Friday, August 21, 2015

THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Garageland record store opens, Octapalooza and Naomi Punk

Posted By on Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 11:12 AM


Olympia punk comes to the Bartlett tonight in the form of riotous three-piece Naomi Punk. The group plays along with Broken Water tonight at 8 pm. Cost is $10 at the door. Read our preview story on the band here.

Note that tonight's Silver Treason and Pine League show at nYne has been canceled. DJ C-Mad will still be there. 

Think of Octapalooza as a continuation of what once was essentially a huge house party at Levi Steverding’s octagon-shaped house in the Hillyard neighborhood. Now, with 18 bands and two stages, Octapalooza is hitting the big time with a new location in Airway Heights. Featuring national touring acts (like headliners 12 Stones from Louisiana) as well as local talent, the goal is to bring in as many types of rock bands as possible. This year is the first time the festival is open to all ages, a perfect innovation, as last year’s event saw kids outside the fences trying to get a view of Norma Jean. Tickets are $20 if you get them now and the show starts at 3 pm. See the full lineup here.

Does Spokane need another independent record store? Garageland owner JJ Wandler, a Spokane native who recently moved back to town, argues that we do, especially one that’s downtown (230 W. Riverside) and includes a bar, vintage store and a sometimes live music space.
“Spokane is currently underserved as far as music and recorded music goes,” Wandler says. “I would even say there’s room for more than just us.”
This weekend, Garageland celebrates its grand opening, with giveaways, snacks, discounts and free live music from local rock acts Whiskey Dick Mountain, at 3 pm Saturday, and Loomer at 4 pm Sunday. Wandler plans to have the store open every day, 10 am-6 pm.

Sunday night at shows are sometimes dead because people would prefer to be in bed or just be boring. Sunday, Baby Bar/Neato Burrito opens its doors to the awesome Australian hard rock band DEAD. Openers for this free show include Drunk on Self Enlightenment and Lazarus Long and some comedy from Matt Slater.

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Laura Johnson

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