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April
24th

EJ’s picks (April 24 to May 1)


You can learn more about this guy this weekend. We hear he was good at playing guitar or something.

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Just a few hot tickets for the next few days …


Jimi Hendrix: An Evolution of Sound opening day (Friday, EMP): EMP unveils its first major Hendrix exhibit in five years. And Friday’s fanfare includes a presentation by Jimi’s friend and band mate, Billy Cox and a showcase of songs inspired by the man, featuring Jeff Fielder (Sera Cahoone), Mike Musburger (The Posies, Fastbacks), Ty

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April
17th

EJ’s picks (April 17 to 23)

Here’s some cool stuff to keep you busy for a few days:


Ashton Shepherd (7:30 p.m. Friday, Puyallup Fair & Events Center): Check out one of country’s rising stars. And the best part is that it’s free, free, free! And check back in between now and Friday morning and I should have some interview clips posted.


Bump Kitchen (8 p.m. Friday, Club Juno): Catch one of the South Sound’s most fun blues and funk bands — at Tacoma’s newest live music venue, no less.


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April
3rd

EJ’s picks (April 3 to 9)

Mount Rainier Music Festival (Friday through Sunday, Mineral Lake Event Center): In its second year, Randy Oxford’s three-day festival in Mineral will showcase 25 bands and again benefit Mount Rainier National Park. Details here.


The Black Keys (Saturday, Showbox SoDo): These Akron, Ohio-bread blues-rock minimalists expand their arrangements on their new album "Attack & Release."


Coco Montoya (Sunday, Jazzbones): The blues guitar great will deliver songs from his latest album, "Dirty Deal."


Autechre (April 7, Neumo’s): These mavericks of electronic music can count Radiohead’s Thom Yorke among

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March
20th

EJ’s picks (March 20 to 26)

Mad Professor (Friday, Nectar): Dubstep acts like Kode 9 and Burial are all the rage in England. And you can trace them back to the Professor, among the most influential pioneers of dub reggae.


Citizen Cope (Friday, Saturday, Moore Theatre): This genre-bending singer-songwriter counts Seattle as one of his strongest markets.


Henry Rollins (Saturday, Capitol Theater): The former Black Flag/Rollins Band leader hits Oly with his latest comedy/spoken word routine, dubbed "Provoked." It’s his only Washington stop this time around.


John Walker & the Hitchhikers (Wednesday, Jazzbones early show): Just recently got

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Feb.
21st

EJ’s picks (Feb. 22 to 28)

Here are a few things on my musical itinerary:



Wintergrass (today through Sunday, downtown Tacoma): I’ll be checkin’ out Laura Love’s new band, Harpers Ferry, tonight at the Black and Bluegrass showcase. The weekend also brings Michael Cleveland, the Punch Brothers, the Duhks, Vasen and many more. Find a complete schedule, list of venues and ticket information here.


Vicci Martinez/Flowmotion (Saturday, Showbox at the Market): How long before T-town’s own Vicci Martinez is headlining the Moore or the Paramount? This is an all-ages gig.


The Hives (Saturday, Showbox SoDo):

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Feb.
7th

EJ’s picks (Feb. 7 to 13)

These should keep you busy for a few nights:


The Coup (Friday, Nectar Lounge): Boots Riley + Pam the Funkstress = the most radical group in hip-hop. But they have a sense of humor when it comes to stickin’ it to the Man. Hmmm, wonder what sorts of rants primary season will inspire.


Smash Mouth (Friday, Emerald Queen Casino): I was kind of torn about including these guys on the must see list. I mean, you’re usually well past Hasbeensville when your lead singer appears on the "Surreal Life." But I guess "All

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Jan.
31st

EJ’s picks (Jan. 31 to Feb. 7)

The Bob Marley Fest? Black Lips? North Mississippi Allstars? The Cops? Wow! Look’s like Neumo’s is the place to be through next week. But before you call in sick to work and go crash with your buddy on Capitol Hill, there’s a few things closer to home, too, starting with …


South 11th (Friday, Hell’s Kitchen): A night of RAWK! Alos with Everything Must Go, Johnny Babalouie & the Master of Bation and a band whose name my editors would want me to post even less than that last one. You’ll just have to click the link

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Jan.
17th

EJ’s picks (Jan. 18 to 24)

What to do for the next week? Hmmmm.


Oh yeah! Here’s some stuff:


Severus (Friday, Hell’s Kitchen): With Killing Roots, Dying to Bleed, De-Krepit and Killing Roots.


Kem (Friday, Emerald Queen Casino): The R&B crooner brings his smooth sounds to the EQ.


Clumsy Lovers (Friday, Jazzbones): The Clever Bastards open. (I’m sensing a pattern.)


Pierce County Executive’s Excellence in Hip-Hop Awards (Saturday, Tacoma Art Museum): Performance, panel discussion and awards ceremonies tied in to the South Sound’s hip-hop scene. Check Music Entertainment’s Web site for details.


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Jan.
10th

EJ’s picks (Jan. 10 to 16)

Here’s a few things to keep y’all busy this weekend and beyond, And now that I’m over my case of the ol’ ebola, I may have to join you at a couple of these:


Lupe Fiasco (Friday, Showbox at the Market): Kanye West’s protégé will be performing tracks from his new disc, "The Cool."


The Apex Theory (Saturday, Hell’s Kitchen): Local favorites Utterance, In Lunar Blue and Wide Eyed Panic add support.


Jeremy Enigk (Wednesday, Chop Suey): The Seattle singer-songwriter’s rescheduled gig is yet another sad reminder that the Crocodile

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Jan.
3rd

EJ’s picks (Jan. 3 to 9)


Cough! Hack! Sniffle!


The ‘Tussin ain’t workin’. So much for Chris Rock’s miracle cure. It’s made me pleasantly loopy, though. And hopefully I’ll be well enough to join you at one or more of these shows. Cheers.



Carrie Akre (Saturday at Club Vertigo): Carrie’s last show before she goes on maternity leave.


Devin the Dude (Saturday at Chop Suey): D the D headlines the Second Annual Freestyle Championships, with Cool Nutz, Mr. D.O.G., etc.


Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary Tour

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