Big-screen dystopia: the timeless allure of worlds gone wrong

Big-screen dystopia: the timeless allure of worlds gone wrong

In every new relationship comes that critical moment when you screen your favorite film for the other person, and by God they better like it.

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Julie Gautier-Downes photographs the losses we leave behind

Julie Gautier-Downes' ghost town series has a forensic air to it.

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On record: Early Tapes 1996-1998: The Microphones

By opening with the absolutely silly song "Teenage Mustache," The Microphones' Phil Elverum is sending a clear message about his new release: You are not about to listen to a long-lost masterpiece.

(Music)  

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On record: Blue & Lonesome: the Rolling Stones

The story behind Blue & Lonesome—the first new studio record from the Rolling Stones in over a decade—is that the band wanted to get "back to its roots."

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On record: For Better, Or Worse: John Prine

John Prine should be one of the four faces on songwriting's Mount Rushmore, cheek by jowl with Lucinda Williams, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.

(Music)  

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La La Land glides by on superficial charm

In this modern take on classic Hollywood musicals, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star as a couple of twenty—somethings trying to make it in Los Angeles.

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Tim Nielson paints heroes—iconic, historic, contemporary and real

In his series "Towards a New American Mythology," Missoula painter Tim Nielson reimagines the assassination of Black Panther member Fred Hampton.

Jan 5, 2017

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For Missoula's Rotgut Whines, music and life don't just intersect. They share a kitchen.

For Rotgut Whines, band practice is built into everyday life.

(Music)   Jan 5, 2017

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On record: This Has All Been Done Before, by Poverty Porn

Poverty Porn's debut harkens back to the lo-fi, blue-collar hardcore of 1970s and early '80s UK punk bands.

(Music)   Jan 5, 2017

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On record: Oneirionot, by Arkheron Thodol

The members of Bozeman's Arkheron Thodol look like they wandered straight out of a casting call for a Viking movie.

(Music)   Jan 5, 2017

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On record: Run the Jewels 3, by Run the Jewels

I'll deny later that I ever said this, but I like the idea of Run the Jewels better than the songs.

(Music)   Jan 5, 2017

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Hidden Figures: 'The right stuff' wasn't just white and male

Once upon a time, say during the early years of America's space program, "computer" meant "person who does manual calculations."

(Film)   Jan 5, 2017

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Independent reviewers weigh in on their favorite music of 2016

Favorite album of 2016: Fakebook cannot be Yo La Tengo's best work, because it's a covers album.

(Music)   Dec 29, 2016

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The best of books from the Indy's 2016 reviews

Most of the nearly 100 poems in Jim Harrison's Dead Man's Float are reflections on aging.

(Books)   Dec 29, 2016

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Rewinding the movies that made 2016 a little bit brighter

It's been a bleak year for a lot of things, and particularly for cinema.

(Film)   Dec 29, 2016

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Love conquers fear on June West's upcoming album

Singer-songwriter June West spent a few years during college playing nightclubs in Tucson before taking a job in a Brooklyn record shop, where she fostered a love for vintage soul music.

Dec 22, 2016

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A tippler's guide to the most 'special' time of the year

With the particularly gnarly winter weather this year, it's been all too easy to burn through the usual family-friendly holiday specials well before Christmas day arrives.

(Television)   Dec 22, 2016

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On the record: Thunderbird, by Bob Wire

Bob Wire has a big, goofy, irreverent personality and an ear for clever turns of phrase.

(Music)   Dec 22, 2016

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On the record: Jessica Rabbit, by Sleigh Bells

One of my favorite albums ever is Sleigh Bells' first effort, 2010's Treats.

(Music)   Dec 22, 2016

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On the record: Cosmetic, by Nots

Nots first showed up on my radar when the band played a Missoula show with Quintron and Miss Pussycat back in 2014 and my wife bought the album.

(Music)   Dec 22, 2016

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Denzel Washington directs August Wilson's Fences

In Fences, directed by Denzel Washington, a father and son labor for what seems like years on a fence in their backyard.

(Film)   Dec 22, 2016

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Comedy, mushrooms and song at tonight's Winter Chautauqua

The first Chautauqua took place in 1874 on the shores of New York's Chautauqua Lake, and it was an evangelical affair.

(Green Room)   Dec 18, 2016

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Darby's Jon Turk on adventure, revolution, and Crocodiles and Ice

Writer, adventurer and part-time Darby resident Jon Turk began his adult life as a scientist, having earned a doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Colorado in 1971.

Dec 15, 2016

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A Camp Daze X-Mas compilation breaks the Christmas music curse

A scan of winter 2016 album releases tells me what I already know: There is almost nothing worse that an artist—pop, country, metal or otherwise—can do than to take a stab at remaking Christmas music.

(Music)   Dec 15, 2016

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Dana Fitz Gale explores the glances that bind in Spells for Victory and Courage

It's not unusual for short fiction to focus on the bonds and rifts between lovers, family members and friends.

(Books)   Dec 15, 2016

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