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Picture Perfect Jazz Pianist Marian Mcpartland Headlines Another Great Week In The Palouse

Jazz great Lionel Hampton, whose name graces the event, held little back when he played last year at the University of Idaho Photo by Dan McComb/The Spokesman-Review

Trio Of New-Country Acts Fills Bill And Then Some

1. Little Texas has just released its third album in a short career.< 2. Tim McGraw

Songwriter Young At Hale’s

Steve Young

All-Ages Show At Nine Mile Features Young Talent

All-ages shows in the area seem to become increasingly rare, no doubt in part because of the lack of venues. There’ll be one, however, Saturday at the Nine Mile Community …

Plucky Cellists Are A Natural Duet Twin Brothers Sound Off About Youth, Music And Who’s The Boss

Gregory and Geoffrey Hershberger, 12, have a standing Saturday night gig playing cello duets at Starbucks Coffee on Spokane’s South Hill. Photo by Sandra Bancroft-Billings/The Spokesman-Review

Bettie Serveert Welcome Export Of Netherlands

The Netherlands are known for many things, but not rock ‘n’ roll bands. Few Dutch bands have cracked the American market. There was Focus in the ‘60s, Golden Earring in …

Superpops With Banu Gibson Sure To Be Spicy-Hot Good Time

Banu Gibson and her band, the New Orleans Hot Jazz, will play selections from George Gershwin and Irving Berlin.

Ex-Funk Buffalo Debuts With Good Effort As High Lonesome

In 1993, Spokane band Funk Buffalo was on the verge of becoming a huge band in this city. That summer, the band released its debut album, which sold well locally, …

Boyz Ii Men Top Winners In American Music Awards

Boyz II Men capitalized on all but one of their four nominations at the 22nd annual American Music Awards. Ace of Base, Michael Bolton and Reba McEntire received two trophies …

Dummies Are Not All That New

For the record, Crash Test Dummies’ leader Brad Roberts answers questions with more than a “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm.” But one query he can’t answer is how the Dummies, who …

British-Based Bands Getting More Air Time

The British are coming - again. After a year in which tracks by British-based bands were generally shunned by modern rock radio stations in favor of American grunge and neo-punk, …

Sweet Brandy She May Be Young, But Brandy Norwood’s Sophisticated Voice Is Taking Her Where Her Dreams Are Leading

Brandy Norwood played Denesha on the short-lived series, “Thea.”

Difficult Years Give ‘Balance’ To Van Halen’s Newest Effort

“Balance is the newest album from Van Halen, one of rock’s most successful acts. Photo by BPI

Label Will Offer Songs By Grammy Nominees

The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences is taking the unprecedented step of launching a record label, Grammy Recordings, to feature annual Grammy nominee compilations as well as Hall …

‘On Bended Knee’ Caps Billboard Chart

Chalk up yet another great chart week for the harmony quartet Boyz II Men, who now have spent the past month at No. 1 - and six weeks in total …

Brash Boyz The Philadelphia Foursome Boyz Ii Men Are Smooth Operators With Sweet Harmony And Savvy Hype

Boyz II Men have a high cuteness quotient that draws millions of young screaming fans across the world.

Hot Acid A Fresh, Cult-Club Fusion Of Jazz, Soul, Latin Percussion And Hip-Hop Is Getting A Global Following

It’s only 10 p.m. on a frigid Friday at the Mercury Lounge, a dimly lighted East Village club, and a 10-man acid jazz band called the Groove Collective is already …

Matthews Out Of The Bar, Onto World Stage

Steve Tarp remembers when Dave Matthews, a waiter at Miller’s Bar, climbed onto a small stage in the dark-paneled tavern with three jazz musicians and a bassist and tried to …

Good And Slow Stevie Wonder Is In No Hurry When It Comes To Music

Stevie Wonder’s latest album, “Conversation Peace,” is due out next month. BPI

37th Annual Grammy Nominations

Following is a list of some of the 37th annual Grammy nominations announced Thursday. Spokane’s Thomas Hampson is one of the nominees, in the Classical Album category: Record of the …

Provocative Sprocket Toad The Wet Sprocket Jumps At Chance To Spoof Commercialism Of Music Industry And Thumb Nose At Mtv

From left, Todd Nichols, Randy Guss, Dean Dinning and Glen Phillips of Toad the West Sprocket.