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Archives: May 2008

May
30th

Candlebox’s Kevin Martin on new album “Into the Sun,” a breakup scheme that backfired and lingering haters


Candlebox’s Kevin Martin gets up close and personal with fans at Cheney Stadium during KISW-FM’s Pain in the Grass show last summer.

ERNEST JASMIN


It’s been a decade since ’90s rock hit makers Candlebox released an album of new material. So fans were delighted to see the band emerge from hibernation to deliver grunge era hits "You," "Far Behind" and "Understanding" at Cheney Stadium last summer during KISW-FM’s Pain in the Grass show.


And the Candlebox comeback campaign will hit full steam this summer. Not only will

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May
29th

Critic’s iPod (Asking the question, “Is there life on Maaaaaaaaarrrss?”)

Three songs that have been stuck in my head since Sasquatch:


David Bowie "Life on Mars?"


Mike Patton’s new band, Crudo, walked off with this glam classic – surprising since the new band’s foundation is hip-hop.


The Cops "Modern Black Flats"


Probably my favorite track off of the Seattle band’s new "Free Electricity" album.


Dengue Fever "Sober Driver"


Lyricist Zac Holtzman fessed up to being the drunk dialer in real life. But it’s funnier when songbird Chhom Nimol plays the

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May
29th

T.I., Keyshia Cole and comedy pass among latest Bumbershoot additions

One Reel just announced another round of acts for Bumbershoot this morning, with some announcements likely held back because they just played Sasquatch, i.e. Battles, the Blakes and the Whigs. Here’s who has been added to a schedule that already featured big shots Beck, Stone Temple Pilots, Neko Case and more.


The latest lineup adds to Bumbershoot: T.I., Keyshia Cole, Adele, Minus the Bear, Battles, Aiden, Unearth, Sondre Lerche, The Whigs, Thao with The Get Down Stay Down, Langhorne Slim & The War Eagles, These Arms Are Snakes, The Blakes, Mark Pickerel & His Praying Hands, Barcelona, Kinski,

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May
28th

Judy Collins to headline first concert at Chambers Creek

On Aug. 9, Folk singer Judy Collins will headline the first concert to be held at Chambers Creek Properties, on the Central Meadow near the golf course in University Place, organizers announced last week. The opening celebration for Concerts at Chambers Creek will also include the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra and Jonatha Brooke.


Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday for the show, which will begin at 6 p.m. on Aug. 9. Tickets are $44 to $85; 253-591-5894 for details.


The Concerts at Chambers Creek is a collaboration between Broadway Center and the Chambers Creek Foundation.

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May
28th

Don’t Tell Sophie to Rock the Books

Still catching up on my e-mail after being out of town for a few days at Sasquatch. So I’m just now reading this announcement about the Tacoma Public Library’s Rock the Books show.


Don’t Tell Sophie, One of the South Sound’s most popular young bands, launches Rock the Books, the Tacoma Public Library’s summer series of free all-ages concerts, on Saturday evening, May 31, beginning at 7 p.m. at the downtown Main Library.


The band, with a crisp, harmonic sound and catchy, lovelorn lyrics, performs well-crafted pop songs that echoes Nada Surf and Pacific Northwest indie pop

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May
27th

Guess what? More Sasquatch photos


So why haven’t you been to the Gorge yet, again? This was the view during Sasquatch.

ERNEST JASMIN



Former Faith No More and Mr. Bungle front man Mike Patton unveiled his new band, Crudo, for local fans. And during a performance of "Anger Management," a song from another of his projects, Lovage, he jumped from the Wookie Stage in search of a young fan he’d spotted in the crowd. (Wish I had an in focus shot of the little girl and her dad

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May
27th

Still more scenes from Sasquatch (Killer Cops)






The Cops delivered one of the festivals most rockin’ sets. From top: The band kicks off its set on the Yeti stage; singer-guitarist sported a stylish "Obama for yo mama" t-shirt; no one at the festival had as much fun as strummer John Randolph; guitarist Brandon Bay; Randolph and bassist Drew Church have a laugh.

ERNEST JASMIN