Rankin' Rhymin' Simon

Rankin' Rhymin' Simon

Before Paul Simon hits Spokane on Friday night, we've ranked the legendary singer-songwriter's post-Simon and Garfunkel discography
12. Songs from The Capeman (1997)

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Big in Japan

Japanese noise-abilly trio Guitar Wolf gives electroshock therapy to CBGB-era punk
Nagasaki noise-punkers Guitar Wolf are something of a godsend to those of us who were never around to see the Ramones live, or who would kill to see them on stage again. As the years slip by, more and more young punk obsessives emerge who will never experience the band in its heyday, and there's something about the Ramones that no studio album or live recording will ever accurately translate: their furious, white-knuckle energy.

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One Nice Nightmare

Alice Cooper knows that in 2017 it's impossible to shock, but he's still here to rock
When Alice Cooper first started putting out albums in the late '60s, they had to compete with the still-kicking Beatles, the just-starting Led Zeppelin and the hitting-their-peak Rolling Stones for music fans' attention and dollars. And they still managed to break through, thanks to a hard-edged sound and over-the-top live shows (which often involved simulated beheadings).

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Saxophones & Maximalism

Ex Eye brings its weird, heavy racket to Spokane
Artists work for years to get to the point where they can play highly respected music festivals across the globe. Ex Eye went the other direction, booking gigs at last year's Eaux Claires Festival in Wisconsin (curated by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon) and Denmark's Roskilde Festival (one of Europe's largest) before the band even existed.

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Get Down in Browne's

A guide to this year's Elkfest lineup, filling one of Spokane's most historic neighborhoods with a weekend of live music
The true start of summer isn't the solstice: It's Elkfest. The annual Browne's Addition block party, which is set up next to the beloved Elk Public House, has been going strong for 13 years now, bringing recent headliners like Minus the Bear, Pickwick, the Cave Singers and rapper Lyrics Born to the neighborhood.

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Cresting the Wave

Surfer Blood frontman J.P. Pitts discusses the beauty of not overthinking it, and working through personal loss
Surfer Blood's most recent album is the sunniest, poppiest collection of songs the band has released in years, bursting at the seams with winding guitar hooks, grooving basslines and instantly hummable melodies. Upon first listen, it's an ideal summertime record.

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Rock of Aged

Making the case for Def Leppard
My vocal enthusiasm for Def Leppard's show at Spokane Arena was initially met with skepticism by a co-worker nearly 20 years my junior. After a snide (but understandable) aside about the cheesiness of "Pour Some Sugar on Me," one of the band's biggest (and most overplayed) hits, he challenged me to convince him of the long-running British hard-rockers' worth.

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Volume Way Up

There are a lot of music festivals out there, but there aren't many like the Inlander's
Big festivals.

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Dinner Theater

The dark social comedy Beatriz at Dinner mines racial and cultural discomfort for satire, mostly with mixed results
I've seen a lot of plays that start like this. A group of characters, either friends or casual acquaintances or business associates, meet for what they expect will be an uneventful evening of pleasant conversation over drinks.

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Hardly a Page-Turner

The Book of Henry, Colin Trevorrow's follow-up to Jurassic World, is almost fascinatingly awful
Sometimes you see a movie that's so bad, so confounding, so thoroughly misguided in every way, you almost want to recommend it to people, simply because they'll never see anything quite like it. The Book of Henry is a movie like that.

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Sleepless in Seattle

After many hours in the dark, two critics report on some of the biggest and best titles from the Seattle International Film Festival
BAND AID

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Undead on Arrival

As the first entry in a proposed franchise, The Mummy doesn't inspire much confidence
There's no denying that The Mummy is stupid. Really, really stupid.

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Fear Is Contagious

The eerie It Comes at Night is a sure-footed, finely wrought psychological thriller
It Comes at Night opens on the lesioned face of a dying old man surrounded by tearful loved ones wearing gloves and gas masks. He has a fatal and highly contagious disease that has decimated the population.

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Warrior Princess

DC redeems itself with an exuberant, empowering origin story, anchored by Gal Gadot's star-making performance
The cinematic universe of DC Comics finally hits all the right notes — bullets, bronze and mustard gas included — in what for any other superhero would be a distinctly Marvel origin story. This, uh, wonderfully directed and near-perfectly cast female empowerment story is so similar in tone and feel to Marvel Studios' Captain America that I was waiting for Stan Lee to show up, possibly as a eunuch.

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