Sticking With It

Sticking With It

New Jersey trio Screaming Females are committed to long-term personal relationships and capturing musical honesty on tape
Screaming Females have been playing together for more than a decade, and they've never settled into a traditional album-and-tour cycle. Most bands of their stature crank out an LP every couple of years, then hit the road after each one.

Even Flow

Seattle rapper Grieves, known for his emotionally blistering verses, gets refreshingly light on his latest album
Grieves has always used music to talk about what's happening in his life. After tackling dark subject matter like addiction, heartbreak and living in poverty on his third and fourth records — Together/Apart (2011) and Winter & the Wolves (2014) — Grieves was typecast as an emo rapper.

Once More with Feeling

Palehound brings its fuzzily intimate indie rock to Spokane
The centerpiece of Palehound's excellent new album A Place I'll Always Go feels almost hidden. It's an outro, really — the final 33 seconds of a song called "If You Met Her" that runs nearly four minutes in total.

Supreme Court Justice

Asian-American rock band the Slants became unsuspecting First Amendment advocates, and they rock, too
The Slants might be the only active band that's as well known within legal circles as it is amongst pop-punk die-hards. Earlier this year, the Portland dance-rock quartet were on the winning side of a landmark Supreme Court case, which was put into motion when Slants founder and bassist Simon Tam was denied a trademark for his band's name.

Hitting Her Stride

Grammy-winning songwriter Sarah Jarosz has a musical ear well beyond her 26 years
Sarah Jarosz has already had a lot of career highlights, starting as a pre-adolescent bluegrass prodigy, landing a record deal when she was still in high school and evolving into a daring multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who collaborates with some of the biggest names in acoustic music circles. Even with critical accolades and the respect of her musician peers, there was no denying the excitement she felt at this year's Grammy Awards, where she took home the trophy for Best Folk Album for her 2016 release Undercurrent.

Getting Back to Basics

Heartworms is a welcome return to the Shins' quirky early sound
T here's a stretch of songs on Heartworms — the Shins' fifth album, released in March — that sounds and feels very much descended from the band's 2001 debut album, Oh, Inverted World.

Musical Pictures

Explosions in the Sky make instrumental post-rock with powerful, cinematic imagery
I was trekking across the sunbaked grounds of the 2009 Sasquatch! Music Festival, looking for a friend I'd lost in the crowd, when I was distracted by a big, spacey sound emanating from one of the smaller stages — lots of delicate guitar jangling, a little bass and the raw power of pounding drums, but no singing.

Alone, But Not Lonely

A friend's suicide inspired Spokane rapper Jango's uplifting message that a solitary life can also be a happy one
Few 21-year-olds are as enterprising as Elijah Kilborn. The Spokane rapper, better known by his stage name Jango, is sitting in a booth at Chicken-N-More on a sleepy Friday afternoon.

Still Buzzing

UK pop-punk pioneers the Vibrators play Spokane again, likely for the last time
They say it's their final U.S. tour, and as they've been on the road — in one form or another — for more than 40 years, you tend to believe them. For that reason alone, the Vibrators' upcoming (and presumably last) Spokane show shouldn't be missed.

Spokane Rock City

Photographer Erick Doxey trains his eye on Tinnabulation Music Festival's first year
The inaugural Tinnabulation Music Festival took over Riverfront Park this past weekend — at least the part of the park not currently under reconstruction — giving ticket holders the chance to see what a big-time festival looks like in the heart of the Lilac City. Upon entry, music lovers found themselves strolling across bridges and alongside the river to four stages featuring more than 50 bands, ranging from local favorites like Summer in Siberia and Jango to headliners like the John Butler Trio and OK Go.

Bass Master

One of the busiest session musicians in the game, Thundercat has developed into an eccentric, unpredictable artist in his own right
Thundercat's fretwork can seem like an illusion. Between fingering full chords on his monstrous six-string bass and singing in a delicate, soulful falsetto, he'll throw in licks so quick and fluid, they look like they're being played in fast-forward.

Pumped Up Kicks

Since scoring a surprise radio hit in 2011, Foster the People continue to explore the dark side of pop on their third album
Back in the summer of 2011, it seemed like "Pumped Up Kicks" was always playing somewhere. The song, recorded by the Los Angeles band Foster the People, appeared to come out of nowhere, and it was both maddeningly catchy and seemingly inescapable.

Soundtracking Your Feast

From rock to blues to hip-hop, these Pig Out in the Park headliners are the choicest cuts
Too Slim and the Taildraggers Thursday at 8:30 pm, Lilac Stage

All the Wrong Reasons

Sure, Nickelback's not everyone's cup of tea. But are they really the worst band in the world?
Everyone hates Nickelback. It's a truth universally acknowledged, one of the great uniting opinions in all of popular culture.

Reaping Riffs

With nods to Van Halen and Thin Lizzy, Louisville's White Reaper (jokingly) christen themselves America's best rock band
White Reaper's arena-rock star panache wasn't necessarily intended as a method of self-actualizing — or at least practiced out on a tour that sees them gracing main stages at festivals like Lollapalooza. "Loud music is a pretty surefire way to get somebody amped up," vocalist and guitarist Tony Esposito says of the band's much-talked-about live performances.

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