Swamp Thing

Swamp Thing

Dr. Dog is about to release its most personal masterpiece, an album more than 15 years in the making
Scott McMicken and Toby Leaman have been making music together since they were teens in Delaware. And starting a half-dozen years before their band Dr. Dog came to life in 2001, they have been recording and writing a collection of lo-fi experiments and oddball song sketches known as The Psychedelic Swamp.

Hey, Mr. DJ

Disc jockeys from local stations discuss the state of radio and where area musicians fit in
On a recent drizzly Monday evening, Matt Loi of KCDA's Local Lounge, Martin Faulks of KYRS' Sonic Trash and Scott Steele, aka Bunz of Steele on Rock 94.5, gather at Pacific Avenue Pizza in Browne's Addition. None of them have met before.

School of Rock

Spokane Valley's Rock Club is teaching kids how to be in a band
He says he's 80 percent like Jack Black. He's loud and self-assured.

Fiercely Independent

The Devil Makes Three makes music when it happens, not when a label says they should
The music of the Devil Makes Three is easygoing and welcoming. People of all stripes — from young'uns looking to dance a whiskey-soaked night away to boomers and beyond longing for a truer sound — find something to like in the trio's not-too-polished amalgam of folk, blues, ragtime, traditional country and old-time music.

East Coast Meets West Coast

Car Seat Headrest has excited a whole bunch of fans over the past six years; now things are about to explode
Will Toledo is home for the holidays. Not at the Kirkland, Washington, apartment he shares with a college friend, but his parents' Leesburg, Virginia, house.

Pour Them

Silver Treason continues to show off their country twang and attitude on debut album
In some circles, country is a dirty word. It means poser cowboys/girls singing plastic pop tunes with just enough fiddle or pedal-steel guitar licks to technically pass muster.

Showin' Up

The best concerts of 2015, as recalled by Inlander music writers and contributors
Spokane's music scene continues to surprise. Sure, we didn't get tour stops from superstars like Beyoncé or Justin Timberlake, but the bands and musicians we did score more than kept us going in the past 12 months.

Swinging With Santa

Retro-revivalist Brian Setzer gives those holiday tunes an energetic spin
Being inundated with the sounds of the season every time you leave the house or turn on a TV or radio can make even the jolliest among us long for the day after Christmas, when Rudolph, Frosty and all grandma-crushing reindeer are retired until next year. Spokane and the city's neighbors might want to consider just one extra day of fa-la-las and rum-pum-pum-pums this year, as rockabilly and swing revivalist Brian Setzer is bringing his 18-piece band to town Dec. 26 to explore a slew of holiday classics and originals in the distinct retro style the Brian Setzer Orchestra has mastered over the past couple of decades.

Holiday Resonance

Annoying Christmas music goes hand in hand with the season, but what does it take to write fresh songs — and do we even need something new?
Cary Fly couldn't afford presents that year — at least not the kind that came wrapped under the tree. It was the late '80s and he was living in a sizable South Hill house with a bunch of bandmates.

Twist and Shout

Seattle's soul-tinged rock act Down North likes playing Spokane, and we like having them
There comes a point in any transcendent concert when the band has won. Fans are dancing and sweating and drinking.

Against the Flow

Comedic rapper Lil Dicky wants to 'do the whole thing different'
During the animated "Professional Rapper" music video, David "Lil Dicky" Burd sits in Snoop Dogg's office and rhythmically explains that he wants to "do the whole thing different." Lil Dicky's flow is relentless, as his character spits to Snoop his visions of changing hip-hop forever as an employee at the hypothetical Rap Game Inc.

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