Northwest musi

Rajah Bose

Spokane music fans are mourning the death of a hip-hop artist who found an audience across the Northwest. Isamu Jordan was found dead at his home Thursday evening. 

Dario Acosta

You don’t have to have roots in Walla Walla to become the world’s favorite defender of the art form known as opera, but the Grammy-winning opera star Thomas Hampson does, and he knows how to use them. In a surprisingly buzzworthy confrontation on a BBC show called Hardtalk, Hampson (raised in Spokane; studied at Eastern Washington; endowed a scholarship at Walla Walla U.) faced down a hostile interviewer’s accusation that opera is only for elitist rich people.

I was lucky enough to catch this Latin-American inspired 6 piece band, last winter here in Pullman, WA at one of our only music venues in town, The Belltower.  At the time, I was listening to their second release, Lupon, with which I had instantly fallen in love.  Lead singer and song writer Luz Elena Mendoza creates the most beautiful and enchanting melodies with accordions, clarinets, shakers, and other percussive instruments.  These Portland, OR natives keep climbing the indie charts with music that reflects a mix of Mendoza’s Mexican h