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Norah Jones headed to Seattle in April

Pop crooner Norah Jones will headline Seattle’s Paramount Theatre on April 18, 2010, EMI announced today. The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter will be out in support of her new album “The Fall.” Tickets will go on sale on Jan. 23, according to Jones’ fan site.


Grit City Bootlegs No. 40: The last night at Hell’s Kitchen Sixth Avenue

That’s all, folks. Last night was it for Hell’s Kitchen’s Sixth Avenue location. Click the video clip above for snippets of Hell’s Belles, the last rock band to grace the stage at HK v. 1.0.
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Belles’ Kitchen: AC/DC tribute vixens will send Sixth Avenue’s loudest club off with bang

This is it, folks! The last weekend to swig Rainier and get your mosh on over at Hell’s Kitchen v. 1.0.

In case you haven’t heard, Sixth Avenue’s loudest, most-black-t-shirt-wearenest venue is headed downtown where it will reopen next month. Meanwhile, who better to close the old joint down in style than the rockin’ chicas of Hell’s Belles?

Click here to listen to what Lisa Brisbois, a.k.a. the Belles’ Malcolm Young, had to say about headlining the last three shows at one of her favorite local rock venues.

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Elton John, Billy Joel shows rescheduled for February

Elton John and Billy Joel will bring their Face 2 Face tour to Seattle’s KeyArena on Feb. 3 and 6, promoter Live Nation announced this morning. The two piano men were scheduled to perform in Seattle on Nov. 4 and 7 but had to reschedule after promoters announced that John had come down “a serious case of e-coli bacterial infection and influenza.”
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Them Crooked Vultures set list

Rock gods united: Them Crooked Vultures' John Paul Jones and Dave Grohl (photo by Ernest Jasmin)
Rock gods united: Them Crooked Vultures’ John Paul Jones and Dave Grohl (photo by Ernest Jasmin)

Velvet Revolver. Eh.

Audioslave. Interesting for a minute.

But Dave Grohl plus Josh Homme plus John Paul Jones? Now there’s a supergroup we can finally get excited about. And here’s what the trio – joined by Queens of the Stone Age alumnus Alain Johannes on rhythm guitar – played Saturday night at the Paramount.

Them Crooked Vultures set list
Paramount Theatre, Seattle
Nov. 21, 2009

No One Loves Me & Neither Do I
Dead End Friends
Scumbag Blues
Highway One
New Fang
Mind Eraser, No Chaser
Interlude with Ludes
Spinning in Daffodils
Warsaw or the First Breath You Take After You Give Up

Opening act: Mini Mansions

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The Heartless Bastards interview

Austin’s Heartless Bastards are a band on the rise. And they’ll showcase the rootsy, rockin’ sounds of their third album “The Mountain” tonight when they open for Wolfmother at the Paramount in Seattle.

That was the occasion for calling Wennerstrom, whose booming, soulful vocals add an epic feel to the Bastards’ best songs. Click the link to hear what she had to say …

… about the band’s name and her unique vocal style.

And here’s a nice clip of her playing the title track to the new disc, one of my favorite songs of 2009. Hit the “more” button to get a better idea of what she and the band will sound like tonight with a gorgeous clip of them playing “Sway” at SXSW.

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Revengers prepare to unleash “Badlands,” do Weezer (video)

Tacoma’s Revengers are about to unleash their dynamic, new “Scraps on the Badlands” album with a CD release party Saturday night (Nov. 21) at Hell’s Kitchen, and last weekend I caught up with those guys at their Sixth Ave practice space to talk about it.

Here are a few clips from our interview, practice and proof they can hack it as a tribute band if the whole Revengers thing doesn’t work out.

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Preview new “Hearts and Bones” tunes Vicci Martinez wrote for MLK Ballet

Tacoma singer-songwriter Vicci Martinez will team up with MLK Ballet to unveil new, instrumental sounds this weekend. During the 15th installment of MLK Ballet’s Move! series, dancers will perform to a new set of Martinez tracks, called “Hearts and Bones.”
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