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Archives: July 2009

July
31st

Grit City Bootlegs No. 15: Bellingham’s Sugar Sugar Sugar (a.k.a. my new band crush)

The bad news: I showed up to the New Frontier too late to bootleg Tacoma’s Cannon Canyon, my original plan for Thursday night. The good news, though, is that I’ve got a new band crush. Sugar Sugar Sugar is from my old stomping grounds, Bellingham, and they rocked. Judge for yourself. And check back in a bit. I got some pretty sweet clips of last night’s headliner, Lozen, too.



July
30th

The Legend of Bigfoot is on the South Sound Mix Tape

Mike Krushka from Tacoma’s the Legend of Bigfoot – a band featuring former members of Sons of Ivan – e-mailed me a copy of a new cut, called “Humanoids,” to share on the ol’ South Sound Mix Tape. Click and give it a listen. Then mark your calendar for the group’s next gig, which is a sweet opening spot for the mighty, mighty Jucifer on Aug. 29 at Hell’s Kitchen.

July
29th

3 Inches of Blood to unleash “Doom,” launch tour in September

They may be Canadian and all, eh. But we can at least adopt 3 Inches of Blood as honorary Tacomans. After all, our favorite Dungeons & Dragons obsessed thrash-metal band lived here for a spell while worked on their “Fire Up the Blades,” which came out in ’07.


And now details have emerged on their follow up, “Here Waits Thy Doom,” which is scheduled to hit stores on Sept. 8, according the band’s publicist. (Yes, their post-Ozzfest reality includes having a bonafide publicist.)


And pull those plastic swords and viking helmets from the back

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July
28th

Pixies to take “Doolittle” on the road

It’s trendy these days for iconic rockers to take one of their classic albums and perform it in its entirety in concert. Motley Crue just did it with “Dr. Feelgood” last night at Auburn’s White River Amphitheatre. Roger Waters gave Pink Floy’ds “Dark Side of the Moon” a similar treatment a while back. And now one of alt-rock’s pioneering acts is getting into the act, too.


The Pixies are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their “Doolittle” album by taking it out on the road, with back-to-back stops scheduled for Nov. 11 and 12 at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre. According

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July
27th

Alice in Chains tickets go on sale Friday

Alice in Chains will headline the Moore Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 24, Seattle Theatre Group announced. Tickets are set at $25, and they go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday (July 31), according to this afternoon’s announcement.


Alice in Chains recently gave away “A Looking in View,” the first single from the forthcoming “Black Gives Way to Blue” album, for free. It’s the first studio recording we’ve heard from Alice since the group re-formed with lead singer William DuVall. You can listen to a clip I previously posted here or find out more

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July
27th

Rocky Votolato playing Tacoma house show

While I was gone, Barsuk Records also sent me details regarding a not so secret house show that Seattle singer-songwriter Rocky Votolato is playing in Tacoma on Thursday (July 30). Well, they sent me the date, that is, and mentioned that he’s road testing some new songs. But the address is hush-hush secret; you know, until you buy tickets here and it’s e-mailed to you.


You can find clips from my last interview with Rock here, by the way.

July
27th

“Star Wars” coming to KeyArena

Thousands of e-mails were waiting for me when I got back in the office today after a few days off. No, really. Thousands. Oy! And this one from last Thursday appealed to my inner geek.


July 23, 2009 – Star Wars

July
23rd

Beastie Boy Adam Yauch’s cancer announcement

I’ve been off this week, spending a little time on the Peninsula. So I haven’t checked in as much as usual. But I had to belatedly post this Beastie Boys clip for the fans that still haven’t heard the heavy Adam Yauch news. The Beasties headlined the first concert I ever attended, and I’ll always have a soft spot for those guys – still one of the most ridiculously fun acts in pop music after all these years. Get well, MCA!