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Years after they were crafted, vintage and antique instruments still have their place in Spokane
When it comes to musical instruments, new is often not best. New is often more manageable, but there's something about antique things — the way we can learn from them, or the way we can pretend to be surprised by their worth (Antiques Roadshow for the win).

The Wild Bunch

Brooklyn's Guerilla Toss comes to the West Coast for the first time
They've lived in New York for one year and it suits them well. Travelling from various boroughs, the five members of Guerilla Toss are now able to practice up to eight hours a day, multiple times a week in their Brooklyn rehearsal space.

Feminist First

Through her music, Dolly Parton has always shown women how to stay strong
There's a bridge in Alabama with two side-by-side arches. It's nicknamed the Dolly Parton Bridge — not because the Tennessee artist hails from there, but because it reminds folks of the singer-songwriter's prominent breasts.

Sole Destroyer

Dan Bejar strips down his sound for his new songs and tour
Trying to predict where Dan Bejar's muse will take his music is a fool's errand for fans of his work as Destroyer or as part of Canadian "supergroup" New Pornographers. He doesn't know himself, and his inspirations change constantly.

Down-Low Diva

How Bonnie Raitt became the Grammy-winning icon we know today
Divas are not like you. They sound better, look better and have cooler friends.

Art of the Deal

Local indie labels offer artists another marketing option, but not everyone is convinced they're necessary
T he Colourflies were stranded on the side of the road in the middle of Oregon when the call came. It wasn't a tow truck company, rather Blackhouse Records' Scott Rozell.

No Relic

Duran Duran is coming to Spokane; the band continues to work in high style
G iven their blend of club-ready songs, cinematic videos and high-fashion attire, it's easy to pigeonhole Duran Duran as mere relics of the '80s. That would be a mistake.

Do the Math

Minus the Bear has accomplished the tough task of making progressive rock accessible
When Minus the Bear last came through Spokane to headline Elkfest 2014, the crowd was rowdy. The band's not-too-heavy, progressive math-rock sound was greeted with a surprising fan reaction — people started crowd surfing, much to the chagrin of some in mellower moods.

More than Labels

Zakk Wylde's second solo record shows off his softer side, but it's just one part of his persona
There's a group called Black Label Society. It's both a heavy metal band and a sort of club.

Rage On

The newly combined music festival Rage-Apalooza is the Viking's biggest event yet
It was hatched at the octagon house. Throw a party in the backyard, make music and invite friends.

J-Walking

Fitz and the Tantrums' Joseph Karnes discusses his band's journey to now
If he weren't hiking around a nearby Los Angeles water reservoir, he'd be pacing his living room. This is one of Joseph Karnes' few days of downtime before going back out on tour with the soul-pop band Fitz and the Tantrums, a group that has only continued to see its star rise since its inception in 2008.

Still Celebrating

Boy George and Culture Club paved the way for genre- and gender-bending rock stars
Michael Jackson was the big story at the 1984 Grammys, thanks to his Thriller album and its cavalcade of hits. But those awards also marked the first time the influence of MTV and the dawning of music video were felt — particularly when the winner of the Best New Artist trophy beamed in via satellite.

Band of Horses are 'OK'

The roots-rock band's new album is largely a return to earlier form
The new Band of Horses album isn't perfect. But the worst thing about it might be the lack of a question mark at the end of its title, Why Are You OK. And if that's the worst thing you can say about an album, it bodes well for the actual music contained within.

Another Dimension

After a decade of remarkable consistency, Baltimore's Beach House mixes things up
Before Beach House's Alex Scally will end his phone interview with the Inlander, he'd like a few recommendations for cool spots near the Knitting Factory. A good bite to eat, perhaps, or a bar that's near and dear to the locals.

Phoenix Rising

Nat Park and the Tunnels of Love emerged from the ashes of other local bands to bring soul to the masses
First there's a scream, and then a crash. "It sounds like a pool table just fell on someone," says Gawain Fadeley, guitarist for the new soul act Nat Park and the Tunnels of Love.

Pastoral Past

Chicago's Whitney waxes nostalgic on the golden days of young love and heartbreak
Signing fans' skin with permanent marker was once a rock 'n' roll rite of passage, the more illicit the location the better. It was proof that your band had "arrived."

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