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Archives: July 2010

July
31st

Bloodhunger kills muppet, makes great video

The other night, Mahnhammer drummer Chris Roxx was showing me this clip from new Tacoma metal band Bloodhunger, which features Sean “Buford” Nivens and Mike Parker from Swampy Draws. Warning: Graphic acts of muppet mutilation are involved, which is somehow simultaneously campy and creepy. But looks like those Bloodhunger boys are off to a promising start.

July
30th

What the Backstreet Boys have in store for you next week

The copy of GO that will land on some of your porches in just a few hours includes my recent interview with A.J. McLean, who will appear with his fellow Backstreet Boys next Thursday at the Showare Center in Kent. Until then, I thought a few of you BSB fans might enjoy this clip of McLean talking about the live setup for the current tour. Check back in the next few days and I’ll have clips of him talking about why they haven’t switched to “Backstreet Men,” Paula Abdul and puking fans.

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July
29th

Hot Rod-A-Rama band schedule

The 10th annual Hotrod-A-Rama festival will take over the Swiss Tavern and the surrounding block on Aug. 6 and 7, with lots of smokin’ rides – this year’s theme is traditional ‘rods from 1965 and earlier – and some of the region’s rowdiest bands. Organizer James Bender hooked me up with this year’s sched:

Aug. 6
Si Si Si (9:15 p.m.)
The F-ing Eagles (10:30 p.m.)
Girl Trouble (11:45 p.m.)

Aug. 7, outdoors
’63 Burnout (1 p.m.)
Marshall Scott Warner (2 p.m.)
Pin-up contest/Awards (3 p.m.)
Basemint

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July
27th

Brad’s lined up two gigs to celebrate new CD, “Best Friends?”

Pearl Jam may be taking some time off, but not guitarist Stone Gossard. He’s about to drop a new CD called “Best Friends?” with his other band Brad, which also features Shawn Smith, Regan Hagar and Mike Berg.

To celebrate the album’s Aug. 10 release, Brad will play a couple of CD release parties on Aug. 10 at the High Dive and Aug. 12 at Easy Street Records’ Queen Anne location in Seattle. Tickets for the High Dive show are $15 each, and you can find details here. The Easy Street in store will

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July
27th

Gorillaz headed to Seattle

Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz will headline KeyArena on Nov. 2, the virtual pop band has announced. Based on a promotional video the band released on the Escape to Plastic Beach tour, the live show will feature Gorillaz collaborators Bobby Womack, Mos Def, De la Soul and Little Dragon, among others, along with video appearances by the likes of Snoop Dogg. But expect Jamie Hewlett’s band avatars Murdoc, Noodle, 2D, Russel and Android Noodle to show up in some form or other.

[Updated] Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Aug. 20, but prices for

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July
25th

Lots of American pride on Toby Keith’s American Ride

Toby Keith Saturday night at White River Amphitheatre (photos by Keegan Prosser).

By Keegan Prosser
Staff writer

A patchwork of pickup trucks masked the parking lot at White River Amphitheatre Saturday night for Toby Keith’s American Ride tour.

In addition to headliner Keith, the show featured country-cohorts James Otto and Trace Adkins.
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July
25th

Grit City Bootlegs No. 62: Spaceman and Rockwell Powers at Capitol Hill Block Party

Sure, the Capitol Hill Block Party takes place in one of Seattle’s hippest neighborhoods. But Tacoma has definitely been well represented the first couple of nights. Yesterday, I posted a clip of T-town drummer Hozi Matheson-Margullis performing with Helms Alee. (She’s also the singer-guitarist of Lozen, as featured in Grit City Bootlegs No. 16, in case you didn’t know.) And here’s a clip from day two featuring local rapper Rockwell Powers, representin’ Grit City during Seattle rapper Spaceman’s portion of the Hip-Hop Showcase. (Warning: PG-13 language is involved.)

When you’re

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July
24th

Grit City Bootlegs No. 61: Helms Alee at the Capitol Hill Block Party

Here’s a clip of Helms Alee, from Friday night at Seattle’s Cha Cha Lounge, during Capitol Hill Block Party 2010. Atmosphere, Blonde Redhead and !!! will rock the main stage today, and you can find the schedule here.

July
23rd

Toby Keith talks new songs, creative freedom (audio)

Country superstar Toby Keith is the main attraction at Auburn’s White River Amphitheatre on Saturday, when he’ll have support from Trace Adkins. In a few hours, you’ll also see him on the cover of our GO section. But until then, click the links to hear Keith talk about …

… new songs you’ll hear Saturday and …

… creative freedom he’s achieved with his own label.