A Jimi Hendrix tribute brings the icon's old bass player and an amazing cast of guitarists to Spokane
Billy Cox heard Jimi Hendrix playing guitar before he ever laid eyes on the man who would go on to be one of the revolutionary forces of rock 'n' roll. Cox and Hendrix were both teenagers serving in the Army and stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, in 1961.
Chad Ubovich's garage-rockin' Meatbodies are back with a new "loose concept" album
Chad Ubovich has an extensive and esoteric explanation ready to roll for when people ask him why the new Meatbodies album is named Alice. "Alice is not really intended to be a person or an allusion to a fictional character, but just kind of this representation of a kind of pagan view of Mother Earth, and how the world is turning away from that," he says by telephone from his home in Los Angeles.
Retro rocker Sallie Ford digs deep on Soul Sick
Sallie Ford pulls no punches on her new album Soul Sick. The Portland singer-songwriter has written and recorded a set of songs about struggling with insecurity, anxiety and depression.
Rising Seattle blues-rocker Ayron Jones returns to Spokane
As names go, Ayron Jones can drop some big ones. "I'm being well taken care of by the Seattle circle of royalty out here," he says by phone.
A new Smithsonian project paying tribute to Woody Guthrie's Pacific Northwest songs features some of the region's best musicians
Woody Guthrie is probably best known for his folk songs illustrating the life of America's rural working class, particularly the Okies he followed to California during the Great Depression. Songs like "This Land Is Your Land," "Do Re Mi" and "Dust Pneumonia Blues" earned Guthrie the sobriquet of "Dust Bowl Troubadour," and his dedication to speaking truth to power through song made him a hero to artists like Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, The Clash's Joe Strummer and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.
Bullets or Balloons takes aim at corrupt power and our "soundbite society"
"One must respect democracy despite its imperfections," bellows Bullets or Balloons frontman Chris Henderson in the opening seconds of the band's latest record, Binary Minds. "What?!" he exclaims in baffled hysteria moments later.
The Nixon Rodeo continues to gain fans and write more music, but they have no grand illusions regarding their local act
Some in the band call this "the shitty basement," but there's cushy carpet here and a fresh paint job. "Hey, this house is new," says Nixon Rodeo frontman Brent Forsyth, gathered in the basement with his band last week.
Seattle trio Duke Evers' new album is surprisingly full of bright pop-rock
We've all heard the stories of Seattle's weather acting as inspiration for musical creativity, the city's gloomy skies and rainfall forcing artists to hole up inside and woodshed their chops. That's part of Duke Evers' story, but the band's experience recording its first full-length album, Velvet Hips, for San Diego-based indie label Randm Records lines up more with the vibrant, upbeat pop-rock filling its 11 songs.
What the changing political and social climate means for local musicians
River City Roots want to make one thing clear: The Dakota Access Pipeline construction may be postponed, but that doesn't mean that the protest against the project is over. Currently, folks are hunkered down for the long, sub-zero winter at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota.
What is to be, and what could be, for the local music scene in 2017
In last week's issue we explored our favorite shows from the past year, and this time around we're looking into the area's upcoming shows, as well as suggesting some ways to improve our small but mighty local scene. We even offered up a list of awesome touring acts we'd like see play locally.
Reflecting on some of our favorite touring concerts of the year, Inlander music writers see hope for the future
This is the time of year we focus on the shows that did come through Spokane. And while there will always be acts that pass us by for larger cities, this year's awesome bunch of national touring shows did not disappoint.