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UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 13, 2019

Static-X alternates between groovy and gritty at Knitting Factory

When industrial metal staples Static-X brought its signature “evil disco” sound to the Knitting Factory for the first time since 2012 on Thursday night, the Spokane audience refused to miss …


I’m dreaming of … the Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival

For the 14th consecutive year, the Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival will celebrate the cinema, songs and career of Tacoma-born and Spokane-reared entertainer Bing Crosby at the Bing Crosby Theater …


Hellyeah delivers heavy metal memorial for the late Vinnie Paul

Hellyeah’s performance at the Knitting Factory on Wednesday night featured all of the melodic brutality that established the Dallas-born thrashers as metal mainstays, but, beyond that, the show also was …


From Nespelem to Niagara Falls, James Pakootas of the Colville Confederated Tribes is a portrait of resilience

From being incarcerated in federal prison to taking center stage at the Native American Music Awards, James Pakootas of the Colville Confederated Tribes embodies the power of the human spirit. …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

‘The Nutcracker,’ with Spokane Symphony and State Street Ballet, offers holiday magic and delight at the Fox

The ballet “The Nutcracker” has become an annual holiday tradition for families and friends alike across the country, and the beautiful production, performed by the Spokane Symphony and Santa Barbara, …


Musical menagerie: Menzel, Ne-Yo, Chicago, Koz, Halford offer holiday standards and strong originals

It’s been a prolific season for holiday albums. The 17 titles covered in this column even omit a few 2019 releases, and there isn’t any deserving of lumps of coal, …


‘An Appalachian Christmas’ a holiday tradition for Mark O’Connor and audience

Growing up, acclaimed musician Mark O’Connor’s home was full of music during the holidays, a mix of Christmas songs, fiddling, bluegrass and Americana. Grammy-winning O’Connor remembered those being the best …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Broadway’s Leslie Odom Jr. shows off his songwriting skills

“Mr.,” with songwriting help from Rafael Casal, is a complex and fascinating collection of jazz, R&B and pop featuring a vocalist able to purr one moment and soar the next.


Static-X brings 20th anniversary celebration of ‘Wisconsin Death Trip’ to Spokane

Industrial metal standouts Static-X are bringing their pulsing catalog of techno-tinged aggression to the Knitting Factory on Thursday in the second leg of their world tour celebrating the 20th anniversary …


The Who plans 1st Cincinnati area concert since ’79 tragedy

The rock band The Who announced Tuesday night it will play its first Cincinnati area concert since 11 fans died 40 years ago in a pre-show stampede.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 1, 2019

It’s the most wonderful time at the Tenors’ ‘Wonder of Christmas’ at Bing Crosby Theater

Little Cindy Lou Who of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and the titular character of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” are both in search of the true meaning of …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 1, 2019

‘Cirque Dreams Holidaze’ offers holiday awe, spectacle and cheer

“Cirque Dreams Holidaze” brought holiday cheer to First Interstate Center for the Arts on Friday night, and the spectacle – part circus and part Broadway musical – also offered a …


Brad Paisley happy to be butt of jokes in variety special

Brad Paisley is perfectly comfortable being the butt of jokes in his new ABC variety special “Brad Paisley Thinks He’s Special.”


Her last dance: Chewelah’s Jessica Cochran, 15, is performing in her final ‘Nutcracker’ at the Fox

Jessica Cochran fell in love with ballet when she was 2 years old after she saw a ballet performance at the Chataqua festival in her hometown of Chewelah. She immediately …


Holiday harmonies: The Tenors are bringing their ‘Wonder of Christmas’ tour to Bing Crosby Theater

The Tenors – Canadian singers Victor Micallef, Clifton Murray and Fraser Walters – are bringing their “Wonder of Christmas” tour to the Bing Crosby Theater two days after Thanksgiving, and …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 26, 2019

‘I’ll miss you guys,’ Slayer frontman Tom Araya says in final concert at Spokane Arena

If Sunday night’s varied lineup of metal acts at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena was a competition of attrition, precision and intensity, it would only be apt that departing thrash metal …


Trans-Siberian Orchestra brings ‘Christmas Eve and Other Stories’ to Spokane Arena

For the last three years, rock orchestra Trans-Siberian Orchestra has delighted audiences with performances of “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve.” The story, first showcased in a 1999 made-for-TV movie, follows …


Ministry’s ‘AmeriKKKant,’ singer make views crystal clear on Trump, America

Al Jourgensen knew he could pull no punches when he decided that he’d make the new Ministry album a scathing assault on Donald J. Trump – and, by extension, the …


Art Garfunkel cancels rescheduled concert at Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox

Legendary and award-winning singer-songwriter Art Garfunkel has canceled his rescheduled performance at Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox on Jan. 16 due to scheduling conflicts.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 21, 2019

Spokane Symphony takes students on out-of-this-world voyage that melds art and science

As hundreds of Spokane-area students sat tight in their seats, the Spokane Symphony took them to Mars and Jupiter and the farthest reaches of their imaginations on Wednesday morning.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 17, 2019

Local astronaut Anne McClain, filmmaker José Franciso Salgado give Spokane Symphony audience a view of the stars

Anne McClain, Spokane native and visitor to the International Space Station, helped introduce films of the moon and planets this weekend to sold-out Spokane Symphony shows. McClain later spoke with …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 16, 2019

‘Music is a healing essence’: Spokane youth, women’s choirs celebrates togetherness at concert

Spokane Area Youth Choirs are for children ages 7 to 18 and provide singers training in vocal technique, musical theory and music history. The organization, founded in 1987, practices at …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 17, 2019

Quintessential Ray LaMontagne in sold-out concert at Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox

His soft-spoken, polite and fairly-often-repeated “thank you” was barely audible throughout the evening. “It’s nice to see you tonight – thank you for coming to see me” followed the first …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 17, 2019

Singer-songwriter Heather Mae has finally found her voice

Growing up in Virginia near Washington, D.C., in an area fueled by politics, Heather Mae had one goal: “I wanted to get out of the suburbs, move to a big …


‘It’s about inspiring people’: Astronomer spends months gathering visual elements for his films

The images are out of this world, but, for José Francisco Salgado, the music comes first. Salgado is an astronomer who creates films to accompany orchestral music. This weekend, he’ll …


Swift says AMAs performance in jeopardy over music dispute

Taylor Swift says she may not be performing at the American Music Awards because the men who own her old recordings won’t allow her to play her songs


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 14, 2019

All-inclusive choir Spectrum Singers gives everyone a voice

Spectrum Singers will present “Still Standing: Songs of Protest and Hope,” the first main performance of its second season, at Spokane Falls Community College on Saturday.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

After six years, the Bartlett says ‘Farewell’

Farewell to the Bartlett, on Friday, features Miles Martin, Bristol, Cate, Bandit Train, Scott Ryan, the Holy Broke, Jenny Anne Mannan, Cedar and Boyer, Chris Molitor, Bob Riggs, Windoe, Blake …


Ray LaMontagne is ‘Just Passing Through’ the Fox

Pretension, flash and lack of substance seem to be the calling card for so much of what passes for musical talent nowadays. If this is what you come to expect …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 5, 2019

Allen Stone announces March 23 concert at the Knitting Factory

Tickets are $25-$27 and on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through Ticketweb.