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TURN UP THE VOLUME! 

click to enlarge The Volume music festival kicks off June 3.
  • The Volume music festival kicks off June 3.

One of the most thrilling weekends in Spokane is finally upon us. That's right, the Inlander's own Volume music festival rolls out June 3rd and 4th, and we couldn't be more excited. With more than 100 bands on 10 stages, this is our biggest event ever. To top it off, we're bringing in Seattle hip-hop superstars Shabazz Palaces before they head off to open shows for Radiohead. This is a festival truly designed for all generations and musical tastes. On the following pages, read about all the local and touring acts coming our way, as well as the 2016 Bands to Watch. Also check out the specially curated lineups, which give you an idea of where to start. (To help you get between shows, hop on the Spokane Party Bus for a free ride; see map on page 14.) In the end, it's nearly impossible to see every band you'll want to see, but we dare you to try!

HOW WE SELECTED THE BANDS TO WATCH

The Bands to Watch committee — which consists of seven people from all around the local music scene including radio DJs, past Band to Watch winners, writers, promoters and sound technicians — takes the selection process quite seriously. We first met in March and discussed dozens of local acts that make this scene great. Whittling that down to four this year was no easy feat, with many arguments ensuing, but in the end we ended up with a diverse list that shows off the Inland Northwest music scene well. There were quite a few bands on the cusp this year, and to them we say: Keep playing shows, going on tour, making new music and, please, curate your social media presence. We see you!

OFFICIAL CHARITY

The Inlander again selected the Spokane Humane Society as its designated charity and will donate a portion of proceeds from Volume to the organization. The Spokane Humane Society is a 501c3 nonprofit local public charity dedicated to the welfare of companion animals. Since 1897, the Society has acted as a refuge for animals in peril by providing care shelter and placement for tens of thousands of lost, neglected and unwanted animals in the greater Spokane area. For more info, visit spokanehumanesociety.org.


SO YOU WANNA DANCE?

FRIDAY

6:45 pm, nYne: Ragtag Romantics

7:15 pm and midnight, Red Room Lounge: wax808

7:45 pm, nYne: Nat Park and the Tunnels of Love

8:45 pm, nYne: Sebastian and the Deep Blue

11:30 pm, The Observatory: VATS

SATURDAY

6 pm, The Pin! main stage: Super Sparkle

6:15 pm, The Bartlett: The Dancing Plague of 1518

8:30 pm, Mootsy’s: Couches

8:30 pm, The Observatory: S1ugs

9:30 pm, nYne: Summer in Siberia

10:30 pm, nYne: The Hoot Hoots


SO YOU’RE NOT QUITE 21?

FRIDAY

7 pm, The Bartlett: Liz Rognes

7:15 pm, The Big Dipper: Fun Ladies

7:30 pm, The Pin!: Wayward West

8:15 pm, Baby Bar: Xurs

9:45 pm, The Pin! side stage: Cave Girl

SATURDAY

7 pm, Terrain Stage: Cary Hays

7:30 pm, Baby Bar: Wind Hotel

8:15 pm, The Big Dipper: The Bight

8:15 pm, The Bartlett: Crystalline

8:30 pm, Baby Bar: Prairie War

10 pm, Terrain Stage: Brothers from Another


SO YOU HAVE KIDS, A MORTGAGE AND WANT TO LET LOOSE?

FRIDAY

7:15 pm, The Big Dipper: Fun Ladies

7:30 pm, The Observatory: Bullets or Balloons

7:30 pm, The Pin! main stage: Wayward West

7:45 pm, nYne: Nat Park and the Tunnels of Love

9:15 pm, The Big Dipper: Pine League

9:45 pm, nYne: Duke Evers

10:45 pm, nYne: Kris Orlowski

11:30 pm, The Observatory: VATS

SATURDAY

6 pm, The Pin! main stage: Super Sparkle

7:30 pm, nYne: Friends of Mine

7:30 pm, Baby Bar: Wind Hotel

8:15 pm, The Big Dipper: The Bight

8:30 pm, Baby Bar: Prairie War

9:30 pm, nYne: Summer in Siberia


SO YOU’RE INTO INDIE-FOLK/AMERICANA MUSIC?

FRIDAY

7 pm, The Bartlett: Liz Rognes

8 pm, The Bartlett: Pérenne

9:15 pm, Red Room Lounge: Folkinception

10:45 pm, nYne: Kris Orlowski

11:15 pm, Red Room Lounge: Marshall McLean Band

SATURDAY

7:30 pm, Baby Bar: Wind Hotel

8:15 pm, The Big Dipper: The Bight

8:30 pm, Baby Bar: Prairie War


SO YOU LIKE BANDS THAT MELT YOUR FACE OFF?

FRIDAY

6:30 pm, The Observatory: Dark White Light

8:15 pm, Baby Bar: Xurs

8:15 pm, Mootsy’s: The Hague

8:30 pm, The Observatory: Siamese Suicide

9:15 pm, Mootsy’s: Déformer

10:15 pm, Mootsy’s: You Don’t Know Me

11:15 pm, Mootsy’s: Sumerians

SATURDAY

7:30 pm, The Observatory: Age of Nefilim

9 pm, The Pin! main stage: Never Young

9:15 pm, Mootsy’s: Grenades

9:30 pm, The Observatory: Validation

10:15 pm, Mootsy’s: X Suns

10:30 pm, The Observatory: Nail Polish


SO YOU WANT SOME HIP-HOP/DJS IN YOUR LIFE?

FRIDAY

5 pm, Terrain Stage (also 6 pm SATURDAY): Twin Towers

8:50 pm, Terrain Stage: Jah & Co.

10 pm, Terrain Stage: Flying Spiders

10 pm, Baby Bar: DJ Ca$e

11:45 pm, nYne: DJ JG

12:30 am, The Observatory: DoNormaal

SATURDAY

10 am, Boots: Som’s Soul Brunch

6:15 pm, The Bartlett: The Dancing Plague of 1518

7 pm, Terrain Stage: Cary Hays

7:15 pm, The Bartlett: BITWVLF

8 pm, Terrain Stage: The Bad Tenants

9 pm, Terrain Stage: Lou Era

9:30 pm, nYne: Summer in Siberia

10 pm, Terrain Stage: Brothers From Another

11 pm, Terrain Stage: Shabazz Palaces


SO YOU WANT TO EXPERIENCE SOME STRAIGHT-UP ROCK ’N’ ROLL?

FRIDAY

7:15 pm, The Big Dipper: Fun Ladies

7:15 pm, Baby Bar: Empty Eyes

7:30 pm, The Observatory: Bullets or Balloons

8:15 pm, Mootsy’s: Mommy Long Legs

9:15 pm, The Big Dipper: Pine League

10:30 pm, The Pin! main stage: A Shadow of Jaguar

11:15 pm, The Pin! side stage: Marshall Poole

SATURDAY

7:15 pm, Mootsy’s: Dead See Squirrels

8:15 pm, Mootsy’s: Couches

9 pm, The Pin! main stage: Never Young

9:45 pm, Red Room Lounge: Hey! is For Horses

10:45 pm, Red Room Lounge: The Smokes

11:45 pm, Red Room Lounge: Ayron Jones and the Way


SO YOU JUST ATE A SPECIAL BROWNIE AND WANT TO GO RELAX?

FRIDAY

7 pm, Terrain Stage: Jus Wright

7:15 pm, Red Room Lounge: wax808

8:15 pm, Red Room Lounge: Water Monster

8:50 pm, Terrain Stage: Jah & Co.

9 pm, The Bartlett: Tekla Waterfield and the Sweet Nothings

10:15 pm, The Big Dipper: Von the Baptist

SATURDAY

6:15 pm, The Bartlett: The Dancing Plague of 1518

6:45 pm, The Pin! side stage: Hoop

8:15 pm, The Bartlett: Crystalline

8:30 pm, Baby Bar: Prairie War

9:15 pm, The Bartlett: youryoungbody


SO YOU LIKE YOUR BANDS WITH CREATIVE NAMES?

FRIDAY

7:15 pm, Mootsy’s: Itchy Kitty

7:45 pm, nYne: Nat Park and the Tunnels of Love

8:15 pm, Mootsy’s: Mommy Long Legs

10:15 pm, Red Room Lounge: Puff Puff Beer

10:30 pm, The Observatory: Phlegm Fatale

SATURDAY

6:15 pm, The Bartlett: The Dancing Plague of 1518

7:15 pm, Mootsy’s: Dead See Squirrels

7:30 pm, The Pin! main stage: Powerbleeder

8:15 pm, The Pin! side stage: Outercourse

9:45 pm, Red Room Lounge: Hey! is for Horses

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