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.

Past Masters

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

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.

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.

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?"

Problem Children

Hell's Belles' sweaty, stylish take on AC/DC still rocks
Adrian Conner's parents should have just let her go to rock shows when she was growing up in Seattle. By forcing Conner to sneak around with friends to see gigs — her first was GWAR and the Melvins at the Moore Theatre — their strict ban on the devil's music is probably what led their adult daughter to spend weekends stripping down to her panties while playing some of the most joyfully nasty rock ever created to rooms of boozed-up dudes.

Old World Resonance

Chateau Rive hosts many events, but the next two months are all about the music
New Year's Eve remnants litter the cavernous underground space. White cushions and leftover beer bottles are heaped onto Costco-size carts and confetti coats the concrete floor.

New Year, New Local Tunes

Several area acts have fresh full-length albums you should check out
PETER RIVERA It Is What It Is

Big Show

The best local performances of the year
FUTURE ISLANDS The Bartlett | April 2

Spinning to the Top

The 2014 records most worthy of a listen, according to Inlander music writers
LAURA JOHNSON Inlander Music Editor

Connective Tissue

Von the Baptist's homegrown and introspective music is grounded in natural chemistry
Last month, Von the Baptist drummer Brandon Vasquez arrives at Coeur Coffeehouse for his interview several minutes early. A compliment on his Ryan Adams T-shirt sparks a discussion about his widely diverse tastes.

Hanging Around

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony were the first to popularize singsong hip-hop; now young rappers are catching on
The men of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony are in their late 30s and early 40s, but when they first got together in the early '90s — before they famously bought one-way tickets from their hometown of Cleveland to L.A. in hopes of auditioning for gangster rap icon Eazy-E — they were still teenagers. "We've been here for a long time," says the group's oldest member, Flesh-n-Bone, over the phone.

Keepin' On

All around the Inland Northwest, the music scene continues to persevere
This year, bands and venues came and went, legends were honored and more music festivals took place than ever before. Some complained about the music scene, but others were proactive, banding together to improve things.

Latest Puzzle

How the Broken Thumbs find themselves melding rock instruments and a computer
The pieces came together as so many bands do, with a question. "I need to drum, can I come play behind you?" drummer Ryan Stocks asked his DJ friend Kelton Allen.

Modern Cool

Jessica Hernandez kicks out new jams steeped in Detroit's musical roots
The time slot was far from ideal. Early Monday afternoon at Bumbershoot, the last gasp of the festival and hours before the day's headliners would draw more people to Seattle Center.

Weird Cousin

Out of the mainstream, goth EDM music gets monthly play at the Hop!
The dress code is simple: head-to-toe black. In contrast to the sweaty young people at a typical electronic dance music show pushing their way toward a DJ, this night's Elektro Grave attendees, comprised of about 30 people, appear to at least be old enough to remember the dark era of 1980s gothic music.

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