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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

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Entertainment venues in shake-up

A Club isn’t what it used to be. At the end of December the downtown music venue closed its doors suddenly, leaving an uncertain fate to shows booked there as far out as May.
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Jenelle’s debut CD heavy on hip-hop

Jenelle Uppman is not as hip-hop as her new album might suggest. The local R&B singer-songwriter sparked a buzz in the underground hip-hop scene when she linked up with Spokane producer Isaiah Moss, aka Mozez Beats.
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Marguerite puts her focus on quality instead of quantity

After settling into motherhood and refocusing her music, Kari Marguerite is taking a less-is-more approach into the new year. “Since I had my daughter, Lucy, it’s not that music is on the back burner, but when and if I can perform it has to be fun for me otherwise I don’t want to play for four hours,” she said. “That is taking time away from my family if I am not expressing my creativity and doing my own music.” Deciding between babysitting money and gig money has caused a shift in priorities for the bandleader of local jazz-pop powerhouse Kari Marguerite and the 76. And she’s resolved to the idea that sometimes the smaller show carries more weight.

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Word play with a beat

Bad Penmanship isn’t just about the words. From the very beginning, the local hip-hop collective has represented both the beats and rhymes side of hip-hop.
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Hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg hits town Wednesday

Snoop Dogg, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Snoop Lion, the Doggfather, or just plain Snoop. Regardless of the alias he adopts, or how ridiculous they may seem, Snoop remains arguably one of the coolest cats, err, dogs, err, lions ... whatever. It doesn’t matter if he is fighting a real-life murder trial or haunting hoods in cheesy horror flicks, Snoop is the guy you call when it’s time to resurrect 2Pac as a hologram.
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Shook Twins find new ways to excel

True story: Katelyn Shook was leaving a hockey game in Seattle when she spotted a man with a giant golden egg under his arm. She asked him about it. He replied that a woman gave it to him, made him sign it and swear to pass it on for the next recipient to do the same.
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Grouch & Eligh mix yuletide beats

Typically this time of year cues songs about a certain jolly fat man, jingling bells, and yuletide cheer. But for The Grouch, the winter season means it’s time to saddle up with his bag of goodies for his annual Christmas tour, spreading his message of peace, good will, and thumpin’ beats.
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Loch Lomond rocks Nyne on way to Europe

Loch Lomond epitomizes Northwest indie-rock for any long-bearded hipster or his equally ironic female counterpart. Every second of the Portland 11-piece band’s sprawling chamber-folk-pop oozes with the wooded character of the corner that spawned it.
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Be thankful for shows on Saturday

Reunions, collaborations, anniversaries, an album release party – this Saturday night is packed with live music highlights – and all of them are local. With this menagerie of Spokane favorites and familiars playing specials shows Saturday, there are plenty of opportunities to work off Thursday’s turkey and support local music in the same scoop.
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Beat Connection, Cursive land at A Club this week

A pair of esoteric indie bands are bringing equally obscure brands of pop to A Club this weekend. Tonight’s show with The Beat Connection leans more on dreamy ambience compared to the scathing grit of Sunday’s concert with Cursive.
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Plenty of must-sees on tap

Call it post-election stress, midterm madness, daylight savings syndrome, or full-blown football fever, but there are plenty of welcome reasons for the holiday weekend. Regardless of what ails you, if you’re looking for the cure in the form of live music, the town abounds with options over the weekend as well as throughout the week.
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EOTO in step ‘electrogranically’

A shared passion for improvisation first brought them togehter. Then they crossed paths as bandmates in String Cheese Incident. Now, Jason Hann and Michael Travis are carving out their own niche as “electrorganic” dubstep dance duo EOTO, interweaving improvised live instrumentation for a unique experience night after night in their nonstop tour schedule. In this Q&A-style interview, Hann talks about the challenges of playing music styled after electronic genres using organic instruments, playing it live versus recording it for an album, and the elusive allure of dubstep. IJ: How did you and Michael Travis first get together?
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Chewelah’s Stone shows world his soul

Since making his blip on the national radar recently, Chewelah’s own Allen Stone has been collecting major props around the country for his soul-dripping sound. He’s been praised by big-name media outlets and made appearances on the late-night TV circuit. Now Stone, the self-proclaimed “hippy with soul” is coming home to play a show at 8 tonight at The Knitting Factory Concert House.
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The Shop re-establishes itself as stage for live music

 Over the years, The Shop has been many things to the Perry Street Neighborhood: A beloved coffee house, outdoor movie theater, unlikely indie music venue, a center of neighborhood pride. Since new ownership has recently taken over, The Shop is reviving some of its former incarnations, giving it a re-beginning of sorts.
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This comic’s also a real stand-up guy

Funny man Brian Regan made his 25th appearance on David Letterman last month and he is readying the follow-up to his 2011 comedy album “All By Myself.” In this Q&A-style interview, Regan talks about dropping out of college to be a professional comedian, his commitment to clean humor and his knack for finding the ha ha in the ho hum of everyday life.
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Velella Velella, OCNotes headline fifth Terrain

In its five years of life, the Terrain indie-art extravaganza has assumed the role as Spokane tastemaker for breaking underground talent in obscure genres of both visual and aural realms. With its collaborative nature, Terrain organizers coined the term “Wonderground” for their loose collective of volunteer supporters, promoters, coordinators and artists.
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The Head and the Heart bring tour to The Knit

Nationwide viewers tuning into “Conan” on Monday night may have had their first intersection with The Head and the Heart. The Seattle indie-folk pop sextet performed their traditional concert closer, “Rivers and Roads,” a sonic sneak attack that begins as quiet as a church mouse before swelling into a roaring flood.
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Best of times

This year’s Spokane County Interstate Fair kicks off today. Aside from the carnival rides, farm displays, deep-fried goodies and demonstrations, there’s music. Plenty of music. The fair’s Grandstand Stage in the next week will host a number of favorite entertainers, including Huey Lewis and the News, Jake Owens, Blues Traveler and Wylie and the Wild West. On Thursday, the platinum-selling rock band Styx will take the stage.
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‘Buck’ starts here as Belt of Vapor revs up again

Spokane math-prog-rock favorite Belt of Vapor can hardly be accused of overexposure. While BoV has been a staple in the local scene for well over a decade, the trio has been known to fall below the radar from time to time, only to re-enter the atmosphere with another batch of face-melting rock ’n’ roll aggression.
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Anchored by drummer Jim McCarty, Yardbirds to play Pig Out on Saturday

Known for introducing rock ’n’ roll listeners around the world to the talents of English blues-based guitar gurus Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, the legendary Yardbirds’ pioneering take on experimental hard rockin’ blues has become a rock ’n’ roll institution. Nearly five decades later, The Yardbirds continue to hold up that tradition by touring with an augmented lineup, including a stop this weekend in Spokane. In this Q&A interview, the only original member in the current roster, drummer Jim McCarty, talks about keeping old songs fresh, keeping a band together for half a century, and touring with bandmates who are young enough to be his grandsons.
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Gleason Gras West, CdA Music Festival only add to the fun

While crowds will clamor around food booths and music stages in Riverfront Park for Pig Out in the Park, this Labor Day weekend offers extra helpings of festival feasts for the ears. In addition to Pig Out, a slew of local bands are coming together for the inaugural Coeur d’Alene Music Festival and Gleason Gras West, inspired by former professional football player and Spokane native Steve Gleason’s fight with a terminal disease.