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Five Questions with Film Animator Andy Smetanka

Missoula-based director and animator Andy Smetanka is premiering a tight new version of his new film, And We Were Young this Friday, Veterans Day, November 11.

(Green Room)   Nov 11, 2016

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Tonight: Conan Neutron and the Secret Friends at Stage 112

Bay-area wunder mensch Conan Neutron rolls into Missoula Rock City with his band The Secret Friends tonight, Monday Oct. 17 for a Monday Night power blaster at Stage 112 (in the Elks Club).

(Green Room)   Oct 17, 2016

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Recent Articles

On record: Machine Response, by Career Suicide

I'm a fan of guitar rock, which probably has to do with growing up listening almost exclusively to Van Halen, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin.

(Music)   Jun 15, 2017

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On record: Rock Product, by Mommy Long Legs

Seattle’s Mommy Long Legs plays self-described “fart core,” which is a pretty nice way to understand their stomping, romping punk.

(Music)   Jun 1, 2017

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On Record: Charcoal Squids, by Charcoal Squids

Missoula is one of those lucky places where, often enough, talented musicians move in from somewhere else as an essentially ready-to-go band, put down roots and blow everybody's minds.

(Music)   May 25, 2017

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Latest Review

Re: “Roxy Theater

Simply The Best. Better Than All The Rest.

Posted by Josh on 07/02/2016 at 4:14 PM

Recent Comments

Re: “Oh give me a f*cking break already, enough with this about "nowhere to rock."

If you're interested in promoting a show at the ZACC, it's a pretty easy deal. And straightforward. I don't know what exactly constitutes "legitimate" in your book, but there are relatively small handful of volunteer folks who are trained to open, run, and close the space and they do regularly. If you'd like to receive the training, I think that it's perfectly fine that you request it from ZACC staff. Regardless, as a volunteer-run operation, it requires you have a trained volunteer on hand at your show, to help you run it. These folks got an email when you inquired, and it may simply be that they're otherwise busy.

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Posted by Josh on 09/13/2013 at 7:57 PM

Re: “Local Crank Says: Don't Stop For Me, Driver

Thanks, Rob. Yes, it's all pretty much true. I guess I'd argue that everyone can and should take it up. No caps. I get the point that there's plenty of poor behavior on the part of cyclists and I don't make any apologies for it. But I love that our cops will ticket folks for not having lights, and for riding unsafely. And nobody debates the fact that you've got to co-exist with cars and be practical and obey laws. I'm interested in your take on accepting motorist charity, when you're on a bike and trying to get across an arterial.

Posted by Josh on 03/01/2013 at 8:41 PM

Re: “Stripped down

That's my wife, bro.

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Posted by Josh on 02/15/2013 at 11:21 AM

Re: “Stripped down

I hear you, Dan. Ultimately, you're and everyone else is entitled to want to do something with the music or not, and I guess after that, it's all fine tuning. I think Ben Weiss made a good point about BN's hitting and missing, and I think that's the case with folks who are more experimental with tunes. Bad Naked does have some stuff, and I fear the new release isn't gonna do it justice, some super well-written, creative shit and it's absolutely got structure/verse (as tom points out) and music to it. I hope his next release is recorded in a bedroom at minimum, and perhaps studio or friend's four-track, because it deserves to be documented as music outside the live setting with a handheld mini-cassette....

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Posted by Josh on 02/14/2013 at 8:01 PM

Re: “Stripped down

Dan, to continue this in err, real time and see if I can bait you into some discussion, here's what I think about your con argument: I disagree that there's any irony involved in a Bad Naked show. Or that it's "supposed to be bad." If it's art, it kind of is what it is, and whether one likes it or not doesn't ultimately matter, because it's done for the correct reasons and it should be provocative and challenging about what exactly music is. I'd rather a twice as bad Bad Naked to a six times as pro String Cheese Incident, for example.

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Posted by Josh on 02/14/2013 at 1:23 PM

Re: “Welcome to Green Room


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Re: “Missoula never had a chance

We'd like to submit the Missoula Coat of Arms!

Posted by Josh on 07/22/2012 at 5:41 PM

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