In the Presence of Giants

In the Presence of Giants

Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic brings his new Washington-centric band Giants in the Trees to the Big Dipper
Giants in the Trees have yet to release any recordings, and they've only played a handful of gigs. But the odds are high that their Big Dipper show Friday night is going to sell out.

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Don't Overthink It

Learning to simplify with the Life and Times
Since the very early 1990s, Allen Epley has been working hard at being a working musician: writing and recording songs, releasing singles and albums, developing sets, playing shows, driving between shows, selling T-shirts and so on. For a decade or so, Epley did all this as part of the Kansas City band Shiner, whose blend of churning guitars, restless arrangements and memorable melodies was strong enough to get the band caught up in a post-Nirvana wave of post-punk and emo.

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Live and Large

A few things to know about Lyle Lovett, who returns to the Inland Northwest with his Large Band in tow
Lyle Lovett says he aims to be the worst musician in his band, though that might not be such a challenge when you've got 13 virtuoso players backing you up. It's all about collaboration for the Texas singer-songwriter, and he's determined to give each member of his so-called Large Band an individual moment to shine.

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Righteous Path

The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers offeran exciting update to classic sounds
Jeremy Horton's path toward gospel music didn't start with a few faith-filled steps inside a Baptist church, inspired by a badass choir delivering soulful sounds in praise of the Almighty. It started, rather, while slogging through a shift at his desk-jockey day job.

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California Dreaming

Surfy Seattle quartet La Luz moved to L.A., and the change of scenery rubbed off on their latest batch of songs
A lot has happened since La Luz released their most recent full-length album, 2015's Weirdo Shrine. They pulled up their roots in Seattle and set them down again in Los Angeles, and finished recording their third album at the end of last year.

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Alt-Rock Showdown

Two '90s radio favorites hit the Arena; we explore their respective merits
Who's better: Counting Crows or Matchbox Twenty? A ridiculous subject for debate, to be sure, but it's one that came up in the Inlander offices upon the announcement that both bands would be co-headlining a tour heading to the Arena.

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Road Warrior

On his new album Itinerant Arias, songwriter Christopher Paul Stelling documents his life as a touring musician
Christopher Paul Stelling is a musical nomad, and a busy one, too. The singer-songwriter estimates that in the year leading up to the May release of his newest album, Itinerant Arias, he played something like 280 shows.

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Double Header

Northern Quest's outdoor concerts bring Sammy Hagar, Sublime with Rome
Sammy's Circular Career It's a little mind-boggling to consider all the musical styles and trends that have come and gone since singer/guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar first hit the national scene in the early '70s.

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Battle Scarred

Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk delivers an unrelenting vision of the horrors of war
War is hell. Dunkirk was purgatory.

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A Sketchy Portrait

In exploring the life and work of a beloved artist, Maudie only half succeeds
Maudie doesn't start out like your typical biopic, so it's disappointing when it finally begins behaving like one. It chronicles the life and career of Canadian painter Maud Lewis, prolific despite suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, and its first half is structured like a two-person character study of Lewis and her husband Everett.

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Human Nature

Themes, characters in latest Planet of the Apes as sophisticated and detailed as its special effects
There isn't much battle action in War for the Planet of the Apes, but it still feels like a war movie — a World War II movie, specifically, set largely in a wintry prison camp, with some captives collaborating with the enemy in the vain hope of postponing their own deaths while others make escape plans. It's a melancholy film, but a hopeful one, with a combination of technical wizardry and soulful acting that's nothing less than extraordinary.

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Down with the Sickness

Big-hearted and laughter-packed, The Big Sick is a contagious romantic comedy in all the right ways
There's a moment early in The Big Sick where Kumail insists that his new girlfriend Emily watch one of his favorite B-horror movies. She's willing to slog through the schlock, but not before calling out what he's really doing: trying to test her on her tastes.

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Back to School

Spider-Man's first stand-alone film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a smart, funny and grounded summer blockbuster
Some superhero movies have subtitles referring to the dramatic events or villains featured therein: Apocalypse; Age of Ultron; Civil War; The Last Stand. Then there's Spider-Man: Homecoming, which refers to a dance at Peter Parker's high school.

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Southern Discomfort

The Beguiled revels in Gothic romanticism at the expense of substance
Few modern directors can match Sofia Coppola's sense of style. Unlike many of her stylist peers, her direction creates ever-present moods that hang over each shot, without the flashy bravado or quirky flair that can sometimes make others' films fall dangerously close to the realm of egotistical self-parody.

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