New Jersey trio Screaming Females are committed to long-term personal relationships and capturing musical honesty on tape
Screaming Females have been playing together for more than a decade, and they've never settled into a traditional album-and-tour cycle. Most bands of their stature crank out an LP every couple of years, then hit the road after each one.
Seattle rapper Grieves, known for his emotionally blistering verses, gets refreshingly light on his latest album
Grieves has always used music to talk about what's happening in his life. After tackling dark subject matter like addiction, heartbreak and living in poverty on his third and fourth records — Together/Apart (2011) and Winter & the Wolves (2014) — Grieves was typecast as an emo rapper.
Palehound brings its fuzzily intimate indie rock to Spokane
The centerpiece of Palehound's excellent new album A Place I'll Always Go feels almost hidden. It's an outro, really — the final 33 seconds of a song called "If You Met Her" that runs nearly four minutes in total.
Asian-American rock band the Slants became unsuspecting First Amendment advocates, and they rock, too
The Slants might be the only active band that's as well known within legal circles as it is amongst pop-punk die-hards. Earlier this year, the Portland dance-rock quartet were on the winning side of a landmark Supreme Court case, which was put into motion when Slants founder and bassist Simon Tam was denied a trademark for his band's name.
Grammy-winning songwriter Sarah Jarosz has a musical ear well beyond her 26 years
Sarah Jarosz has already had a lot of career highlights, starting as a pre-adolescent bluegrass prodigy, landing a record deal when she was still in high school and evolving into a daring multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who collaborates with some of the biggest names in acoustic music circles. Even with critical accolades and the respect of her musician peers, there was no denying the excitement she felt at this year's Grammy Awards, where she took home the trophy for Best Folk Album for her 2016 release Undercurrent.
Heartworms is a welcome return to the Shins' quirky early sound
T here's a stretch of songs on Heartworms — the Shins' fifth album, released in March — that sounds and feels very much descended from the band's 2001 debut album, Oh, Inverted World.
Explosions in the Sky make instrumental post-rock with powerful, cinematic imagery
I was trekking across the sunbaked grounds of the 2009 Sasquatch! Music Festival, looking for a friend I'd lost in the crowd, when I was distracted by a big, spacey sound emanating from one of the smaller stages — lots of delicate guitar jangling, a little bass and the raw power of pounding drums, but no singing.
A friend's suicide inspired Spokane rapper Jango's uplifting message that a solitary life can also be a happy one
Few 21-year-olds are as enterprising as Elijah Kilborn. The Spokane rapper, better known by his stage name Jango, is sitting in a booth at Chicken-N-More on a sleepy Friday afternoon.
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The Foreigner finds Jackie Chan getting serious in the name of revenge
Physicality has always been the core of Jackie Chan's performances. Over the past 40 years, he's built a reputation as cinema's premiere stunt star, and almost inarguably the top physical comedian in the post-silent-film area.
Cold, cerebral and epic in scope, Blade Runner 2049 is a worthy, visually stunning successor to a sci-fi watershed
How appropriate that Blade Runner 2049 should turn out to be something different than it initially appears. This is an introspective, cold, leisurely paced arthouse film disguised as a big-budget franchise cash-in, one that often gets lost in its own thoughts, drifting off in a reverie of some of the most stunning visuals ever projected.
Emma Stone and Steve Carell go head-to-head in Battle of the Sexes, an urgent, entertaining piece of sports history
There's that saying: Two steps forward, one step back. With feminism, it's more like half a baby step forward, a dozen steps back.
Sex-positive and adults-only, the touring version of Dan Savage's popular HUMP! Film Festival makes its Spokane debut this weekend
The very notion of watching adult entertainment on a big screen probably inspires thoughts of dingy X-rated theaters that have long since closed, and of creepy old dudes in trench coats with collars pulled high enough to cover their faces. That may be a pastime that has since gone the way of the VCR, but HUMP!
The entertaining true-crime film American Made is a lot like its star: stylish, charming and dead behind the eyes
American Made, based on the true story of commercial airline pilot-turned-international criminal mastermind Barry Seal, hits a lot of the same beats as GoodFellas, though it misses some it tries to hit, too. By the time that Barry, in his gleeful voice-over narration, says, "The money was coming in faster than I could launder it," I felt like I'd seen this all before, and done better.
Stronger dramatizes the struggle of the Boston Marathon bombing victim who defined the slogan "Boston Strong"
Before images flash across the screen, the audio from the Today Show finds the hosts discussing how the Boston Marathon would be happening tomorrow. It's the type of overly perky empty chatter that fills the hours on morning TV, but in the context of Stronger, the cavalier tone feels ominous and chilling.
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