Local duo Runaway Octopus revels in the retro with surf-rock sounds and the warmth of analog

Local duo Runaway Octopus revels in the retro with surf-rock sounds and the warmth of analog

Isaac Murcar and Michael Starry's other bandmate in Runaway Octopus is always on time for practice, doesn't voice differing opinions and rarely — if ever — makes a mistake. That's because it's a reel-to-reel tape machine, one of those bulky vintage ones that you might have seen at a garage sale or two, and though it may be an inanimate object, it's essentially the third member of the band.

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CONCERT REVIEW: Punch Brothers brought glorious sounds, cheeky humor to the Bing

Who knew that the Punch Brothers' origin story actually has Spokane as one of its locations? That was news to me, along with probably most of the people at the acoustic aces' show at the Bing Crosby Theater Wednesday night.

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Struck by Train: I've been wrong about the band for most of my life, and a KeyArena show proved it

Trains. They evoke a sense of adventure, romance, loneliness and countless blues album covers.

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Gleason Fest continues to celebrate regional music and raise ALS awareness

Gleason Fest is more than just an afternoon of outdoor music.

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Punch Brothers try to cut a light through the fog of modern discourse on their new album

When we think of "political" musicians, we tend to mention punk bands or old folk-rockers.

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Carrie Underwood set to return to the Spokane Arena on May 22

Country fans already have something to look forward to in 2019: Carrie Underwood is set to play the Spokane Arena on May 22 of next year.

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Ural Thomas started making music 50 years ago, and his band will take you back to the '60s

At 78, Ural Thomas has seen some things.

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Crazy Rich Asians makes the case for a struggling genre

Given how high the expectations have been for the adaptation of Kevin Kwan's popular 2013 novel Crazy Rich Asians, it's remarkable how limber and lighthearted the movie is. In a time when old-school romantic comedies have been mostly relegated to Netflix original movies, Crazy Rich Asians delivers an unabashedly glamorous love story, with a predictable but mostly satisfying narrative arc and plenty of entertaining, likable characters.

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The Meg makes a mediocre addition to the shark-movie canon

Shark movies are big business, especially in the world of straight-to-video cinema. Low-budget movies with titles like Sharkansas Women's Prison Massacre and Raiders of the Lost Shark have been showing up regularly on streaming services, on cable channels and in Redboxes in recent years, most of them using campy humor, copious gore and titillating nudity (or seminudity) to make up for what they lack in plot, character development and production values.

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DATE CHANGE: Our free outdoor screening of Grease is now Sept. 6

Well, the smoke got in our eyes: Our outdoor Suds & Cinema screening of the 1978 musical Grease, previously scheduled for this Thursday evening, is being postponed to Thursday, Sept. 6, due to unhealthy air conditions. Keep your fingers crossed for less toxic weather.

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Spike Lee tells an outrageous true story in BlacKkKlansman

The true story behind BlacKkKlansman is so fascinating that it would be tough for any filmmaker to screw it up.

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As Grease turns 40, we explore a popular internet theory: Is its sequel actually a better movie?

Grease is probably the most famous movie musical of all time.

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Eighth Grade authentically and artfully captures modern awkward adolescence

As Kayla begins recording this edition of her barely-viewed YouTube vlog via her fuzzy webcam, you can, like, totally tell that she's less than, like, 100 percent confident in her delivery of this motivational poster-esque monologue about how to, like, just be yourself. Twitches of anxiety cross her acne-blotched face as she checks her notes and insists that while some people at her middle school might think she's, like, totally shy, she's actually, like, super talkative when given the chance.

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