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Monday, August 14, 2017

CONCERT REVIEW: Trombone Shorty's high-energy appeal on full display at the Fox on Sunday

Posted By on Mon, Aug 14, 2017 at 11:35 AM

Trombone Shorty (left) and his sax men challenging guitarist Pete Murano to a musical showdown. - DAN NAILEN
  • Dan Nailen
  • Trombone Shorty (left) and his sax men challenging guitarist Pete Murano to a musical showdown.

Troy Andrews, aka Trombone Shorty, is a top-notch talent with deep roots in the New Orleans music scene, and an impressive performer capable of slick dance moves, soulful singing and serious trombone and trumpet work.

What makes him a great bandleader to the traveling crew known as Orleans Avenue, though, is his willingness to shine the spotlight on his fellow musicians and singers on stage. Sunday night at the Fox in Spokane, Andrews was surrounded by two saxophone players, two guitarists, two percussionists, three backing singers and a bass player, and while the focus always came back to the appealing frontman, he was generous in giving his band members plenty of chance to communicate directly with the audience, too.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

CONCERT REVIEW: Willie Nelson remains a legend, and Kacey Musgraves could be one in the making

Posted By on Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 9:49 AM

Fans enjoyed a career-spanning set at Willie Nelson's sold-out show at Northern Quest on Tuesday.
  • Fans enjoyed a career-spanning set at Willie Nelson's sold-out show at Northern Quest on Tuesday.

Willie Nelson isn't what he used to be, but he's still better than most will ever be.

At his sold-out show Tuesday at Northern Quest Resort and Casino, the 84-year-old country legend ran through upward of 30 songs, or at least pieces of 30 songs, over the course of about 75 minutes. Along the way, he and his Family Band paid homage to Hank Williams, nodded to departed peers like Merle Haggard and friends like Tom T. Hall, and showcased why Nelson remains an American treasure after decades in the spotlight.

Nelson took the stage in his customary cowboy hat, bandana and long braids in his grey hair, sporting a "Craft Cannabis" T-shirt and a wide grin as he waved at the audience. He then launched into his customary show opener, "Whiskey River," before segueing into "Still is Still Moving to Me," a song that featured his first extended solo on his trusty acoustic guitar, Trigger.

One of the best features of Tuesday's show was the camera's near-constant focus on Trigger and Nelson's hands, projecting his guitar work on the large screens on either side of the stage. Even at 84, his rapid-fire picking and strumming is something to behold, and watching him find subtle new approaches to classic old songs was a treat. Nelson's not a jukebox; he and his band don't regurgitate the hits as close to their recorded forms as possible. Rather, he's a lot like Bob Dylan, constantly tweaking his own tunes to find new ways to express himself, and to keep his band on its toes.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Sarah Jarosz, Silversun Pickups, Tone Lōc and more join fall concert schedule

Posted By on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 12:16 PM


The fall concert calendar is filling up with sounds spanning decades and musical styles, so you'll have to make some decisions on where to spend your hard-earned dollars. Here are a few of the shows announced in recent days:

Silversun Pickups
  • Silversun Pickups

SILVERSUN PICKUPS

The bombastic Los Angeles-based guitar-rockers are winding up the tour in support of their fourth album, Better Nature, but not before stopping at the Knitting Factory for a gig on Oct. 31. Minus The Bear joins them for the Halloween show. Tickets are $29.50, and go on sale Friday at 10 am.


Sarah Jarosz
  • Sarah Jarosz

SARAH JAROSZ

An Americana ace whose most recent album, Undercurrent, won this year's Grammy for Best Folk Album, Sarah Jarosz is coming to the Bartlett for a show on Saturday, Sept. 30. Tickets are $25 and on sale now, and this is one of those "don't-miss" shows for anyone into folk, bluegrass or just damn fine songcraft.


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Monday, July 10, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: Introducing Folkinception's new album Great Northern — listen here

Posted By on Mon, Jul 10, 2017 at 3:00 PM

Folkinception is (left to right) Seth Carey, Kent Ueland,  Jeff Nordvall, John Bottelli, Heather Montgomery and Matt Mitchell. - FOLKINCEPTION
  • Folkinception
  • Folkinception is (left to right) Seth Carey, Kent Ueland, Jeff Nordvall, John Bottelli, Heather Montgomery and Matt Mitchell.

This year Inlander readers voted Folkinception their favorite original band in the Inland Northwest, and there are plenty of good reasons why. As we wrote at the time, the band blends rustic, rootsy Americana with slick, melodic pop-folk you might hear on a Top 40 station, "and they're also a hell of a lot of fun to watch live."

This Saturday they'll be playing atop the Paulsen Center in Spokane in what is sure to be a memorable way to celebrate the completion of their new album, Great Northern, and the band was nice enough to let us exclusively debut the tunes for fans who aren't part of the Saturday celebration. Great Northern will be released on Spotify, iTunes and Pandora on July 20.

The next time you can see the band live is either Saturday, July 29, for the Buddhio Fundraiser on Perry, or Wednesday, Aug. 9, at The Nest in Kendall Yards, a free show during the Night Market.

In the meantime, enjoy your exclusive listen to Folkinception's Great Northern right here:

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Spokane band The South Hill to debut new album Thursday

Posted By on Wed, Jul 5, 2017 at 11:03 AM

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We've all heard of album release parties before, but the South Hill are premiering their new LP in an unusual way.

The Spokane quintet, which has built up quite a following since forming two years ago, will perform a stripped-down version of their upcoming debut record on Facebook Live Thursday, starting at 7 pm. They'll also be discussing the inspirations behind some of the songs, as well as answering fan questions.

To tune in, visit the band's Facebook page. You can pre-order the album and listen to the lead single "Bigger Plans" here; they'll also be performing at the Lantern Tap House (1004 S. Perry) on Saturday night.


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Monday, July 3, 2017

CONCERT REVIEW: Sammy Hagar's well-rounded night at Northern Quest

Posted By on Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 11:24 AM

Sammy Hagar played some guitar between shots of booze. - DAN NAILEN
  • Dan Nailen
  • Sammy Hagar played some guitar between shots of booze.

The Sammy Hagar show Friday night was a good news/bad news situation for fans of the Red Rocker on hand at the nearly sold-out Northern Quest Resort & Casino outdoor stage:


THE GOOD NEWS

Hagar still sounds great as he prepares to turn 70 later this year, and he's the same happy-go-lucky party monster fans have come to know and love through four decades of hits as a solo artist and with bands like Van Halen, Montrose and Chickenfoot.

Hitting the stage after a video montage showcasing his time in the rock 'n' roll spotlight, Hagar played guitar, took slugs of booze out straight from the bottle, danced and chatted up the crowd between giving a lot of good-hearted shit to bass player Michael Anthony, a longtime friend and musical partner since their time together in Van Halen.

Jason Bonham (left), Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar braved some serious sun. - DAN NAILEN
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  • Jason Bonham (left), Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar braved some serious sun.

Hagar's band this tour is The Circle, and it's an all-star crew consisting of Anthony, Jason Bonham (son of Led Zeppelin's John Bonham) on drums and guitarist Vic Johnson — the least-known musician on stage, and probably the most impressive on Friday, as he knocked out killer solos and lead-guitar work on songs originally done by guitar geniuses like Eddie Van Halen and Joe Satriani.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Foo Fighters, A Perfect Circle schedule dates for Spokane Arena

Posted By on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 10:12 AM

On Dec. 4, Foo Fighters will play in Spokane for the first time in more than 14 years.
  • On Dec. 4, Foo Fighters will play in Spokane for the first time in more than 14 years.

For the first time since 2003, Foo Fighters are coming to Spokane. Led by Dave Grohl and arguably the biggest American rock band of the past 20 years, Foo Fighters will hit the Spokane Arena stage on Dec. 4 on their tour in support of a new album, Concrete and Gold.

Tickets for Foo Fighters go on sale Thursday, June 29, at 10 am at the Spokane Arena box office and all TicketsWest outlets. They'll sell for $51, $81 or $101. English band the Struts will open the show for the Foos.

The new Foo Fighters album comes out Sept. 15. Grohl said in a statement, "I wanted it to be the biggest sounding Foo Fighters album ever." For anyone who's kept up with the band from its early days as a Grohl one-man band until its current six-man lineup, that's saying something.

"Run," the first single from Foo Fighters' new album, arrived a couple of weeks ago:
 


A Perfect Circle plays Spokane Arena on Nov. 28.
  • A Perfect Circle plays Spokane Arena on Nov. 28.

Also announced this week, A Perfect Circle will swing by Spokane Arena on Nov. 28 for a headlining show. The group fronted by Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan has a new album on the way as well, but a release date and title haven't been announced.

A Perfect Circle tickets go on sale Friday, June 23, at 10 am through the Spokane Arena box office and TicketsWest outlets. They'll cost $49.50 and $69.50. The Beta Machine opens the show.
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Monday, June 19, 2017

CONCERT REVIEW: Alice Cooper creeped out Airway Heights in all the best ways on Sunday night

Posted By on Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Alice Cooper headlined this season's first outdoor summer concert at Northern Quest on Sunday night. - DAN NAILEN
  • Dan Nailen
  • Alice Cooper headlined this season's first outdoor summer concert at Northern Quest on Sunday night.

I'm not going to say that Alice Cooper made a deal with the devil to still be so spry and rocking at 69 years old — as we all know by now, the man's an avowed Christian — but there's something unnatural about how much raucous fun the man still has on stage, nearly 50 years after first hitting the public eye.

Sunday night, Cooper kicked off Northern Quest's Outdoor Summer Concerts series with a setlist that leaned hard on his '70s-era classics like Welcome to My Nightmare and Billion Dollar Babies. In the process, he showed why he's considered a garage-rock pioneer, while still offering up the theatrics one has come to expect from an Alice Cooper show.

A live boa constrictor for "Welcome to My Nightmare." A Frankenstein monster for "Feed My Frankenstein." Alice in a straightjacket for "The Ballad of Dwight Fry." Alice beheaded with a guillotine just before "Killer/I Love The Dead." All the eye-candy greatest hits were there, and entertaining for sure.

Don't get too close to that walking stick, people. - DAN NAILEN
  • Dan Nailen
  • Don't get too close to that walking stick, people.
I'll admit that for years, before ever seeing Alice Cooper perform, I thought the theatrics were the ONLY reason to go to an Alice Cooper show. But that's not the case, as he emphatically proved Sunday night with a barreling performance that touched on punk, metal, blues and Tin Pan Alley balladry over the course of about 20 songs. An Alice Cooper show is inherently musical — and much more so than many of the heavy metal bands he's toured with since his '80s comeback with songs like "Poison."

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Grouplove, the London Souls set to headline Gleason Fest in August

Posted By on Fri, Jun 9, 2017 at 10:59 AM

Grouplove will headline this year's Gleason Fest in downtown Spokane on Saturday, Aug. 12.
  • Grouplove will headline this year's Gleason Fest in downtown Spokane on Saturday, Aug. 12.

Gleason Fest, the annual, day-long music festival and ALS fundraiser that's happening in Riverfront Park on Aug. 12, announced this morning that Grouplove will be this year's big headliner. The L.A.-based electro-pop band is probably best known for its single "Tongue Tied," which was prominently featured in an iPod touch commercial.

Tickets run $30 and are on sale this morning.

The announcement doesn't come as much of a shock: The Gleason Fest Facebook page hinted at the booking back in April, just a couple weeks after Grouplove canceled their concert at the Knitting Factory.

Also on this year's docket: the London Souls, a guitar-and-drum retro-rock duo from New York, and local bands Lavoy, Hey! Is for Horses and Folkinception. Last year's festival was headlined by Portland rockers Portugal. the Man and Seattle's Pickwick.

If you go, odds are good that you'll actually catch a glimpse of Steve Gleason, the festival's namesake, a former NFL star and Spokane native who was diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, in 2011. He was the subject of an acclaimed documentary that was released last year.
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Thursday, June 8, 2017

CONCERT REVIEW: Def Leppard, Poison, Tesla offer a flashback — to the '80s and two years ago

Posted By on Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 10:44 AM

Def Leppard's show at Spokane Arena on Wednesday night was maybe a little too similar to their visit in 2015. - DAN NAILEN PHOTO
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  • Def Leppard's show at Spokane Arena on Wednesday night was maybe a little too similar to their visit in 2015.

When Def Leppard came to the Spokane Arena in 2015, they packed the place and I reviewed the show, writing that "the rocking songs still hit hard, the ballads still soared, and the crowd filling the place to the rafters sang along nonstop as they were treated to a great night out. It's hard to imagine anyone went home complaining."

All of that remains true after Wednesday night's return to Spokane less than two years later, as the British five-piece again put on a stellar, slick show. But I could see some folks complaining, particularly if they attended both gigs. The set lists were nearly identical, even down to the order they played the tunes.

That said, most probably didn't care a whit, as they got to party for a night with a band of their youth, delivering a batch of hard-rock hits they've loved for a lifetime. And Def Leppard knows how to deliver those hits with a stylish stage show and impressive musicianship.

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen. - DAN NAILEN PHOTO
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  • Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen.
Playing in front of  a massive electronic screen that alternately flashed garish graphics or old videos and photos, the band rumbled through 17 songs reaching back as far as 1981's High 'n' Dry album ("Let It Go," "Switch 625" and "Bringin' on the Heartbreak" were all highlights), and dropping three songs from their 2015 self-titled album. Among those new tunes, show opener "Let's Go" hit hardest, while the pop-funk of "Man Enough" midshow was, well, "befuddling" is probably the best word for those of us who would probably be happiest with the band playing 1983's Pyromania in total, plus a few other tunes.

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