Friday, November 21, 2014

THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Alice Cooper, the Hoot Hoots album release and Flannel Fest

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Just one last weekend before holiday music-playing can commence. Yes, I have a strict policy of no Christmas music until after Thanksgiving. In the meantime, check out these awesome acts.

Barcelona isn’t from Spain; they’re an experimental pop three-piece from Seattle. Their 2014 series of three EPs called The Melodrama, about learning to love and be loved, is a poignant masterpiece. Catch them out at the Bartlett tonight at 8 pm … that is if you have tickets. The show is sold out.

The Lantern Tap House’s Flannel Fest is exactly what it sounds like. Show up wearing your best flannel and be prepared to drink beer. If you have a beard and thick-rimmed glasses you’ll probably have an even better time. Friday, local rockers the Camaros play and then Saturday you get Buffalo Jones and the Holy Deep. Both shows begin at 10 pm.

The Seattle-based Hoot Hoots come through Spokane often, and we appreciate that about them. Saturday, they’re back in town at the Bartlett touting a new album called Colorpunch. The 11 fresh tracks have so much verve for life, you’ll want to listen to it at home while dancing around in your underwear. At the show you’ll do the same thing, just with clothes on. The poppy synthesizers are infectious, everything about this fuzzed-out quartet is high-energized fun… and a little goofy. Especially look out for the song “See You” — you won’t be able to stop smiling. The all-ages show starts at 8 pm and is $12 at the door.

Singer-songwriter, folk and pop music. Saturday’s winning Big Dipper show runs the gamut of styles with Smokey Brights, Planes on Paper, Cold Mountain Yeti and Matthew Winters. The all-ages show is $8 at the door and starts at 7 pm.

We already wrote a sweet essay on the L.A. glam-metal pioneers Mötley Crüe and why it’s too bad this is their very last tour. Read that here. Also, be sure to read our review of the show Sunday. And what we didn’t have time to talk about is shock-rocker Alice Cooper! The man is crazy on stage — campy and over-the-top. But in real life, and this could be his craziest move, the guy is also a follower of Jesus. His opening set Saturday at the Spokane Arena is not to be missed.

Also, in case you’re into classical music, you won’t want to miss this. 

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Laura Johnson

Laura moved to the great Inland Pacific Northwest this summer. She is the Inlander's new music editor.