With Volume kicking off, we check in with the people making the Spokane music scene flourish
There are the naysayers — the folks who believe the Inland Northwest has no music scene to speak of. But show up for Volume this weekend, and it's as if Spokane's air has become electric with the love of live music.
Why, according to this critic, millions of Eagles fans can be wrong
Can you believe the Eagles are swooping into Spokane during Volume, asking $200 for a lower-bowl ticket (including service charges) while we're celebrating local and regional independent bands? Shameless.
Volume 2015 Inlander Music Festival: Everything you need to know, and suggested lineups for every musical taste
It doesn't matter if you're collecting Social Security or if you just got your braces off — Volume is the Inlander's music festival for all. And it just keeps getting bigger: nine stages, more than 90 bands, rock movies, wristbands that get you special discounts and more.
White Mystery hits the stage and screen at Volume
Together, Miss Alex White and Francis Scott Key White are more than just a rip-roarin', red-headed, retro-stylin' garage-punk band called White Mystery. The Chicago-based siblings are also a bottomless fount of fun and creative ideas.
Touring acts are coming to Volume from all over America, but it's still about the Northwest
Volume is, of course, a celebration of the local music scene. While a lot of the lineup pulls from the area, we also invited acts from around the country to experience the weekend.
Hip-hop and indie rock collide on this Pacific Northwest-grown album, documentary and showcase
In Seattle, Sub Pop Records is often synonymous with the local music scene. But down the I-5 corridor in Olympia, it's all about K Records.
How two children of the nineties embraced the decade
Jordan Satterfield, the front man of Spokane's indie rock act Loomer, is a surprising — and, for some of us, depressing — reminder of just how many years exist between the present and the glorious 1990s. "Built to Spill, Dinosaur Jr. — those were my lullabies," says the 24-year-old Satterfield, whose stepfather introduced him to those bands.
The Marshall McLean Band plants Inland Northwest Americana roots
Chances are, if you have even a passing familiarity with the Spokane music scene, you've heard of the Marshall McLean Band. This is an act on the cusp of something more — bigger stages, another album, a growing fan base; they were voted best original band in the Inlander's most recent Best Of issue, after all.
Simple Montana beginnings lead to a complex combo in Spokane
On the surface, the musical connection between Flannel Math Animal's two members seems obvious. Both guitarist Nick Palmieri and drummer Bradley Spracklin are trained audio engineers.
The band's fuzzed-out, taco-fueled music has the local punk scene hungering for more
The microphone wasn't cooperating at Phlegm Fatale's first-ever show last year and that meant either pack it in or continue to rock sans mic. So there, in the dim garage of the Spokane home she shared with four other roommates, Kendra McKay pushed the microphone aside, wailed on her bass and let out a piercing yell from somewhere deep within her petite frame.
Collaboration is lifting this one-time solo electronic project to new heights
When we talked with Max Harnishfeger a little over a year ago, he had just begun to stretch his musical muscles as Water Monster. Having contributed vocals and bass to indie-rock quartet Cathedral Pearls, he was attempting to nail down a direction for his first solo project while finalizing the songs on his debut album.
The acts you can't miss at Sasquatch!
After last year's disastrous experiment with two weekends, Sasquatch! Music Festival is back with one scheduled four-day weekend packed to the gills with national and regional talent — rain or shine.
Texas rockers Spoon swing by for two shows in the Inland Northwest
Spoon has played enough festivals that the guys in the band can read an audience pretty well. Often, the people crammed into the front row are clearly there to hear the Texas-based crew's jagged, slightly psychedelic indie rock.
Dave Wakeling's celebratory ska still stings
Dave Wakeling lives at the intersection of music and politics. Few songwriters blend relentlessly joyful sounds with poignant commentary as well as the longtime leader of the English Beat.
Nearly 30 years after their most recognized hit was released, Salt-N-Pepa press on
The song was supposed to be a joke. Rappers Cheryl "Salt" James and Sandra "Pepa" Denton were so unimpressed when former producer Hurby "Luv Bug" Azor banged out the now-famous melody on the keys during rehearsal, they followed the line with "Oooh baby baby" as a cheesy response.
Local existential rockers B Radicals on their new album, current events and why they're not exactly hippies
Saturday was moving day for Bradford Little. Sunday afternoon — after many Spokanites had finished huffing and puffing through Bloomsday — B Radicals met in the unfinished basement of Little's mostly empty South Hill duplex for one last rehearsal.