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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.

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.

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.


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  • Re: Rocker Soccer '83

    • Fun story. And for the record, High and Dry was their best album. Mutt Lange…

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