Tacoma Rock City

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Archives: March 2009

March
31st

A heapin’ helpin’ of Critic’s iPod

"Black Hearted Love" PJ Harvey & John Parish


Harvey last teamed up with Parish on 1996’s relentlessly arty "Dance Hall at Louse Point" album, a disc that features on of my favorite PJ cuts, “That Was My Veil.” They seem to have conjured up magic again, starting with the gorgeous lead single.


"The Girl and the Robot" Royksopp feat. Robyn


There’s a decent chance that at least one of this electronic duo’s songs has gotten stuck in your head. "Remind Me" was the soundtrack to that funny commercial where the Geico caveman

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March
31st

More incentive to catch the Ventures and the Fabulous Wailers

Fans will be able to win the Venture Bros. guitar that the Ventures’ Don Wilson plays during the big finale of the April 10 Ventures, Fabulous Wailers show at the Moore Theatre.


That’s among the announcements members of the legendary Tacoma rock outfits are expected to make at a news conference they’re holding at Seattle’s historic Edgewater Inn later this morning. The guitar will be raffled off at the show by the Venturettes, a group that came out of popular Seattle rock jock Mark Christopher’s campaign to get the Ventures into the Rock and Roll Hall

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March
31st

New Kids on the Block are coming back

Apparently, the appetite for a middle-aged New Kids on the Block is much greater than I ever imagined. They headlined the T-Dome last fall. And their comeback bid will take them to Auburn’s White River Amphitheatre on July 7, Live Nation announced Monday. Tickets are $19.50 to $79.50, and will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Check here for details.

March
31st

New music series at Doyle’s

Booking guy Jesse Turcotte is doing good stuff with his new gig over at Doyle’s Public House. He kicked off a new Saturday night music series last weekend with Tacoma guitar legend Jerry Miller, of Moby Grape fame. Unfortunately, I missed most of that as I was off coverin’ Little Bill’s shindig over at the Rialto. But Turcotte handed me a flier with a bunch of free Saturday shows that are coming up. Since I don’t see ‘em posted on the Doyle’s site, I’ll post ‘em here:


April 4: Westerly CD release party

April 11: Revengers,

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March
30th

A place to pre-funk before the show — first look at 1022 South

I dropped in on the soft opening of 1022 South on Sunday night. That’s the new joint just opened at 1022 S. J St., a space owned by the Frontier Room’s Neil Harris, in case you missed my last couple of posts. And it’s still dark, hip and ultra cozy with a slick but subtle makeover. It takes a discerning eye, or someone who spent way too much time in there when it was the Monsoon Room, to pick out the changes. The shelves and arrangement behind the bar is different, a bit slicker. The fancy piano in the corner

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March
29th

Blues all-stars come together to celebrate Little Bill Day at the Rialto

March 28 shall henceforth be known as Little Bill Day. So says Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma, who delivered said proclamation Saturday night at the Rialto Theatre during a celebration of the life, legacy and music of Little Bill Engelhart, elder statesman of Washington blues and the namesake of seminal Tacoma garage band, Little Bill & the Bluenotes.


Engelhart turned 70 on St. Patrick’s Day. And while he may not be as famous as some of his Tacoma rock peers, he’s a legendary figure in the development of rock and blues in Washington. Fabulous Wailer bassist and former Bluenotes

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March
27th

Grit City Bootleg No. 4: John Walker & the Hitchhikers

Smoky, Tom Waitsey vocals? Astronomy in jokes? Occasional reminders that everyone in the room is headed six feet under? Hey, my latest Grit City Bootleg subject must be Tacoma’s John Walker & the Hitchhikers. You know, in case you didn’t glean that from the headline. Click the links to hear clips from last night’s gig at the New Frontier Lounge.


Mirable Dictu


Gang’s Done Gone Away


The Eternal Battle




John Walker (top)

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March
26th

1022 South will have a soft opening on Sunday

Chris Langston, the man behind Tacoma’s new lounge, 1022 South, tells me his place has passed final inspections and will have a soft opening starting at 8 p.m. Sunday (March 29). He said, the bar – which is opening at 1022 S. J St., the former home of the Monsoon Room – will switch to normal business hours starting the next day.


The space has apparently undergone only minor remodeling, which has added a little more seating space. But here’s a change that piqued my interest: In contrast to the DJs that Monsoon owner Laura Malone used to

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