back in 1984, when "Weird Al" Yankovic hilariously skewered Michael Jackson's "Beat It," no one would have guessed the longevity of the comedic performer's career.


One Big Treat

Hail the power-pop excellence that is Cheap Trick
Some of you looked at the slate of Spokane County Interstate Fair entertainment and thought, "Oooh! The Duck Dynasty guys are coming!" or "Um, Air Supply is coming?


Still Here

Former Television guitarist Richard Lloyd won't let himself forget
Richard Lloyd still lives in New York City. He's tried living in other cities, even ones in exotic locales, but nothing else but the bustle of NYC feels like home.


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Matt Damon vs. Outer Space

The Martian is the optimistic sci-fi movie that Christopher Nolan failed to deliver
During last year's media blitz for Interstellar, Christopher Nolan couldn't stop talking about his desire to make sci-fi optimistic again. It's too bad, then, that Interstellar was largely only optimistic in theory — Matthew McConaughey's character spent more time blabbing about mankind's potential than demonstrating it.


Drug Warriors

Sicario is a tough, brutal film — and one of the year's best
The "War on Drugs" may be a bullshit term invented by our overlords to justify overly aggressive policing on local and national levels. But the "War on Drugs" has never felt more like an actual war than in Sicario.


Mountain of a Movie

Everest takes us to the top of the world for a tragic and riveting ride
This is the kind of movie that movies were invented for: big, visceral and intense, a heart-stopping adventure that has you catching your breath and gasping in shock as it takes you places most of us will never get to, so as to engage in the sort of life-threatening thrills that, paradoxically, remind us that we are alive. That's an argument that safety-minded homebodies like me scoff at when risk-takers make it, but Everest makes you understand it deep in your gut.


Blood Story

Eli Roth looks to have lost some of his horror touch with The Green Inferno
After making the festival rounds back in 2013, Eli Roth's riff on the horror subgenre of tropical cannibal movies has finally arrived in theaters with less of a scream than a whimper. It's not that the film's quasi-ironic take on privileged, white activist college students' farcical attempt to save a fertile slice of the Amazonian rain forest from loggers already feels hackneyed — that's part of the "fun" in gore-tastic horrors such as this and Ruggero Deodato's infamous Cannibal Holocaust (obviously a huge influence on Roth).


A Mob Boss Without a City

The problems with Johnny Depp, Boston accents and Black Mass
The story of gangster James "Whitey" Bulger is basically the story of Boston in the 20th century. Bulger represented everything good and bad about Boston: he was fiercely loyal to family, ambitious, territorial, bigoted, shrewd, mean, and really good at staying quiet when it served his own interests.


Pundit Pioneers

Best of Enemies reveals the start of all the shouting in modern political TV coverage
Given the screeching nature of what passes as modern political punditry on television, it might be hard to remember — or even imagine — a time when the airwaves were filled with Serious People talking about Serious Issues facing the country during election season. Best of Enemies takes us back to the precise moment when campaign coverage turned from straightforward and stiff to entertaining and, arguably, less relevant as it recounts ABC News' dramatic ratings gamble in 1968 to skip gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Democratic and Republican conventions in favor of a new, untested feature — a series of 10 debates between the arch-conservative magazine editor William F. Buckley, Jr. and ultra-liberal author and iconoclast Gore Vidal.


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