Do the Math

Do the Math

Minus the Bear has accomplished the tough task of making progressive rock accessible
When Minus the Bear last came through Spokane to headline Elkfest 2014, the crowd was rowdy. The band's not-too-heavy, progressive math-rock sound was greeted with a surprising fan reaction — people started crowd surfing, much to the chagrin of some in mellower moods.

More than Labels

Zakk Wylde's second solo record shows off his softer side, but it's just one part of his persona
There's a group called Black Label Society. It's both a heavy metal band and a sort of club.

Rage On

The newly combined music festival Rage-Apalooza is the Viking's biggest event yet
It was hatched at the octagon house. Throw a party in the backyard, make music and invite friends.


Fitz and the Tantrums' Joseph Karnes discusses his band's journey to now
If he weren't hiking around a nearby Los Angeles water reservoir, he'd be pacing his living room. This is one of Joseph Karnes' few days of downtime before going back out on tour with the soul-pop band Fitz and the Tantrums, a group that has only continued to see its star rise since its inception in 2008.

Still Celebrating

Boy George and Culture Club paved the way for genre- and gender-bending rock stars
Michael Jackson was the big story at the 1984 Grammys, thanks to his Thriller album and its cavalcade of hits. But those awards also marked the first time the influence of MTV and the dawning of music video were felt — particularly when the winner of the Best New Artist trophy beamed in via satellite.

Band of Horses are 'OK'

The roots-rock band's new album is largely a return to earlier form
The new Band of Horses album isn't perfect. But the worst thing about it might be the lack of a question mark at the end of its title, Why Are You OK. And if that's the worst thing you can say about an album, it bodes well for the actual music contained within.

Another Dimension

After a decade of remarkable consistency, Baltimore's Beach House mixes things up
Before Beach House's Alex Scally will end his phone interview with the Inlander, he'd like a few recommendations for cool spots near the Knitting Factory. A good bite to eat, perhaps, or a bar that's near and dear to the locals.

Phoenix Rising

Nat Park and the Tunnels of Love emerged from the ashes of other local bands to bring soul to the masses
First there's a scream, and then a crash. "It sounds like a pool table just fell on someone," says Gawain Fadeley, guitarist for the new soul act Nat Park and the Tunnels of Love.

Pastoral Past

Chicago's Whitney waxes nostalgic on the golden days of young love and heartbreak
Signing fans' skin with permanent marker was once a rock 'n' roll rite of passage, the more illicit the location the better. It was proof that your band had "arrived."


The 1980s, aka the more-is-more era, and its metal music keep moving to new heights
Jody Piper's old band was touring in Phoenix when his drummer's cigarette accidently met with a pointed gust of hair spray. In a flash, the dressing room lit up.

Throwback Talent

Parker Millsap is a fast-rising roots-music star
Parker Millsap is probably tired of people calling him "precocious," but when you're just 23 and delivering the kind of lyrically and musically inspired songs like those filling his new album The Very Last Day, the term just makes sense. The sound is a stirring blend of gospel, folk and roots-rock, delivered primarily via acoustic guitar, standup bass and fiddle.

Still Life

The Avett Brothers have worked for years to get to the top, and they'll never stop evolving
Their songs are already known. People sing and scream every word at their often-sold-out shows all around the country.

They Love It Loud

Gene Simmons talks bombast, Beatles and, oh yeah, songs
Even if he didn't breathe fire, spit blood and flap his stupendous serpentine tongue constantly on stage, Gene Simmons would still have one of the most famous mouths in rock. The KISS co-founder and brains behind their over-the-top marketing ploys — getting buried in a KISS Koffin?

From the Hip

Seattle's the Dip continues to help bring soul and funk music to a new generation
University of Washington house shows often pound with DJ prowess or rock 'n' roll grit. But what the Dip brought to parties was a funky beat with a blasting horn section.

Maximum Chemistry

We Are Scientists have found the correct formula for mixing pop and rock music
For three years, Max Hart played keyboard in pop goddess Katy Perry's band, choosing to leave the gig after — oh, no big deal — sharing the stage with the notorious Left Shark in 2015 at Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Arizona. From there, Hart headed to New York City to produce Helter Seltzer, the fifth album from Brooklyn pop-rock veterans We Are Scientists, with whom he had toured in 2008 and 2009.


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