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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
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  • 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
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  • 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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Monday, June 5, 2017

CONCERT ANNOUNCEMENT: The Shins are heading to Spokane in September

Posted By on Mon, Jun 5, 2017 at 9:44 AM

The Shins, aka James Mercer and whoever he brings with him, play the Knitting Factory on Sept. 24.
  • The Shins, aka James Mercer and whoever he brings with him, play the Knitting Factory on Sept. 24.

The Shins have been circling the region on their tour since releasing their new album Heartworms in March, and now the pop-rock crew finally has a Spokane date on the calendar.

The Shins will play the Knitting Factory on Sunday, Sept. 24. Tickets are $39.50 and go on sale Friday at 10 am via the Knit's website and all TicketWeb outlets. Day Wave opens the show.

The band is led by James Mercer and a seemingly ever-evolving supporting cast, and Heartworms received positive reviews upon its release, with Pitchfork saying, "It's remarkable how little rust [Mercer's] showing," while praising its consistency and familiar Shins sound.

Here's one of the new tunes, "Name For You:"


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Thursday, June 1, 2017

VOLUME cheat sheet: A Spotify playlist of some artists playing Red Room Lounge

Posted By on Thu, Jun 1, 2017 at 4:42 PM

Empty Eyes play the Red Room Lounge on Saturday.
  • Empty Eyes play the Red Room Lounge on Saturday.

We hunted through Spotify and found some samples of bands playing Red Room Lounge this weekend as part of the Volume Music Festival. You can find playlists for all the venues right here. Enjoy!


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VOLUME cheat sheet: A Spotify playlist of some artists playing The Big Dipper

Posted By on Thu, Jun 1, 2017 at 12:28 PM

Violet Catastrophe play The Big Dipper on Saturday night.
  • Violet Catastrophe play The Big Dipper on Saturday night.

We hunted through Spotify and found some samples of bands playing The Big Dipper this weekend as part of the Volume Music Festival. You can find playlists for all the venues right here. Enjoy!


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OK Go, who play Spokane this summer, discuss how they come up with those crazy music videos in TED Talk

Posted By on Thu, Jun 1, 2017 at 10:32 AM


How do you come up with ideas like setting up thousands of instruments in the desert so you can play them by speeding by with a car, while singing and filming the whole thing?

Or how about dancing in zero gravity, or choreographing dancers to be filmed by drone above a parking lot in Japan, or setting up a huge Rube Goldberg machine?

"It doesn't really feel like we think of them at all, it feels like we find them," says OK Go lead singer Damian Kulash.

The band's incredibly complex and artistic music videos are as much an element of their fame as their music, and Kulash spoke about how the band goes about creating those videos in a TED conference in Vancouver, B.C., last month.
OK Go's four members entertain the audience at a TED Talk in Vancouver, B.C.
  • OK Go's four members entertain the audience at a TED Talk in Vancouver, B.C.

Their videos have come a long way from the viral video for "Here It Goes Again" that shows the four dancing on treadmills, and now has more than 36 million views on YouTube. Their Rube Goldberg machine video for "This Too Shall Pass" has more than 56 million views, and was actually the second creative music video they made for that one song.

In the talk, Kulash explains that writing music feels like looking for "that puzzle piece that clicks right in, and when it does click, it doesn't feel like you thought up that puzzle piece, it feels like you found it, like it was a set of relationships that you unlocked."

With videos, they're looking for the idea of wonder, and more than that, ideas that surprise people, he says.

And it takes math, and a lot of luck to get things to go right once they've got that idea.

The Rube Goldberg machine they set up? Kulash shows the audience that the math behind the 130 interactions that were set up really mattered. If the pieces were 90 percent reliable, there'd only be a 1-in-a-million chance that everything would go according to plan. If they were 99 percent reliable, the chances went up to 27 percent that it would all go right.

Find the rest of the talk here, and get ready for the band to come to Spokane; they're playing the inaugural Tinnabulation Music Festival on Sept. 10.


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