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C MAD DJ If a sweat-induced out-of-body experience in a swirl of strangers writhing to thumping four-on-the-floor house grooves is your thang, you’ve likely heard C Mad’s late-night sets at nYne, ringing in the weekend or soundtracking a New Year’s Eve drag show. He’s the “Best Dance Club DJ� in town, says you in the Inlander’s Best of 2018 survey, and will have you “glowsticking� before you can say drop. Sat, June 1, 10:30 pm, nYne THE CAROLS POST-PUNK Seattle trio the Carols take the basic format of super-catchy bubblegum pop and filter it through the sharp angles and shifting time signatures of Wire and the tension and speak-singing of early Sonic Youth. Imagine the B-52’s were less radiofriendly and tuned down their guitars. Their debut album Honestly, It’s the Carols is a compendium of sweet-and-sour tunes about, as they describe it, “disappointing and relatable experiences.� Fri, May 31, 9:15 pm, The Big Dipper CATE ELECTRONIC Branden Cate describes his solo project — aptly titled CATE — as “haunting stories of broken hearts and love lost to the Spokane music scene.� No doubt anyone who’s been playing and listening to music in this town for long enough can relate to that. His soulful crooning meets a wash of analog synths, pianos and drum machine, supported by his brother Jackson’s low end synth and bass. Sat, June 1, 9:30 pm, The Bartlett CHONG THE NOMAD ELECTRONIC

With a name inspired by Avatar: The Last Airbender and a style that’s as experimental as it is danceable, Chong the Nomad is

a quirky shape-shifter of an electronic act. It’s the project of Seattle producer Alda Agustiano, who got her start in chamber music and has been blending synthetic sounds since she was a teenager, and all that time spent at the dials means she knows how to get in your head. Sat, June 1, 12:15 am, Red Room Lounge CHRIS MOLITOR SINGER-SONGWRITER

Chris Molitor is one of those guys capable of mesmerizing with just a microphone and guitar, thanks to a knack for winning songcraft that made his solo debut Coming Home an excellent intro to his inviting, warm style. After just a few years in Spokane, Molitor is already feeling at home, and with a first album laced with soulsearching and restlessness, we can’t wait to hear what comes next. Fri, May 31, 9 pm, The Bartlett CONFLUX REDUX ELECTRONIC

One of the many synth projects of Chelsea and Tobias Hendrickson, who have parlayed their experience making live electronic music into educational workshops. CONFLUX REDUX is described as “a confluence of ideation, exploration and introspection through experimental electronic music,� mixing elements of synthesis, rhythmic patterns and atmospheric sampling. Sat, June 1, 8:45 pm, Mootsy’s CONTROL TEST PUNK The Seattle four-piece synth-punk band’s sound is scorching hot. Their bright, piercing, jagged-toothed synths lay a foreground for a filtered and reverb-heavy primal screaming vocal that equally transfixes and makes you need to move, with drums that bring the whole raw noise to life. Fri, May 31, 9:30 pm, Berserk


The second annual Volume Poster Show will feature over 40 local artists and almost 60 poster designs featuring bands performing in the festival lineup. Posters will be on display at the Bartlett (228 W. Sprague) and for sale to benefit the Spokane chapter of Songs For Kids Foundation, which brings local musicians into Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital to play music weekly for kids and their families.



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