Gleason Fest continues to celebrate regional music and raise ALS awareness

Gleason Fest continues to celebrate regional music and raise ALS awareness

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Festival at Sandpoint brings rock, folk, country and bluegrass to the Pend Oreille River

As other festivals in the Inland Northwest come and go, we wait with bated breath for the lineup of the Festival at Sandpoint every year.

WHAT'S UP?: Spokane Brewers Fest, Art on the Green, Willie, Jerry and more

As we barrel toward August, it's worth noting that about a month from now, the kids will be back in the school. How that affects entertaining yourself just depends on your personal situation.

Junior Brown's made a life in country music at his own pace, with his own sound

To some degree, Junior Brown thinks you can judge a musician by his album cover.

UPDATE: Hotel RL's Rhythm and Brews concerts have new life, resume Friday

Just a few days after its cancellation was announced, the Rhythm and Blues concert series at the former Hotel RL is back on. Booker Crain Heimbigner says the hotel's new owners were able to attain the proper permit from the city, and the concerts will resume Friday night as previously scheduled.

CONCERT REVIEW: Chris Stapleton and his All American Roadshow pack Spokane Arena for a winning night of country

If Chris Stapleton is the future of country music, it sounds a whole lot like the best moments of the genre's past, and for that we can all be thankful. The fact that an artist like Stapleton can fill the Spokane Arena is heartening to people, myself included, frustrated that much of the most popular country music on the radio and America's concert stages seems to be all beaches, beers and bros. In Stapleton, we actually have a massively popular act who is also a kickass songwriter and live performer who doesn't need a lot of bells and whistles to deliver a memorable show.

The Shivas put dark lyrics to bouncy melodies

The Shivas have a knack for blending sunny-sounding surf-rock with weird, off-putting lyrics, juxtaposing light and dark in a manner similar to the Beatles' "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" and Beck's "Girl."

Red Fang comes armed with heavy metal licks, but don't get melodramatic

Bryan Giles likes to have two complementary guitar riffs before showing an idea to his bandmates in the Portland-based hard-rock band Red Fang, because a standalone riff isn't all that useful for writing a song.

CONCERT REVIEW: John Fogerty's hit-filled show thrills at Northern Quest

Loud guitars, a steady diet of hit songs and one of the more distinct voices in American music history — the John Fogerty show at Northern Quest Resort & Casino Tuesday night delivered everything one could hope for from the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival leader and Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer. Accompanied by a crack band led by his guitar-playing son Shane and including a three-piece horn section, Fogerty hit the stage shortly before 8 pm decked out in a space-themed jacket and proceeded to crank through 25 songs over the course of nearly two hours.

Observatory co-owner says the downtown Spokane bar is closing

Bummer alert for fans of live music and fine whiskey: The Observatory is apparently closing its doors after a final two shows this weekend. Tyson Sicilia, one of the Howard Street spot's four co-owners, posted on his personal Facebook that the Observatory is closing "due to circumstances beyond my control," and he sang the praises of the bar's staff and customers.

Marty Stuart is the not-so-secret weapon of Chris Stapleton's All American Road Show

Chris Stapleton is the big name on the ticket for the All American Road Show, and for good reason.

John Fogerty is coming to town, so we're picking our favorite Creedence Clearwater Revival songs

It's one of the great party conversation starters amongst music nerds: What band is America's equivalent to the Beatles?

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