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Feb.
28th

The Dwarves get naked

In just a few short hours, the Dwarves will bring their freaky, high-decibel and scantily clad brand of mayhem to Hell’s Kitchen. Pants may or may not be involved. And it took me while to edit clips from my interview with vocalist Blag Dahlia, mostly to make them more PG-13 than NC-17. But I did it. And here’s what our man Blag had to say …


… about the first time he got naked onstage.


… when asked about the strangest thing that’s ever happened to the band.


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Feb.
28th

Snow Patrol photos

“Thank you for comin’ out to our biggest show in the United States ever!” Snow Patrol leader Gary Lightbody declared three songs into Snow Patrol’s set at KeyArena last night. The guys sounded great as they delivered an inspired set of material from their hit albums “Eyes Open” and “Final Straw.” Plus, they had excellent support from openers Silversun Pickups and OK Go.


The former lived up to the hype with a reverb drenched set, that despite Snow Patrol’s attempts to undermine them. “It’s only the second day of this tour, and already Snow Patrol has us hung

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Feb.
26th

Cast your votes for the greatest guitarists of all time

A lot of people seem to agree that Eric Clapton is one of the greatest guitarists of the rock era. We’re not worthy! We’re not worthy! Plus, we hear some guy named Jimi from Seattle was pretty good.


So in honor of his upcoming gig at KeyArena, set for March 22, we thought we’d ask you, dear readers, who else you think is a guitar god. Is Clapton the sickest shredder of all time, or could B.B. King play circles around that guy? Do David Gilmour’s solo’s give you goosebumps, or is Eddie Hazel’s weepy strumming on “Maggot Brain”

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Feb.
26th

Snow Patrol interview

It didn’t appear that Snow Patrol drummer Jonny Quinn would make it to tomorrow’s gig at KeyArena after he busted his arm snowboarding in the French Alps a few weeks ago. But after a quick recovery that puts him in the league with tough guys like Ben Rothelisberger and Terrell Owens, Quinn is coming off of injured reserve just in time for the U.S. tour after all.


And here’s what he said about …


… testing out the arm last week.


… a new song his band

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Feb.
26th

What do you think I should be writing about?

When I first started this blog back in ’05, I wanted it to be more than a place for me to post news and audio clips. I envisioned fostering a dialogue between you, the faithful readers, and little ol’ me. Among other things, I want to know what you think I should be writing about, whether you have a tip about the local music scene or you think there’s some national artist or trend you think I’m missing the boat on. Soooooo?

Feb.
23rd

The Sarah Silverman Sasquatch Program

David Cross did the honors a couple of years ago. And now comedy’s it girl Sarah Silverman – the star of Comedy Central’s “Sarah Silverman Program” — has signed on to host the Sasquatch Music Festival, which is set for May 26 and 27 at the Gorge in George. More details here.

Feb.
23rd

La salsa es terminado

I’ve spent many a Saturday at Area 151′s Latin dance night, where I made lots of friends but never learned to bachata worth squat. And having seen how packed the place usually is, I was shocked when a friend, who is a regular, told me it was shutting down.


So I just got owner Ali Mehdizadeh on the line, and he confirmed that his joint, located at 3505 South Tacoma Way, was being sold. “The price was right,” he said.


Mehdizadeh didn’t disclose the name of the new owner, and didn’t know what future plans were.

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Feb.
23rd

Those Nine Inch Nails conspiracy sites

Regarding last week’s blog about those possibly NIN-related sites: After seeing the album trailer for “Year Zero” online last night, it’s pretty safe to conclude that this its an ad campaign — and a pretty inventive one at that.


Plus, there are two new tracks posted on the NIN My Space page. The lead single is pretty sweet; very choppy and rhythmic, minimal melody; constructed mostly with samples, I think. The second song, “My Violent Heart” is still growing on me though.

Feb.
23rd

Bob Seger’s set list

Just got back from Bob Seger’s show at KeyArena. And let me tell you, there’s still some rock left in them old bones. But on a disturbing note: Like many Gen-Xers, my formative Seger experience comes from that scene from “Risky Business.” You know, the only one you probably remember at this point. And the image of Tom Cruise dancing around in his drawers did briefly pop into my head when the old guy did “Old Time Rock and Roll,” imagery made all the more horrifying by the fact that it saw old, crazy, couch-hopping Tom Cruise instead of young,

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