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  • Slammin’ by day, jammin’ by night

    Whether you’re a player or a spectator, you might be engaged with a certain three-on-three basketball tournament taking over the streets of downtown Spokane this weekend. But the action doesn’t …


  • Slightly Stoopid? Try slightly brilliant

    On the surface, it might be tempting to dismiss Slightly Stoopid as just another pot-praising jam band. But the Southern California sextet’s credibility extends far beyond bud, bongs and blunts.


  • Tom Petty moves ahead with ‘Mojo’

    No one could blame Tom Petty for feeling a little entitled. After all, most rock stars who have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, played the …


  • A mix of sounds on tap in Browne’s

    Now in its sixth year, Elkfest has become an ArtFest weekend institution. Highlighted by a slew of regional and local bands, the three-day Browne’s Addition block party is expected to …


  • With so much to choose from at Sasquatch, you’re sure to uncover a favorite or two

    It’s safe to say that most of the 20,000 or so folks heading to the Gorge this holiday weekend already know the deal on U.K. trip-hop lords Massive Attack, Kentucky …


  • The wide world of Blitzen Trapper

    Much of the album was birthed while the band was holed up in a Portland producer’s attic studio. But as the title suggests, Blitzen Trapper’s new “Destroyer of the Void” …


  • Youths vie for top spots at Musicfest Northwest

    Here are more results from the annual Musicfest Northwest competition for young performers (CM denotes Certificate of Merit). May 13


  • Talent shines at Musicfest Northwest

    Here are more results from the annual Musicfest Northwest competition for young performers (CM denotes Certificate of Merit). May 10 (additions)


  • Local Natives bring the groove to Empyrean

    Local is the word of the week at Empyrean Coffee House. While this weekend’s shows feature some of Spokane’s buzziest bands, Empyrean is sure to draw a crowd on Tuesday …


  • Musical journey to Paris

    Loving Paris in the springtime is easy, but getting to Paris is another matter. The Spokane Symphony offers its solution: Make the trip by way of music.


  • Get your act together for Street Music Week

    In a positively shocking flash of municipal efficiency, the mayor’s office this week e-mailed me a draft of my eighth annual Spokane Street Music proclamation, even though … A. I …


  • Musicfest showcases young talent

    Here are last Tuesday’s results from the annual Musicfest Northwest competition for young performers (CM denotes Certificate of Merit): Ballet Division


  • Youths give noteworthy performances

    Here are May 9-10 results from the annual Musicfest Northwest competition for young performers (CM denotes Certificate of Merit): Sunday


  • Knitting Factory offers eclectic mix

    A white-clad dance party, dark metal mosh pits, politically powered folk songs, headbanging hard-rock anthems and juggalo hip-hop hysteria. That’s what’s on the menu of music being served up at …


  • Young Dubliners set to rock KYRS benefit

    After taking a brief detour to pay homage to the masters of Irish music, the Young Dubliners are back in cruise control with their own brand of driving Celtic rock …


  • Seattle’s Matassa joins Spokane Jazz Orchestra for finale

    When jazz fans debate the question, “Who’s the Northwest’s best jazz singer?” the name Greta Matassa always emerges near the top of the list. Earshot, the Seattle jazz magazine, has …


  • Natalie Cole arrives for Spokane Symphony show with stories, unmistakable voice

    When Natalie Cole was a child, she absorbed the Great American Songbook through her pores. “People like Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and some of the writers, like Sammy Cahn, …


  • Wild week in store at the Knit

    Arena-rock reggae, hardcore pop-punk, spiritual gangsta rap, political Christian folk, “gross pop.” It’s all happening over the coming week at the Knitting Factory, 919 W. Sprague Ave. Tickets are available …


  • Cowboy acts, Spokane Symphony team up

    Wylie Gustafson & the Wild West is one of the nation’s top cowboy music acts, as seen on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” Paul Zarzyski is one of the top …


  • Rachleff will lead weekend concerts

    Larry Rachleff watched Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts on television when he was growing up. As an adult, he has followed Bernstein’s model into conducting and education.


  • Enjoy sights, sounds of ‘New Originals’

    Leave it to Patrick Kendrick to throw an art show coupled with live music in a boxing ring. “New Originals: Collections, Champs, Champagne” is not your typical First Friday fare, …


  • Minimal to the max

    Philip Glass’ music first began to be heard in New York in the 1960s and was dismissed by the musical establishment as the work of a technically deficient, hippie interloper. …


  • Young soars with Owl City

    Synthpop sensation Adam Young has taken his music from his basement in the middle-of-nowhere America around the world at digital speed. With his Owl City music project, Young found a …


  • Pianist Edstrom might even pull some strings

    Brent Edstrom is a nationally known jazz piano master. He has arranged music for the likes of Freda Payne and Dee Daniels. He’s shared the stage with such artists as …


  • Review: ‘Pagliacci’ a splendid opera anniversary gift

    Spokane Opera celebrated its silver anniversary with a vibrant, steamy production of Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” Friday at The Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. There were those in Friday’s audience, this …


  • A final chapter for Johnny Cash

    Producer Rick Rubin took up a seat on a sofa on the patio of his expansive Malibu home overlooking the Pacific, emanating both gravity and joy while discussing his extraordinary …


  • Jimi Hendrix keepers turn back clock

    The keepers of Jimi Hendrix’s flame are calling the new album of long-buried recordings by the proto-rock guitar hero “Valleys of Neptune.” The obvious explanation is that it’s the title …


  • Knitting together a mix of rock, hip-hop, reggae

    Over the course of the next week, the Knitting Factory Concert House will be soaked in the sunny hip-hop blues of G Love, tanned with the tropical island grooves of …


  • From Russia with Lisitsa

    Valentina Lisitsa showed musical talent early, but she wanted to be a professional chess player. Music won out. Lisitsa will join the Spokane Symphony and conductor Eckart Preu this weekend …


  • Sure to swing

    Wednesday Young lions take the spotlight in a relatively intimate setting in the University of Idaho’s SUB Ballroom:

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