With independents ascendant, Missoula's Vault Comics looks to the future

With independents ascendant, Missoula's Vault Comics looks to the future

Brothers Adrian and Damian Wassel, both voracious readers, grew up in rural Virginia.

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The symphony takes flight with Moksha Aerial Studio Collective

Inside a large warehouse on Missoula's Westside, Britta Remes and Nicole McCauley are locked in an embrace, dangling upside-down 15 feet above the ground.

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On Record: Archangels Thunderbird

Portland's country rockers Archangels Thunderbird advance a slightly subdued, authentic, mid-tempo sound, which is big on soulful harmonies, twanging electric guitars and the imminent threat of swing dancing couples spontaneously appearing at any point.

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On Record: Heartless, by Pallbearer

Doom metal is a difficult genre of heavy metal to like, especially if you interact with people on a daily basis and don't regularly sleep in a coffin.

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On Record: Ashes/Axis, by Cuddle Magic

I want to deeply dislike Cuddle Magic, not least because of its boringly cute and probably not ironic name.

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Lady Macbeth: modern horror in period-drama clothing

The more layers of clothing society puts on a young woman in the Victorian era, the more we want to take the clothing off.

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Naomi Moon Siegel on jazz stereotypes and the launch of Lakebottom Sound

Sometimes it all comes down to the instrument you happened to pick in elementary school band class, and that was the case with Naomi Moon Siegel.

Aug 10, 2017

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Wonderlandscape: a new view of Yellowstone

Besides opportunities to view wildlife and gape at astonishing vistas, America's National Parks provide a literary well that never seems to run dry.

(Books)   Aug 10, 2017

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Funny or Die's Nate Dern searches for a grand theory of laughter

The Travelers' Rest festival is bringing more than music to town.

(Books)   Aug 10, 2017

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In defense of The Dark Tower

The majority of critics agree that the long awaited adaptation of Stephen King's beloved series The Dark Tower is a dumb, murky mess of a film, but what this review presupposes is ... maybe it isn't?Here are the basics: Beyond Earth, there exist many other worlds that access each other through a series of portals.

(Film)   Aug 10, 2017

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The road to Offa Rex

Good things can come from a tweet.

(Music)   Aug 10, 2017

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Chris Pappan’s Ghost Images turns 19th century ideas into images of resistance at MAM

Artist Chris Pappan grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona, raised on Heavy Metal Magazine and Zap Comix (thanks to his countercultural parents) and metal bands including Metallica and Gojira.

Aug 3, 2017

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With Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life and Legacy, Crazy Horse’s family sets the record straight

From the year that he was murdered in 1877 until just a couple of decades ago, Crazy Horse’s extended family, all of whom call him “grandfather,” stayed silent about the leader.

(Books)   Aug 3, 2017

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At the Brunswick, We the People sends a message for the ages—and for the age of Trump

We the People, a new exhibit at the Brunswick Building, originated with a group of disgruntled artists in the months after Donald Trump was elected president.

(The Arts)   Aug 3, 2017

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A Ghost Story reimagines a haunting

The most provocative thing about writer and director David Lowery’s latest film, A Ghost Story, is probably the ghost itself.

(Film)   Aug 3, 2017

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Playwright John Biguenet on how Hurricane Katrina changed his world

By the time Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, John Biguenet had already received an O. Henry Award for his short stories, and critics had likened his 2003 novel The Oyster, set on the Louisiana coast in 1957, to the work of Flaubert and Chekhov.

Jul 27, 2017

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Wolf Heffelfinger's new album bodyslams politics

On his new album, Poison to the Artists, musician Wolf Heffelfinger melds the plot of the 1934 historical novel I, Claudius with the drama of the Trump administration.

(Music)   Jul 27, 2017

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On record: Future Me, by Worriers

Melodic punk is a mature form.

(Music)   Jul 27, 2017

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On Record: Cities on the Plain, by Gosh!

Gosh!

(Music)   Jul 27, 2017

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On Record: Cities on the Plain, by Gosh!

Gosh!

(Music)   Jul 27, 2017

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On Record: Lust for Life, by Lana Del Rey

What are we to do when a pop star follows a hit song called "Summertime Sadness" just a few years later with a song called "Summer Bummer"?

(Music)   Jul 27, 2017

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To the Bone reveals the nature of anorexia

Of all the many ways the human psyche can turn on itself, anorexia nervosa might be among the most frightening and hard to comprehend.

(Film)   Jul 27, 2017

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First impressions of the new KettleHouse Amphitheater: It rocks.

The mood was simultaneously mellow and charged last Thursday night, opening night of the new KettleHouse Amphitheater in Bonner.

Jul 20, 2017

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Coming live: Trumans Water reemerges, hit or miss

Musicians Kirk and Kevin Branstetter are passing me back and forth on the phone as they hit balls across Portland's Broadmoor Golf Course.

(Music)   Jul 20, 2017

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On Record: Richard's Selections, by Ancient Forest

The 2011 eponymous debut from Missoula's Ancient Forest sounded like an alternative soundtrack to Rankin and Bass' 1977 movie version of The Hobbit.

(Music)   Jul 20, 2017

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Coming live: Jeff Rosenstock

Jeff Rosenstock has played in touring bands for two decades, and he seems pathologically opposed to making any money from it.

(Music)   Jul 20, 2017

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