Von the Baptist has exploried new sounds over five years, and still has room to grow
Considering how quickly bands form and dissolve, five years of steady gigging and collaboration is a rarity for most local bands. But somehow, Von the Baptist frontman Vaughn Wood sees the band as entrenched as ever within a sound that makes the project still feel new.
One of the preeminent voices of the 1960s, Darlene Love brings her Christmas show — and a collection of pop classics — to Spokane
The word "legend" might get thrown around a bit too carelessly these days, but make no mistake: Darlene Love is, without question, a living legend. The beloved vocalist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is heading to Spokane with her annual Christmas show, called "Love for the Holidays," and she talked to the Inlander in the week leading up to the concert about her many accomplishments.
Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl is arguably the biggest drummer-turned-frontman, but he's not the first
Foo Fighters' success was far from a guaranteed thing when Dave Grohl recorded the band's self-titled 1995 debut all by his lonesome after Kurt Cobain's death and the demise of Nirvana. Sure, some other drummers had successfully moved from behind their kits into the frontman spotlight, but musicians like Phil Collins (Genesis) and Don Henley (Eagles) were already known vocal commodities before launching solo careers.
Julien Baker brings her deeply human songs to the Bartlett
The thing that made Julien Baker's 2015 album Sprained Ankle feel so special — besides her towering talent as a composer and musician, of course — is that no one had heard of Julien Baker. More precisely: Not many people had heard of her.
A Perfect Circle wants you to put your smartphone down for 90 minutes
Progressive rock supergroup A Perfect Circle has been making headlines for kicking out dozens of fans who've captured their live performances with smartphones, but it's not like fans who get booted can say they were surprised. On the band's current tour, there are signs on the back of each seat warning that taking videos or pictures will, in all caps, "RESULT IN EJECTION."
Trans-Siberian Orchestra takes its epic Christmas show on the road again after its founder's passing
Back in the late '80s, my friends and I would gather and watch Headbangers Ball, the MTV show dedicated to all things hard rock and heavy metal. Some of the music we genuinely loved, some was laughable, and some of it was utterly confounding.
Gonzaga rap fans create a new club to express themselves and explore all aspects of hip-hop culture
Chances are Reece Stone's finance professors have no idea about the diminutive 20-year-old redhead's other life, one born a couple of years ago when a fellow student in his Gonzaga dorm introduced him to an addictive new habit.
Charcoal Squids frontman talks chops and his ever-evolving musical journey
Joshua Bacha was never a slouch on guitar, but he didn't truly devote himself to the instrument — or music in general — until about three years ago. He's since made up for lost time by completely absorbing himself in practicing and performing; by no coincidence, his skills have improved by leaps and bounds.
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Ferdinand takes a beloved children's story and transforms it into a refreshing celebration of an outsider
When the now-beloved children's book The Story of Ferdinand was first published in 1936, some grown-ups were worried that it might have a bad influence on children. Apparently its sweet, simple story — from writer Munro Leaf, with instantly iconic illustrations by Robert Lawson — was seen as promoting (take your pick) pacifism, fascism, communism and/or anarchism.
The Disaster Artist hilariously tells the tale of one of the worst movies ever
The Disaster Artist is the funniest movie of 2017. It's not even close.
Despite strong performances, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri's messaging misses its mark
Grief is an overpowering substance. When mixed with a lack of resolution and a splash of guilt, it's a poisonous cocktail.
The state of the film industry in the wake of sexual assault allegations, box office flops, and the threat of streaming entertainment
Hollywood is at an impasse. Since the birth of the film industry, everything from the advent of the mall multiplex to the proliferation of VCRs has led to talk about the imminent death rattle of Tinseltown.
A guide to the movies hitting area screens in the coming weeks
Thanksgiving has come and gone, and Christmas is just on the horizon. For any film aficionado, that means one thing: Really good movies — a whole lot of 'em — are about to hit theaters.
Greta Gerwig's directorial debut Lady Bird is one of the great teen films — snappy, observant and deeply empathetic
Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird is concerned with the same adolescent hang-ups and rites of passage as most coming-of-age films, but it's told with the kind of clear-eyed emotional insight that you don't often see in movies, let alone the ones about teenagers. It's a comedy, I suppose, in the sense that we find ourselves laughing often, mostly in recognition of the truths it reveals.
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