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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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

Posted By on Tue, May 30, 2017 at 3:55 PM

The Dancing Plague of 1518 plays The Big Dipper on Friday night.
  • The Dancing Plague of 1518 plays The Big Dipper on Friday night.

We hunted through Spotify and found some samples of bands playing The Bartlett 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 Baby Bar

Posted By on Tue, May 30, 2017 at 3:50 PM

Honey Bucket plays Baby Bar Friday night.
  • Honey Bucket plays Baby Bar Friday night.

We hunted through Spotify and found some samples of bands playing Baby Bar 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 Pin!

Posted By on Tue, May 30, 2017 at 2:45 PM

Shawn James and the Shapeshifters play Saturday night at The Pin! Main Stage
  • Shawn James and the Shapeshifters play Saturday night at The Pin! Main Stage

We hunted through Spotify and found some samples of bands playing The Pin! this weekend, either on the main stage or side stage, 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 Steam Plant Outdoor Stage

Posted By on Tue, May 30, 2017 at 11:53 AM

Built to Spill headlines the Steam Plant Outdoor Stage on Saturday.
  • Built to Spill headlines the Steam Plant Outdoor Stage on Saturday.

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


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What you did (and didn't) miss at the Sasquatch! Music Festival

Posted By on Tue, May 30, 2017 at 11:00 AM


In case you weren't able to make it to the 15th annual Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Ampitheatre, we took some notes. Here's what you did, and didn't, miss this year.

WHAT YOU MISSED:

1. The return of legendary soul man Charles Bradley to the stage. Bradley canceled shows last fall after being diagnosed with stomach cancer, but shared the love at the Gorge during an hour-long set in one of his first performances after treatment and recovery. Following the show, Bradley stuck around and hugged (and kissed) anyone who waited for him.

2. West Seattle two-piece Sisters, along with Porter Ray, played a "secret" set at the same time as day two headliner Twenty One Pilots.


3. So. Much. Glitter. This one could be filed under "didn't miss," because I certainly won't miss finding sparkles in every crease. And there's no end in sight.

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  • Mitch Ryals photo

4. Hammer-Schlagen: The drinking game that requires a sturdy chunk of wood, nails, a hammer and the ability to toss it up in the air. Here's how you play: Players tap their nail into the stump, then take turns tossing the hammer up into the air, catching it and whacking the other nails into oblivion. Last nail standing wins.

MITCH RYALS PHOTO
  • Mitch Ryals photo

5. LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy announced during the band's Friday evening set that their newest album is "done."

WHAT YOU DIDN'T MISS:

1. Frank Ocean: The R&B singer was originally billed as a headliner, but canceled that show and his appearance at the Hangout Music Festival. Ocean canceled "due to production delays beyond his control."

2. Kaiydo: The 20-year-old, up-and-coming rapper canceled at the last minute due to a "family emergency." Sam Lachow took his Saturday afternoon slot. Kaiydo, also known as Keiondre Boone, is unsigned and has released several of his songs on SoundCloud for free, including "Fruit Punch," which has more than 2 million plays.


3. Mac Miller was also a last-minute cancellation. Sir Mix-a-Lot took his place in the Saturday afternoon slot. Miller also canceled a set scheduled for Sunday in Minnesota. Although the rapper has not confirmed that this is the case, it's suspected that the cancellations are linked to the bombings in Manchester, England, at his girlfriend Ariana Grande's concert. Twenty-two people died as a result of the bombing.


4. You also didn't miss Chance the Rapper refer to the Sasquatch! crowd as "Seattle" more than a couple of times throughout his Sunday night set. Perhaps someone should tell the Chicago native that the the Gorge Amphitheatre is in George, Washington, about 150 miles east of Seattle.

5. With spotty cell service all weekend, it would have been understandable if festivalgoers missed the news of legendary Southern rock musician Gregg Allman's death. You non-festivalgoers have no excuse. Allman was one of the founding members of the Allman Brothers Band. His publicist, Ken Weinstein, says he died of complications from liver cancer. Allman was 69.

6. Hell, it had better be cold. So much for paying off my student loan debt.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Dispatch from Sasquatch!: Klangstof's pre-show warmup

Posted By on Mon, May 29, 2017 at 10:28 AM

Klangstof - SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL
  • Samantha Wohlfeil
  • Klangstof

So you didn’t make it to Sasquatch? You missed out on Klangstof, the year-old alternative band from Amsterdam, who took the Yeti stage Saturday afternoon.

The four guys who make up the band are all in their mid-20s and enjoying their time in the U.S., traveling by van from show to show, and taking a little time in Seattle to record their next album.

They’ve each got an easy sense of humor: When asked to write their names down for the Inlander, they labeled themselves:

“Jobo Engh (guitarist, pink blonde hair – it used to be pink, he explains) (23)

Wannes Salomé (synths, fro) (26)

Koen van de Wardt (the rest) (25)

Jun C. Villanueva (drums, bald guy) (25)”

Rather than get amped up before a show, the guys say they like to chill out by playing the board game Munchkin – a parody game based loosely off of Dungeons and Dragons.

“The basis of it is to f—- your friends over,” Jobo says with a laugh.

“It’s a great way to get angry before you go onstage,” Koen says.

Jobo and Koen have been making demos together since they were in high school, but the band as a whole has been together about a year, and released their debut LP Close Eyes to Exit, last year.

Their style evokes Radiohead, a big influence they all bring up when asked who they are inspired by. Fans of Alt J, Broken Bells, and Portugal. The Man, should also take a listen.

Their electronic and indie rock mix makes sense when you consider who they’re touring with: They’ve been on the road with the Flaming Lips, and soon will go out with Miike Snow.

Wannes says their style could be described as influenced by Norwegian music in general.

Their band is named for a city they say captures the vibe of their music – “down and Scandinavian.”

That said, though their songs may be a little dark at times, they are far from that as people.

“People should know we’re not as serious as our music,” Jobo says. “We’re goofy as f—-.”

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Dispatch from Sasquatch!: the great Charles Bradley is back!

Posted By on Mon, May 29, 2017 at 10:11 AM

Bradley disappeared for a moment, only to return triumphantly. - SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL
  • Samantha Wohlfeil
  • Bradley disappeared for a moment, only to return triumphantly.

A few songs into his Sasquatch! Music Festival set, soul great Charles Bradley left the stage.

 The set marked his triumphant return to the Pacific Northwest after a stomach cancer diagnosis led him to cancel shows in the area last fall to start treatment and take time to recover.

His Extraordinaires kept the soul music flowing during the Friday set, which was one of the first shows Bradley had taken on after his treatment and recovery. But when the break stretched on past a single song break, people started to filter out of the large crowd gathered at the Bigfoot stage.

Too bad they didn’t wait.
After a few songs (which may indeed have been meant to give the recovering artist a well-deserved break during his set), his keyboardist sauntered to the mic and asked the crowd if they were ready for more.

“You didn’t think that was it, did you?” he asked as the crowd cheered. “Nah, he just went to slip into something a little more comfortable!”

Bradley re-entered in a full-length blue jumpsuit straight out of the ’70s, complete with sparkly belt and flared pants.

With sincere pain and feeling, hope and love, Bradley gave the crowd a strong performance, calling on each and every one of the people there to make positive changes in the world.

“It’s time for you: a new generation, to make a change in the world,” Bradley said, referencing problems in America, and the recent terrorist attack in Manchester.

His most recent album, Changes, released a year ago, is named for his cover of the Black Sabbath song by that name. Bradley said his late mother made him learn the lyrics to sing them to the room.

“I feel unhappy. I feel so sad. I have lost the best friend that I ever had,” Bradley started, voice dripping with emotion.

Later, he addressed the largely white crowd, saying, “In my heart, there’s only one red heart, the heart that you carry in you. We’ve all got to make changes, brothers and sisters, no matter your creed or your color.”

All men and women are created equal, he said, sharing a story about different colored roses, and calling on the crowd to create a beautiful bouquet out of all the different flowers.

Some of those who stuck around were lucky enough to get a rose from Bradley himself, as he walked through the crowd with a large bouquet, handing out red buds to men and women and embracing fans.

He held people in warm hugs for several minutes after the music ended, kissing one man on the cheek, and speaking in another woman’s ear.

During the show, he thanked his fans sincerely for their letters of support after his diagnosis and for the words of encouragement to get back out and perform.

His next stop was Bottlerock in Napa on Sunday, then on to the Brooklyn Bowl in New York on June 1.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tinnabulation Music Festival tickets are on sale now

Posted By on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 1:00 PM

The John Butler Trio is one of the headliners of the new Spokane music festival Tinnabulation, coming in September.
  • The John Butler Trio is one of the headliners of the new Spokane music festival Tinnabulation, coming in September.

We're in full geek-out mode over our Volume Music Festival happening in less than two weeks, but we also can't wait for the other music festivals heading our way, from Elkfest to Spokane's new three-day fall music festival Tinnabulation, coming in September.

Tinnabulation announced its lineup a few days ago, and tickets are on sale now for the event going down in Riverfront Park and at the Spokane Convention Center from Sept. 8-10.

The John Butler Trio, OK Go and American Authors headline the inaugural event, and they'll be joined by a diverse lineup of national, regional and local acts, including Frenship, Barns Courtney, Iska Dhaaf, The Dip, Folkinception, Jango and Mama Doll. For the full lineup, visit the Tinnabulation website. More artists are expected to be added to the lineup.

Tickets are $150 for a three-day pass, with a $300 VIP option also available, and are on sale now through TicketsWest outlets.
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Free Sasquatch tickets: How to win 'em

Posted By on Sun, May 21, 2017 at 10:41 AM


We're giving way two three-day passes for Sasquatch! Music Festival, valued at $295 each, to one lucky person who buys their $25 Volume two-day pass before midnight tonight (Sunday).

If you've already bought your Volume tickets, don't worry, you're in the drawing already.

Go here to buy your Volume tickets and enter! http://volume.inlander.com/tickets/.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

What we lost when we lost Chris Cornell, dead at 52

Seattle native and Soundgarden frontman dead of an apparent suicide

Posted By on Thu, May 18, 2017 at 9:20 AM


The first time I saw Chris Cornell, he was leading 
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Soundgarden as an opening act for some long-forgotten headliner in a cement warehouse of a venue called the Speedway Cafe in Salt Lake City, around when the band's 1989 major-label debut, Louder Than Love, was released.

The last time I saw Chris Cornell, he was on stage at Spokane's Fox Theater performing an all-acoustic, mostly solo three-hour show that touched on every aspect of his career, from Soundgarden and Audioslave songs to solo originals and favorite covers ranging from Prince to Metallica to U2.

The thing that stood out at both those shows, and the myriad times I saw Cornell in between, was The Voice. Whether he was wailing in one of Soundgarden's Zeppelin-esque stompers or crooning some delicate ballad, Cornell's four-octave range was an undeniable instrument that always made him stand out from his rock 'n' roll peers.

That voice is silenced today as Cornell died in Detroit last night of an apparent suicide in the hours after a Soundgarden show. He was 52.

Chris Cornell last summer performing at The Fox in Spokane. - DAN NAILEN
  • Dan Nailen
  • Chris Cornell last summer performing at The Fox in Spokane.

The reunion of Soundgarden was a joy to fans who saw the band blow up along with the Seattle scene in the late '80s/early '90s. The quartet was one of the brightest lights of the so-called "grunge" movement, providing a more metal-edged sound compared to Nirvana's punk approach and Pearl Jam's classic-rock vibe. At their show Wednesday night in Detroit, Cornell and the band ended with their own "Slaves and Bulldozers," blending in some lyrics from Led Zeppelin's "In My Time of Dying."

Soundgarden was the introduction to metal for many "alternative" fans, and the introduction to indie/alternative music for a bunch of metalheads who just loved their monstrous riffs. When the band split up after several platinum albums, Cornell worked on solo albums that reflected his love of everything from sensitive troubadour Jeff Buckley to beat master Timbaland, and joined all the non-singing Rage Against the Machine guys in Audioslave for three albums.

Through all his twists and turns, The Voice remained one of the best in modern popular music. It was on full display last summer at The Fox, and in my review of the concert I wrote, "if Wednesday's show proved anything, it's that Cornell has as much of an exciting future ahead as he has a storied history."

Sadly, I was wrong. R.I.P. Chris Cornell.
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