World War Which? An art historian brings the Great War back to Montana

World War Which? An art historian brings the Great War back to Montana

Except to the most passionate history buffs, the objects of World War I have naturally become distant from contemporary American life.

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The birth of camp: Unpacking Pee-wee's Big Adventure

Pee-wee's Big Adventure is the story of an adult man who is pathologically whimsical.

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Yance Ford's Strong Island: a brother's murder, and a lasting grief

In the feature documentary Strong Island, director Yance Ford explores the 1992 murder of her brother, William.

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Live and on record: Orc, by Oh Sees

L.A. via San Francisco via Rhode Island weirdo John Dwyer is the one constant in the Oh Sees (who have also gone by Thee Oh Sees and OCS, among other permutations).

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Live and on record: The Far Field, by Future Islands

Nostalgia is a difficult line to walk.

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Live and on record: Changing Shades, by The Lil Smokies

Changing Shades makes for an unrivaled co-pilot on just about any western Montana highway.

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Digging deep into songwriter Cory Fay's new Garden Variations

The original idea in interviewing Cory Fay for the release of his new album was to have him answer questions while reenacting an old black and white image of Ernest Hemingway sitting in a steaming bathtub.

Sep 14, 2017

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The seasonal landscape of artist B. Martinez

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(The Arts)   Sep 14, 2017

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Live and on record: Something for the Pain, by Andrea Harsell

The first time I heard Andrea Harsell play was 10 years ago on a late July evening around a campfire.

(Music)   Sep 14, 2017

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Live and on record: This Old Dog, by Mac DeMarco

I have a feeling that 95 percent of Mac DeMarco fans weren't aware of the first time he played in Missoula, which was four years ago to a few lucky listeners in the back of the tiny VFW.

(Music)   Sep 14, 2017

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On record: Vineland, by Shahs

Shahs are pretty much the top of the local music heap for me. They play without a milligram of irony and are defined by a distinctive voice—one that's been steeping for the past 12 years, and which has put them squarely onto the list of bands I try to see live whenever I can.

(Music)   Sep 14, 2017

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Mother! only masquerades as feminism

I cannot recall the last time a film made me as angry as Darren Aronofsky's Mother!

(Film)   Sep 14, 2017

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Elizabeth Dove illustrates the act of understanding at MAM

Elizabeth Dove's It Started With Aardvark is not a particularly friendly exhibit, though its title has the sweet ring of a children's abecedarium.

Sep 7, 2017

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Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit make their own Nashville Sound

A lot of fans had their first introduction to Alabaman Jason Isbell in 2003, via the Drive-By Truckers' release of Decoration Day.

(Music)   Sep 7, 2017

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Playing live: Sincerely, by Dude York

Dude York is what good rock music is all about: squealing guitars, strutting bass lines, manic drum beats, glam-alicious vocals, pop hooks and a whole lot of energy fueled by angst and desire.

(Music)   Sep 7, 2017

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Playing Live: Selector Dub Narcotic

You can't be a music geek without knowing about Calvin Johnson, founder of K Records and musician associated with early lo-fi groups Beat Happening, Dub Narcotic Sound System and the Halo Benders.

(Music)   Sep 7, 2017

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On record: Undertow, by Wolf Eyes

My taste is usually more conservative than Wolf Eyes, but after seeing the band several times and getting more familiar with its catalog, I've felt an urge to listen to them every few months or so.

(Music)   Sep 7, 2017

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Good Time: a grittily authentic heist movie

Not even five minutes into Good Time, I felt fairly certain that I was watching one of the best films of 2017.

(Film)   Sep 7, 2017

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Filmmaker Drew Xanthopoulos talks about the human drama behind The Sensitives

In The Sensitives, filmmaker Drew Xanthopoulos tells a fascinating cinema verite story about people with such severe chemical and electrical sensitivities that they are forced to live apart from society.

Aug 31, 2017

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Letter B turns on the R&B on Catch Me

On Friday evening, as Missoula's River City Roots Festival was gathering momentum on Main Street, the related Family Fun Festival at Caras Park was drawing to a close.

(Music)   Aug 31, 2017

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Six years later: UM photographers explore Japan's 3.11 disasters

The University of Montana School of Journalism sends a group of students abroad every year to share stories from other parts of the world.

(The Arts)   Aug 31, 2017

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Infidelity goes off the hook in Landline

Set in Manhattan in 1995, the comedy/drama Landline embodies a time of alternative music and few cellphones, when it was still possible to just go off the grid and chill out for a few days.

(Film)   Aug 31, 2017

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Malcolm Holcombe brings a taste of Appalachia to River City Roots

I can't believe I'd never heard of Malcolm Holcombe before now.

(Music)   Aug 24, 2017

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The weird world of Leyna Krow's I'm Fine, But You Appear to Be Sinking

There are several fantastic elements threaded through Spokane author Leyna Krow's debut collection of 15 stories, I'm Fine, But You Appear to Be Sinking.

(Books)   Aug 24, 2017

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Crystal Morey creates a new mythology of the West at Radius Gallery

This month's show at the Radius Gallery, Compositions, is an incredibly curated collection of work by four artists that creates a space reminiscent of the magical woods in a fairytale.

Aug 24, 2017

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Ingrid mines Instagram—but not too deeply

In Ingrid Goes West, Aubrey Plaza stars as Ingrid, a lonely, unhinged millennial who really loves Instagram and the pretty girls who live there.

(Film)   Aug 24, 2017

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