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Notes from the Road: 7 Years Absence

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So being on tour with my band in Cali, I have found some interesting similarities and differences between Washington and California. And to show you these, I have created a wonderful “chart” for you all to soak in. (plus it takes up space.) Spokane California Weather Hot & Cloudy Hot & Smoggy Drivers



News & Notes - 5/31/07

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Seattle’s Side Project returns to Caterina Former Spokane band, The Side Project, is returning to their hometown on Friday, June 1st for a single show at Caterina Winery. This all-ages show gets started at 8 p.m. Cover is $7 at the door. Catarina is located at 905 N. Washington street kiddy-corner from the Red Lion In at the Park. Another near miss for pick of the issue comes to Prago Buffalo, New York trio, Lemuria is another band that just barely miss



The List - 5/31/07

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Voxtrot Up and coming indie rock band from Austin, Texas who’s gained modest notoriety solely off word of mouth and a couple EPs. Now that they’ve released a full-length album – a May 22nd self-titled release – they’re primed to become major players in the American rock scene. They’re certainly catchy, rockin’ and diverse enough. Hockey “A Song Away”: Truly incredible single from local rock group that sounds like it should have been a chart topping hit sometime in or around 1986. Almost impossibly addictive and intensely moving despite being ridiculously simple. Check them out at www.myspace.com/hockey. Angie Aparo “Wonderland”: Standout track fr



The S List

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Welcome to part 19 of our 26 part series where we count down our five favorite songs starting with every letter of the alphabet. Here, then, is our offering - and one reader's opinion - for "The S List," in no particular order: OUR PiCKS So Alive Ryan Adams Standing Outside the Fire Garth Brooks Shelter from the Storm Bob Dylan Summer Skin Death Cab for Cutie Saeglorpur Sigur Ros READER PiCKS Show in July Chris Gaines



Blvd holds special early show

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I Hate Sally | photo by Jess Baumung I Hate Sally, an Ontario screamo band (Or THE Ontario screamo band, depending upon the size of Ontario’s handkerchief sporting population) will grace The Boulevard on Jun 5th, at 5 p.m., accompanied by THE CHARIOT, Misery Signals and I am Ghost. A favorite in Canada (Canadian magazines like Chart Attack have shown amazing amounts of love for the bands brilliant breakdowns and the impressive tightness of the band as a wh



Candlebox returns to the Big Easy

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For a rock and roll band that got its start in Seattle in December 1991, it’s no surprise that Candlebox was immediately labeled “grunge.” But while that moniker fits, to a certain extent, they define themselves in broader terms as an alternative rock/blues band. However, it’s not unfair to assume that bands like Pearl Jam and Nirvana had an influence. Candlebox does in fact have something in common with Pearl Jam, other than the aforementioned soggy city; Dave Krusen, who played drums on Pearl Jam’s album Ten, collaborated with Candlebox on their 1998 album Happy Pills. Success has been their story since the beginning. In 1993, Candelbox’s debut self-titled album sold four million copies. Lucy, the band’s sophomore album, was certified gold. With all the t



Elkfest ‘07 brings fourteen bands to Cannon St. stage

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Elkfest is coming back for its 3rd year, a three-day street party in Browne’s addition that will see 14 acts grace the lovely neighborhood along Cannon Street for a stellar, extended weekend of largely local musicians over the first weekend in June. The party gets going on Friday, June 1st, with Danny Weber, La Cha-Cha, Kid Theodore and Band of Annuals and continues Saturday with Barcelona, A Pack of Wolves,



Mistress And The Misters...

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...hold EP release show at The Blvd Just eight short months after Mistress and the Misters released their full-length album, “Conflagration,” they are back with a 5-song EP featuring their latest and greatest work. They will release this disc upon the world and kick off their summer West Coast tour on Friday, June 8th at the Blvd House of Music, located at 333 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. across from the INB Performing Arts Center. Joining the band are SiDEKiCK favorites La Cha-Cha, and Seattle power-rockers



EMIC EP by Mistress and the Misters

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EMIC EP (2007) Mistress & The Misters 1. Bone to Pick 2. Mute 3. Neck Romancing 4. Consuela 5. Bill and the Hill Sisters Mistress and the Misters’ sophomore kick in the rear is finally here – well, it’s to be released at their June 8th show with the return of their even madder Seattle sisters in Iceage Cobra – but they leaked the 5 new tracks to me early, so I was one lucky little mistress who got to dance to them before anyone else. If you’re an old ‘Misters fan who remembers seeing them every other weekend setting fire to a “Conflagration” in a random dirty bar, you’d love “Neck Romancing,”



Great Stalin’s Ghost! performs for SiDEKiCK Podcast

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If the SiDEKiCK still picked out the “Best Band Name” for each issue, Great Stalin’s Ghost! would undoubtedly be our winner. This three-piece rock band from Moscow, Idaho not only has a great name, but the talent and energy to back it up. We were able to coax the band into Audio Jerk Record’s new studio in the Spokane Valley for the 3rd installment of The SiDESHOW, our brand new video podcast. Check it out now by going to www.spokanesidekick.com and selecting “SiDESHOW” from the side navigation bar. For those who prefer live music, Great Stalin’s Ghost will be playing with Black & Tann on Saturday, J



The Idiot's Guide to Mt. Olympus

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Over the following 24 pages you will find the SiDEKiCK’s pathetic attempt to summarize all of Greek Mythology into eight tiny info boxes. Shortly after we started on this theme we realized that there was simply too much information to properly describe even a portion of what is needed for a minimal understanding of the subject. It also doesn’t help that there is no collectively accepted history of the subject as each ancient historian recorded the deeds and lineage of the greek deities in a slightly different and often conflicting way. For example, one account says that Zeus, ruler of Mount Olympus and leader of the gods, was raised by a nymph named Cynosura. Another account claims that a goat named Amalthea raised him. This is a little bit of discrepancy seeing that Zeus in THE god of Greek Mythology. Nevertheless, the following boxes are a glimpse at some



O.A.R. headlines Big Easy show

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For our most recent Pick of the Issue, our opinion about the most exciting live entertainment event in Spokane coming up over the next few weeks, we’re selecting roots rock/jam band O.A.R.’s Tuesday, June 19th concert at the Big Easy Concert House, with Bedouin Soundclash offering support. O.A.R. (which stands for Of a Revolution, meaning fans get really self-righteous and annoying if you call them “oar” instead of spelling it out) is an incredibly popular American rock outfit that’s celebrated an eno



Letter from the Editor

Vol 2 Issue 11

Hello You! Thanks for tuning in. This issue holds a very special day for the SiDEKiCK – June 15th offically marks our 1 year birthday. Yes, it is hard to belive that just one year ago we started delivering our quaint little publication to the businesses of Spokane and Spokane Valley. In that time we have grown from a mere 4,000 issues to our current total of 8,500. Not bad for a couple of dudes in a basement. First off we would like to thank all of our advertisers that have been with us since our first issue – Boo Radley’s, Brooklyn Nights, The Blvd and The Zombie Room (Spread), we salute you. We would also l



Sparky and the Fitz winds down at Interplayers

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The final play at Interplayers rounds out towards the end of May, with the comedy Sparky and the Fitz, starring television veterans Ellen Crawford and Mike Genovese (left), which runs through Saturday, May 26th. The play revolves a retirement age love triangle, centering on an everyday relationship between a wife (Fitz) and her husband (Sparky). Fitz is entertaining the idea of jumping into another relationship with the UPS man or stay with the status quo and let the years roll by, building up to a hilarious final collection. Showtimes are weekdays at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and matinees at 2 on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Prices range from $12 to $21 depending on showtime and whether you qualify for a senior discount (62+). Student tickets, meanwhile can be purchased for $10 no matter the show. Tickets are available through the Interplayers Box Office at (509) 455-PLAY or through www.ticketswest.com or any of the TicketsWest outlets around to



Civic Theatre season ends with The Sound of Music

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The Spokane Civic Theatre is closing the doors on their 2006-2007 season of plays with the lavish musical The Sound of Music. The downright iconic Rogers and Hammerstein production will go up on the Civic Theatre’s main stage on Friday, May 18th where it will remain for a month-long engagement. I feel kind of silly even attempting to describe The Sound of Music because, if you’ve no idea what it’s about, then you might want to consider getting a library card and a Blockbuster account. The story centers around a schoolteacher bringing a love of music (and the naming of her favorite things) to the Austrian hills, specifically the house of the von Trapp family (von Trapp, of course, being Austrian for lovable, suspender-clad dorks). Besides “My Favorite Things,” The Sound of Music also includes the canonical tunes “Do Re Me,” “Climb Every Mountain,” and between six and seven thousand others. The local production is directed by Yvonne A.K. Johnson, with musical direc



The Oreo Cookie

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Donna's Diner

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Ruben Sandwich - $7.25 Sometimes you just need to have some down-home comfort food. Whether because of a crappy day or because you’re nursing a major hang over, comfort food will always perk you up. I know they say you shouldn’t use food as a way to make yourself feel better, but screw those people. A great place to find some good comfort food is at Donna’s Diner at 15112 E Sprague in the Valley. Donna’s is your classic diner. It even has the seemingly endless counter with padded stools to sit at. The food that we decided to partake of consisted of a chili burger (the real kind with chili piled on top), a chicken fried steak sandwich, and a classic Reuben. My choice was the chicken fried steak sandwich. It was a nice chunk of meat breaded with cheddar cheese melted on top and slapped between two pieces of Texas toast. That



Thai Bamboo Redux

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Calamari Rings - $7.99 Back in January of this year, the SiDEKiCK visited Thai Bamboo’s South Hill store to see how Spokane’s largest Thai establishment fared against our picky palettes. We found the restaurant to be outstanding in every way except in one small instance – I thought their calamari sucked. According to my previous review “Thai Bamboo’s problem was that the calamari itself looked and tasted like something I would get from Skippers – manufactured and mass-produced. While their Thai dipping sauce was awesome, the calamari itself wasn’t worthy of the sauce.” To my surprise they read the review and listened. I got an email from Thai Bamboo owner Tom Burgess about a month ago telling me that they were now serving h



Find the Squirrel - 5/17/07

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Here are some clues to help you on your quest. Clue 1: No Clues. This one is easy. Prize: The first person to tell us (very specifically) where Nunchuck is will win a pair of tickets to see O.A.R. perform live at the Big Easy on Tuesday, June 19th, 2007.



A Look at Spokane Recording Studios

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Fusion Studios (509) 389-4031 | www.fusionstudio.biz This nearly brand-new studio is the brainchild of musician Mark Klock and his wife Angel. Located about an hour and a half north of Spokane (just north of Chewelah), the studio is far removed from the noise and frantic distractions of the city. According to Klock, “When we first started building the studio two years ago we had the option of moving to Spokane but instead we chose to set up shop way out here and make it a sort of getaway for musicians. There is nothing up here to distract you – you have to concentrate on your music.” History Klock, a graduate of the UCLA audio engineering program, officially started Fusion Studios in 2003 for his own private use in recording his own musical projects. A lifelong musician, he was f



Getting tough with Idaho drivers

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If you live in Idaho or have an Idaho license plate, there is a strong chance that I dislike you. Seriously, where did you people learn to drive? Europe? The left lane, that’s the same side that your left arm is on, is for passing traffic. It is not, however, a lane in which you drive 55 mph in a 60 mph zone. It also doesn’t give you the right to be wildly pissed off when someone then passes you on the right. Sorry to break it to you, but you are, in fact, breaking the law. I also find that Idaho drivers interpret being passed as an insult directed towards their mother. Example: I’m driving behind a car that is going way to slow (Idaho driver), and I’m waiting patiently for the passing lane to arrive. When it finally does appear, and I merge to the left (legal passing lane only) the driver ahead of me then, no joke, speeds up 15 mph. By the time I g



28 Days Later one of the best of its genre

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I think a lot of people would agree with the claim that some of the most rewarding viewing experiences come about when you know or expect little out of the movie you’re about to see. If there’s no hype to live up to, it’s easier to be pleasantly surprised. Perhaps the most pronounced case of that, for me, came from my initial encounter with 28 Days Later. There are a couple of great zombie movies, but that angle’s been pretty thoroughly explored and I didn’t feel like I needed to see another one, especially one set in a not-too-distant, post-apocalyptic future. Frankly it sounded like kind of a drag. And while 28 Days Later is a far cry from an uplifting and heartwarming tale, it’s much, much better than I would have thought possible. Cillian Murphy is fantastic, the digital cinematography is stellar and the soundtrack is one of my favorites of all



28 Weeks Later a worthy, gory sequel

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Run Carlyle, Run! You could probably file the 2001 release 28 Days Later in any of a number of genres or sub-genres: thriller, action, horror, science fiction, drama, or anything with the word “apocalyptic” in it would seem fairly logical to me. That’s not really the case with the sequel, however; 28 Weeks Later is pretty much a straight up horror film. Brutal, gruesome and undeniably intense, in the end it’s a surprisingly exciting and entertaining little movie. That’s not to insinuate that 28 Weeks Later is better than the original, though. That’s not the case at all (see below). But as a sort-of edge-of-your-seat horror flick where everyone’s running around in full-blown survival mode, it works pretty well. You could dig a little deeper and find something at stake about cowardice paying a heavy price – or other vaguely h



Achieving victory, one Applebees at a time

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The difference between winning and losing is typically as apparent as the contrast between black and white. However, that’s when you’re talking about whether or not the Mariners scored more runs than the Yankees. Attempting to discern what a win in Iraq is for the United States and our allies, however, becomes much more difficult to pinpoint. Nobody knows exactly how Iraq would look, if we reached what could be reasonably defined as victory. The National Strategy for Victory in Iraq - posted on Whitehouse.gov, the official Web site for administration policies - “The United States is fully committed to meeting this challenge. We will do everything it takes to win.” The site also goes on to say that, “With resolve, victory will be achieved [in Iraq], although not by a date certain.” And then the document quickly lowers expectations saying that unlike past wars, victory will not come in the form of an enemy’s surrender or be signaled by a partic



Sexual Predators, Loyal Bushies and the disappearance of accountability

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As a general and perhaps obvious rule, it seems more productive to me to try and be progressive, pointing out whatever aspects in a group of people or particular ideal that you find unhealthy while celebrating the positive characteristics that are being championed. But it’s pretty clear that we’ve gotten to a point where the Bush administration is an almost laughable debacle that deserves nothing in the way of credit. As Jon Stewart quipped sadly on The Daily Show a couple of weeks ago, “Apparently this administration is incapable of doing anything that isn’t ironic.” The checklist includes, but certainly isn’t limited to: a borderline criminal non-response to the Hurricane Katrina fallout, draconian security measures that have been not only unconstitutional but illegal, and other domestic debacles in a number of departments, particularly justice. That’s not to mention a foreign policy that has bee



The R List

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Welcome to part 18 of our 26 part series where we count down our five favorite songs starting with every letter of the alphabet. Here, then, is our offering - and one reader's opinion - for "The R List," in no particular order: OUR PiCKS Razor Love Neil Young Rocky Racoon The Beatles River, The Garth Brooks Ruby Tuesday Rolling Stones Rock Island Line Leadbelly READER PiCKS Run Me Down The Black Keys



Paper Mache headline solid local rock lineup

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The all ages venue of The Big Dipper is hosting a stellar concert full of formidable local talent (there seems to be a slew of those coming up) when Pullman’s Ether Hour heads into town to support Spokane outfits Paper Mache, The Let Up and Mistress and the Misters. Paper Mache is a sort of indie rock band with a strong commercial vibe, marked by a lead voice that belongs in a pop punk band and some guitar riffs that sound more at home in an arena rock tour, even if the acoustic guitar is just as prevalent as the elect



Music Lesson #2 - Playing the Blues

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I learned to play guitar with the blues. It’s my favorite genre of music. Of course, I can’t really call myself a true ‘bluesman’ because of my severe lack of sadness in life. I mean, the only heartache I’ve suffered through is the loss of loved ones and lovers. Then again, that’s all you need to play the blues (it’s just that if you lived though the Great Depression or the Black Plague you have more street-cred for enduring something truly horrible). Here’s a short lesson on the blues for beginners or unfamiliar guitarists. Figure 1 is the pentatonic scale, in E. The great thing about the pentatonic scale (it took me weeks to figure this out) is that you can start anywhere on the fret and follow the same pattern as Figure 1. A pentatonic in ‘A’ would start on the 5th fret of the top E string. A pentatonic in ‘G’ would start on the 3rd fret, and so on and so on. There



Brandi Carlile plays Big Easy

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Washingtonian singer/songwriter and all around rockin’ chick Brandi Carlile is coming to the Big Easy Concert House for a Thursday, May 24th performance. (As a side note, how have no pissed off feminists written about our repeated use of the word “chick” and general tone that often sounds like frat boys making inappropriate comments while watching soft core porn at 3 a.m. on USA. I feel gypped here.) Back to the point at hand, Carlile is touring in support of her sophomore release The Story, and is apparently doing very well for herself – consistently selling out theatres and concert halls from Portland to Cleveland. (I’m required by law at this point to pause and mention the w



An Open Letter to the Spokesman Review’s ‘Our Voice’ Delivery Drivers from SiDEKiCK Production Manager Andy Rowse

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Dear Spokesman Delivery Drivers, I am very pleased that you enjoy the SiDEKiCK’s homegrown newspaper rack system. We are very proud of our ingenuity and thriftiness when it comes to supplying racks to businesses in the community. After all, we are not a multi-million dollar company with nearly unlimited resources and power – if that were the case we would simply buy pre-made racks from a manufacturer instead of making our own. Nevertheless, please keep your newspapers out of the SiDEKiCK’s racks! It is one thing when a Spokesman stack accidently gets put on-top of our papers by a business owner that doesn’t know any better, but it really chaps my ass when I find a stack of SiDEKiCK’s on the floor with ‘Our Voice’ place in the SiDEKiCK’s rightful position (please see picture to the left taken at Ringo’s Casino). Perhaps you cannot read the bright



Spotucky Radio/Spokane SiDEKiCK Presents The Dry County Crooks live at the Zombie Room

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KYRS’ Spotucky Radio and the Spokane Sidekick present the Dry County Crooks live at the Zombie Room on Saturday, May, 19th. While technically the Dry County Crooks are not the headliner, they are the act that this paper is most excited about. Due to a booking error, the Dry County Crooks were originally scheduled to play Mootsy’s but have now moved their show down the street and are sharing their show with progressive jazz band Reptet out of Seattle. These two bands will also be joined by country punk rockers Williston. This 21 and older show will take place at the newly christened Zombie Room (formerly The Spread w



Major Seattle hip hop outfit descends upon Raw Sushi

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Blue Scholars photo by Gabriel Teodros If there’s one thing that every Spokanite knows, it’s that nothing goes better with raw fish than educated Seattle hip-hop. Driving the point home at Raw Sushi on the 18th will be the Blue Scholars, a ridiculously talented, hopelessly poetic duo from our big brother city to the west. Though the Blue Scholars had the honor of being the only mainstage hip-hop artist at Sasquatch last year, as well as a mainstage act at Bumbershoot, an appearance at a small local venue like Raw is hardly a rarity for the



Behold the queens of the local scene

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The Shook Twins | photo by Lisa Wareham I don’t want to give the impression that we rate all of the shows coming to Spokane from best to worst, but there are definitely concerts that pique our interest more than others, and if we had a runner-up for Pick of the Issue this time around, the All Girl Review at Caterina would be it. Featuring the mostly local talent of The Shook Twins, Vespertine, Karli Fairbanks and



Six Foot Swing

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If it’s true what they say, “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing,” then by all accounts, 6’ Swing really means something. The seven piece Spokane based swing band is all about bringing back the swinging sound of the 20s. 6’ Swing, pronounced “six foot swing,” plays classic tunes reminiscent of a much different time in American music. They just finished recording their first CD and plan to release it at their upcoming show at Centerstage on May 24, where they will be opening for The Stolen Sweets. The six song demo highlights the group’s ability to produce a genuine vintage sound



Hed PE headlines Scratch n’ Sniff Show

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Scratch n’ sniff this. Aggressive punk rock is in the air and the So Cal band (HED) p.e. is scheduled to hit up Spokompton. Touring with such act as Metallica, Slayer, Korn, The Defontes, Linkin Park, P.O.D., and Slipknot, these guys are no longer the side show. With a new album being released on June 26, (HED) p.e. will play The Big Easy on May 30th. Hailing from Orange County, Calif., (HED) p.e. can hold their own. The metal/rap/hard core band will appear with Authority Zero,



The Wikipedia Corollary

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Due to our using Wikipedia for a borderline unprofessional level of internet research, we’ve identified a near phenomenon we call The Wikipedia Corollary. It’s pretty simple, really – you search something in Wikipedia that’s actually pertinent to your task at hand and, before you know it, you’re reading about obscure medieval sacrifice rituals or the best way to cook goat cheese pizza, and at no point did you ever leave the Wikipedia network. With their insanely cross-referenced articles and almost overwhelming breadth of entries, it’s nearly impossible not to click on a link that is only moderately involved with what you set out to learn about, from there following god-knows-what until you’re sufficiently informed about something – just not about what you had logged on to read about in the first place. It seems to be quite a frequent occurrence for anyone who uses Wikipedia with any regularity. In the Sidekick office, for example, it’s not at



Wikipedia

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For this issue, we’re celebrating the greatest resource in the history of the world, the indispensable website known as Wikipedia. Some people cite that the user updated entries are unreliable but it’s our opinion that if you’re intelligent about your research and double-check seemingly dubious claims that are uncited, you’ll find Wikipedia a routinely reliable, highly engaging and incredibly vast pool of knowledge. Props to whoever edits that thing and keeps things running smoothly, as they do a commendable job keeping the content factual and, for that matter, highly readable. At any rate, you can find various tidbits of information surrounding Wikipedia on the bottom of several pages, as well as an introduction to “The Wikipedia Corollary” in a special, one-off feature on page 21. Enjoy. The beauty and bane of Wikipedia



Lacuna Coil headlines metal show at The Blvd.

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We’re pretty unabashed rock ’n roll guys here at the Sidekick, so most of our Picks of the Issue have deviated little from singer/songwriters or straight up rock acts. Yet for this Picks of the Issue, our opinion of the best show coming up in or around Spokane over the next couple of weeks, we’re selecting a metal lineup that’s deserving of the distinction. On Wednesday, May 30th, Italian goth outfit Lacuna Coil is headlining a night of music at The Blvd. that will also include the epic, dark rock of



Letter from the Editor

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Hi gang. More often than had been foreseen when we started this publication, we get a lot of people making comments or asking questions about trying to give the Inlander some competition or run the 7 out of business or some other such nonsense. We find it pretty ridiculous, really, as we’ve always been of the opinion tthat there’s a lot more going on in Spokane than is usually recognized and the more print media voices a town has, the better it is for the community. But we draw the line when you mess with Chuck Norris. In last week’s issue of The Inlander, those cheeky bastards had the audacity to suggest that Chuck Norris is a wimp, simply because he refused to pummel a homeless person. You fools! As if Chuck Norris has any need whatsoever to prove himself by beating up a mere mortal. Come on, the guy had 58 kills in Vietnam and he wasn’t even there, you think he really needs to take on one unarmed Spokanite to make himself feel better. We’r



Seven Years Absence set to release CD at Caterina

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Seven Years Absence will be releasing their recently completed album Our Life in Stereo at the Caterina Winery on Saturday, April 7th. Starting with an acoustic set and building slowly to a bonafide electric extravaganza, this album release is one that’s sure to fit in with the usual subdued fare found at Caterina before exploding into a good ol’ fashioned rock ’n roll party. Our Life in Stereo is a collection of 10 songs frantically recorded during a week at College Road Recording. Marked by fantastic vocal and songwriting work and distinctive guitar play throughout, the result is a decidedly epic output where Seven Years Absence immediately reaches a fever pitch



VAST brings audio-visual amalgamation to The Spread

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The nationally touring alt rock band VAST will be swinging through Spokane for a stop at The Spread (formerly B-Side and soon to be called The Zombie Room) on Tuesday, April 17th. With a slightly morbid but melodic dark side, VAST is gaining converts across the country. Their music, however, is only part of the equation. The name VAST stands for Visual Audio Sensory Theatre and, as such, relies heavily on performance art, video monitors and other visual effects to enhance the musical elements. The music itself sounds like something that would fit in nicely on one of The Crow soundtracks, comprised of a sort of catchy ambience that’s still got a certain, indefinable edge to it. (If that vague and unsatisfactory description doesn’t do it for you, check out their sound firsthand at www.myspace.com/vast.) Vast will be joined by August House,



A Conversation with Nate Schierman

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Photo by Cassie Vickers Several months ago, I had the pleasure of sneaking backstage at the Nate Schierman/Side Project ‘Met show. While exploring the green room and wishing “good luck” to the many talented musicians, I ran into Nate Schierman, as in, the Nate Schierman who has sold a whopping 20,000 records in two years along with being considered the “only musician from Spokane who tours extensively.” It was truly an honorable moment having the pleasure to interview this great musician... J: So Nate, who would be your musical heroes? N: My father [Ron Schierman]. That’s it. I didn’t grow up with anybody. I purposely don’t listen to any music. I don’t want to be influenced by anybody. I listen to a cd maybe twice, if



Spokane’s Impact Exploder and Boston’s Junius join forces at Prago

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Prago Argentine Cafe continues to offer an ever-expanding and diverse musical lineup in one of the Sidekick’s favorite new hangouts, with Impact Exploder and Junius taking the stage (of sorts) on Sunday, April 8th. The critically acclaimed Junius are touring in support of their 2006 EP release Blood is Bright. Keeping the art rock tradition alive and kicking, they sound a bit like Dream Theatre, only less showy and more pissed off. Really Joy Division is the best comparison, but we like to stretch the bounds a bit here at the Sidekick. Whoever you want to compare them to, Junius is a decidedly epic, almost otherworldly band. Local power trio Impact Exploder will also be performing, bring



Clumsy Lovers highlight benefit concert at Northern Quest

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The raging bluegrass Celtic rock of Clumsy Lovers are headlining a night of music at Northern Quest Casino to benefit the Spokane Child and Neglect Prevention Center on Friday, April 6th. Also on the bill for the evening are The Clintons, a relaxed, self-effacing acoustic outfit from Montana, as well as the reggae inspired punk of Slacktide Soul and, finally, the heavy hitting metal of Spokane’s



From the Inland Northwest to SXSW

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Smile Line Spark frontman Patrick McHenry’s notes from the Austin, Texas mega-festival First off, just let me say that South by Southwest (SXSW) is not the chic, indie, hip ‘music’ festival it claims to be. In real life it is an ‘open bar, let’s get drunk and network as much as possible’ festival. This is the truth. By the way, Spokane bar owners…cheaper prices mean more sales. Think about it at least? The most expensive drink I saw in Austin was a dollar. Second, you can’t go to hardly any of the sweet shows without a yuppie pass, which gets you into everything but costs like $90 (or more maybe) and you have to be connected to show business somehow (A&R, CEOs of labels, photographers, writers, publicists, strippers, ass kissers). I spent more time meeting interesting people and receiving (in bulk) free alcohol than I did playing music, which is a whole other story (don’t ask unless you’ve got a couple hours to waste). A short list of the cool people



Urban rap duo descends upon Big Easy Concert House

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The Ying Yang Twins, a rap duo from Atlanta who deliver a hyper-urban crunk sound to their increasing fan base, will be making their way to the Inland Northwest for a recently added engagement at the Big Easy Concert House on Friday, April 6th. Though not genealogically related, the Ying Yang Twins play up their Taoist namesake, as Kaine often wears an oriental hat like the one pictured above while D-Roc sports what you could aptly describe as a Fu Manchu on steroids. Lyrically, however, they’re pretty devoid of philosophical influences unless you feel (as they seem to) that the booty has meditative, transfixing powers, as can be witnessed via two singles that are currently playing on their Myspace page, “Jigglin” and “Ms. New Booty” (www.myspace.com/yingyangtwins). I don’t know what else to say about the group, since I definitely don’t understand t



Local bands celebrate changing of the seasons with concert of their own

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With so many shows going on around town on a weekly basis, it’s difficult to decide which particular concerts to highlight. We list everything we can fit onto our calendar spread, but choosing what shows to highlight via an article is somewhere between arbitrary and impossible. Here’s a tip, then, if you want to get your event written about in the Sidekick: give it a catchy name. There’s not a lot that separates Spring Fling at the Bing from a number of other Washington bands giving joint concerts through the first half of May, but with a name that catchy, we had no choice but to write about it. Actually, that preceding sentence might have downplayed the talent that will be on showcase at the Bing Crosby Theatre. Bellingham’s No-Fi Soul Rebellion will headline the show with a highly funky indie soul vibe that recalls The Beastie Boys if they were having more fun and jamming with t



G Love and Special Sauce usher in the sunshine

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For many in the Subaru-driving, pot-smoking, sandal-wearing, feel-good camp, the onset of summer is marked by listening to an insane amount of G Love and Special Sauce. G Love even seems to embrace this good-times, sunny-weather vibe, going so far as to call his latest album Lemonade. Appropriately, as winter has finally given way to the occasional burst of sunshine in the Inland Northwest, G Love and Special Sauce will be playing at the Big Easy Concert House on Thursday, April 19th. A lot of people talk about the underlying blues grooves when describing G Love’s sound, but it’s the R&B vibe that seems most apparent to me, a sound that’s so relaxed that it would almost be hip hop if i



Civilized Animal plays Blvd before hitting the studio

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A full ten years after Spokane’s infamous ska/rock band Civilized Animal got their beginning from the ashes of Distorted Silence, the band has returned from an extended hiatus that saw longer and longer gaps between shows until there were virtually none. With a new, full line-up of animals and a desire to once again rock the shit out of Spokane, Civilized Animal will perform on Friday, April 6th at the Blvd House of Music with help from The Let Up (formerly known as Intermission), The Auralust, and



Paradise Restaurant

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By A.W. Rowse With a name like Paradise, Spokane’s newest restaurant has a lot to live up to. Based on what I saw (and ate), they are up to the task. Paradise Restaurant, located at 226 W. Riverside Ave in the old China Best Restaurant, is probably the best restaurant that I have reviewed in the short history of this column. Not only was the meal awesome and the prices very affordable ($10 - $24 for dinner), Paradise has an unexplainable charm found only in family-owned establishments. Like I mentioned before, Paradise is located in the old China Best Restaurant located next to The Spread on Riverside. Paradise makes a perfect addition to this quick growing block of downtown that, for my money, rivals the “Davenport District” for nightlife. Paradise’s neighbors include The Spread (bar/live music), Prago Argentine Café (wine/coffee), Lion’s Lair (loun



Assassination Fascination

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April 14th will mark the 142nd anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. To honor the occasion, we’re including some background information on Presidential assassinations throughout American history. The four successful assassinations are detailed in the yellow boxes at the bottom of pages 5,7,8 and 10 while a few of the unsuccessful attempts that we found interesting are chronicled in the yellow boxes comprising the back half of the paper. You’ll also find a pair of reviews for assassination flicks (Shooter and The Assassination of Richard Nixon) on page 16. Enjoy. The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln Assassin: John Wilkes Booth Target: Abraham Lincoln Weapon: .44 Derringer Pistol Date: April 14, 1865 Motive: Originally Booth planned on kidnappi



The Mathematicians highlight diverse night of indie rock at The Empyrean

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For our newest Pick of the Issue, our opinion of the one show occurring over the run of this issue that’s truly not to miss, we’ve selected The Mathematicians concert on Friday, April 6th at The Empyrean. The combination of a fantastically unique underground touring band with a couple of Spokane standard rock groups in a great place to take in a live show was too much to resist and we’re legitimately excited here at Sidekick central about this upcoming concert. The Mathematicians are an eccentric three piece rock outfit from upstate New York. Like The Shitty Beatles of Wayne’s World



Letter from the Editors

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Hi. Thanks for picking up the latest issue of the Spokane Sidekick, our 21st issue to hit stands since we started 10 months ago, as well as our most morbid issue yet, with a running theme of presidential assassinations. Real quick at the front of the paper we wanted to let you know once again about our website, www.spokanesidekick.com. If you enjoy this paper in the slightest, you’ll undoubtedly find our online information on pretty much every local band and venue extraordinarily helpful. It’s cross-referenced like crazy and easy as hell to use. We’ve also recently added an RSS feed that allows for quick, easy glances at a number of articles that appear in the print edition of the Sidekick. Basically anything you find in the paper can be found on our website, as well as a bunch of info about all the concerts and entertainment happenings that we don’t have room to include. As always, if you know of any band, venue, event or any other information that’s not found



Two O’Neills, one Caterina concert

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Sometimes one O’Neill just isn’t enough. In many situations two O’Neills are a far better option. Thankfully you don’t have to resort to human cloning to get this situation. Patrick O’Neill and Annie O’Neill will be performing at Caterina on Saturday, March 31st at 8 p.m. with some help from friend Kevin Long. This “family event” is open to all ages and costs just $5 at the door. While Patrick and Annie share the same last name, there is a definite separation when it comes to their music. Patrick performs a highly personal set of acoustic tunes that fills you with an entire bottle’s worth of melancholy. B



Hip-Hop extravaganza comes to Prago

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The 4th annual Bad Penmanship show is back with more local (and former local) hip-hop artists that I probably have room to list in this article. Ban Penmanship is an annual hip-hop showcase that takes place on or around the equinox and brings together some of the best Emcees that have ever called Spokane home. This leviathan of a show will take place on Saturday, March 24th at Prago Argentine Café, located on the corner of Riverside and Browne in downtown, Spokane. According to the show’s official MySpace page (www.myspace.com/badpenmanship) all of the performers have one thing in common… they were all available to play that day. But more se



Guitars, screaming and melody collide at The Empyrean

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Local alt-rock group Seven Years Absence is gearing up to release the album they’ve been holed up recording over the past couple months. Though that time isn’t upon us quite yet, they will be at The Empyrean on Friday, March 23rd to test out some of their revamped tracks. Portland outfits Fallstar and Dear Whoever will also be on the bill for the evening, along with a fourth act that wasn’t made available as of press time. Seven Years Absence plays a highly emotional (though emo doesn’t s



Sevendust return to their roots with release of Alpha

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The five-piece alternative metal of Atlanta’s Sevendust will be entertaining a Big Easy audience with a Monday, March 26th show on a tour that’s consciously designed to bring the band back to the hard-hitting energy that made their formative years so popular, back in the days when they were penning raw, direct singles like “Bitch” and “Black.” Their newest album Alpha, the band’s sixth studio release, sees them return to their original recording space where the band made its start a decade ago. As they readily admit when describing the new album that was released just a few weeks back, “Gone are the acoustic guitars and overt electronic inflection of the last couple records and reenter the raw honest complexity of the Home years.” And that’s immediately apparent, with tracks like “Driven” and “Co



Jodi Hates the World headlines stellar rock lineup at The Spread

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Platform Booking has assembled an evening of music that not only boasts some of the best band names you’re likely to hear at a local concert, but the lineup of bands spanning Spokane, Seattle and Portland would be tough to beat, as well. Starting with the melodic rock of Johnny Stranger and moving through the shoegaze indie vibe of Jodi Hates the World – with a trio of impressive groups sandwiched between them – this is an eclectic and rockin’ evening sure to satisfy a diverse set of listeners. If not for the fact that the Wig Fits All Heads put together such a bitchin’ lineup for their birthday bash (see page 3) this would certainly qualify as a deserving



Chimaira hits the road with new album, new sound

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&subtype Cleveland rockers Chimaira are fresh out of the studio with a new album and are eager to show Spokane what they spent the last few months creating. They will be bringing this new album and a new sound to The Blvd House of Music, located at 333 W. Spokane Falls Blvd in downtown Spokane, with help from He is Legend (Wilmington, NC), Takeover (Spokane), and Concrete Grip (Spoka



Artist Interview with Spokane’s Jonathan Nicholson

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I caught up with finger-style guitarist Jonathan Nicholson at Leonardo’s Coffee and hereby invite you to eavesdrop on our conversation. For this interview, I also invited Mack Rife of indie trio Isenheart. Mack and I first heard Jonathan at a Caterina show last November and we were hooked and awestruck from the moment Jonathan played his first note and the candlelit evening at the fine winery shifted to this powerful atmosphere of artistic ambience that inspired us to either play music or write. JULIA LIPSCOMB: Jonathan, who would be your musical heroes? JONATHAN NICHOLSON: The Cure is a big one. That was one of the reasons I started playing music, was the Cure, Depeche Mode, some piano music, not really any guitar ... But really the Cure was kind of the thing that really made me want to play music. It’s so expressive and emotional a



Shannon Curtis holds the keys... (88 of them to be exact)

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These days Spokane has tons of live music every night of the week. From jazz, metal, blues, punk, and plain old rock, you can always find a band worth checking out. But over the past nine months of publishing we’ve noticed a slight deficiency in Spokane’s musical offerings. While you can catch tons of great jazz piano players at places like ella’s, The Service Station and the Peacock Room, it is once in a blue moon that you can catch a good non-jazz piano act. Nothing against jazz, but sometimes I want to see something in the vein of Ben Folds or Norah Jones. And while Spokane has tons of great venues for this kind of act, we’ve noticed a lack of actual shows. When a good acts does find its way to The ‘Kan we get certifiably stoked. The young lady who has got the SiDEKiCK so excited this time around is Los Angeles singer/songwriter



I Love Being a Turtle

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In honor of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie coming out, and because they were iconic figures integral to our childhood, this issue is dedicated to the crime-fighting, reptilian foursome. Basically, we’re giving a shout out to everyone who woke up on Saturday mornings to watch the four pizza-loving turtles fight Shredder and The Krang, as well as anyone who actually said “Cowabunga Dude,” “Lets Kick Some Shell,” or “Tubular” in any sort of conversation without trying to be ironic. You’ll find a haphazard collection of boxes relating to TMNT on the bottom of several pages, a pair of restaurant reviews of local pizza joints in their honor on page 22 and a review of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie on page 16. Enjoy. For those who grew up in a box... Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles The SiDEKiCK takes for granted that absolutely everyone on earth has heard of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but just in case you’re a herm



Find the Squirrel - 3/22/07

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Here are some clues to help you on your quest. Clue 1: If Nunchuck were a flying squirrel he would have an easier time getting to that water in the distance. Clue 2: If Nunchuck wanted to buy a bag of peanuts, the closest market is the same place that holds wine tastings every Thursday. Prize: The first two people to tell us (very specifically) where Nunchuck is will win a ticket to see G-Love & Special Sauce perform live at the Big Easy on Thursday, April 18th. Winners: None so far. Email your guess to ninjasquirrel@spokanesidekick.com.



The Sewer Pipe

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Pacific Ave Pizza Co.

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By A.W. Rowse Pizza seems like a simple food to make – bread, sauce, toppings and bake. The problem is there are an infinite number of combinations and unfortunately I don’t like all of them. Ultimately I want a thick, golden-brown crust (the thicker the better!), not too much sauce (Pizza Hut take note), and big, chunky toppings. Deliver two out of the three and I am a happy, happy boy. Give me all of them and I will ask you to marry me. Pacific Ave Pizza got me on bended knee… but they thought it would be better if we just stayed friends. Located at 2001 W. Pacific Ave across the street from The Elk in Browne’s Addition, Pacific Ave Pizza has that neighborhood pizzeria feel that I haven’t felt since I lived in Montana. With a full menu of traditional pie



David's Pizza

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By Katie Shampeny David’s Pizza is one of those cool looking restaurants that catch your eye when you drive by and makes you want to stop and check out what they have to offer. Located at 829 E. Boone (on the corner of Hamilton), the first thing that grabs your eye is the great old fire truck with their logo emblazoned on it. That and the fact that the building looks like an old service station lure you in to put their claim of “Spokane’s Best Pizza” to the test. Having been to David’s Pizza for their awesome $1 cheese pizza slice special, I thought it time to check out what else they had to offer. From the good selection of specialty pizzas, we decided on the Pesto A LA David pizza. This pie offered me three of my most favorite things in the world: pesto,



Quick hits from the Sports World

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After a pretty dull opening round of play in the NCAA tournament, the second round got going with a bang on Saturday. First, Ohio State just willed their way to victory in a phenomenal clutch performance to come back against Xavier while VCU and Pitt headed into overtime at about the same time in a hard fought game that seemed to typify just good basketball throughout the round, and especially during that particular day. But the game of the tournament through the first four days of play had to be Washington State and



TMNT: Lean, green and on the screen

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The fact that there were three live action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies made in the early 90s (with another opening on March 23rd) would suggest that the first movie in the sequence was an unbridled success. And in a way it was; we don’t know anyone between the ages of 18 – 26 who hasn’t at least seen it. Not to mention that whenever the film comes up in conversation, it’s likely to bring fond reminiscences. What it probably won’t bring with it, however, is the truth: this movie sucks. Which isn’t a shocker, really. I mean, how can a movie about 6 foot tall, crime fighting, pizza loving turtles not suck? The problem is that meshing everything from childhood together has elevated TMNT into the “underrated” camp for a lot of adults who were once caught up in the turtle craze when, in fact



Severe lack of comedy in latest Chris Rock vehicle

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I Think I Love My Wife is a dumb name for a film. However co-writer Louis C.K. is legitimately funny and Chris Rock is a deserving, contemporary comedic icon so, despite the name, the film was all but guaranteed to be good for a few laughs. Except that in the process of writing a story about boredom – one that they apparently thought was worth telling – they forgot to be funny. As a result, I think I don’t like this movie. In fact, I’m certain of it. In a way, I Think I Love My Wife is the “perfect” date flick, as it’s got the somewhat sappy love story for chicks and the erection jokes and cleavage shots for guys. Anybody that subscribes rigidly to gender r



Karl Rove and the Bush machine operating above the law once again

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Shockingly, it looks as if we’ve been lied to. And Karl Rove, again, in the center of a controversy, may be heading to Capital Hill to testify under oath about why eight federal prosecutors were canned. Fresh off the heels of the Scooter Libby guilty verdict, the Bush gang was in need of some good news. Then, shit found the fan once more. The picture is becoming clear why the administration is so hell-bent on secrecy and clandestine machinations: Because when the public finds out what these clowns are up to, it usually is against the law and antithetical to constitutional democracies. As internal emails between to



Fox News, Nevada Democrats and old ladies baking cookies

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Dear Whomever, On Thursday, March 8th, a chain of events was set in motion that started with Fox News President Roger Ailes being presented with a Freedom of Speech Award and ended with the Democratic Party pulling out of a Fox News sponsored debate in the state of Nevada. At the crux of the apparent controversy is a joke that Ailes made in his acceptance speech where he allegedly compared Barrack Obama to Osama bin Laden, only not really at all. There are so many things wrong with this seemingly harmless string of occurrences that I almost don’t know where to start. Scratch that; let’s begin with the fact that Fox News was getting an award for “Freedom of Speech.” Um, yeah, does this strike anyone else as akin to Pete Rose being presented with the lifetime award for promoting ethical baseball practices. I guess if your definition of freedom of speech is the ability to say what you want, the consequences be damned, then this makes sense, but it seems to me the aw



The N List

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Welcome to part 14 of our 26 part series where we count down our five favorite songs starting with every letter of the alphabet. Here, then, is our offering - and one reader's opinion - for "The N List," in no particular order: OUR PiCKS Needle in the Hay Elliott Smith Not Dark Yet Bob Dylan New York, New York Ryan Adams Neon John Mayer Norwegian Wood (This Bird has Flown) The Beatles READER PiCKS Name Goo Goo Dolls



Takeover

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March has been an exciting month for the five members of Takeover. Not only is the Spokane metal band performing with the nationally touring Chimaira at The Blvd (see article below), but they are also releasing their first full length CD. The Brutality Process, an album six months in the making, will be released to a hometown crowd at The Big Easy on Friday, March 30th with support from Scars of Tomorrow, Hostility, The Midni



Trio of Seattle acts open for Seaweed Jack at Wig Birthday Bash

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For our latest Pick of the Issue, our opinion of the one show that is truly not to miss over the course of the next couple weeks, we’ve selected The Wig Fits All Heads Birthday Bash at The Blvd. on Saturday, March 31st. The Wig, a small but formidable force in the Seattle music scene, is turning three years-old and celebrating their foray into Spokane concertland by lining up a trio of great Seattle bands and topping it off with the lovely, local rock of Seaweed Jack.



Letter from the Editors

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Hi. Thanks for picking up the latest issue of the Sidekick, Spokane’s most complete arts and entertainment publication. We’re always striving to make this paper even more comprehensive, however, so if you have any ideas, suggestions or comments, as always, feel free and email us at info@spokanesidekick.com to let us know your thoughts. We’ve added a couple modest feature this issue, beginning with The List, a quick rundown of a few bands, albums and songs – local or otherwise – that we’re currently big on in the Sidekick office. We thought it would be fun to give you a better idea of our musical taste so you have a more suitable feel overall for where our suggestions and picks of the issue are coming from. Plus, if your tastes generally align with ours, maybe you’ll be introduced to some groups or tracks that are worth checking out, at least in our opinion. Turn to page 6 to find this new feature.



Investigating the mysterious subspecies known as “emo”

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I like to frequent coffee places. The nice relaxing smell of roasted coffee, the ambient noise of life all around and the fear of that life being sucked into a deep realm of darkness. That’s right! More often than not, while I’m sipping a cup of mocha with droopy pictures of plants and/or animals in my whip, I look around and realize that there is nothing but sad, sad “emo” (meaning emotional. i.e. “I’m such an emo wreck right now.”) kids filling the shop. Where did they come from? It seems everywhere I go now there is a gaggle of “emo” kids turning once respectable areas – River Park Square, that one place on Monroe, etc. – into soul devouring voids. I can feel it too. I will seriously walk out of the downtown Red Robin, after eating their Monster Burger, and by the time I get across the street into the all-encompassing darkness, I immediately feel the void that was once in my body fill with someth



O’Doherty’s Irish Pub & BBQ

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By A.W. Rowse I have something that I need to admit before you read any further – I ate at a place called O’Doherty’s Irish Pub & BBQ and didn’t eat a single thing that contained potatoes (Katie did eat a Butte Pastie that does contain potatoes so it wasn’t complete blasphemy, but close). I am ashamed that I didn’t think to nibble on a single tuber byproduct, not even French fries. Really, there is nothing more Irish than potatoes… except maybe beer, which was something that I definitely didn’t forget to order. O’Doherty’s Irish Pub & BBQ, located at 11723 E. Sprague in the Spokane Valley, is not the same restaurant as downtown’s O’Doherty’s Irish Grille. According to the menu the owners of the Valley eatery, Terry and Renee Best, were former founding members of the downtown O’Doherty’s before opening their own location on



Quick hits from the Sports World

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With Selection Sunday a few days away, the holy grail of the sporting world is almost upon us. And once again the tournament is wide open. It’s funny to me reading all these basketball experts and analysts spouting off who can win it all and how certain teams can make the Elite Eight but not the Final Four, etc. Nobody wants to admit that it’s virtually a crapshoot and concede that March Madness is the most unpredictable event in American sports. Ironically, that’s also what’s so appealing about the tourney, as small schools get a chance to overthrow some of the big dogs. And they have a pretty decent chance, it seems, as every year there is an “unthinkable” upset (or six). Now, with the recent rule that high school graduates are ineligible for the NBA draft, coupled with smaller schools getting much better at the recruiting game (thanks largely to Gonzaga’s recent track record), college basketball parity is reaching pretty insane levels. If you were to tell people that th



Say Anything an endearing 80s artifact

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In the hopes that spring is finally upon us, and in the honor of springtime being the time of love and hope and all that crap, I rented the quintessential 80s romance flick Say Anything. Starring a dashing but bumbling young John Cusack and the girl-next-door-on-steroids in Ione Skye, it’s easy to see why Say Anything is such a likeable and lasting film. It’s amusing, entertaining and, ultimately so warm and fuzzy that it’s practically growing fur. While Better off Dead is easily the best of Cusack’s 80s catalogue, in my estimation, Say Anything is deserving of its memorable status as an iconic teenage love story. This, Cameron Crowe’s first crac



Zodiac the definition of mediocrity

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A lot of film critics, and I’m no exception here, exaggerate how good or bad a given film is. Mediocrity is rampant, especially in Hollywood, and mediocrity is boring to write about. As a result, the quality of a movie often gets over-hyped or downplayed in the interest of crafting a better review. But there’s no way to apply that to Zodiac, David Fincher’s newest thriller, I guess you could call it, because it’s a wholly mediocre film from start to end. It’s moderately engaging, visually decent, averagely acted and so-so in story. There’s nothing particularly memorable about it, nor conversely forgettable. It is – completely and undeniably – mediocre in every way. Which really disappoints me. Not that Zodiac looked all that incredible from the trailers, but



Wasted words give pause to presidential hopefuls

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Wasted. That word can mean a number of different things. It can be used as a verb, noun or adjective to describe idiocy, frivolity, erosion and death. Talk about a great word. Let’s say you wasted $3.75 on Starbucks coffee this morning because you got wasted last night after wasting an opportunity to hookup with a wasting away girl who looked like Roger Daltrey while singing Teenage Wasteland out of tune on a wastefully decrepit karaoke machine. And then Jimmy Buffet, who was wasted away down in Margaritaville, consoled you by explaining the nuances of The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot, as you watched waves waste away layers of rock, before you vomited acidic waste into a wastebasket filled to the brim with other wasted people’s waste. Get my point? The word wasted is pure magic. That old chap Oxford, though, defines wasted as: to consume, spend, or employ uselessly or without adequate return: to use to no avail or profit. As brilliant as the word



NRA members, politically correct conservatives and another reason Rosie O’ Donnell sucks

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Dear whomever, In an unbelievable turn of events, respected outdoorsman and lifelong NRA member Jim Zumbo had the gall to suggest that assault rifles should – gasp – be purely used in combat situations. Now, for proposing that AR and AK line assault weaponry have no place in the hunting world, Zumbo finds himself on the outside looking in. After writing 23 books and some 1,500 articles expounding upon the joys of big game hunting – a passion he enjoys so thoroughly that he recently completed a lifetime goal of hunting deer in all 50 states – Zumbo has been excommunicated by his god-fearing peers. “I call them ‘assault’ rifles, which may upset some people,” Zumbo wrote in his blog on February 16th, “Excuse me, maybe I’m a traditionalist, but I see no place for these weapons among our hunting fraternity.” These comments led to a chain of events in which all of Zumbo’s corporate sponsorship ties, such as Remington, were severed, he lost his job at Outdoor Life – whe



The M List

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Welcome to part 13 of our 26 part series where we count down our five favorite songs starting with every letter of the alphabet. Here, then, is our offering - and one reader's opinion - for "The M List," in no particular order: OUR PiCKS Misery is the River of the World Tom Waitts Madman Across the Water Elton John Mr. Brightside The Killers Mint Car The Cure Meadowlake Street Ryan Adams READER PiCKS My Best Friend's Girl The Cars



An Dochas

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Gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day, the folk rock-infused Irish music of An Dochas can be heard at the Bing Crosby Theatre on Friday, March 9th. Though the band will be in Seattle on the holiday itself, performing as part of the city’s weeklong Irish festivities, their performance in Spokane is shaping up to be a memorable one. An Dochas hails from the Inland Northwest so the show is a homecoming of sorts and they will, of course, bring the Haran Irish Dancers with them for some traditional Celtic dancing to give a visual punch to their infectious, modernized version of the traditional Irish sound. An Dochas is Irish for The Hope, which seems appropriate in light of their 2006 CD Dragonfly Redux being named Celtic Instrumental Album of the Year at the Just Plain Folks Internation



News & Notes 3-8-07

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Congratulations to For Years Blue for winning the 2007 Sound Off competition in Seattle. This statewide battle of the bands is held every year at the Experience Music Project in Seattle and pits young bands against one another for a chance to play at the Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle, among other things. After winning their semi-final round in February, the boys of For Years Blue competed in the finals on Saturday, February 24th and ended up winning the whole contest. We believe this makes them the “Best Young Band in the State,” but we didn’t need the EMP to tell us that. Check For Years Blue when they play the Empyrean Coffee House on Wed, March 14th with The Yearbook... On



March Madness

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About Our Theme: March Madness In honor specifically of the holy grail of American sports that is March Madness and the NCAA basketball tournament, as well as the much awaited transition towards spring, this issue is dedicated to the month of March, the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and the orgiastic plate of college basketball going on over the next few weeks. On the bottom of several pages you’ll find fun facts about the month, holidays and college basketball happenings occurring throughout March. Enjoy. Nobody expects the wrath of Mars... March is named after the Roman god of war, Mars, who was the son of Juno (basically the queen of the Roman gods) and what’s sometimes cited as Jupiter, but more often as a magical flower. Let’s hope it was a venus flytrap or something, because Mars was kind of a mean bastard. According to most accepted a



Brett Dennen kicks up his feet at Bourbon Street

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For our mid-March Pick of the Issue, our opinion of the concert coming up over the next couple weeks that’s truly not to miss, we’re going with California singer-songwriter Brett Dennen, who will be stopping through Spokane for a Saturday, March 10th concert at The Big Easy with Tom Freund. Dennen is touring in support of his second release, So Much More, a collection of songs mostly about peace and love, it seems, wrapped in a relaxed, kinda funky, almost reggae vibe. Some of his tracks are standouts (“Ain’t No Reason” being the crème de la crème, a beautiful, almost effeminate ballad) while some of the songs are mo



Letter from the Editors

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Welcome to yet another issue of the Spokane SiDEKiCK. Like most STD’s, we don’t go away and usually end with a bad itch and some explaining. At the SiDEKiCK we are always growing in an attempt to better serve the place we call home ... The ‘Kan. As of last issue we are publishing 8,500 copies and have full intentions of hitting 10,000 by May. We have come along way since our first issue of 4000 copies. Since we have been installing new racks all over town this may be your first time reading The SiDEKiCK. We would especially like to say “Howdy” to the folks at Big Al’s – last week they became the first business over the border to receive the SiDEKiCK. On another note, this issue sees the launch of the “Spokane SiDEKiCK Epically Awesome Webstore!” The Webstore is the only place online that you can purchase the Boo Radley’s Spokane-themed T-Shirts. For an idea of



The L List

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Welcome to part 12 of our 26 part series where we count down our five favorite songs starting with every letter of the alphabet. Here, then, is our offering - and one reader's opinion - for "The L List," in no particular order: OUR PiCKS Lost in the Flood Bruce Springsteen Light Pollution Bright Eyes Lost Chance Beck Love Love Love The Mountain Goats Lovers Side of Town Joe Purdy READER PiCKS Life in a Glass House Radiohead



Pear Press

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Prago Argentine Cafe

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By A.W. Rowse Prago Argentine Cafe is like a sorority girl – during the day, when her parents are about, she is a mild mannered little cafe offering a selection of light foods and a full espresso bar. But at night, with her friends, Prago goes a little bit crazy. Out comes the booze (the majority scotch and wine), up goes the music, and the party begins. Last Saturday night was the first time I experienced Prago’s wild side and was a little surprised when I found myself on the dance floor hopping around like a drunken idiot. While the night ended a little fuzzy, it began in a civilized manner. When the SiDEKiCK entourage arrived, the crowd was tamer – a middle-aged couple enjoyed a glass of wine next to a group of high school girls sipping on coffee (yes, Prago is all ages). At this point local singer-songwriter



CenterStage Dinner Theater

Vol 2 Issue 4

By Katie Shampeny I am a huge lover of theatre. I am also a lover of all kinds of food. What better way to assuage both these loves than dinner theatre? And CenterStage fulfilled my desires completely. CenterStage Theatre is part of a wonderful venue that includes a ballroom, fondly called the “New Spot”, the actual “CenterStage”, and ella’s Supper Club. The dinner theatre at CenterStage is not an every week or every month occurrence, but when it does come around, it is well worth attending. The evening began with a lovely salad of mixed greens with pumpkin vinaigrette and toasted pecans. This was followed by a buffet style dinner consisting of fresh pineapple and cantaloupe, wild rice pilaf, roasted potatoes, green beans in garlic butter, wild steelhead in a roasted red pepper sauce, and roasted baron of beef. To be honest, I tried it all. I mean, really, how was I supposed to



Quick Hits from the Sports World

Vol 2 Issue 4

As March Madness creeps closer, the college basketball picture is starting to clear up a bit. So here are a few brief lists, based on conjecture, intuition, superficial analysis, and entirely too many hours watching basketball since sometime around Thanksgiving ... Five teams that I would put good money on to win at least two tournament games: Florida, Texas A&M, UCLA, Georgetown and Memphis. Five teams that will lose in the first round (if they even get in at all): Florida State, Illinois, Alabama, Stanford and Gonzaga (sorry, but you know it’s true) Five teams that I can’t figure out (i.e. five teams that could win it all just as easily as they could get upset in the first round): Kansas, Pittsburg, Texas, Arizona and Boston College If you couldn’t tell, I am waaaayyy too excited about the NCAA tournament … One more college hoops note: I’m completely sold on Washington State as a viable threat. Everybody’s giving them credit as a nice story



Delta Force proves that Chuck Norris is still the best weapon against terrorism

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The Delta Force, a 1986 Chuck Norris vehicle about an elite military unit rescuing hostages taken by Middle Eastern extremists, is one of the first movies Chuck Norris fans talk about. In fact, as far as I could tell, it’s the only Norris film that the South Hills Blockbuster carries. Which is surprising, to me, as there’s a severe lack of ass-kicking here for a Chuck Norris flick. I mean, it’s at least an hour into Delta Force before he even kills anyone! And even then, there are no roundhouse kicks involved but, rather, Norris blasting away with a fully automatic weapon for several minutes before he gets within twenty feet of hitting somebody. When they finally get to the climax, there’s plenty of refreshingly ridiculous action and gratuitous explosions, but there’s way too much in the way of plot before the payoff. The band of hijackers are led by Abdul something-or-other who, aside from



Ghost Rider predictably crashes and burns

Vol 2 Issue 4

The only real hope I had going into Ghost Rider was that it would be hilarious – whether intentionally or unintentionally so. I held out absolutely no expectations that it would be a good movie in any sense of the word. If, on the other hand, you were generally optimistic about the film, then you probably shouldn’t ever read this column again because you and I are never, ever going to agree on a given movie. Unfortunately, Ghost Rider wasn’t bad in the fun Walker Texas Ranger kind of way, nor was it better than advertised, or even memorably awful. Instead, there’s nothing worth remembering about Ghost Rider, and no reason to see it in the first place. It’s just a complete and utter waste of time. From the opening titles that look like a Mario Kart level set in hell, through the laughably melodramatic love story that acts as something of an inciting incident, all the way through the final sc



In the race for the White House there are no contenders, only pretenders

Vol 2 Issue 4

Whether you’re watching a 24-hour news channel or reading any editorial section of any newspaper, you get the feeling no viable presidential candidate in 2008 will succeed in getting the keys to the White House. It’s a constant scalping these individuals are faced to endure, as they’re run through the gauntlet that is presidential politics. Some don’t have enough experience or inner connections, while others have been corrupted by too much time inside the beltway and K Street cronyism. Some are too old and some are too young, some are failures at marriage and some don’t have the proper skin pigmentation or a phonetically pleasing name. And one doesn’t even have a penis – an obvious necessity for occupying the oval office, according to many people with penises. Let’s start with the “Maverick,”



Dictionary entries, post-it notes and free-falling from 40,000 feet

Vol 2 Issue 4

The main dictionary entry for ‘political’ reads “of or relating to the government or the public affairs of a country.” Which sounds logical enough, but there’s a secondary meaning to the word that’s become more of a primary definition since the time I was old enough to know who the president was: “relating to, affecting, or acting according to the interests of status or authority within an organization rather than matters of principle.” While this is obvious to anybody who stops for a few seconds to think about it, there’s a distinction that’s worth making and a dichotomy that doesn’t mesh, in my opinion. During my formative years and until sometime in college, I would affiliate politics and political actions largely with authority, government or whatever other associations that you might want to cite that coincide with the first entry. However, lately it’s the second, largely derogatory definition that I, and millions like me, immediately associate when the topic of polit



Mistress and the Misters

Vol 2 Issue 4

Tell me, how can you not resist a rock band that blatantly shouts out to you, “If I had something very nice that I could tell you, you’re a bitch!” from the stage? Especially when the music is based on the rhythm and beat, and all you wanna do is just shake your groove on the floor? Head out to the Empyrean Coffee House this weekend when it combusts into a dance rage powerhouse with four bands that mix the rawness of a sound straight out of grunge with their own swing twists. The above lyrics are from none other than the local funk band Mistress and the Misters, a misleading name for a band composed of only four guys. It’s not entirely inaccurate, though, since there is always an official “mistress” of each show, as either vocalist Seth Swift or guitarist Ch



The Thermals

Vol 2 Issue 4

The Thermals, a three-piece outfit from Portland, put out enough noise to sound like at least twice as many musicians rockin’ out in a garage or basement studio. You can almost feel the sweat dripping off their heads while listening to their CD, and a concert in the open space of CenterStage is all but guaranteed to provide an energetic, enthusiastic rock ’n roll concoction. As such, we’re excited about their upcoming Spokane performance and have selected it as our Pick of the Issue, our opinion of the one show over the next couple of weeks that’s not to miss. Honestly, there’s not a lot to The Thermals sound. Throw in a repeating arsenal of power chords over the soothing, effortless screams of lead singer Hutch Harris, tie it together with a thumping bass and high octane drum



Letter from the Editors

Vol 2 Issue 4

We wanted to take a few minutes at the front of the paper here to tell you about our website, which is a pretty invaluable tool for keeping up with what’s going on in the local arts and entertainment scene, as well as let you know about some improvements we’ve been making over the past few months. The content of the site is made up entirely of things Spokane related and it’s insanely cross-referenced and easy to navigate. Even the domain name is easy to remember; check it out at www.spokanesidekick.com. Pretty much any event we know about is listed, which you can learn more about in a multitude of ways. There’s a venue listing that gives a map and contact information for most venues that house live entertainment, and anything they have coming up will be listed on the page as soon as you click on their link. Or, if you’re looking for a specific musical act, check out our band database, which lists the vast majority of local b