Gleason Fest 2016: A Move to the Lilac Bowl

I have gone to every Gleason Fest since its inception in 2012, a year after Steve Gleason's ALS diagnosis. Every year I watch it grow and feel a little different as it takes a few steps further away from the first Gleason Gras! West... one that was full of melancholy tears, happy reunions, and a … [Read more...]

Gleason Fest ’16: A Burgeoning Vision

Each year as Spokane's Gleason Fest approaches there always seems to be incredible accomplishments or news-worthy changes to update you about regarding ALS and Gleason himself. From the Ice Bucket Challenge, to President Obama signing the Steve Gleason Act of 2015 stating that Medicare is to provide … [Read more...]

Elkfest 2013, 3 Days in the Streets of Spokane

Things go by so fast at festivals, sometimes it's hard to decide how to cover it. Should you talk about the bands you love the most? Do you grab as much as you can like one of those vortex money-grabbing booths on The Price is Right and hope you come up with enough good stuff in the end? Well, Megan … [Read more...]

Get It Straight: Tomorrow Be On The Other Side Of The State.

ELKFEST has evolved quite a bit from its origin 9 years ago, when Marshall Powell and The Elk owners started the free festival as a spin-off to Art Fest that takes place in Coeur d’alene Park every year.  In 2009 they hired John Blakesley to take care of the booking and now it is presented every … [Read more...]

SXSW Recap: March 13th, 2013

My first trip to SXSW started with a cab ride to the airport in a white Lincoln towncar.  Our driver was a former employee at Arista Records, and we had a sweet little puppy companion, so we were off to a good start. Moments later it was made even better by the realization that Telekinesis was on … [Read more...]

South By Southwest: A First-Timer’s Wish List

Natalie, one of IRW's fantastic photographers, has been in the throes of life over the last couple weeks and one of the major things sucking up all her time is preparing for the South by Southwest music festival down in Austin, Texas. For those of you unfamiliar with this particular festival, it's … [Read more...]

Megan’s Most Memorable Meltdown Moments With Musicians

I have this habit of  just hanging out with people when I know I should probably be interviewing them.  Awesome for me… not so much for you, our readers.  I never record a conversation, the musicians rarely know that I am a writer and I never want to share the full details of our conversations … [Read more...]

Melted Into the Final Day with a Full Gallery

Where was I Sunday morning?  Too hot to realize what was going on, apparently.  It was a shorter day for me as I had to head out early and spent more time backstage with a stiff neck and wet sandals than covering sets with great enthusiasm. Although, I was very excited to finally see Elephant … [Read more...]

Gearin’ up for the Summer Meltdown Festival Aug 10-12

If you are anything like me and have been hiding under a rock until earlier this year, then slap your face and pay attention to the Summer Meltdown Festival that is going down this weekend, Aug 10-12 at the Whitehorse Mountain Amphitheatre in Darrington, WA. With new announcements continually … [Read more...]

This ‘r That: Pickwick

Can't be positive which of the fellas wrote this one, but I'm pretty sure it's Michael. I just love 'em, you learn so much (and yet so little at the same time). This 'r That 1. Barsuk or Sub Pop: Sub Pop 2. SAM or Frye: Haven't been to either 3. Red Hook or Chateau St. Michelle: N/A drinking … [Read more...]