Garrin Hertel can be pretty persuasive. When the Spokane musician was chatting up vocalist-multi-instrumentalist Olivia Brownlee about philosophy and pop culture during a phone chat in 2017, Hertel asked an innocent question that changed her life.
When I signed on with The Spokesman-Review in March, my timing was impeccable. It was just a week before the novel coronavirus changed everything. What an unusual way to become acquainted with a city that basically shuttered shortly after I arrived.
Lollapalooza 2020 is one of the many mega music festivals that canceled ticket sales this year due to the novel coronavirus. However, the show, which was slated for this weekend, will go on, albeit in a virtual manner.
The lack of footage showcasing the talent of jazz star Mildred Bailey is probably the reason the former Spokane resident isn't as well-known as her iconic contemporaries Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald.
"1,000 Hands" is an appropriate title for Jon Anderson's solo album, which drops Friday. The former Yes vocalist was joined by an array of virtuosos on this Flying Dutchman of a project, which started in 1990.
I'm all for the experts enabling youngsters to reach their full potential. Both of my sons hit with Mike Trout's head club coach, who advised the greatest player in baseball from ages 15-17. His views have been invaluable.
Bush frontman and singer-songwriter Gavin Rossdale is at his best with the moving ballad "Undone," which is full of reflection and candor, on the band's new album "The Kingdom." "Undone" would not have been written by Rossdale a generation ago.
Friends have always asked why I have allowed my children to be part of travel baseball and ice hockey teams. Since my sons were 6 years old, we've hit the road for games as close as a half-hour away and as far as tournaments that required travel.
The turbulence of the Vietnam War inspired some of the greatest protest songs in rock history and some exceptional films. The fallout of 9/11 moved recording artists to create deep and personal material.
A decade ago Kansas guitarist Rich Williams declared that his long of tooth band would never release another album. "What's the point," Williams asked during an interview. Williams response was understandable.
While revisiting "The Sopranos," it's evident that mobster Tony Soprano and his complicit wife, Carmela Soprano, are surprisingly relatable parents. Tony was portrayed by the late remarkable actor James Gandolfini.
Garrin Hertel's mind played a surprising trick on the versatile musician in March. The strange combination of vanilla and ash was the aroma registered in Hertel's brain when he placed a mask on his face.
Gary Louris isn't George Martin. The under-heralded singer-songwriter, who has done most of the heavy lifting for the Jayhawks since his former collaborator, Mark Olson, left the band in 1995 after a run from 2008 to 2014, decided to be a musical socialist.
Some memories are indelible. After clearing the bases with a walk-off double during a little league baseball playoff game a generation or so ago, I was mobbed by teammates. I have a vague memory of caps tossed into the air and jubilant hugs.
Bob Dylan is the Ted Williams of music. After Williams capped his unparalleled career with a home run in his final at-bat 60 years ago, the “Splendid Splinter” refused to acknowledge the scant home crowd of Red Sox fans at Boston’s Fenway Park.
After a spin of “Checkmate,” the initial single from Lamb of God’s eponymous album, it’s evident what inspired vocalist-lyricist Randy Blythe. “Divide and conquer and close them in and bury secrets deep / Make America hate again and bleed the sheep to sleep.”
Social media and trends fail to affect Will Toledo. When a myriad of recording artists decided to bump back releases of their projects due to the novel coronavirus, the leader of Car Seat Headrest decided to drop the alt-rock band’s latest album, “Making a Door Less Open,” as scheduled in May.
Stephan Pastis has an enviable type of attention deficit disorder. The creator of the cartoon strip “Pearls Before Swine” and the author of the children’s book series “Timmy Failure” is creatively restless.