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How George Relles has helped shape the Festival at Sandpoint's sound since day one
He's always listening. Discerning malfunctions like garbled speakers or screaming feedback is easy, yet it takes a trained ear to tame the acoustics of a venue — making an act sound like a recording, only better.

Human Touch

Michael Franti makes the personal political in his new music
Michael Franti has always found inspiration for his music in the world around him. Whether writing for his first group the Beatnigs, pioneering political rap crew the Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy or, most famously, for his long-running reggae-rock crew Spearhead, Franti has taken issues like racial injustice in the Middle East or post-9/11 fear and turned them into thoughtful, incisive songs.

Drinking Songs, And Then Some

Whitey Morgan's independent streak makes him a must-hear modern country outlaw
If you're unfamiliar with Whitey Morgan, it'll take you roughly 10 seconds of listening to his new album Sonic Ranch to get the gist. That's the point when the Michigan native's baritone kicks in, after a few tasty guitar chords, on a tale of a lonely man seeking solace in a bottle.

Roarin' Forward

The new concert series at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park is the first in a string of changes
The number of live shows available to Inland Northwest music lovers multiplies the moment it's warm enough to hang out on a patio. This summer, the Red Lion Hotel at the Park upped its outdoor concert game with free events every weekend through the end of August.

The Only Ones

Three legends of their respective genres converge on Northern Quest
These aren't necessarily the acts you'd associate with a casino circuit tour. And in looking at the other summer concert dates, Melissa Etheridge, Blondie and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts aren't playing many other casinos — they aren't playing any other shows together either.

Steal Away

With local favorites BBBBandits' final show this weekend, an Inlander freelancer looks back on his time with the band
As the furious State Line sun beat down, I took a moment to soak up the scenery. Twenty feet from the stage, maybe five people stood watching us play.

No Stopping Him

Graham Nash has written songs that moved a generation, and he's still creating
When his 2013 autobiography finally was finished, Graham Nash skimmed back through the pages and thought: "I wish I was him." Everything seemed too unbelievable.

It Takes Two

The Smokes are fine doing things on their own
Take it from the Smokes: Two's company, but three's a crowd. The local lo-fi/hard rock band began as a three-piece but downsized to the duo of Matt Slater (drums) and Himes Alexander (vocals/guitar) after their former singer went to Florida to look up a girl he met online.

All Access

George Lathrop makes sure the big Spokane shows and concerts run smoothly
In this city, there aren't many backstage areas George Lathrop can't get into.

Hitting Even Harder

Seattleite Rocky Votolato kicks off a long tour in Spokane
In May and June, singer-songwriter Rocky Votolato did 37 shows in nine European countries, some solo and some with a band. Before that, he played 34 shows in American living rooms over six weeks in March and April — the month he released his eighth solo album, Hospital Handshakes.

All Man

Gregg Allman has experienced much turmoil, but he perseveres with his mix of blues, rock and country
Gregg Allman was just 23 when people wondered how he would continue. His older brother Duane, guitar god and leader of the Allman Brothers Band, had died in a tragic motorcycle crash.

Fire Starter

Tyler, the Creator pushes everyone's buttons, but still cares about what his fans think
He shouted at the crowd to shove through the gates. "Push!

Tickle the Keys

The Ridler Piano Bar keeps the good times rolling in downtown Spokane with dueling musicians
The five women lined up at the front of the stage know what they're in for. "All right, No. 1," Christan Raxter and Steve Ridler call out from behind their opposite grand pianos.

Lightening the Mood

Local metal quartet Mercy Brown garners fans around the globe thanks to a viral video
At first, the video seems familiar: beloved magical nanny Mary Poppins, jack-of-all-trades Bert and a band of animated townspeople are shown about to break into song. Then the music begins and Sera Hatchett, lead singer of local metal quartet Mercy Brown, growls through "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" like she's cursing an enemy, not singing about a made-up word.

Naked Ambition

Stevie Lynne won't let anyone keep her down — not even herself
The melodies come without warning. Sometimes they arrive when she's wrapped in nothing but a towel at her Browne's Addition apartment, other times when she's out with friends.

Fresh Press

Recent albums from Inland Northwest-bred acts that are sure to make the rest of the country take notice
SWEET MADNESS, Made in Spokane 1978-1981, Volume 2 When we wrote about Sweet Madness two years ago, they had just released the first half of Made in Spokane 1978-1981.


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