Art for life

Art for life

Trash, arm wrestling and American identity at Missoula's VonCommon

Some of the best—and weirdest—parties in town go down at the industrial warehouses at Wyoming and Johnson streets.

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Spotlight Monday

North Korea and Northeast Asia: Is Peace Possible?

UM Turner Hall — Is peace possible in Northeast Asia? US Ambassador Sung Kim, the State Department's Special Representative for North Korea... Read More »

 

Photos: Randy Houser at the Adams Center

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No slack

Behind the music of Superchunk's Mac McCaughan

To any casual surveyor of the American indie landscape circa 1992, Superchunk—singer/guitarist "Mac" McCaughan, bassist (and then-girlfriend) Laura Ballance, second guitarist Jim Wilbur and drummer Jon Wurster—were living the dream with particular enthusiasm: indie-big but still decidedly outside the pre-Nirvana mainstream, putting out records that were the cream in every music nerd's coffee, even lauded in trendy British music papers.

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Little ways

Five albums that made Dwight Yoakam a country king

In the 30 years between Dwight Yoakam's debut, Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc., and his latest project, the all-bluegrass Swimmin' Pools, Movie Stars..., the snake-hipped country crooner has chiseled out a complex style that brings in influences from all over yet still maintains a singular sound.

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Heavenly hell

High Water masters the Western heist

Hell or High Water is a sometimes thrilling, other times agonizingly calm morality tale that demands to be not just seen, but also felt.

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A millennial vaguely remembers the '90s at the Adams Center

As my squad rolled into the Adams Center around 8 p.m. on Sept. 15, we could hear the first chorus of Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise."

(Green Room)   Sep 16, 2016

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Magic Men Live's Myles Hass talks about the philosophy behind men taking their clothes off

If you haven't seen Magic Mike XXL (the sequel to the more inferior Magic Mike), that's okay.

(Green Room)   Sep 15, 2016

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Uncertain terms

Maile Meloy returns to the Montana Book Festival with a grownup story about kids gone missing

Maile Meloy has spent the last year "down a deep hole," she says, finishing her latest novel.

Sep 15, 2016

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Bonefish dreams

Inside Chris Dombrowski's elusive Body of Water

The book is called Body of Water: A Sage, a Seeker, and the World's Most Alluring Fish (Milkweed, 2016).

(Books)   Sep 15, 2016

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In an instant

Count Bass D expands into new territory

Count Bass D is a prolific rapper and beat producer who released a dozen studio albums between 2005 and 2012.

(Music)   Sep 15, 2016

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Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats

Night Creeper

The plodding pot-rock played by Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats is not where one goes for a whole lot of rock and roll innovation.

(Music)   Sep 15, 2016

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John Carpenter

Lost Themes II

American horror movie director John Carpenter (Christine, The Thing, the "Halloween" franchise) featured his own great minimalist and heavily synthesized songs in his films.

(Music)   Sep 15, 2016

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Afterlife stories

Death becomes a voyeuristic journey in Obit

In the documentary feature Obit, director Vanessa Gould takes us on an intimate tour of the editorial process behind The New York Times' obituary section.

(Film)   Sep 15, 2016

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Last Saturday Night: Photos of Sharon Jones at the Wilma

(Green Room)   Sep 12, 2016

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Last Saturday Night: Photos of Trombone Shorty at the Wilma

(Green Room)   Sep 12, 2016

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Original Fest: Looking for a road trip this weekend? For $5 you can go see Ghostface Killah in Butte

In its fourth year, Original Festival is hosting two nights of live music in downtown Butte, America, culminating in a performance by Ghostface Killah.

(Green Room)   Sep 9, 2016

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Basic arithmetic

Fly Moon Royalty joins 28 other bands—and light sabers?—for Plus One Music Fest

Adra Boo and Mike Illvester started writing songs together at Mel's Market in between breakfast and lunch rushes.

Sep 8, 2016

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Wild at heart

Bozeman's David Quammen talks Yellowstone and writing an entire issue of National Geographic

This year, National Geographic marked the centennial of the National Park Service by running several parks-related stories, culminating in an all-Yellowstone issue in May. Bozeman's David Quammen, a contributing writer to the magazine and author of the award-winning book Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic, was involved in early discussions on how to approach the issue.

(Books)   Sep 8, 2016

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Hint of danger

Ragged rock best suits Jeff Crosby

It's somewhat ironic that Jeff Crosby and the Refugees have managed to land a couple of songs on the series "The Sons of Anarchy."

(Music)   Sep 8, 2016

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Butterscotch

The Scotch Tapes (Vol. 1-3)

Butterscotch is the world's first female beatboxing champion.

(Music)   Sep 8, 2016

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The Double

Dawn of the Double

The Double feature veteran players Emmett Kelley, of Ty Segall's band The Muggers, and Jim White, an underground hero from Australian noise rockers Venom P. Stinger and '90s space explorers the Dirty Three, among many others.

(Music)   Sep 8, 2016

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Sisters of mercy

The Innocents delivers on a complex true story

In the opening scenes of The Innocents, we see a precocious nun break free of her convent to seek help for no less than seven of her sisters who are pregnant after Soviet soldiers invaded their community some nine months earlier.

(Film)   Sep 8, 2016

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Reggie Watts show announced for December 17 at the Wilma

Seems like we can always count on Reggie Watts to return to Missoula.

(Green Room)   Sep 6, 2016

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Uncertain terms

Maile Meloy returns to the Montana Book Festival with a grownup story about kids gone missing

Maile Meloy has spent the last year "down a deep hole," she says, finishing her latest novel.

Sep 15, 2016

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Basic arithmetic

Fly Moon Royalty joins 28 other bands—and light sabers?—for Plus One Music Fest

Adra Boo and Mike Illvester started writing songs together at Mel's Market in between breakfast and lunch rushes.

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Moving parts

Stephen Glueckert's exhibits showcase 40 years of art, work ethic and love for kinetics

Stephen Glueckert's affection for machinery seems obvious in his art: He's known for incorporating moving parts—springs, wooden levers, strings and repurposed wire hangers—and other kinetic features.

Sep 1, 2016

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