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Wednesday, January 23, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Singer gives of herself through songs

Perched on a stool, Cheryl Branz strums her guitar, clearly meeting the notes in song. Her original songs easily touch the nerves of her audience as she sings about the …


Classic Russian

The Russians will invade The Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox this weekend when the Spokane Symphony performs a program of music by Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Stravinsky. Eckart Preu will …


Rock of aged

So there I was a couple of weeks ago, sitting in the office of my editor, when something on his desk caught my eye. It was an ad for the …


Beautiful music

The first concert in Allegro’s Historic Homes Series won’t be in a historic home, but in a historic church. The opener of Allegro, Baroque and Beyond’s 40th year will take …


Gospel, according to Bill

Everybody knows who can fill an arena: Elton John, Rod Stewart and … Bill Gaither? No doubt about it, gospel legend Gaither is one of America’s top arena attractions, sometimes …


Wilco show taps body of work

For the first 30 minutes of their concert at the INB Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Wilco barely made eye contact with the audience. We might as well have been …


Tony’s turn

Frank Sinatra called Tony Bennett “the best saloon singer in the world.” Bing Crosby called Bennett “the best singer I ever heard.” Frank and Bing are part of the Fox …


Feel the beat

Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band, guest artists for the Spokane Symphony SuperPops concert on Saturday, are widely considered one of the most popular Latin jazz bands in the …


New Spokane film draws plenty of gold

North by Northwest’s new movie, “The Golden Door,” set to film this month in Spokane, may sport a few recognizable faces. According to the Hollywood Reporter, it will star Rachael …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 3, 2017, 3:40 p.m.

Happy to be an Estefan, Gloria’s daughter charts own path

Emily Estefan was so self-conscious about being the daughter of Cuban-born superstar Gloria Estefan that she avoided singing in front of anyone until she was 18. Then, one winter night …


Pearl Jam Working On New Album

Pearl Jam is halfway through recording a new album and will appear in Los Angeles early next year. Guitarist Stone Gossard also said fans can expect a live album in …


Hard Guitar Music Dropping Down In Billboard’s Top 200

Rock isn’t dead, it’s just wheezing on life support. For proof, check the trends on Billboard’s Top 200. The highest-charting hard guitar band lands all the way down at No. …


Best Of The Worst Just Because An Album Is Considered A Classic, That Doesn’t Necessarily Mean Its Any Good

What are the greatest albums of the rock era? Rolling Stone attempted to answer that question recently, with the Rolling Stone 200 - “a definitive list of the essential CDs …


‘Hourglass’ Singer James Taylor’s New Album - His First In Five Years - Offers A Variety Of Styles

Singer-songwriter James Taylor says his new album, “Hourglass,” is “like a sampler of all those different styles that I’m interested in.” Photo by Associated Press


Hendrix Album To Be Released

MCA Records has entered into a long-term agreement with the estate of Jimi Hendrix and will release the legendary “First Rays of the New Rising Sun” album, the last disc …


R.E.M. Lands $80 Million Deal

What’s the frequency, Kenneth? How’s $80 million sound? That’s the much-speculated-about bottom line on R.E.M.’s new long-playing contract with Warner Bros. Records, announced over the weekend.


Fugees Making A Euro-Killing

The Fugees’ remake of “Killing Me Softly With His Song” debuted at No. 1 on the German charts - the first time a single has done that in more than …


Morissette’s ‘Pill’ Blows By Blowfish

Hootie and the Blowfish have officially lost their status as the biggest new act of the ‘90s. According to Soundscan, Blowfish’s album “Cracked Rear View” has sold 9.03 million copies …


Pearl Jam’s Bassist Ament Gets Mystical

Pearl Jam has sold millions of records - and will release another in September - but meanwhile, bassist Jeff Ament is off with an intriguing, meditative side band called Three …


Fiddling Keeps Senior Stepping Lively Grandma Fulfills Dream Of Waltzes, Polkas, Hoedowns

Fun wins hands down. Waneita Rees, 80, and guitarist friend Betty Rawson celebrate their passion for music by entering fiddle contests around the region and playing in local nursing homes. …


Ya Just Hafta Love Metallica For Lollapalooza

Metallica may present an alternative audience with a bona fide alternative.


‘Voodoo’ Makes Cd Magic

Voodoo doo-doo. Some critics, professional and otherwise, expressed that pungent opinion about the Rolling Stones’ most recent compact disc, “Voodoo Lounge.” Not their most potent collection of compositions.


Jayhawks Band Dissolves

After years as critical darlings and commercial also-rans, the Jayhawks are no more. Mark Olson, co-founder and singer/guitarist of the band, has left to pursue other songwriting options. The Jayhawks’ …


November Releases Heavy With Familiar Names

Bonnie Raitt’s “Road Tested” album, due out this week,is her first-ever concert recording. Photo by Ken Settle


Schuller Threatens To Leave Sandpoint Dissonance Behind ‘Stop Your Bickering,’ Says Maestro, ‘Or I’M Outta Here’

Gunther Schuller


Too Much, Yet Too Little

“Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness” Smashing Pumpkins (Virgin) Ambition has largely gotten a bum rap in rock ‘n’ roll. In other art forms, it’s considered a sign of maturity …


Heart Getting Back To Quieter Sounds

The Seattle band Heart had been written off as a prime example of 1980s excess, marked by synthesized banks of sound and arrangements that got bigger by the second. But …


Battle Of Britain An Intense Rivalry Between Nirvana-Styled British Bands Oasis And Blur Is Spilling Over Onto U.S. Soil

Oasis, above, is locked in a feud with Blur for the hearts and minds of Englishmen, and now, Americans.


Gathering In Harmony Men Find A Common Voice In Singing Competition

The music men. Jerry Potter, Bruce Vondergeest and Lorne Downton of the Mount Baker Toppers get in their last-minute practice before performing at the Evergreen District barbarshop quartet and chorus …