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Aug.
30th

The Legend of Bigfoot and Tacoma Rock City, v. 2.0

Tacoma Rock City hasn’t officially relaunched with our new WordPress software, as mentioned in the boss’s column this morning. But I have started to add new content. Check out Grit City Bootlegs No. 25, with video from a promising, new local band called The Legend of Bigfoot at Bob’s Java Jive at the new link, which is blog.thenewstribune.com/tacomarockcity. Don’t forget to bookmark, y’all.


Jucifer’s Amber Valentine said it was kosher to share some footage from her band’s monster set last night at Hell’s Kitchen. So make

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Aug.
27th

Grit City Bootleg No. 24: I Defy rocks Hell’s Kitchen

As promised on the Tacoma Rock City Twitter page (follow here if you’re not already, slackers), I’ve got footage of Tacoma punk vets I Defy performing last Friday at Hell’s Kitchen.


You may notice the guy playing guitar is not Carl Zook, who has gone on to form a new band, called Zook (featured on Grit City Bootleg No. 9 and on the South Sound Mix Tape.) It’s another one of their rotating roster of bald guitarists, Shug Lewis, who has been playing with I Defy since March.


But enough

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Aug.
17th

Grit City bootlegs No. 21: New tunes from the F-ing Eagles

I had my video camera handy Saturday night during the official after party for Music and Art in Wright Park, during which Tacoma garage-rock torchbearers the F***ing Eagles unveiled tracks from their new “Midnight Sour” album. The official CD release party is Friday (Aug. 21) at the New Frontier Lounge. And I’m guessing they might have these new cut on the set list. And they’ll also have bassist Kelly Michelson back after he was AWOL working on some day job related project. His former roomie, Seaweed’s Wade Neal, filled in nicely, though. And it was his birthday. Send him late

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Aug.
16th

Grit City Bootlegs No. 20: They Live! at Hell’s Kitchen

Fellow blogger Travis Hay, of Ear Candy fame, first piqued my interested in Seattle hip-hop group They Live! We were standing in the beer garden at this year’s Capitol Hill Block Party, comparing notes on who we planned to check out. And Trav mentioned that the key players in They Live!, including Stranger hip-hop columnist Larry Mizell, were from local rap group Can-U, a group I liked. According to Trav, yes, they’re named after the Roddy Piper movie, and there’s also some weird conceptual thing involving “dro bots,” which are only visible after you smoke enough

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Aug.
8th

Grit City Bootlegs No. 18: Get to know Hotels

The other day I was thinking about my favorite Northwest indie albums this year. And so far “Where Hearts Go Broke,” from Seattle’s Hotels, is firmly on top of the heap.


Like a gang of hipster favored bands in recent years, Hotels channels the stylish post-punk gloom of Joy Division, the Smiths and Bauhaus, but they’re way more charismatic, energetic and fun to watch than, say, Interpol.


By all means check them out at intimate, local venues, like the New Frontier where they played Friday night. It’s only a matter of time before they upgrade

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July
31st

Grit City Bootlegs No. 15: Bellingham’s Sugar Sugar Sugar (a.k.a. my new band crush)

The bad news: I showed up to the New Frontier too late to bootleg Tacoma’s Cannon Canyon, my original plan for Thursday night. The good news, though, is that I’ve got a new band crush. Sugar Sugar Sugar is from my old stomping grounds, Bellingham, and they rocked. Judge for yourself. And check back in a bit. I got some pretty sweet clips of last night’s headliner, Lozen, too.