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Archives: May 2010

May
30th

Freaky fashion from Sasquatch! 2010

As mentioned, the biggest fashion trend at Sasquatch! 2010 is furry hats, especially panda hats, mysteriously worn mostly by Vancouverites. And some new friends from north of the 49th Parallel tell me it’s kind of a practical thing. It makes it easier to be spotted and spot your friends in the crowd. Not sure if Sasquatch and the super hero crew have the same motivation. But, you know, sometimes you gotta dress like the Riddler.

May
30th

Naked hippies, Green Man clones and other highlights from Sasquatch!

Craig Finn of the Hold Steady (photos by Ernest Jasmin)

Within moments of entering the Gorge Amphitheatre for Sasquatch! 2010, we spied a drunk and probably otherwise chemically altered hippie guy grooving to the alt-country vibe of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros’ “Home.” Oops! Left out the most important detail. He was wearing only a single tube sock. For the record, 4:20 is too way early to be butt nekkid in public. Just ask Miss Manners. But the timing somehow fit.
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May
29th

Live from Sasquatch 2010 (finally)

I arrived at the ol’ Sasquatch festival a bit later than expected and (most sadly) missed Brother Ali this afternoon. But in the first hour on the Gorge grounds, I caught a bit of comedian Patton Oswalt, spied several guys dressed as Green Man (you know, of “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” fame) and a one really wasted guy dancing around, wearing absolutely nada. Guess which one of the above I did not need to see at all. Then check back later for more updates.

May
28th

Five more reasons to be geeked about Sasquatch!

Sasquatch! Festival kicks off in a little over 24 hours with yet another massive three-day lineup including some of the hottest bands in America. It goes without saying I’ll be posting updates all weekend, so check back. Meanwhile, here are five acts I’m most excited about seeing this weekend. Woot!

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May
27th

Kings of Leon will road test new songs on forthcoming tour

Expect to hear some fresh, new cuts when the Kings of Leon drop by the scenic Gorge Amphitheatre on July 17.

“Today is actually our last day in the studio, and we’re wrapping it up,” said singer-guitarist Caleb Followill of the Nashville band’s forthcoming album. He was taking part in a conference call with brother, Jared, and a bunch of rock writers from around the country today.

“There are times when it’s very tropical and beachy, but there’s always that dark chord in there that makes it Kings of Leon,” he said of the new material,

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May
26th

Encore to open downtown in July

Encore will open in downtown Tacoma on July 23, according to co-owner Roger Rahil. [Note: Date updated from earlier version of this post.] As reported last month, Encore is the new nightclub that he and partner Jon Tartaglia are constructing at 1025 Pacific Ave., formerly the location of the Vault.

Rahil and Tartaglia also worked together on the Loft and 21 Commerce, adjoining nightclubs that were among the city’s most popular dance destinations before closing, under different ownership, in 2008. Encore will build on the aesthetic the duo developed at that complex, which was located at 21st

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May
25th

What do Girl Trouble, Will Smith and Justin Timberlake have in common?

They’re all musical, acting double-threats, that’s what. Like, duh, people!

And for several weeks I’ve been hearing about “Quiet Shoes,” a feature-length film written by Girl Trouble’s Kurt Kendall and starring bassist Dale Phillips.

At last, there’s an official premier date. You can see Dale “as you’ve never seen him before, walking the line between sanity and raging ambiguity” on June 19 at Broadway Center’s Rialto Theater. Here’s the trailer to whet your appetite.

May
25th

U2 tour postponed

U2 has postponed the North American leg of its tour as front man Bono deals with a back injury, Live Nation announced. The band was scheduled to headline Qwest Field on June 20, but that and other dates will be rescheduled for 2011.

U2 also posted an official statement on it’s fan site: “U2 tour producer/promoter Arthur Fogel, CEO of Live Nation Global Touring, said, ‘Although we understand the disappointment to U2 fans, first and foremost comes the recovery of Bono.’

Additional details on rescheduled dates will follow shortly and fans are encouraged to hold on to

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