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Karrie O'Neill is finally ready to take her music full time, complete with a brand-new album and upcoming tour
A s soon as Kit Ehrgood heard Karrie O'Neill play one of her smoky songs in his Spokane Music Institute studio, he instantly had a picture in his mind of where her music could go. That was about a year ago, and since then O'Neill's music career has catapulted forward.

Party like it's 1975

The latest British pop sensation invades Spokane
The 1975 have consistently sold out good-sized concert venues across the United States for a couple of years now, but it was teenagers who made that a reality. Thus, many older Americans' first exposure to the white-hot English pop-rock quartet came in February courtesy of Saturday Night Live, where the 1975 performed "The Sound" and "Love Me," two relentless earworms from their sophomore album I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It.

Act Naturally

After a brain tumor, one local man's recovery was aided by listening to classic rock. This weekend, he gets to meet Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band
Lance Norman's telling the story for the second time, because he can't remember telling this bit 20 minutes prior. He had emailed Toto guitarist Steve Lukather's PR people, telling them his experience of suffering a traumatic brain injury five years ago, and how through the recovery process he listened to tons of music like Toto and the Beatles.

It's Complicated

The Spokane Symphony and Indigo Girls' one-night stand
Given that Indigo Girls' Emily Saliers and Amy Ray have performed together for more than 35 years in venues as small as a living room and as large as a football stadium, it's hard to think that much could throw them off their game. The first time they took the stage with a symphony, though, a few years ago to perform orchestral versions of their songs, there were serious nerves.

Hit Refresh

Seattle folk-pop sextet the Head and the Heart returns with a new album and a new mentality
For as long as there's been music, there have been artists who came along in the right place at the right time with the right sound, fueling a quick rise to stardom. Take, for example, the winsome folk-pop band the Head and the Heart.

Greatest Alive?

Danny Brown makes his case as rap's boldest voice on Atrocity Exhibition
Detroit rapper Danny Brown is back on our collective radar, this time with a new album and a massive tour — which hits Spokane Friday — to promote it. With him comes a wave of glowing reviews for Atrocity Exhibition, Brown's fourth album and first for the influential Warp Records label.

Mystery Man

What we know about musician-actor-puppeteer-comedian David Liebe Hart, and what we don't
Last week, I had an 11-minute phone conversation with David Liebe Hart.

Rolling Stoned

The revivalist rock and hijinks of Twin Peaks
"This is Tuna speaking," says Cadien Lake James, quasi-frontman of Chicago rockers Twin Peaks over the phone earlier this month. The quintet — related to the surreal David Lynch TV series in name only — has just crossed the Florida-Georgia line in their van, called Vandalf the White, on a tour leg that will swing through the South before curling up the West Coast to Spokane and the Bartlett for a reprise of their 2014 gig there.

Play On

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.


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