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July
15th

Scenes from Mayhem Festival


Marilyn Manson, Slayer and company dropped in on Auburn’s White River Amphitheatre last night with Mayhem Festival, a satisfying replacement for Ozzfest, which quit coming around these parts a couple of years ago. Manson’s set kicked off with “We’re From America,” the best cut off his now “The High End of Low Disc,” and included "Disposable Teens," "Irresponsible Hate Anthem," "Tourniquet," "Beautiful People," "Four Rusted Horses" and "Arma **** geddon." But aside from performing "Irresponsible Hate Anthem" draped in an American flag and a few coy sex and drug

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July
4th

Green Day launches new tour in Seattle


Keep it up and your face is gonna get stuck like that, Mike Dirnt.

ERNEST JASMIN


So how is it that Green Day, of all the alt-rock hit makers of the 1990s, is still packing arenas like few bands this side of U2?


And what’s the deal with “21st Century Breakdown,” yet another high falutin’ concept album about American mores? Didn’t these guys used to write three-chord punk anthems about masturbation? On albums called "Dookie?" And are they just trying to make up for paving the way for

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May
3rd

Grand Duchy, Nightgowns recap

A few pop big shots have called Tacoma their home in recent years (or at least one of their homes.) Rickie Lee Jones kicked it here for a bit. Ditto with Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic and ex-boy bander and Rainiers co-owner Nick Lachey. And could the Pixies Frank Black and wife Violet Clark be next?


The couple made their first Grit City stop Saturday as their first tour with their new pop project Grand Duchy wound through Jazzbones. Clark seemed especially enamored with what they saw before the show. "We’re real estate addicts, and there

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April
12th

Last night’s X show (scenes, set list and a little Visqueen news)

I caught the Ventures for the first time as they and their buds, the Wailers, celebrated 50 years in the biz Friday at the Moore. Last night, I caught the tail end of legendary L.A. punk band X’s two-night stand at Showbox at the Market. And my ol’ lady and I got out of there in time to cab it over to the new Crocodile Cafe (love the redesign) just in time to see Cincinnati’s Heartless Bastards play “The Mountain,” one of my favorite songs of 2009.

Yep, this is one of those weekends that reminds me just how much I love, love, love this gig. And of course I had my trusty Canon with me to document the action you may have missed.

Anyone who’s seen X live is familiar with Billy Zoom’s perma-grin. Towards the end of the set he noticed me lurkin’ in the corner and mugged for the camera.
ERNEST JASMIN

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Feb.
7th

The Ventures, Fabulous Wailers shoot steamy cover art on South Tacoma Way

By now many of you should know about "Two Car Garage," the forthcoming split disc that the Ventures and the Fabulous Wailers are releasing on April 10 to commemorate their 50th anniversaries. (Click here to learn more about the album and the CD release party if you’ve been slackin’ on your Bring the Noise readin’.) And this morning it was a meeting of Tacoma rock legends, pimped rides and one smokin’ model at Austin’s Pro Max on South Tacoma Way for the album cover shoot.



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Feb.
4th

Public Enemy’s Chuck D to U.P.S. students: Take advantage of opportunity, beware “weapons of mass distraction”

Public Enemy’s Chuck D spoke to a group of University of Puget Sound students earlier tonight at the school’s Schneebeck Concert Hall.
ERNEST JASMIN

Public Enemy’s Chuck D just wrapped up his lecture on Rap, Race, Reality and Technology at the University of Puget Sound’s Schneebeck Concert Hall, a meandering talk that sometimes had the feel of a two-hour freestyle with all the tangents that the iconic rapper packed into it. During an informal, non sequitur filled two hours, he’d bounce from Barack Obama to the Notorious B.I.G.; from politics to the sad state of American hip-hop; the importance of world travel to a history of how saggy jeans went from prison yards to a mass marketed fashion trend.

The transitions may have been jarring at times, but the underlying message he delivered to a few a few hundred college students was pretty clear: Take advantage of educational opportunity, be true to yourself and don’t let your intellect be dulled by "weapons of mass distraction." Click the “more” button to read a few quotes I managed to jot down for those who missed it.

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Jan.
19th

Drag queens and chain saws and swords … oh my





What’s the best way to unwind after a long day of nail-biting NFL action? Try watching Madmat the Indestructible man getting cinder blocks smashed on his back by a 6-foot-tall, sledge hammer wielding drag queen; some freakishly flexible Peacock gal; women wielding power tools a little too close to their naughty bits; and one super freaky girl Prince impersonator. All of the above scenes are from Sunday night’s Pure Cirkus performance at

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Jan.
1st

Year End Gig Pics: Memories of 2008

Is 2008 over already? Sweet sassy molassy! That went by fast! And, um, happy New Year! Let’s hope this year brings as many killer concerts to Puget Sound as the last. And to remind you of what I’m talkin’ about, here are just a few more live images I managed to capture when I had my camera in tow.

Better late than never. By many accounts, rapper Lil Wayne had the biggest year of any pop star in 2008. And after a long delay, blamed on a late flight, he eventually showed up to bask in the love of 20,000 fans at KUBE 93’s Summer Jam, "Lollipop" in hand.
ERNEST A. JASMIN

British rock gods, Radiohead, made their first local appearance in five years at Auburn’s White River Amphitheatre on Aug. 20 (top). The band was surrounded by lots of LED light tubes, and the effects were quite breathtaking, overshadowed only by Nine Inch Nails high tech set at KeyArena a few weeks earlier (below).
ERNEST A. JASMIN

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Dec.
15th

Spreading Christmas beer — I mean — cheer


‘Twas a few nights before Christmas, when all through Grit City

Were Santas pub crawling, the sight was not pretty …


After a hard day’s work, perhaps you decided to unwind with a relaxing happy hour at your favorite local watering hole last Friday. Then, suddenly, your peaceful ale-sipping experience was demolished by the cacophony of dozens of rowdy Santas whooping it up as they invaded your establishment of choice. They came, they saw, they made people go, “What that heck was that?” And then, just as suddenly as they showed

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