Friday, November 16, 2012


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Pedal steel guitar is one of the most evocative sounds in American music, calling to mind rhinestoned cowboy suits, tears-in-beers and high-lonesome vistas. And thanks to this local rock luminary Jamie Frost, the moan of this most idiosyncratic instrument is once again filling Spokane venues. Read our story about Frost in this week’s Inlander and check out his sound this weekend when he sits in on a set with local singer-songwriter Marshall McLean. Read our story on Jamie Frost and his pedal steel adventures here, grab a can of food and head down to the show tonight at Mootsy's. (21)

Smash hits are few and far between, but Beat Connection has found the recipe for success on their album The Palace Garden, released just this past August. The title track “The Palace Garden, 4am,” blends alluring vocals, a chill dance groove and ambiguous lyrics that beg for another listen. The album’s other single “Saola,” keeps the energy high, proving the band has mastered how to make a beat that you can’t help but dance to. The band has come a long way from their Apple GarageBand beginnings in 2008, making their mark on the Seattle music scene in a big way. The band plays tonight at A Club with Odesza and Nude Pop. (All-ages)

Also tonight:

Jones Radiator, House of Ghosts, the Hoot Hoots (21)

The Hop!, Knuckle Deep, the Finns, Unplug, Hotbox, Ian Miles, the Camorra (All ages)

Knitting Factory, Electro Factory feat. DJs Shauk, Beauflexx, Daethstar, Dubthoven

Ugly Bettie's, Flying Circus Show feat. Flying Mammals, Flying Spiders, Scott Pemberton Trio


Hoo-wee, how time flies. It was two whole years ago that one of Spokane’s most unique watering holes, Jones Radiator, opened for business in an old radiator repair shop on the eastern-most end of downtown. If you haven’t been, you’re missing out. It’s a great spot for sipping a hard-to-find microbrews while talking to the friendly barkeeps. The bar hosts a party this weekend with the musical talent of locals Franklin, BBBBandits and Ampersand. (21)

Alice Cooper ain’t the scary guy you think he might be. In fact, his name isn’t even Alice Cooper. Alice Cooper started out in the late ’60s as a band, and, over time, the singer adopted the band’s name as his stage name. The band and the guy made their stage show into a macabre circus of sorts over the years, chock full of spooky face paint, fake executions and vats of stage blood. And amongst it all, the band honed a poppy shock-rock sound, producing hits like “Poison,” “Feed My Frankenstein” and “I’m Eighteen.” The show at Northern Quest tomorrow is sold out — so get sneaky or listen outside the door, yeah? (18)


A new album is always a welcome event for any band’s fans. But with Cursive, it’s not just because it means there’s fresh music to hear and enjoy. It’s more because no one is ever quite sure that there will be a next Cursive album. The band is touring currently on its latest, I Am Gemini, and will play Spokane on Sunday at the A Club with Terrible Buttons and Drag Like Pull. And read our story on the band here. (21)

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Leah Sottile

Leah Sottile is a Spokane-based freelance writer who formerly served as music editor, culture editor and a staff writer at the Inlander. She has written about everything from nuns and Elvis impersonators, to jailhouse murders and mental health...