Keepin' On

Keepin' On

All around the Inland Northwest, the music scene continues to persevere
This year, bands and venues came and went, legends were honored and more music festivals took place than ever before. Some complained about the music scene, but others were proactive, banding together to improve things.

Latest Puzzle

How the Broken Thumbs find themselves melding rock instruments and a computer
The pieces came together as so many bands do, with a question. "I need to drum, can I come play behind you?" drummer Ryan Stocks asked his DJ friend Kelton Allen.

Modern Cool

Jessica Hernandez kicks out new jams steeped in Detroit's musical roots
The time slot was far from ideal. Early Monday afternoon at Bumbershoot, the last gasp of the festival and hours before the day's headliners would draw more people to Seattle Center.

Weird Cousin

Out of the mainstream, goth EDM music gets monthly play at the Hop!
The dress code is simple: head-to-toe black. In contrast to the sweaty young people at a typical electronic dance music show pushing their way toward a DJ, this night's Elektro Grave attendees, comprised of about 30 people, appear to at least be old enough to remember the dark era of 1980s gothic music.

Clear Instincts

With Crystalline, two local rockers explore the complex layers of electronic melancholia
It's a band comprised of two drummers. But that makes songwriting easier for Matthew Bogue, 33, and Tobias Hendrickson, 28 — they speak the same musical language.

Against All Odds

Even after years of drama, Exodus is still playing speedy, ferocious music
Next year will mark three decades since Bay Area thrash-metal band Exodus released its influential debut album Bonded By Blood, a bone-rattling blend of chugging riffs, skyscraping guitar solos and strangled melody. It remains a defining document of early thrash, so one might assume the band is planning an anniversary reissue and tour.

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?


Recent Comments

  • Re: Girls Just Wanna Be Punk

    • Yawn.....

    • on December 10, 2014
  • Re: Fresh Spin

    • awesome..
      hours and phone number ?

    • on December 2, 2014
  • Re: Fresh Spin

    • Good on you David!

    • on November 27, 2014
  • Re: Fresh Spin

    • Nice... Still love to pull out the old vinyl and take it for a spin…

    • on November 27, 2014
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    • Congratulations David!!!!! Lots of love and success to you!!!

    • on November 27, 2014
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