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Nov.
29th

Sleigh Bells’ Alexis Krauss, before she was famous

I couldn’t resist. When I interviewed Sleigh Bells’ Alexis Krauss last week I had to ask about the Nickelodeon Magazine commercial she shot as a kid, way before she was in Pitchfork-approved noise pop duo.

See, she first shows up at the :07 mark in this first clip. Awww! So adorable.

Now compare that to the sassy, bat-wielding vixen from the “Infinity Guitars” clip. (Sigh) they grow up so fast.


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Nov.
29th

Marc “Skippy” Price headed back to Tacoma Comedy Club this week

Comedian Marc Price – perhaps best known for playing Alex P. Keaton’s bud Skippy on ’80s sitcom “Family Ties” – has added another show at the new Tacoma Comedy Club. He called this morning to say he’ll headline again at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, which is normally open mic night. Stay tuned for audio clips from the interview. Meanwhile, here’s a sample of what his stand-up is like.

Nov.
26th

Bonham talks Led Zeppelin Experience, starting new band with Page and Jones (audio)

Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience will be the main attraction at Seattle’s WaMu Theater on Saturday (ticket info here.) Some of you read my piece on drummer Jason Bonham and his Led Zeppelin Experience on the blog Wednesday or in today’s GO section. And now you can listen to clips from the interview itself. Just click the links below to hear Bonham talk about …

… how he went from the 2007 reunion show to the current tribute tour.

… still missing his dad after 30 years.

… an

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Nov.
24th

Playing with dad’s band, touring with Zeppelin tribute emotional experiences for Bonham


Bonham: Keeping dad’s legacy alive (photo by Robert Knight)

With Led Zeppelin, “Bonzo” John Bonham provided the techtonic beats behind some of rock’s most epic recordings. Then his untimely death brought the band’s legendary run to a sudden, shocking halt on Sept. 25, 1980.

But 30 years later, his legacy lives on with his son. It has been three years since Jason Bonham sat in with Zeppelin’s surviving members during a one-off reunion gig at London’s O2 Arena (“Kashmir” video here.) And now Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience is ready to rattle Seattle’s WaMu Theater with “Kashmir,” “Stairway to Heaven” and other Zep classics on Saturday night.
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Nov.
24th

Revengers, Bloodhunger and Swampy Draws lineup changes

A few popular Tacoma bands will look a little different in the near future. For starters, Revengers will play their last show with vocalist Eric Quinn on Friday night at the New Frontier before the Mighty Quinn heads off to law school in Michigan. I ran into Revengers beatmeister Jeff Berghammer this morning when he was getting some coffee, and he said he and his mates are contemplating going on with a new singer. But can they find one that emotes quite like Eric? Methinks no.
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Nov.
24th

Tony Roberts on his growing fame, working with Jamie Foxx and … being shy? (audio)

Comedian Nate Jackson calls Tony Roberts “the funniest man in America,” and I’m not inclined to argue. I figured the guy would be huge – potentially Dave Chappelle huge – within a year or two after I first sampled his spontaneous, rapid-fire delivery on HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam” a few months ago. His “B—-, Where You Been” bit: Classic!
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Nov.
23rd

Taylor Swift headed to Seattle in 2011

Country superstar Taylor Swift announced the dates and cities for her Speak Now World Tour, including a Sept. 7, 2011 date in Seattle. The actual venues have not yet been released, but Swift headlined KeyArena last year. In the Northwest, Swift will also play Portland on Sept. 6 and Vancouver, B.C. on Sept. 10 and 11.

Oh, and in case you missed it the other night, this happened. (But, um, the rap commercial at the end wasn’t part of the original broadcast.)

Nov.
22nd

Man bands united: Back Street Boys and NKOTB headed to T-Dome in 2011

Boy band comebacks, phase two: Back Street Boys and New Kids on the Block have announced a co-headlining tour – billed as NKOTBSB – that is scheduled to stop at the Tacoma Dome on July 8, 2011.

The Backstreet Boys were last in this neck of the woods, at Kent’s Showare Center, in August. Find our review here and audio from our interview with AJ McLean (the one with the tats) here. New Kids’ comeback bid brought them to Auburn’s White River Amphitheatre last year.

Ticket

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Nov.
20th

First look at Vanity

I took my first peek at Vanity last night. That’s the new nightclub that opened last weekend at 5602 S. Washington St., the cavernous space previously occupied by Station 56. And while I noticed a few good cosmetic improvements – the stage is now on the left hand side of the room, for starters – I left really confused about exactly what they’re going for over there.
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