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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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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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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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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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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On Record: Yours Conditionally, by Tennis

Tennis is annoying, at least on paper.

(Music)   May 18, 2017

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On Record: Trumpeting Ecstasy, by Full of Hell

Bands like Full of Hell don't demand your attention so much as they seem to threaten your life for it.

(Music)   May 18, 2017

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Who is former Fleet Fox Father John Misty trying to be?

Fleet Foxes will play the Wilma next week, and former drummer Josh Tillman won't be with them.

(Music)   May 11, 2017

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On record: Shovels, by Shovels

The band Shovels doesn't have much internet presence, and their only album—a cassette that sold out after 100 copies—is from 2013, the year they became a band.

(Music)   May 11, 2017

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On record: The Rotties, by The Rotties

The Rotties most recent album (another eponymous cassette) sounds like a punk-rock party album with all the trappings, including metal-tinged melodies, punk beats and petulant vocals.

(Music)   May 11, 2017

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On record: Then and Now , by Dave Scott and Crazy Dog

Let's just go ahead and call it the Neil Young Conundrum.

(Music)   May 11, 2017

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A new collective looks to rebuild an all-ages music scene

The number of big-name shows at the Top Hat and the Wilma, plus upcoming summer concerts at the Big Sky and Kettlehouse amphitheaters, gives the impression that Missoula is rich with music.

May 4, 2017

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The Beet Tops keep square dancing alive and kicking

For a long time, square dancing has been viewed as a relic—enjoyed by the old and rural, exiled to barns and fields.

(Music)   Apr 20, 2017

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On record: Portraits, by Pale People

Portraits opens with urgent, banging, staccato keyboard, followed by Mack Gilcrest's theatrical voice soaring: "The robots come to kill me, summer 2003!"

(Music)   Apr 13, 2017

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On Record: Ladybug, by Joseph Running Crane and the Dirty Birds

Joseph Running Crane first showed up on the Missoula music scene almost 10 years ago with Goddammitboyhowdy, a fast and loose punk band nurtured in Browning on the Blackfeet Reservation.

(Music)   Apr 13, 2017

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On Record: Emperor of Sand, by Mastodon

On their new album, prog-metal heroes Mastodon spin a tale of a man cursed with certain death as he hopelessly perseveres through an endless desert.

(Music)   Apr 13, 2017

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John Floridis celebrates 25 years of Musician's Spotlight

Musician's Spotlight has been on the air for 25 years, long enough to survive several evolutionary jumps in recording technology.

Apr 6, 2017

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How Fantasy Suite turns reality TV into real emotion

Fantasy Suite's song "Even More" begins with a soft bass line and loose guitar strumming that evokes the desperation and wistfulness of a Fleetwood Mac song.

Mar 30, 2017

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