Photographer Holly Andres takes a turn to the political at Radius Gallery

Photographer Holly Andres takes a turn to the political at Radius Gallery

Holly Andres makes photographs that evoke the simmering terror of a Hitchcock film mixed with the precariousness of adolescent awakening.

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Behold the genre-bending audacity of J. Robert Lennon's Broken River

What a delicious, heartbreaking, hilarious and true work we have in J. Robert Lennon's eighth novel, Broken River.

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Buster's Mal Heart is a visual poem about the suffocating sadness of a world in which we're victim to unfair rules. How does that make you feel?

It's been a minute since I've had the pleasure of sending you into a dark theater to trip out in the immersive glow of a bizarre story, but writer and director Sarah Adina Smith's latest feature, Buster's Mal Heart, delivers the opportunity.

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On Record: Yours Conditionally, by Tennis

Tennis is annoying, at least on paper.

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On Record: Trumpeting Ecstasy, by Full of Hell

Bands like Full of Hell don't demand your attention so much as they seem to threaten your life for it.

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Amy Martin's podcast "Threshold" tells the story of bison—just don't call it 'environmental'

A few years ago, Amy Martin shed her skin as a local musician and went back to her roots as a radio journalist.

May 11, 2017

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Who is former Fleet Fox Father John Misty trying to be?

Fleet Foxes will play the Wilma next week, and former drummer Josh Tillman won't be with them.

(Music)   May 11, 2017

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Moms on film: a Mother's Day compendium

Mother's Day: a time for appreciating the women who birthed us, for being appreciated by our children, and for longer than usual brunch lines.

(Film)   May 11, 2017

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On record: Shovels, by Shovels

The band Shovels doesn't have much internet presence, and their only album—a cassette that sold out after 100 copies—is from 2013, the year they became a band.

(Music)   May 11, 2017

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On record: The Rotties, by The Rotties

The Rotties most recent album (another eponymous cassette) sounds like a punk-rock party album with all the trappings, including metal-tinged melodies, punk beats and petulant vocals.

(Music)   May 11, 2017

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On record: Then and Now , by Dave Scott and Crazy Dog

Let's just go ahead and call it the Neil Young Conundrum.

(Music)   May 11, 2017

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A new collective looks to rebuild an all-ages music scene

The number of big-name shows at the Top Hat and the Wilma, plus upcoming summer concerts at the Big Sky and Kettlehouse amphitheaters, gives the impression that Missoula is rich with music.

May 4, 2017

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Dinner in the alley: Marshall Granger's not-so-big night out

Marshall Granger's A Couple Goes Out to Eat seems straightforward on the surface.

(The Arts)   May 4, 2017

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The beginner's guide to author Jim Shepard

About 10 years ago, I sat down at the Union Club to interview Jim Shepard, UM's Engelhard Writer in Residence at the time and, in my view, the greatest living American fiction writer (short story division), and over two or three rounds of whiskey, I did my very best to get an answer to a question that puzzled me then and puzzles me still.

(Books)   May 4, 2017

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'The Dinner': just a little too much to swallow

A total lack of likeable characters isn't necessarily immediate cause to dislike a film.

(Film)   May 4, 2017

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At the Black Mountain kiln, women keep the fire burning

The crew on Black Mountain has been taking turns feeding a wood-fired kiln 24 hours a day, and by the time I get up there, they've been doing that for seven days straight.

Apr 27, 2017

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Controlling chaos in UM's Noises Off

Michael Frayn's Noises Off is a play within a play in which each plate of sardines, each faulty door knob and each bottle of whiskey is crucial to the unfolding action.

(Theater)   Apr 27, 2017

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The voodoo verse of Mark Gibbons' The Imitation Blues

You know that feeling you get when you buy something local to support the community, then you discover it's actually something you need, something you want, and it's damn good to boot?

(Books)   Apr 27, 2017

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Hulu's Handmaid's Tale brings Margaret Atwood's classic dystopia one step closer to current

For the sake of this particular conversation, forget everything I've said about television being an inferior (to cinema) storytelling medium.

(Television)   Apr 27, 2017

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Jamie and Travis Present... the strangely ordinary essence of Missoula

Travis Yost likes to imagine Missoula as a fictional place, a mountain town where colorful characters hold down strange jobs, circling around each other in coffee shops, bars and breweries, making art, entertaining one another in new and absurd ways and sometimes having soul-searching conversations.

Apr 20, 2017

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The Beet Tops keep square dancing alive and kicking

For a long time, square dancing has been viewed as a relic—enjoyed by the old and rural, exiled to barns and fields.

(Music)   Apr 20, 2017

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Gwen Florio's 'Reservations' mixes thrills and indigenous politics

In the opening scene of Gwen Florio's latest book, an old Navajo man sets up his lawn chair in the middle of the Arizona desert on a day that promises to be a scorcher.

(Books)   Apr 20, 2017

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'Sand Castle' unpacks Operation Iraqi Futility

My mom's Netflix account has been working overtime lately to provide me, my roommates and untold ex-boyfriends a constant stream of programming.

(Film)   Apr 20, 2017

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The International Wildlife Film Festival remembers founder Chuck Jonkel

When Mike Steinberg took over the International Wildlife Film Festival four years ago, Chuck Jonkel paid him a visit at the Roxy Theater.

Apr 13, 2017

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Three must-see features at this year's International Wildlife Film Festival

David Attenborough's Light on Earth

(Film)   Apr 13, 2017

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