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July
10th

Midnight Salvage Co. show is on Saturday

Hey, y’all. In my GO column today I accidentally listed the wrong date for local band Midnight Salvage Co.’s special acoustic show at Shakabrah Java, so I thought I’d correct that here. That show’s actually going to be held Saturday (July 11). Check out their MySpace page here for samples of what they sound like.

March
7th

Ventures concert rumor

The other day, The Ventures’ Don Wilson mentioned tentative plans to perform at a KBSG-affiliated showcase of classic Tacoma rock bands. And now C.R. Roberts over on our business desk just posted an item about a Ventures party scheduled for Monday that also mentions rumors that said concert will take place at Cheney Stadium.


Cool! Expect more Ventures posts between now and Monday when the band is scheduled to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Nov.
26th

New Glimpse-related project

I ran into Glimpse’s Jason Ott yesterday morning while checkin’ out a little NFL action at the Varsity Grill. He explained the mixup about his band being AWOL from Saturday’s unplugged Post Stardom Depression show at Station 56 (his boys had never actually agreed to the gig despite being listed on the bill, he said.) And then he gave me the heads up regarding his new project, called the Joshua Cain Band, that’s on the way.


The new band is doing more of a rootsy southern rock and gospel thing, and he cited Mavis Staples as an example.

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Oct.
16th

They’re so pretty, and they’re so dead!!!

Was just transcribing my interview with Schoolyard Heroes Ryann Donnelly (a grad of Tacoma’s own Charles Wright Academy.) She and her mates will headline the all-ages show at Hell’s Kitchen on Friday. And after listening to her talk about the new video for “The Plastic Surgery Hall of Fame,” I had to surf on over to You Tube and check out the finished product, right?


It’s pretty slick, actually. They’re either putting that Island Def Jam cash to good use, or they have some friends cinema savvy homies. And check out the behind the scenes clip

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Sep.
22nd

Seattle’s buzzworthy Minus the Bear

Well, off the Endfest. And hopefully traffic will allow me to catch Minus the Bear, a group that you may have noticed has been dubbed Artist of the Week by MTV. Hard to miss with all the commercials that have been running.


Hmmm. Could they be Puget Sound’s next Modest Mouse?

July
23rd

No, you do want to be an American Idiot

Forget what those Green Day guys say. You probably do want to be an American Idiot if you’re in a local band that needs exposure. And Seattle’s KISW-FM (99.9) just sent me details on its American Idiot contest for Northwest rock bands.


Interested bands should e-mail americanidiot@kisw.com or check the station’s Web site for further details. The top nine will be interviewed on the BJ Shea Morning Experience (which airs from 5 to 10 a.m. weekdays) between Aug. 6 to 24. And KISW listeners will vote for their favorites from Aug. 27 to Sept. 5,

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July
5th

Wailers vs. Wailers: A legal showdown

I can’t be the only guy who has ever thought it would be funny if the Wailers (Tacoma garage rock legends, aka the Fabulous Wailers) played a double bill with those other Wailers (Bob Marley’s backing band and recent Pantages headliner.)


Well, that scenario just got a little less likely. I’ve obtained a copy of a trademark infringement lawsuit filed on June 20 on behalf of Buck Ormsby and Kent Morrill of the Tacoma Wailers against the reggae Wailers.


"It’s been causing a lot of confusion in the market place among fans of my

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May
16th

South Sound Spotlight on Severus

Don’t miss one of the South Sound’s most promising metal bands, SEVERUS, this weekend. Here’s a quick primer:


Representin': Tacoma and Puyallup


Lineup: vocalist Damien Killgod, bassist Marcus Kennedy, drummer Mike Parker, guitarists Jason Kennedy and Jason Blair


Style: Thrash metal


Web site: www.myspace.com/severusmusic


You’ll like ‘em if you like: Lamb of God, Shadows Fall, Chimaira


Listen up: From a recent demo CD, here’s Imperial Impurities, Spread the Remains of Your Fallen Foe and Sleeping

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April
19th

Mono in VCF back in action

It appears Tacoma’s own Mono in VCF is slowly, but surely swinging back in gear, months after the departure of singer Charles Perales. For starters, Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker learned about Mono thanks to recommendations by several of his Puget Sound-based My Space friends. And he picked the band to open his April 30 show at the Showbox. But before that, Mono has a warm-up gig scheduled for April 27 at Sandford & Son.


The band used to have a moody sound that was most akin to the Smiths or Joy Division. And I was curious about how

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March
29th

Yes!!! More Blood!!! Graaaaghh!!!

No, I’m not giving in to homicidal thoughts. Yet. Idol Management’s Don Robertson actually just sent me a link to footage of Slipknot’s Joey Jordison sitting in with sometime Tacoma residents 3 Inches of Blood. Check it out here. And in case you were wondering, Robertson tells me the new 3IB disc – which Jordison is producing – is due from Roadrunner Records on June 26.