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.

Sunny Disposition

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.

Rock the Power

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.

The Future Sounds Like...

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.

Showing Up

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.

Listen Here

Inlander music writers reveal which new albums they appreciated most in 2016
In a year when so many music legends passed away, it's important to note that artists still made great records. With the following Top 10 album lists, you'll find very few overlapping picks — as each writer has distinct musical tastes, just like you.

Vinyl Resurrection

Spokane just gained another record store, even as it lost a beloved music chain
Mike Roberts had only lived in Spokane a few days before noticing the for-sale sign posted on the Northwest Boulevard property, but he saw the potential in this tiny storefront. Here, he could sell records and tapes.

Blast Off

Void Omnia rages on with its atmospheric black metal and doom-and-gloom mentality
Black metal has enjoyed unprecedented attention stateside in recent years, thanks largely to the breakthrough of the San Francisco band Deafheaven, which takes certain elements of the longstanding subgenre — most notably screeching, unintelligible vocals — and juxtaposes them with post-rock's unhurried pace and gorgeous sheets of shoegazey guitars. Questions of pace will never be a problem for fellow notable Bay Area quintet Void Omnia, which brings its savage attack to Spokane on Monday.

Shooting Stars

Bing Crosby wasn't the only musician to come from this town; here are others you may not know about
Bing Crosby will always loom large over his hometown. It's at Christmastime that we feel him most, thanks to his best-selling song of all time, "White Christmas," and all of those saccharine holiday flicks.

Into the Sunset

Night Moves closes out their tour with their first Spokane show this weekend
Night Moves is not only a Billboard chart-topping Bob Seger song and album, a 1970s film noir detective thriller and a drama starring Jesse Eisenberg and inspired by The Monkey Wrench Gang. Night Moves is also — you guessed it — a band.

Classic Gass

Armed with a new album, the Kyle Gass Band brings its blend of rock and humor to Spokane
At this point in his career, Kyle "KG" Gass is used to fans rushing past him at airports to take selfies with Jack Black, his Tenacious D musical partner in crime. But at 56, Gass is content.

Wanna Rock?

A slew of '80s glam favorites come to Wreck The Halls of Spokane Arena
It's natural to feel skeptical. Even if you're the most die-hard fan of the '80s hair-metal movement, you might have looked at the lineup for this weekend's "Wreck The Halls" show with some trepidation.


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  • Re: The Future Sounds Like...

    • Good list of bands we want to see, and I would add Radiohead, Foo Fighters…

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