Among the Green

Among the Green

Around St. Patrick's Day, the world wises up to Irish music once more
The bodhran drum rumbles, the fiddler wails, the banjo player picks seemingly faster and faster. You can barely see the musicians stuffed into the corner of the bar, yet Floating Crowbar provides the perfect Irish songs during last year's Saturday-before-St. Patrick's Day festivities.

Plugged In

Folkie John Craigie goes electric for his new tour
For weeks, John Craigie has been touting his new "all electric" album, Working On My Farewell, on his website and social media. Makes sense.

Moving On

Simba and the Exceptional Africans continue to sing and dance after tragedy hits home
She was a force of nature. Terri Grzebielski would sing next to Simba Tirima on stage, along with the rest of the 14 or so members of the Afrobeat band Exceptional Africans, and people couldn't help but watch the 61-year-old often wearing feathers and bright clothing.

Dark Into Light

Call of the Void melds brutal metal and murky beauty
Boulder, Colorado, is known for its bottomless supply of noodly jam-bands, progressive bluegrassers, acoustic funkateers and a legion of loose-limbed music fans who'll twirl the night away to all the above. But there's more to the town's music scene... right?

Behind the Music

The Grammy Awards are about much more than what you see on TV
It's Monday morning and local music producer Marc Fechter's head is still reeling. Even from the nosebleed section of the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Grammy glamour of the evening before hasn't faded.

Bluesman Blues

Tim "Too Slim" Langford comes back home for an extremely personal show
He was afraid this call was coming. "You have prostate cancer...

Sleater-Kinney 101

Your guide to the most anticipated music reunion of the year
Welcome, class. Take your seats and please pay attention as we go through the syllabus for our crash course in Sleater-Kinney.

Miles Apart

From their corners of the universe, Bullets or Balloons converge to play raucous, intelligent punk rock
Cory Mason-Phipps is sprinkling salt into his bandmate's last sips of ice water. "I was waiting until you noticed," Mason-Phipps says with a mischievous smile after Aaron Anderberg balks.

One Becomes Two

The Hop! continues on while Pinnacle Northwest, the new downtown all-ages music venue, opens up
We're standing on the dark stage of the soon-to-be-open Pinnacle Northwest, surveying a tiered room that's experienced its fair share of rattling bass beats, grinding dance moves and powerhouse rock shows. "We may be getting rid of that," owner Thomas "TC" Chavez says, pointing to a smooth, silver-colored dance pole near the front of the stage.

Past Masters

Skull Fist brings classic heavy metal into the 21st century
Death metal. Black metal.

Broken Yet Hopeful

Kent Ueland has moved on from Terrible Buttons with a solo effort
Kent Ueland has been drinking since noon. The shrill doorbell jarred him awake at his Peaceful Valley house this morning.

Making it Work

For husband-and-wife duo Feral Anthem, crafting music is an obligation
January 16, the day we meet at Wild Bill's Long Bar in Cheney for an interview, is Jeremy Rouse and Caitlin Garpestad Rouse's five-month wedding anniversary, a realization the pair celebrates with a high five. The laid-back couple, who perform as roots-punk duo Feral Anthem, met in Spanish class at Eastern Washington University and were together for five years before tying the knot in August.

Consistent Change

How Flannel Math Animal plays some of the most complex rock around
Before the mid-afternoon practice can begin, they stuff clear silicone earplugs into their ears. "Are you sure you don't want a pair?"

Problem Children

Hell's Belles' sweaty, stylish take on AC/DC still rocks
Adrian Conner's parents should have just let her go to rock shows when she was growing up in Seattle. By forcing Conner to sneak around with friends to see gigs — her first was GWAR and the Melvins at the Moore Theatre — their strict ban on the devil's music is probably what led their adult daughter to spend weekends stripping down to her panties while playing some of the most joyfully nasty rock ever created to rooms of boozed-up dudes.

Old World Resonance

Chateau Rive hosts many events, but the next two months are all about the music
New Year's Eve remnants litter the cavernous underground space. White cushions and leftover beer bottles are heaped onto Costco-size carts and confetti coats the concrete floor.

New Year, New Local Tunes

Several area acts have fresh full-length albums you should check out


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