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Upcoming Concerts: The Stills, The Independents, Rob Zombie, Saves the Day

The Stills It’s unclear if Montreal quartet the Stills’ name refers to illicit liquor or photographic images. But even more unusual, the band’s sound is influenced by Echo and the Bunnymen and Joy Division, whose heydays were when these guys were barely post-womb, let alone post-modern. Although these days, maybe it’s the same thing. Hmm. Rumor has it that a friend (one of their friends, not mine) needed drug money and in return gave the fan four a souped-up four-track. If there is such a thing. A friend in need and all that. The Stills (least likely meaning of name = a cult-like devotion to CSN old fart.) But the set of songs they created was disarming enough to land a deal with Vice Records. This year’s Without Feathers (a reference to a Woody Allen book? Hey that's also 80's hip) followed not too closely on the heals of 2003 debut Logic Will Break Your Heart. Hey, if they are Ian Curtis devotees, maybe their moniker is most likely a tribute to the epochal Joy Division album Still. April 17, Club Sound

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Weekend in Whitefish

Thursday Before Hit and Run Bluegrass head down to Missoula for their show tomorrow night, they’ll share the good tunes with Whitefish tonight, 3.30.06, from Flanagan’s Central Station. For tickets visit Flanagan’s online or call 406.862.8888. Friday For a chill start to your Friday evening, head to Montana Coffee Traders on Central in Whitefish and check out the Nova Combo Jazz Quartet. Music starts at 8:00 and will go until 10:30. For more information call Coffee Traders at 406.862.7667. Flanagan’s and the Paddle & Axe Saloon will keep the sounds going later in the night with Broken Valley Road Show and 7 Worthies of the Bamboo Grove (“funky folk for funky folk”), respectively. Call 406.862.7550 for Paddle & Axe show info. Whitefish Theatre Company is featuring Brian Friel’s Ireland-set, Tony Award-winning play, Dancing at Lughnasa. Call 862.5371 for tickets or find the WTC online.

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Bob Moss’ “Killer’s Lament”

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New West readers met local folk artist and musician Bob Moss in Brian Staker's New Westerner profile in November. While the story included photos of Moss' art, it was sadly lacking in musical content. Until now. "Killer's Lament" is a track from Tragic Tales of the West, the long out-of-print 1995 debut by Bob Moss and the Western Men. However, you can find it on his 2001 greatest hits release, My Best So Far (SoundCo Records). The lonely reverb, twangy guitar and Moss' Elvis-meets-Dylan croon are a perfect aural counterpart to Moss' quirky visuals, as you'll see and hear at his new MySpace page.

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Indie Music Site Not To Be Missed

When it comes to music, this is the worst of times, and also the best — though you have to look a bit for the best. Have you seen this site, Northwest Noise? It's a Portland-area podcasting site that hums out tuns of local indy bands...and links to more local alt-music and podcasts. If you’ve got an mp3 player, this might just be the hot ticket of the week.

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Broken Valley Road Show on the Road

This week on Local Music Sound Off we're proud to offer a live cut from Missoula's Broken Valley Road Show. BVR lived up to its name last month when the six piece old-time group took its brand of mountain tunes to Portland, Oregon. Click here to listen to Daybreak in Dixie, featuring Nate Biehl on the mandolin.

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JD Smith and the 3 Legged Dog

Well it's about time New West went country, eh? This week's featured band on Local Music Sound Off is none other than JD Smith and the 3 Legged Dog straight outta Yaak Valley, Montana. Click here to listen to the track Up on the Mountain from 3LD's self titled 2005 release. We think it's what might happen if Robert Earl Keen met John Hiatt and played a gig or two in the Yaak's Dirty Shame Saloon. We also think this passage from the band's website probably sums up their style best: "Two hundred miles from any sizable city in a remote corner of northwest Montana is a place where the sound of an evolving music scene is starting to blossom. You could call it folk, rock or country, the sound reflects the mountain lifestyle and creates an honest and rugged feel. Until now, the emerging sound was witnessed only by a handful of weathered locals and a small herd of inquisitive horses."

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Indie Record Promotion Booms on the Web

National Public Radio's All Things Considered has a great story about independent bands going on-line to promote their music. The report highlights the band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah who are enjoying widespread popularity thanks in part to an extensive grassroots promotion campaign on the internet. Clap Your Hands began posting their own MP3s on their website last summer, quickly grabbing the attention of indie music bloggers and websites like Pitchfork Media. Sound familiar? The New West Missoula page launched a similar forum for independent local bands and musicians to promote their work last month. Local Music Sound Off is off to a fast start and we're pleased with the response and feedback we've received to date. But we could always use more. If you're in a Montana-based band, or if you're a local musician, drop us a line at kirk@newwest.net.

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Folk Artist Offers Tribute to Late Friend and Fellow Performer

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Oregon singer-songwriter Tracy Grammer’s latest release Flower of Avalon isn’t your average tribute. Sure, all but one song on the album was written by Dave Carter, and all continue in a tradition of smart pop and folk songs. But Flower of Avalon goes further; it’s a deeply personal tribute to Grammer’s former performing and songwriting partner. Grammer performs this Wednesday at Missoula's Crystal Theater.

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Wheels Come Off Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House

You walk into the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen for the first time and you are transformed. In that moment you know instantly that you have come upon a masterpiece of a place, a tiny and self-contained palace with deep red seats that bespeak luxury from an earlier and more operatic time. You can’t wait for your fate because you know are destined to witness the next great performance. The Wheeler Opera House encompasses history every bit as much as the Hotel Jerome just down the street, and it was indeed Jerome Wheeler who gave his first name to the hotel and his last to art more than 105 years ago. Dead center in downtown Aspen, the Wheeler Opera House is on the face of it everything that such a place should be, and yet you don’t have to look very far to figure out why it’s care and feeding has turned into an absolute nightmare for the city and its citizens.

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