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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Don't Overthink It

Learning to simplify with the Life and Times
Since the very early 1990s, Allen Epley has been working hard at being a working musician: writing and recording songs, releasing singles and albums, developing sets, playing shows, driving between shows, selling T-shirts and so on. For a decade or so, Epley did all this as part of the Kansas City band Shiner, whose blend of churning guitars, restless arrangements and memorable melodies was strong enough to get the band caught up in a post-Nirvana wave of post-punk and emo.

Live and Large

A few things to know about Lyle Lovett, who returns to the Inland Northwest with his Large Band in tow
Lyle Lovett says he aims to be the worst musician in his band, though that might not be such a challenge when you've got 13 virtuoso players backing you up. It's all about collaboration for the Texas singer-songwriter, and he's determined to give each member of his so-called Large Band an individual moment to shine.

Righteous Path

The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers offeran exciting update to classic sounds
Jeremy Horton's path toward gospel music didn't start with a few faith-filled steps inside a Baptist church, inspired by a badass choir delivering soulful sounds in praise of the Almighty. It started, rather, while slogging through a shift at his desk-jockey day job.

California Dreaming

Surfy Seattle quartet La Luz moved to L.A., and the change of scenery rubbed off on their latest batch of songs
A lot has happened since La Luz released their most recent full-length album, 2015's Weirdo Shrine. They pulled up their roots in Seattle and set them down again in Los Angeles, and finished recording their third album at the end of last year.

Alt-Rock Showdown

Two '90s radio favorites hit the Arena; we explore their respective merits
Who's better: Counting Crows or Matchbox Twenty? A ridiculous subject for debate, to be sure, but it's one that came up in the Inlander offices upon the announcement that both bands would be co-headlining a tour heading to the Arena.

Road Warrior

On his new album Itinerant Arias, songwriter Christopher Paul Stelling documents his life as a touring musician
Christopher Paul Stelling is a musical nomad, and a busy one, too. The singer-songwriter estimates that in the year leading up to the May release of his newest album, Itinerant Arias, he played something like 280 shows.

Double Header

Northern Quest's outdoor concerts bring Sammy Hagar, Sublime with Rome
Sammy's Circular Career It's a little mind-boggling to consider all the musical styles and trends that have come and gone since singer/guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar first hit the national scene in the early '70s.


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