Hello, fellow partiers. Let us all revel in the summer heat and become as nocturnal as our jobs will allow. See you down by the river with a 40 of OE. Or choose your own path and click here to search our entire events calendar.
Trivia is back at the Badlander! Prepare for Jugs McGee to slaughter. (Actually, every time I say that, we lose horribly.)
Tuesday trivia has long been dominated by Sean Kelly's, but KBGA is now hosting a trivia night at the VFW. This week featuring all-American factoids. I think it starts around 7.
Old Crow Medicine Show plays the Wilma. This show has been sold out for weeks. I'm guessing the afterpartying will be at the Top Hat.
Um, hi, it is mu'fuggin Independence Day. Eat pancakes. Host a barbecue. March against the status quo with Occupy Missoula. Protest government intrusion of privacy. Drink beer. Eat ice cream. Eat nondairy ice cream. Drink more beer. Watch fireworks. Listen to dubstep. All are equally American-type things to do.
It's First Friday! Don't overdo it with the wine and crackers, 'cause later rad bands play Sean Kellys and the Top Hat (free shows) and VFW (like $5, I think.) The VFW show includes some Portland rock bands, our own Shramana and brand-spanking-new band The Hounds (members of Rooster Sauce and Tidal Horn.)
The fun continues when Wartime Blues, who you may remember as being an excellent Americana-type band, plays a one-off reunion at Stage 112 with Travis Sehorn and Butter.
If you aren't just plum rocked out by now, The Stone Foxes play Stage 112.
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All right, party people. Let's get crackin' this week. I, Calapatra, your Calendar Mistress and Generally Bossy Person, have some suggestions for your entertainment! Or choose your own path and click here to search our entire events calendar.
Calapatra just received word via the BookFace that trivia night at the Badlander is canceled, which means Jugs McGee is going to have to find something else to do this evening. (Yes, I have a lot of aliases.) There's Caddyshack at the free movie night at the Top Hat at 8 PM, or if you feel like spending some dough and probably staying out too late on a Monday, The Cave Singers play the Badlander. MewithoutYou is playing the Palace, too.
I just might opt to see a movie tonight, using this handy dandy movie listings thing that magically appears while I eat bon bons in the office. There's any number of brain-cell-killing blockbusters in theaters right now, plus Strange Brew is showing at the Wilma as a special fundraiser for Big Medicine Brewing Company.
I'm feeling a bit protective of Leonard Cohen after this write-up, but you can still check out James McMurtry at Stage 112 if you feel so inclined. I'm willing to bet that "Lonesome Dove" references irritate the bejeebus out of him.
Considering that I can barely even change a flat on my bike tire, I'm interested in this Sierra Club survival course that starts at 6 PM.
And then, I'll use those survival skills to stay alive at the sure-to-be-gnarly metal show with He Whose Ox Is Gored at the VFW.
Look, I feel weird about mimes, too, but pantomime can actually be pretty fun to watch. World-famous mime Bill Bowers, who's originally from Missoula, performs at the Missoula Children's Theatre tonight. Bring or borrow a small child who isn't as cynical as you.
Also, holy shite! The Bitterroot RenFair starts this day!
Local filmmaker, former Indy staffer and sweater-wearing fellow Andy Smetanka celebrates the progress of his silhouette-animated documentary about World War I with a par-tay at the Stensrud. Some Best Westerns will be there, in disguise as Death Moth.
Daytime funtime: It's MADE Fair!!
The one and only Barenaked Ladies, along with our editor's favorite band, Guster, play the Big Sky Amphitheater tonight. Tickets are something like $50 though, so music fans might also want to check out Seattle indie darlings Ivan and Alyosha, playing Stage 112 tonight.
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Time to party.
"Looking for a better way to get up out of bed. Instead of getting on the Internet and checking a new hit.
We get up, fresh out, pimp strut walking. Little bit of humble, little bit of cautious."
Thrift shop boys and hip-hoppers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are coming to the Adams Center October 24. Tickets go on sale Fri., June 28, at 10 a.m. at griztix.
The Avett Brothers have a pretty good sense of humor, because what serious band names its album Emotionalism? The homegrown folk and pop rock trio will play the Adams Center Oct. 20, and advance tickets go on sale Sat., June 29, at 10 AM at griztix.com for between $29.50 and $37.50.
The band is touring for the release of its new album with the more subdued title The Carpenter, which was produced by Rick Rubin.
Missoula's mid-summer (August 15-17) independent music blowout, Total Fest has gotten through most of its announcements for Total Fest XII. The most recent news is an announcement that Salt Lake City's (defunct) Vile Blue Shades will reunite for a Total Fest performance. Writing about the Vile Blue Shades is as nearly a fruitless endeavor as you're really probably ever likely to get yourself into. Here's why: You either come across like an absolute dipshit in trying to explain their uh, oeuvre or you risk overstating what makes them so damn unique, weird and awesome and kind of ruin the fact that they're kind of our special secret in the Northern Rockies.That's the dilemma I'm staring down, okay?
It would pay more (not that you ever invoice me. guilt trip!) and give you more room to gripe. More room to gripe!
So now that you know that, here goes: Back in 2007 Total Fest was a mere toddler. Not quite in kindy-garten yet. Toilet trained, sure, but wet behind the ears and all that. Missoula lacked spots to hold big underground deals with lots of weirdos. Jay's had closed. We'd pissed off the neighbors and had the cops show up at the Legion. Weren't a great fit with the Other Side...
So, we were in desperate need of a location that wouldn't come with all the goddamn hassle. And we found it in the Missoula County Fairgrounds, smack to the east of Malfunction Junction. The Llama Barn, to be exact. We didn't get hassled by neighbors that year, but the price of renting the place was too high, and we had to carry our own event insurance, so when it came to dividing what we'd earned from passes bands should've gotten paid a lot more than we ended up paying 'em. Coulda-woulda-shoulda in retrospect, lots of things to have done differently, but those are the main facts. That we're still friends with most of the people that played that year I think is a testament to what makes Total Fest a unique deal. Local bands played for free so we could pay out of towners something. We've come a long way since then. Have a better home in downtown Missoula, and have grown steadily since that year.
Anyhow, that year, Total Fest V, came with its challenges, but was the Missoula debut of Vile Blue Shades and it would mark a pretty regular, semi-annual trek that the roughly 12 or 13 members of the band would make up to Missoula to blow our minds with their enveloping, rhythmic sex-boogie whatever-it-is. That pretty regular trek up to Missoula ended just about a full five years ago, at some point in 2008 with one of the few out of town shows they played behind the John Thursday California Adventure LP that Wantage put out.
That they'd lasted that long always kind of baffles me. The sheer logistical challenges of getting together the 12 people (several drummers, bassist, guitarists, singer, dancer) that make up the band always seemed to be looming as the most likely reason they'd end. Luckily, with members like Eli from the Wolfs and the 8ctopus record label, Terence from Red Bennies and Shane, the band seemed actually to function pretty well for a decent chunk of time. They recorded an amazing piece of work in their John Thursday LP and a couple of other good full-lengths and singles, put on some incredible shows and blew all kinds of minds in the process. The lyrics are foul, they've got a dancer named Meg who's typically underdressed. Ryan, the singer, is a wild man. It's just a whole spectacle of a deal that deserved to be seen and participated in, and I think better to kind of leave it with that. When we saw they were doing a reunion show this fall at the Urban Lounge in Salt Lake, we decided we'd give 'em a call and try to convince them to come up to Missoula to hang for Total Fest. Lo and behold, voila, etc.: Vile Blue (effing) Shades. Thanks to Zombie Tools for some extra-special sponsorship to get them here.
In 2011, the last time Iron & Wine came to town with openers The Head and the Heart, the show sold out. Word has it that the new album Ghost on Ghost (ooh!) harkens back to the days of Samuel Beam playing and recording songs in his livingroom.
Tickets for the November 5 show at the Wilma go on sale Fri., June 21, at 10 AM at Rockin Rudy's, Ticketweb.com or KnittingFactory.com. $28 advance.
The weather is glorious and I, Calapatra The Calendar Mistress, am determined to pretend like this is summer vacation even though I do not, technically, have a summer vacation anymore. Here's some fun stuff going on this week!
Beware of Mr. Baker shows at the Top Hat, and it sounds like a fascinating portrayal of a creative, ornery coot. I'd go, but I'm obligated to make an appearance elsewhere for Jugs McGee, my trivia team at the Badlander.
Comedian Doug Stanhope is in town at the Top Hat tonight, if stand-up comedy is your bag. Tuesdays are Calapatra's Cranky Day, so I'll be at an undisclosed location imbibing the finest of craft brews.
Being assertive and confident isn't something everyone knows how to do instantly. The Ladies Talk Back assertiveness lunchtime workshop aims to help gals learn how be forthright. Also, there's free lunch!
Oh shiiiiiz! Garagey-rawk party The Blind Shake is in town! With Chicago's Outer Minds and our own Magpies.
June 21 is the summer solstice for the northern hemisphere! There's all sorts of parties going on, from artsy stuff in Caras Park to a fundraiser thingy with burlesque gals at Missoula Winery to the festival out in fair Philipsburg.
Two words: barbecue festival.
Jamaican Queens isn't Jamaican or queens, near as I can tell, but this very hip group outta Detroit plays the VFW with "possible Swede" Shahs.
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The Montana Film Office is in the middle of an exciting run. Two films made in Montana premiered at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival last month and Winter in the Blood, the much-anticipated adaptation of James Welch's classic novel, premieres today at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
So, how does Montana entice all those filmmakers to come to our neck of the woods? Cash.
The L.A. Times noted as much in a "Business Behind the Show" story that ran in advance of the Winter in the Blood screening.
It's not enough to offer tax rebates and credits to lure filmmakers. Now Montana has joined a handful of states offering outright cash to get Hollywood's attention.
In addition to breathtaking mountain scenery and pristine wilderness, Montana is touting its Big Sky Film Grant, which provides up to $1 million in cash per fiscal year to Montana-based film and TV productions.
The article goes on to explain that Montana offers the funding quicker than most other state rebates, and the cash grants supplement "an existing refundable tax credit of 9% on production-related expenditures in Montana and 14% on spending for local crew and talent."
To be clear, this is an example of spending money to make money — or, more specifically, create jobs in the state. A film production requires tons of labor, from on-set to catering.
The article adds that Winter in the Blood received a $25,000 cash grant.
Los Angeles Business News, in an article titled "A River of Cash Runs Through It," reported that 20 films received grants last year.
The weekend is nigh! Here are some of the biggest events over the next couple of days.
The dress code will be all black when Cold Hard Cash Show and Tom Catmull and the Clerics play Stage 112.
One of the newest stops on the First Friday route is at Bhavana home design store, which is showing Latin American-inspired paintings by Laura Blaker.
Canadian rappers Sweatshop Union, along with Pigeon Hole and Ray Black, hit up Stage 112.
Today is the semi-annual Sunday Streets, where roads are blocked off for games and events. Put on your walking shoes and join the fun!
If you feel like heading out of town, there's also the Herron half marathon and 10K trail run up near Kalispell.
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The final half of Sasquatch was full of surprises; some were unbelievably awesome, others were very frustrating. My personal favorites had to be seeing fans wearing Montana flags like superhero capes all over the Gorge.
After Saturday’s mellowing vibe it was nearly impossible to leave the main stage area Sunday as epic band after epic band performed. The Tallest Man on Earth, Dropkick Murphys, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Mumford & Sons all played back to back.
Big Foot, the second largest stage in the venue faced continuous problems all weekend. Vocals were difficult to hear from practically anywhere beyond 150 feet away from the stage. To make matters worse, it lost sound entirely during a couple sets.
Monday afternoon’s lineup offered fans better chance to explore other stages without the terror that they might miss a headlining band. Heavy rains put a bit of a damper on the festival but despite the downpour P.O.S. delivered some great hip-hop and engaged with the crowd like few other artists did. He jumped off stage and walked amongst the crowd, talking with people and signing shirts between songs.
The soggy weather actually worked out well for the comedy inside the pavilion. “This American Life” regulars Tig Notaro and Mike Berbiglia packed the room respectively and had commanded the attention of the flighty crowd. When a man fainted at the front of the crowd Berbiglia stopped his act, jumped off of stage and gave the guy a few bottles of water. The crowd obviously was concerned but he eased the tensions quickly by saying, “Is everyone seeing this? I feel like Obama right now or something.” The guy recovered and the show continued.
Cake started the main stage’s evening lineup with a very energetic performance of old hits and tracks from their new album. Much to the chagrin of some fans, they played classics like “Frank Sinatra,” with a different composition that felt familiar but too foreign to enjoy fully.
The most troubling part of the entire festival for me was between Cake and the Lumineers' set. A disabled veteran (I can only assume he was, we could not hear his microphone just 60 feet from the stage.) came out and introduced Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready. McCready delivered an absolutely fantastic performance of the national anthem, but because it wasn’t listed or announced anywhere beforehand, hardly anyone was around to hear it and many of the people there had no idea who just played.
The Postal Service wrapped things up, playing on an absolutely beautiful stage of many shifting brightly colored screens. Think Mark Rothco paintings lit up and stacked around the musicans. The band was never really meant to be a band just a side project—that’s why they haven’t released a new album in over 10 years but their popularity is obviously enduring. Which is why, we can assume, that they announced they’re working on a new album and indulged the audience with a couple fresh songs.
The performance itself fell a bit flat. Frontman Ben Gibbard is an immensely talented musician but his stage presence is a bit awkward. He doesn’t seem to quite know what to do while other members are performing so he just gyrates his hips and bounces around. Regardless of that the music was solid and the entire audience walked away feeling 15-years-old again.