Still Here

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.

Pig Out Homecoming

Two locals return to the annual free Labor Day weekend festival
Twenty-something musicians Josh Starkel of the band Duke Evers and singer-songwriter Whitney Mongé are up-and-coming in Seattle — as their respective parents, who still reside here, so proudly called to let us know. This weekend, the two come home to Spokane to play the Pig Out in the Park festival for the first time, an event they each grew up attending.

To the Point

Melvins' Buzz Osborne doesn't care what you think, and he never did
Buzz Osborne wakes up looking like that. "Do you think I do anything to my hair?" he asks, talking from his home in Hollywood, California, last week.

Ordinary to Extraordinary

Wimps celebrate the everyday on new punk-filled EP
Hating your job, coming home after a long day of work and wanting nothing more than to lie on the couch only to be kept up at night by your thoughts? We've all been there.

Breaking the cycle

Naomi Punk's music shines through on its own terms
"It's raining in Olympia, which is pretty exciting for everybody," says Travis Coster, shortly after answering the phone to chat with the Inlander about his punk band Naomi Punk.

Spokane Sounds Like...

The music we're more likely to listen to than any other city
Call it creepy, but Spotify knows what we like. The trendy music streaming service recently analyzed about 20 billion users' song-listening habits in nearly 1,000 places worldwide to discover what folks uniquely listened to in their respective cities and towns.

Paternity Leave

Has Wilco finally moved away from the 'dad rock' label?
If you look up the term "dad rock" on Google Trends, you'll find a steady flurry of worldwide search activity from late 2010 through present day, a lonely spike of searches in the first half of 2009, and before that... nothing. Not a peep, all the way back to 2004 — ancient times in the Internet age.

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Dawes takes an open-minded approach to what is yet to come
It's hit or miss. Free outdoor shows can either prompt a widespread rager or elicit polite claps from attendees more interested in their picnic baskets than music. That's why folk-rock act Dawes often takes a pessimistic approach to these events, like when they play Liberty Lake's Pavillion Park on Saturday.

Don't Call it a Comeback

Cathedral Pearls, poised with a new record, are ready to take this seriously again
They say this is the first real album. It's the sound they've been coming to for some time now — a mix between petal-soft rock, pop-laced melodies and jagged layers of instrumental and vocal harmonies.

Awesome Ain't Easy

Gleason Fest is back for yet another year, along with its namesake
It's the show that means the most to him each year. John Blakesley coordinates multiple concerts and festivals, including Elk Fest, but once Gleason Fest comes around, it's about more than just music — there are so many emotions attached to the benefit project.

Hear This

How George Relles has helped shape the Festival at Sandpoint's sound since day one
He's always listening. Discerning malfunctions like garbled speakers or screaming feedback is easy, yet it takes a trained ear to tame the acoustics of a venue — making an act sound like a recording, only better.

Human Touch

Michael Franti makes the personal political in his new music
Michael Franti has always found inspiration for his music in the world around him. Whether writing for his first group the Beatnigs, pioneering political rap crew the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy or, most famously, for his long-running reggae-rock crew Spearhead, Franti has taken issues like racial injustice in the Middle East or post-9/11 fear and turned them into thoughtful, incisive songs.

Drinking Songs, And Then Some

Whitey Morgan's independent streak makes him a must-hear modern country outlaw
If you're unfamiliar with Whitey Morgan, it'll take you roughly 10 seconds of listening to his new album Sonic Ranch to get the gist. That's the point when the Michigan native's baritone kicks in, after a few tasty guitar chords, on a tale of a lonely man seeking solace in a bottle.

Roarin' Forward

The new concert series at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park is the first in a string of changes
The number of live shows available to Inland Northwest music lovers multiplies the moment it's warm enough to hang out on a patio. This summer, the Red Lion Hotel at the Park upped its outdoor concert game with free events every weekend through the end of August.

The Only Ones

Three legends of their respective genres converge on Northern Quest
These aren't necessarily the acts you'd associate with a casino circuit tour. And in looking at the other summer concert dates, Melissa Etheridge, Blondie and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts aren't playing many other casinos — they aren't playing any other shows together either.

Steal Away

With local favorites BBBBandits' final show this weekend, an Inlander freelancer looks back on his time with the band
As the furious State Line sun beat down, I took a moment to soak up the scenery. Twenty feet from the stage, maybe five people stood watching us play.


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