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June
30th

Revamped Alice in Chains give away first single, “A Looking in View”

After the Alice in Chains tour announcement I surfed on over to AliceinChains.com and noticed the band is giving away a “Looking in View,” the first single from their forthcoming album “Black Gives Way to Blue.” Sure, it’s bound to be controversial since it’s the first cut the band has released in the post-Layne Staley era. But it that menacing riff hooked me right away; vintage chains with William DuVall holding his own.


Listen to a sample here

June
23rd

OK, here comes Seattle, I mean, Tacoma

I interviewed the couple in shiny silver pants that you saw making out before the commercial break, prompting Piers Morgan to suggest, “OK, go and get a room.” I figured their erotic acrobatic routine would get them face time. I’ll have to see if I can dig up the audio from our interview. Stay tuned. Looks like it’s time for some T-town action on “America’s Got Talent.”

June
15th

Built to Spill, the Lonely Forest and more added to Capitol Hill Block Party

Capitol Hill Block Party organizers announced more acts for this year’s festival, which will take place on July 24 and 25, with the main stage located outside of Seattle’s Neumo’s. Built to Spill, Pela, The Lonely Forest, Fences, Awesome Color, Wild Orchid Children, FourColorZacka and a Sing Sing reunion have been added to the bill. Read more here.

June
11th

Alice in Chains announce new album title

Alice in Chains’ first album with new singer William DuVall will be called “Black Gives Way to Blue,” EMI Records announced today. The disc, recorded with producer Nick Raskulinecz, will come out on Sept. 29.

June
9th

R.I.P. Jeff Hanson

Indie label Kill Rock Stars is reporting that Jeff Hanson has died. From the KRS newsletter:


We are deeply shocked and saddened to report that Jeff Hanson passed away on June 5, 2009 in his home, a victim of a terrible accident. Jeff has been a part of the KRS family since 2003.


Jeff Hanson was an amazing artist, a riotously funny person, and a good friend. Everyone at Kill Rock Stars feels that we were privileged to put out his records. We will miss him tremendously. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

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June
3rd

Neko Case stages feel good, briefly teary homecoming set

Forget that "papa" guy. Neko Case is the real rolling stone, having switched cities like an overgrown army brat in the decade and a half since she left our "dusty old jewel in the South Puget Sound."


The red-headed chanteuse has moved to Seattle, Vancouver, B.C., Chicago, Tucson, Ariz., and most recently settled down on a farm in rural Vermont; you know, where she recorded the amphibian chorus you hear on the last half hour of her dreamy, new "Middle Cyclone" album.


But you know what they say about absence. "I’ve never played here before," Case

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May
19th

Hey! Doesn’t that dude over there look like Kenny Chesney?

Just got an announcement about country megastar Kenny Chesney making surprise appearances in parking lots along his summer tour. He’ll be at Qwest Field on Aug. 1 with Sugarland, Montgomery Gentry and Lady Antebellum adding support. But simma down, stalkers. If he learned anything from what happened to Tim McGraw when he was last here, he’ll have extra bodyguards in tow.



From the press release:


Four-time winner of the Academy of Country Music Awards’ Entertainer of the Year Award, Kenny Chesney, will appear, not only on stage, but

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May
19th

Two more reasons to get excited about Sasquatch

Portland singer-songwriter will be there, hopefully playing my favorite song of his, “Requiem.”



And so will Seattle’s Murder City Devils, shown performing at the Capitol Hill Block Party in this clip.



You know where to find all the relevant scheduling info. You don’t? Oh, just click here.

May
17th

Fleetwood Mac delivers 2 1/2 hours of hits at the Tacoma Dome

Two things have been in abundant supply for Fleetwood Mac during the band’s first four decades: Smash hits and behind the scenes drama.


The legendary rock outfit packed plenty of the former into a monster, 22-song greatest hits set Saturday night at the Tacoma Dome. And early on, singer-guitarist Lindsey Buckingham got a laugh, alluding to the drama with a dry, understatement about his band’s "fairly complex and convoluted emotional history."


That history, of course, includes his past romantic entanglements with smoky-voiced band mate, Stephanie "Stevie" Nicks and bassist John McVie’s ill-fated marriage to departed keyboard

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May
14th

Happy Diddy Day!

Yes, it’s a real holiday, recognized in Vegas, baby, Vegas! And, yes, it’s named after that guy. I think I’ll celebrate by rapping over instrumental b-sides to all my favorite ’80s songs. Or maybe I’ll force some wannabe pop stars walk across Tacoma to get me cookie. Word!