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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Rapper Method Man's Friday show at the Knitting Factory has been postponed

Posted By on Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 10:57 AM

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Method Man, the Long Island rapper best known for his tenure with the hip-hop collective the Wu-Tang Clan, will not, it turns out, be appearing at the Knitting Factory tomorrow night. The venue confirmed to the Inlander that the concert has been moved to Thursday, Dec. 14; tickets will be honored at the later date.

Bonaphied Entertainment, the Yakima-based promotional company that was bringing the show to Spokane, announced the postponement on Facebook, citing Method Man's current involvement in a movie shoot as the reason for cancellation.

"I'm looking to add red man [sic] to this show now that we have more time," the Facebook post reads, referring to Method Man's frequent collaborator Redman.

Read what we had to say about Method Man here.
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

CONCERT REVIEW: Spoon's rock-steady excellence fills the Knit Monday night

Posted By on Tue, Aug 29, 2017 at 1:38 PM

Britt Daniel (right) has led Spoon since its 1993 inception, along with drummer Jim Eno. - DAN NAILEN
  • Dan Nailen
  • Britt Daniel (right) has led Spoon since its 1993 inception, along with drummer Jim Eno.

Considering Spoon has been playing and recording for 24 years, the Austin-based band has probably reached its zenith, popularity-wise. It's hard to imagine some sort of bigger commercial breakthrough coming down the line for the angular art-rockers, especially in a pop-music environment where guitars are almost criminal.

It's a damn shame, though, that more people aren't privy to the wonders of leader Britt Daniel and his merry cohorts' brand of dance-floor-ready rock 'n' roll. Don't get me wrong; Spoon packed the Knitting Factory pretty full Monday night, and they have a dedicated fanbase, thanks to their regular appearances on the festival circuit and catalog of excellent albums like Girls Can Tell (2001), Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007) and this year's beauty, Hot Thoughts

Multi-instrumentalist Alex Fischel (left) was an ace throughout the show, as was frontman Daniel. - DAN NAILEN
  • Dan Nailen
  • Multi-instrumentalist Alex Fischel (left) was an ace throughout the show, as was frontman Daniel.

As I was standing on the Knitting Factory floor just in front of the stage, surrounded with moving, grooving fans ranging from young dudes in Primus shirts to twentysomething women dancing in circles to middle-aged cats like myself doing the Old Rock Guy headbob — all joyfully enjoying "Got Nuffin" or "Don't You Evah" or the tasty new jam "Can I Set Next To You" — all I kept thinking was, "These guys should be huge!"

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT: Scottish shoegaze icons the Jesus and Mary Chain to perform at the Bing on Oct. 26

Posted By on Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 9:05 AM

Jim (left) and William Reid of the Jesus and Mary Chain; they play the Bing on Oct. 26.
  • Jim (left) and William Reid of the Jesus and Mary Chain; they play the Bing on Oct. 26.

Scottish shoegaze legends the Jesus and Mary Chain are about to embark on an American tour, and one of the band's stops will be in Spokane on Oct. 26. The band is set to perform at the Bing, which has partnered with all-ages venue the Bartlett for the occasion.

The Jesus and Mary Chain was formed in 1983 by brothers Jim and William Reid, who gained notoriety for a sound that embraced both the abrasive noisiness of post-punk and the sunny pop melodies of 1960s girl groups.

They've been critical darlings since the release of their brilliant 1985 debut Psychocandy; its opening track, the Phil Spector-meets-Velvet Underground reverie "Just Like Honey," remains one of the most iconic songs of the mid-'80s art-rock movement. Rolling Stone later named Psychocandy one of the 500 greatest albums of all time; Pitchfork called it the 23rd best record of the '80s.

Following growing disharmony between the Reid brothers, the Jesus and Mary Chain disbanded in 1999, though they reunited in 2007 with a well-received set at Coachella (which included a cameo by Scarlett Johansson). They've been playing together ever since, and this year's Damage and Joy was the band's first new album in nearly 20 years.

Tickets for the Spokane show start at $37.50, and they're set to go on sale Friday at 10 am through the Bartlett's website.


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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
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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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