New Fruit

New Fruit

Seattle's Tacocat steps up its game
Tacocat is tight. The Seattle pop-punk quartet has been a thing for eight years, all the while squeezing into practice spaces, writing songs and making long drives between tour stops together.

The After Party

Mootsy's continues to be the place where people can celebrate Thanksgiving through music
Behind its mustard-yellow door, the tired and alone... and the thirsty gather here. Which is why it's understandable that Mootsy's has always been open for Thanksgiving — at least in the nine years since Daniel Sanchez has owned the 20-year-old watering hole.


How a new batch of optimistic entrepreneurs plan to bring more live music to Spokane
It takes gumption to open a new business, even more so when that business relies heavily on live music. Yet two Spokane venues have recently started up.

The Next Generation

Veteran punk-rock quartet Cause want to teach young musicians a thing or two
It was 1993, and punk rock was king in the Spokane music scene. In the thick of it all was Cause, a quartet of friends who bonded over a love of the genre.

Playing the Game

Buffalo Jones has taken the slow path with their career, but that doesn't mean it hasn't been fun
The local rock band Buffalo Jones is constantly trying to forget about the Game. "I just remembered, I'm playing the Game," bassist Glenn Case says to guitarist Brandon Humphreys, whose face is beamed into Jones Radiator last week via a propped-up iPhone.

Slightly Lower Energy

The Polyphonic Spree tones it down to celebrate its career and debut album
The Polyphonic Spree has always been difficult to ignore. For one thing, the choral rock band is almost comically large.

Classical Headbanging

Local metal band Age of Nefilim is making a live record with a choir and orchestra
At first it's only drums. You can't hear the 20-piece orchestra or the singers at the back of the stage.

A Labyrinthine Roar

Elder puts pen to paper to produce its heavy psych rock
To hear the difference between Elder four years ago and Elder today, listen to the first 10 seconds of their two most recent albums. Dead Roots Stirring, from 2011, opens with the familiar hum of an amplifier before launching into one deep, distorted note, repeated on an electric guitar about four dozen times in a row.

Wearing the Band

The right concert T-shirt makes memories last long after the music ends
Music fans often feel compelled, even obligated, to buy shirts when they go experience live shows. There's band loyalty for sure, as a T-shirt is a way to support a favorite artist while also telling the world that you love the Beatles, Bad Brains or the Biebs.

Boogie Nights

Choose your own musical Halloween adventure
When Halloween falls on a Saturday, it usually means that the whole weekend becomes a conglomerate of scary, but the musical events happening on Oct. 31 are the real deal. Whether you're trying to rock hard or get your country on, there's something for all (even terrible) desires.

Here We Are

Andy Rumsey is finally releasing his first solo album, nearly 15 years in the making
Andy Rumsey’s album Kickstarter campaign was nowhere near its $6,700 goal. In the final hour of the fundraiser, watching the clock count down, Rumsey felt relief.

Flying Solo

Joan Armatrading is going it alone on her last major tour
When Joan Armatrading landed her first record deal, she got a lot of advice from industry insiders. Change your name, they said, because no one will ever remember a name like Armatrading.

Slipknot vs. GWAR

The battle to be most terrifying
Perhaps your parents were right when they told you that heavy metal music is of the devil — sometimes it can be downright frightening, especially when played terribly. In the case of the metal acts GWAR and Slipknot, both coming through Spokane in the coming days, masks and outfits only add to their horrifying mystique.

What's In a Name?

The future of Viet Cong: same music, different moniker
The first sentence of Viet Cong's Sept. 19 Facebook update: "Our band lives to play music." If you've seen a Viet Cong concert, that statement rings true.

Begin Again

For its event coordinators, this year's Bartfest feels almost like the first time
They didn't know if there would be another Bartfest. Last year's indoor music festival at the Bartlett and nYne did not go over well.

Immigrant Songs

Originally from South Africa, Civil Twilight has found freedom in their new sound and country
It's 100 degrees in Arizona last week, and Civil Twilight is sweating through their load-in for an upcoming show. Drummer Richard Wouters comes to the phone.


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