When Allen Stone came through Spokane last fall, he was still tinkering with his latest album, Radius, perfecting the songs. But don’t take that attention to detail to mean that the Chewelah native was covering up all the humanity with slick studio tricks and Auto-Tuned vocals. As Stone told the Inlander at the time, “I think technology has taken a grip of our culture; it’s taken away the humanity. I don’t like that. I fall back to that earlier music in the ’60s and ’70s, the music that isn’t computer-based.” The real, soulful voice of Stone comes through the tracks of Radius, and even more so in his live shows, where he assured us what the fans hear coming from the stage is all live, real playing and singing, no backing tracks or laptops allowed.
— Dan Nailen