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Missoula rockers Cosmic Sans get ambitious with new album and festival booking

While Missoula-based Cosmic Sans may boast a whimsical name, the self-described “Western psych” five-piece brings big goals and professionalism to its craft. In late March, the five-piece will perform two sets at Boise’s Treefort Festival, and in April the group will release its second full-length album, “Psychedelicatessen,” via the small Missoula label Drag Bunt Records.…

Selling our bodies for ‘Blood Money’

Kathleen McLaughlin’s new book, “Blood Money: The Story of Life, Death, and Profit Inside America’s Blood Industry,” begins in China with the kind of intrigue tailor made for a political thriller. It’s 2004, and we learn that the author, a journalist from Butte, is smuggling medicine made from human blood out of the U.S. into…

‘What did you do in the war?’

“Return,” about a retired Green Beret who embarks on a trip from Billings back to Vietnam, screens at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival on Sunday, Feb. 19. Produced and directed by Billings-based filmmakers Pete Tolton and Stan Parker, the documentary is set against the backdrop of the complex context of the Vietnam War, but…

‘Transilience’ on display

After a statewide call to artists in 2022, nine people were selected to participate in “Transilience,” which will be exhibited at Helena’s Holter Museum of Art in tandem with “Transcend,” featuring large-scale painted portraits by Rae Senarighi that celebrate transgender, two spirit, and nonbinary individuals.

New music considers complex history of Montana’s Catholic missions

A new video album features violinist Megan Karls performing solo on location at St. Peter’s Mission near Cascade, St. Mary’s Mission in Stevensville, St. Ignatius Mission on the Flathead Indian Reservation, and the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, also known as the Pink Church, near Harlem on the Fort Belknap Reservation.

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