For Those About to Rock

For Those About to Rock

Spokane punks are inspired to throw a benefit show after vandalism at the Salish School
The images of the graffiti scrawled on the preschool-room walls of the Salish School of Spokane flashed in Dan Elliott's mind as he rehearsed with his band Askevault. A swastika.

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A Tale of Two Cities

Spokane songwriter Dario Ré releases a new album, which reflects his time spent between Montreal and Spokane
Dario Ré has been regularly traveling between Montreal and Spokane for some time now. The singer-songwriter lives here, where he was born and raised, but he went to college north of the border and finds himself there quite often.

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Bayou Badass

Trombone Shorty is an ambassador of modern New Orleans with deep musical roots in the Big Easy
To see Trombone Shorty and his band Orleans Avenue in concert is akin to capturing the soul of New Orleans in one night-long burst of sound and energy. The trombonist/singer, born Troy Andrews, delivers the classic, horn-driven, Big Easy jazz he grew up on, but the 31-year-old performer also incorporates the funk, rock and hip-hop that are now as much a part of the "New Orleans sound" as the funeral-line dirges in his childhood neighborhood of Tremé.

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Your Own Private Idaho

A rundown of the artists headlining the ongoing Festival at Sandpoint
The Festival at Sandpoint is one of our area's best annual music festivals for a couple of reasons. First, Memorial Field is really the ideal setting for a late summer outdoor concert series, with the nearby Pend Oreille River serving as an idyllic backdrop.

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For the Record

A review of four recent local music releases, including a Blackwater Prophet side project and Idaho's premiere synth fanatics
The easier it becomes for bands to record their own material, the more difficult it is to get noticed. Think about it: If anyone can potentially release an album without the assistance of a high-powered label or producer, you need to put out A-plus material if you don't want to get lost in the shuffle.

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Rocky Mountain High

After moving to Denver, Spokane native Joel Ansett returns home with a set of intimate, honest folk songs
Whenever Joel Ansett plays a show in Spokane, it's something of a family reunion. The singer-songwriter was born and raised in the area — his parents still live on the South Hill, and he comes back a couple of times every year — but he's lived in Denver for the past few years, pursuing a music career.

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Walking Wounded

Seattle sludge-metal trio Wounded Giant comes roaring back on Vae Victis
Jack Endino is a legend. He's a man with many accomplishments on his résumé, but he'd earn that status for no other reason than he famously recorded Nirvana's debut album Bleach for $600.

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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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The Unusual Suspects

Steven Soderbergh comes out of retirement for the breezy, Southern-fried heist comedy Logan Lucky
Steven Soderbergh tried to retire a few years ago, but it didn't take. Perhaps he can relate to Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum), the lovable West Virginian ne'er-do-well at the center of Logan Lucky who tries to make an honest living, but keeps coming back to the bullet-pointed plan for robbing a bank that's posted on his kitchen wall.

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Family Ties

Jeannette Walls' bestselling memoir gets the Hollywood treatment, bolstered by a trio of sterling performances
The studios have made a habit of calling promising indie filmmakers up to the majors in a big way, resulting in some notable big-budget crash-and-burns — looking at you, Josh Trank (Fantastic Four) and Justin Kurzel (Assassin's Creed). Writer-director Destin Daniel Cretton provides a different case study.

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Voodoo Doll

Annabelle: Creation is the latest horror franchise entry to rely more on cheap jump scares than atmosphere
Annabelle: Creation might be the first ever prequel to a prequel. The bulk of the film takes place 12 years before the events of Annabelle (2014), which was itself a prelude to the goings-on in 2013's The Conjuring, and it fills a bunch of the gaps in the origin story of that creepy porcelain doll.

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Cinematic Wasteland

Stephen King's magnum opus finally comes to the screen: The Dark Tower will likely confuse neophytes and disappoint fans
So there's this tower at the center of our universe, and it's so tall that it seems to shoot up into the sky forever. It is, according to The Dark Tower's opening text, the only thing protecting the human race from decimation by the forces of evil, though we're also told that "the mind of a child can bring it down."

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Survive the Night

Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit takes an unflinching look at police brutality and injustice in America
After earning near-universal acclaim for her depictions of modern warfare in the Middle East with The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow has turned her directorial eye to American soil. But don't be fooled by the red, white and blue setting: Detroit is also a war movie.

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Out, Damned Spot!

Lady Macbeth is a tale of murder, adultery and betrayal, with the look of a period piece and the ruthlessness of a horror film
Despite its title, Lady Macbeth is not another screen adaptation of a Shakespeare classic. It is, in fact, based on a racy 1865 novella by the Russian author Nikolai Leskov, previously filmed in 1962 by the late Polish master Andrzej Wajda, and this time his story of doomed romance and revenge has been transplanted to 19th-century England.

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