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Sep.
30th

Arcade Fire set list

The Arcade Fire lived up to its reputation as one of North America’s best live bands Wednesday night in Seattle. Here’s what they played, in case you missed it.

Arcade Fire set list
Seattle, Key Arena, Sept. 29, 2010

Ready to Start
Month of May
Keep the Car Running
Neighborhood #2 (Laika)
No Cars Go
Haiti
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
Modern Man
Rococo
The Suburbs
Ocean of Noise (with Calexico on horns)
Neighborhoods #1 (Tunnels)
We Used to Wait
Neighborhoods

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Sep.
29th

Could Puyallup’s Mathias Anderle be the next Justin Bieber? (video)

Puyallup native has got a couple of singles out on Razor & Tie. He’s appeared with the likes of Justin Bieber, Soulja Boy and Rev. Run in Nick Cannon’s Nickelodeon flick “School Gyrlz.” And he’s even done some modeling. So could this guy wind up being the next teen heartthrob to come out of Hollywood (by way of South Sound)?

Time will tell. Meanwhile, I shot this interview clip backstage with Anderle about an hour before he went on at the Puyallup Fair on Sunday. You may recognize another local guy who’s been on TV in the background, despite his shorter hair. And after you’re done watching, you can click the more button for more videos showing what Anderle has been up to down in the City of Angels.


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Sep.
29th

The Melvins’ King Buzzo talks Hollywood, “Groucho Marxism” and Fox News (audio)

Better late than never, but as promised here are a few more clips from my interview with Melvins leader Buzz Osbourne (first batch here.)

The godfathers of grunge are still in the area. And as anyone who witnessed the band blow the roof off of Hell’s Kitchen Monday night will tell you, tonight’s all-ages show at Olympia’s Capitol Theater should not be missed. Meanwhile, click the links to hear King Buzzo on …

… band stability and playing with Jared Warren and Coady Willis from Big Business.

… appearing

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Sep.
27th

More acts headed to new Rhythm & Brews

It appears Gary Grape of the South Sound Blues Association will handle most of the booking down at the new Rhythm & Brews club downtown, which tells you what the musical focus will be. Hey, can’t make any assumptions just based on the name (see also: Jazzbones and Sax.) And along with this weekend’s grand opening festivities, here are a few more shows Grape has lined up for this month.

Oct. 8: Little Bill and the Bluenotes
Oct. 9: Billy Roy Danger and the

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Sep.
26th

Kid Rock set list


For Kids about to rock … we salute you. (Photo by Ernest Jasmin)

At some point during Kid Rock’s return to the Puyallup Fair Sunday night it struck me just how artificial a lot of what you hear on top 40 radio is these days. It was right around the time that Kid – a guy who’s spent the latter part of his career lifting riffs from Metallica, Warren Zevon and ZZ Top – bragged about how authentic his band was because, you know, they play instruments and stuff. Oooooh, ahhhhh.
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Sep.
25th

Heart recap and set list

Around the time “The Runaways” hit movie theaters earlier this year you would have thought just Joan Jett and Cheri Currie were planting the seeds of grrl powered rock revolution back in the ‘70s. But Saturday night at the Puyallup Fair, Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson reminded the sold-out grandstand who the hardest rocking chicas from that decade really were, between the tough-as-nails riffs of “Magic Man” and “Barracuda” and Ann’s still potent banshee wail.
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Sep.
25th

A year later the Firwood Rock Lounge is finally open

The Firwood Rock Lounge finally opened Friday night. Granted, when I dropped by the new nightclub seemed a lot more like the old Drake’s Pub – the dance club that previously occupied its location at 734 Pacific Ave., in Tacoma – than a rock club.

Owners Jaey and Suna Hong have been trying to open the new venue since last year. But according to documents and e-mails obtained from the Washington Liquor Control Board and the Tacoma Police Department, their efforts were held up for several months by objections police raised about general manager Hyon Kil and

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Sep.
24th

Catching up with Sanjaya (audio)

Sure, people screamed their lungs raw for that Adam Lambert guy and his homie Allison Iraheta Tuesday night at the Puyallup Fair (review and set list here.) But we all know which “American Idol” contestant you’ve really been pining for. It’s Sanjaya (echo, echo) – season six alumnus, rocker of the “ponyhawk” and the main attraction at 2K10 YouthFest, a musical showcase that will kick off at 7 p.m. Sunday on the Puyallup Fair & Events Center’s Coca-Cola stage.

The Sanjayanator is the subject

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Sep.
23rd

The Melvins’ Buzz Osbourne on staying away from Montesano, influencing other bands (audio)

The mighty Melvins return to Tacoma on Monday where they’ll headline the new Hell’s Kitchen for the first time. Then they’ll play an all-ages show at Olympia’s Capitol Theater on Wednesday. They’re the subject of the cover story in Friday’s GO section, and here are a couple of clips from my interview with front man Buzz Osbourne to whet your appetites. Click the links to hear what he said about …

… the odds he’ll kick it in Montesano or Aberdeen any time soon.

… his band’s influence and who he’d like

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Sep.
23rd

Rhythm & Brews grand opening next week

Gary Grape of the South Sound Blues Association sent us details for the grand opening of Rhythm & Brews, a new joint that’s been on our radar since late last year.

Popular jazz and blues combo Maia Santell and House Blend will christen the new joint, located at 933 Market Street in Tacoma, with a performance on Oct. 1. And then SSBA’s 2010 International Blues Challenge winner Blues Redemption will perform on Oct. 2, with music starting at 8:30 p.m. both nights. There will be no cover charge either night. Learn more

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