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Fresh Spin

A local record shop is reincarnated under a new owner, giving this generation a taste of vinyl
David Thoren isn't a snobby record store owner. When you walk into Groove Merchants, his newly opened shop in the Garland District, he's not going to quiz you on the most obscure bands you know.

Untamed Pop

On the road for most of the year, Portland's Wild Ones keep evolving
It would make sense for Danielle Sullivan to be a solo artist — like Cat Power or Jenny Lewis, both of whom she idolizes — but she says the four other guys in her Portland-based dream-pop-centric band Wild Ones make it what it is. And singing in front of people was never something Sullivan thought she'd do. "I thought my voice would be painful to people's ears," says the lead singer and lyricist from the band's 15-passenger van, driving toward San Francisco last week.

Hairy Matters

L.A. glam-metal pioneers Mötley Crüe are calling it quits, and that's not necessarily a good thing.
There's no reason Mötley Crüe should still be around, in original form no less, for what the L.A. glam-rock pioneers are calling their "final tour." We're talking about a band whose members somehow survived drug overdoses, prison stints, crippling disease, paparazzi-fodder Hollywood marriages, multiple tours with Ozzy Osbourne and pop culture's collective decision in the early '90s that the entire hair-metal genre the Crüe reigned over, well, sucked.

Celestial Sounds

Star Anna is here for Thanksgiving with songs from the gut
Every time singer-songwriter Star Anna goes on tour she eats at Denny's. There's comfort in familiar cuisine and she appreciates any menu that includes a respectable pun (Moons Over My Hammy is a favorite).

A Love Supreme

Bob Curnow and his Big Band prove jazz isn't dead at their multigenerational shows
Out through the open Big Dipper doors, jazzy harmonies float into the inky night — over the rain-soaked streets, under the street lamps, echoing beneath the train overpass on this Monday night. Once inside the darkened music club, the crowd is surprisingly multigenerational, ranging from high school kids to grandparents in one room.

Shine Bright

Spokane native Vince Littleton adds sparkle to Neil Diamond tribute band Super Diamond
Panties once cascaded onto their stages, but after two decades together, that doesn't happen as often now at Super Diamond shows. Neither do the catfights.

Swinging Doors

A new batch of clubs are trying to keep live country music viable in the Inland Northwest
America, America! Y'all sing with me!" Nashville's Jon Pardi yells from the Palomino Club stage Saturday night.

They Will Rock You

The Everymen have Jersey pride and an expansive sound that belies their name
Mike V. knows the image you probably have of his beloved home state of New Jersey. The Sopranos.

Baby Got Backstory

Sir Mix-A-Lot is glad Nicki Minaj sampled his song, proud of Macklemore and excited for Halloween
For Sir-Mix-A-Lot, Halloween used to mean passing out Costco-sized Snickers bars to the trick-or-treaters in his Seattle neighborhood. This year, however, the Grammy-winning Sir Mix-A-Lot (born Anthony Ray, he answers to both: "I don't understand guys who say 'Call me by my rap name,'" he says) will perform at the Hive in Sandpoint for the holiday.

Some Enchanted Evening

The places to spend your Halloween night listening to live music
Weathering Halloween as an adult is challenging. Do you still dress up?

Boys are Back In Town

Myles Kennedy and Allen Stone prove that Inland Northwest musicians can make it
This week, musicians Myles Kennedy and Allen Stone come back to the place where it all started. The entirely different artists play back-to-back shows at the Knitting Factory; Kennedy's hard rockin' Alter Bridge takes the stage tonight while Stone and his soulful R&B multi-piece band hit Friday.

Ain't Sweet No More

Seattle legends Mudhoney have day jobs, but can still do whatever the hell they want
Long gone are the days when "Touch Me I'm Sick" rocked an unsatisfied generation and helped catapult grunge from the grey wetness of Seattle into the national spotlight. Those were thrilling times for Mudhoney, and as much as there are fans who pine for the early '90s, the band certainly doesn't."When we started, we were just another punk rock band.

Crossing Lines

Within seven months, the Sweeplings have created the next big Cami Bradley vehicle
It's been a year since Cami Bradley's sixth-place America's Got Talent finish and subsequent tour, and we haven't heard too much from the singer-songwriter since. She's released a few music videos, all cover songs.

Sunny Side Up

The Apache Relay brighten their rootsy sound, traveling to L.A. to record their latest album
The image adorning the cover of the Apache Relay's self-titled album is striking, and seemingly not of its time, much like the Nashville band's music. A man is caught midair, long locks flying as he plummets toward a waiting backyard swimming pool.

Transform Again

Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes blurs the line between self and alter ego
He's working on a new stage persona. This one, a female he'll call Falconvein.

Feed the Creature

Chicago-based Gigan lets their growling, hissing and technically dazzling music do the talking
The first 60 seconds of Gigan's 2013 album Multi-Dimensional Fractal-Sorcery and Super Science sound like a terrifying sci-fi creature lurching to life. Shards of high-pitched noise dance around an ominous whir and a blast of noisy hissing clears a path for drumbeats and guitar rumble.


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