The happy ubiquity of journeyman rhythm maker Antonio Al

The happy ubiquity of journeyman rhythm maker Antonio Al

During a recent Sunday night session at Imagine Nation Brewing called Jazzination, Antonio Al folds his long frame behind a small sparkly red drum kit and starts snapping out a beat.

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The life and loves and lyrics of Izaak Opatz

Some of the best country music, whether from classic singers like Connie Smith and Patsy Cline or alt-country artists like Robbie Fulks, deals in transparent denial.

Feb 9, 2017

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On record: Magpies, Jonny Fritz, Blue Rodeo

Magpies, Annex

(Music)   Feb 2, 2017

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Up yours: a feminist soundtrack

On the way to Helena for Saturday's Women's March on Montana, our carload of women listened to a playlist made for the occasion.

(Music)   Jan 26, 2017

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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)   Jan 12, 2017

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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."

(Music)   Jan 12, 2017

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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)   Jan 12, 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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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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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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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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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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Fiddler Geoffrey Taylor speaks through his strings

Inside the Stensrud Building on a snowy night, Geoffrey Paul Taylor plays his fiddle, letting the sound of each stroke reverberate through the high-ceilinged space with startling clarity.

(Music)   Dec 8, 2016

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On the record: Hermanas y Hermanas raise the lighters with new EP

(at the VFW Sat., Dec. 3, at 9 PM)

The Hated’s 1986 demo version of “What Was Behind” is one of my favorite examples of the superiority of lo-fi.

(Music)   Dec 1, 2016

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On the record: Kyle Gass Band, Thundering Herd

(at Monk’s Wed., Dec. 7, at 9 PM.)

You might know Kyle Gass as a clueless kids’ book writer in Elf, or as Jack Black’s guitar-wielding partner in Tenacious D. But his real passion comes forth in Kyle Gass Band’s overwrought goofball rock.

(Music)   Dec 1, 2016

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On the record: Nocturnal Habits, New Skin for Old Children

In 2013, archival record label The Numero Group began releasing the recordings of Unwound, a cult favorite of the Northwest’s 1990s post-hardcore music scene.

(Music)   Dec 1, 2016

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Snoop, dogged

Can a quintessential ’90s rapper turn back time?

For approximately one year during my ignorant youth, I maintained that Snoop Dogg was the best rapper of all time.

(Music)   Dec 1, 2016

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On record: If You Lived Here, You Would Be Home by Now, by The Chris Robinson Brotherhood

(at the Wilma on Tue., Nov. 29)

The rap on the Black Crowes' sound has always been their wholesale looting of the '70s glam swagger of bands like Faces, the Stones and T-Rex.

(Music)   Nov 23, 2016

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On Record: Under the Shadow of This Red Rock, by Modality

Modality, which started with Jay Bruns and former local Clark Grant making refreshingly not-quite-rock, not-quite-pop kosmische music, now seems to exist on some spacious new kind of plane.

(Music)   Nov 23, 2016

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On record: The Bend in the Break, by Dangers

Los Angeles' Dangers makes the kind of hardcore punk so many of us need right now.

(Music)   Nov 23, 2016

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Here comes a regular

Missoula stalwart Caroline Keys takes center stage with a new band — the LaneSplitters — and a new album.

On the night of Sept. 26, during the first presidential debate, progressive-leaning patrons dominated the Top Hat Lounge, groaning at the spectacle of Donald Trump on the venue's large drop-down screen.

Nov 17, 2016

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