Friday, August 19, 2016

THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Rage-Apalooza, Fruit Bats, Wimps and Steam Plant Block Party

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click to enlarge THIS WEEKEND IN MUSIC: Rage-Apalooza, Fruit Bats, Wimps and Steam Plant Block Party
The Hoot Hoots headline Saturday's Steam Plant Block Party.

It's another weekend full of tough musical choices. Too bad it's impossible to be in multiple places at once. 

The thing about bands that say they are breaking up is that they normally are telling the truth, or at least the truth in that moment. Back in 2013, the Fruit Bats played their "final show" as a band in Portland. Yet last year, lead singer/songwriter Eric D. Johnson announced he was back at it. Absolute Loser is the act's first album in five years and you can hear much of those sweet, sorrowful tunes at tonight's Spokane show at the Bartlett. The show starts at 8 pm and is $17 at the door.

Tonight, the first-ever Rage-Apalooza (a combination of the All Age Rage and Octapalooza music festivals) continues at the Viking, and the lineup playing the two outdoor stages includes all local acts. Get a load of this list of bands: Invasive, Soblivios, Seven Cycles, Concrete Grip, Cold Blooded, Hexxus, Children Of the Sun, Thunder Knife, Project-X and Catalyst.

The show is $15 at the door for a single-day ticket. Be sure to check out the lineups for Saturday and Sunday as well as read the Inlander's full event preview right here. We're most looking forward to Portland's own metal act Red Fang closing out the festival Sunday evening. 

Wimps are back! While the Seattle trio did play Sasquatch! this year, they haven't been in Spokane since last August. This time, the punk rockers will take on the Observatory with the help of local artists Peru Resh and S1ugs. Cost is $7 at the door and you should probably arrive around 9 pm. Check out the band's new album below. 

For those on the hunt for yet another cool festival/block party, look no further than the all-ages Steam Plant Block Party. Held in the parking lot between the Steam Plant and Baby Bar, the lineup kicks off with DJs Ca$e and Pauliday at 2 pm and ends with Seattle’s own wild indie rockers the Hoot Hoots. In between? Local acts including Flying Spiders, Von the Baptist, Summer in Siberia and Lavoy. On top of the music expect a handful of vendors, food trucks, a T-shirt screen-print booth, even a dome to hang out in. The party doesn’t end there, moving inside Baby Bar after 10 pm for even more sweet tunes. See the full lineup right here. Tickets are $10. 

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