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  • Helio Sequence’s latest album shines with critics

    When the lead singer and chief songwriter for the Helio Sequence lost his voice mid-tour, Brandon Summers feared it was the end of his career. During the several months that …


  • Horton Heat shows more groove, a little less rude

    The Reverend Horton Heat is, of course, just a stage name for the band. Bandleader Jim Heath certainly ain’t no saint. “Reverend Horton” was just a nickname from the club …


  • Emerson Drive’s road hardly easy

    Emerson Drive is named after a remote highway in Alberta, and this country band has certainly followed a twisting road over its career. In 2004, the last time Emerson Drive …


  • 19th Manito Mozart concert takes French twist

    Spokane’s Connoisseur Concerts has created a tradition with music by two composers: in the winter with J.S. Bach, and in the summer with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In January, Connoisseur Concerts …


  • Raising a glass to Pink Martini

    Pink Martini was considered a quirky and somewhat mysterious Portland cult act when it first arrived in Spokane in 1998. Back then, most Spokane Symphony SuperPops subscribers had no idea …


  • BOBfest expands range of genres

    In previous BOBfest competitions, it was simple: You could tell the punk bands from the metal bands based on their names. That’s still true to a certain extent. Between Ekson …


  • R.I.S.E.’s global cause

    After touring for a full year to record their new album, R.I.S.E. sisters Leah and Chloe Smith took a four-month hiatus to study and teach yoga and volunteer with impoverished …


  • At a glance: Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women

    What: Farewell tour by female trio, presented by KPBX-FM. When/where: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Bing Crosby Theater, 901 W. Sprague; Wednesday, Panida Theater, 300 N. 1st Ave., Sandpoint


  • A symphony of suds, films

    Want to combine symphonic music and beer? Here’s the drill: • Show up at the Maestro’s Brew Party tent in the parking lot of the Martin Woldson Theater at the …


  • Elkfest 5 looks like a 10

    Now in its fifth year, ElkFest has become a regional indie-rock institution smack in the heart of Browne’s Addition. Adjacent to the massive ArtFest visual arts fair in Coeur d’Alene …


  • Mozart’s ‘Jupiter’ tops bill

    If you are familiar with only one Mozart symphony, chances are it’s Symphony No. 41, “The Jupiter.” Maybe you’ve heard parts of it in Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall.” Or maybe …


  • Sasquatch tries on Pants

    James Pants has seen the world, but his favorite place is home. The Spokane DJ and R&B experimentalist has toured Europe five times. He just finished his first extended headlining …


  • Splendor of Shen Yun

    The organizers are calling Shen Yun Performing Arts the “largest Chinese performing arts event ever in Spokane.” It’s hard to argue that. This giant touring show has: • 60 dancers, …


  • Symphony serves up a collection of family favorites

    Disney has created many memorable images: The lion king with his cub, Aladdin with his lamp, beauty with her beast. Yet tonight, we’ll be reminded that Disney has also provided …


  • Practical joking country-pop star Taylor Swift sells out Spokane Arena

    Between selling out tours in a flash, doing back-to-back-to-back press interviews, and Tweeting, MySpacing and Facebooking seemingly every detail in between, it’s all the country-pop sensation Taylor Swift can do …


  • If it’s spring, it’s Celtic season

    The Celts have a lock on the world music genre. Seven of the Top 10 albums in 2008’s Billboard World Albums chart had the word “Celtic” somewhere in evidence. Standing …


  • Spokane Jazz finale presents five ‘divas’

    The Spokane Jazz Orchestra’s final concert of the season features five jazz “divas,” all of them well-known in the Inland Northwest: • Ann Fennessy – One of the region’s most …


  • No. 9 remains No. 1

    When the words “Beethoven’s Ninth” are spoken, everyone knows it means Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 – not his ninth string quartet or ninth piano sonata. There are good …


  • Knitting Factory loads up on alt-music, metal

    Alt-rock, alt-country, indie, metal and more metal are the flavors coming through the Knitting Factory in a packed weekend of concerts. Here’s the deal on who’s coming and what’s happening …


  • Symphony solves Mozart puzzle

    Classical concertgoers nowadays know their Mozart. Most people think of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as the greatest composer of 18th-century classicism. Some consider him the greatest composer of any period.


  • Event unites classical music, aerial tricks of Cirque de Soleil

    Cirque de la Symphonie combines two venerable European traditions: classical music and the circus. Or, should we say, the cirque. This Spokane Symphony SuperPops concert features high-flying performers more in …


  • Focused creatively

    When the drummer for Death Cab for Cutie was building his Two Sticks music studio, he had one thing in mind: recording the band’s new album. That, and all the …


  • Polishing up for Polish works

    Poland might as well be Pluto for most American concertgoers. Certainly, classical audiences here know the music of Chopin and maybe one or two of the violin concertos of Wieniawski. …


  • Underwood wins ACM entertainer of the year

    LAS VEGAS – Carrie Underwood captured the entertainer of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards, the first female act to win the honor since the Dixie Chicks …


  • Oft-neglected works get fine treatment at symphony

    The Spokane Symphony and conductor Eckart Preu treated their audiences this weekend by contrasting two unfamiliar works with one that is a staple of the concerto repertoire. Preu began the …


  • Trio’s a charm for Weilerstein

    Alisa Weilerstein wasn’t born playing the cello. But it didn’t take long for her to start; she was 4 when she began lessons. Still, she did not play Antonin Dvorak’s …


  • Knitting Factory plans variety in coming weeks

    The Knitting Factory Concert House is stitching together a colorful patchwork of shows over the coming week, covering a wide spectrum of genres including metal, rock, post-hardcore, indie, pop, Americana, …


  • Symphony celebrates Mancini

    Most people would say Frank Sinatra or the Beatles created the soundtrack of the 1960s. However, you can make an excellent case for Enrico Nicola Mancini, better known as Henry …


  • Band shows dramatic flair

    After Colin Meloy and his band, the Decemberists, completed the first performance of their new 17-song “folk opera” – “The Hazards of Love” – his encore of “I Was Meant …


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