Ted McDermott finds his way back to fiction with <i>The Minor Outsider</i>

Ted McDermott finds his way back to fiction with The Minor Outsider

When Ted McDermott was accepted into the University of Montana's creative writing program in 2009, he already had one novel written and another in progress.

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Duo + 1: the expanding comedic universe of Gingers on Ice

Jacob Godbey's cropped strawberry blond hair makes his Windex-blue eyes appear even bluer as he peers through the glass into the kitchen at the rear of Break Espresso, where tasty confections are being whipped up on a recent Saturday morning.

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Maile Meloy's Do Not Become Alarmed: When bad things happen to bad people

What happens when two pairs of loathsome, self-involved, over-privileged American parents take a cruise to Central America and then lose track of their young children?

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The Force goes behind cop culture's thick blue wall

Peter Nicks' documentary feature The Force takes an intimate and humanizing look at the Oakland Police Department as it undergoes federally mandated reforms in front of an increasingly distrustful public.

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Blitzen Trapper finds its home—and its voice—in the Inland Northwest

Blitzen Trapper hasn't been on tour since 2016, but the band recently played 28 shows in six weeks in Portland.

Jun 15, 2017

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Printmaker James Todd revisits his childhood self in Looney Toones

When James G. Todd, Jr. retired from the University of Montana in 2000, his mother showed up bearing a box of his childhood artwork.

(The Arts)   Jun 15, 2017

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A refreshingly Raw take on teen horror

If you generally don't care for horror films, or you don't have the patience for subtitles, or you're terrified of your own sexuality, or you just can't stomach watching teens engaged in cannibalism, then Raw might not be the picture for you.

(Film)   Jun 15, 2017

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On record: Talking Quietly of Anything with You, by Free Cake for Every Creature

It's easy to mess up lo-fi indie rock.

(Music)   Jun 15, 2017

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On record: Fixed Focus, by Saint Pé

Ian Saint Pé's first solo effort was born in his log cabin home in Nashville with the backing of four musical friends.

(Music)   Jun 15, 2017

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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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Talking creamed corn, Agent Cooper and Twin Peaks after 25 years

When Twin Peaks first aired on ABC in 1990, there was nothing like it on television.

Jun 8, 2017

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Tyler Dunning's A Field Guide to Losing Your Friends is anchored by loss

In the introduction to his debut collection of essays, Tyler Dunning describes A Field Guide to Losing Your Friends as a coming-of-age collection "depicting my struggle through the simple act of being alive, coexisting, and growing out of a common chaos."

(Books)   Jun 8, 2017

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Upstart IO Society prepares to push some limits with an inaugural exhibit at Ceretana Studios.

IO Society describes itself on Facebook as "communal welfare through forms of art not encouraged."

Jun 1, 2017

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Home field advantage: the rich terrain of Caroline Keys' Mean to Stay

At its core, Caroline Keys' debut album has all the elements of a classic country-folk collection.

(Music)   Jun 1, 2017

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Forget blockbusters—here are some of the summer's most anticipated indie films

The 2017 summer movie season fast approaches.

(Film)   Jun 1, 2017

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On record: This is Not Unlike Us, by Sunraiser and Chairea

The amount of unbridled angst on This is Not Unlike Us is impressive, even in the emo context.

(Music)   Jun 1, 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: Big Bad Luv, by John Moreland

When I first learned the title of Oklahoma singer-songwriter John Moreland's fourth and latest record, Big Bad Luv, I immediately thought of writer Larry Brown's collection of short stories, Big Bad Love.

(Music)   Jun 1, 2017

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Maggy Rozycki Hiltner reconstitutes the symbols of American quilting

The story behind Maggy Rozycki Hiltner's "Requiem" begins with a quilt that was locked away for almost 100 years.

May 25, 2017

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Raven Digitalis talks science, magick and Esoteric Empathy

Raven Digitalis's new book, Esoteric Empathy, begins with a quote from Albert Einstein pulled from a 1950 letter that the scientist wrote to Robert S. Marcus of the World Jewish Congress.

(Books)   May 25, 2017

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On Record: Is It Ok?, by VTO

VTO might be the oldest surviving Missoula punk band from the Jay's Upstairs era (and before), though the lineup has changed and the members took some breaks to start families and local businesses.

(Music)   May 25, 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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On Record: Heartworms, by The Shins

For many listeners, the opening notes of Oh, Inverted World bring back 2001 in vivid detail: the heyday of indie pop and a time of carefree and unpretentious, if not simple, rock tunes.

(Music)   May 25, 2017

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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.

May 18, 2017

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