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April
11th

Fergie and Luda and robots, oh my (scenes from Black Eyed Peas)

Black Eyed Peas brought the year’s biggest, slickest hip-hop tour to the Tacoma Dome Saturday night, a high-tech extravaganza that also featured rap hit-maker Ludacris and LMFAO. Here’s some of what you may have missed on the E.N.D. Tour’s second to last night (photos by Ernest Jasmin.)

LMFAO’s Redfoo with robohomie. The rap duo also had help from dancing Legos and adapted one of it’s popular set staples for the locals with “I’m in Tacoma.”
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April
10th

Spoon, night one

Spoon’s Britt Daniel, during an early set that included “Before Destruction,” “I Saw the Light” and “The Underdog.” (All photos by Ernest Jasmin).

I’m a slacker when it comes to Texas alt-rock band Spoon, having jumped on the veteran outfit’s bandwagon only a decade late. And to be honest, I was only on the edge of that bandwagon until just a few weeks ago. Sure, I enjoyed the band’s fifth and sixth albums “Gimme Fiction” and “GaGaGaGaGa,” but I wasn’t truly hooked until I got my hands on the new “Transference” disc, which hit stores in January.

It showcases a grittier turn in band leader Britt Daniel’s songwriting that gradually drew me in until I became totally obsessed. Lately, I’ve related most to “Before Destruction,” the world-weary track the quartet – also bassist Rob Pope, keyboard player Eric Harvey and drummer Jim Eno – kicked off with Friday night at Seattle’s Moore Theatre, followed by another album standout, the jammy “I Saw the Light.”
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Feb.
28th

Girl Talk rocks the UPS Memorial Fieldhouse, wastes tons of toilet paper


So does Girl Talk have a Charmin endorsement deal or what? (Photos by Ernest Jasmin)

Pittsburgh-based mash-up maestro Gregg Gillis, a.k.a. Girl Talk, just wrapped up a little while ago at the University of Puget Sound Memorial Fieldhouse. And while the main attraction was basically a dude playing music on a laptop, Gillis’ set was even more bonkers than I remembered from last year’s at Sasquatch! Festival.

You know, there were a few dozen kids on stage jumpin’ around and shakin’ their money makers with wild abandon; ginormous, confetti-filled balloons being batted around; Gillis’ homies firing off makeshift TP guns (actually leaf blowers rigged with paint rollers); and sick, new remixes featuring pirated hooks from Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Arcade Fire – and even a little “Tiny Dancer,” which is never a bad thing.

Just hit the “more” button and check out some pics I took tonight and you’ll see just how much fun was had by all. Then you can guess how many rolls of toilet paper wound up strewn all over the arena floor. At a rate of three or four a minute over a couple of hours I’m going with – ummm, let’s see, carry the one – a gazillion!
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Oct.
29th

Rascal Flatts returns to the Tacoma Dome (photos and set list)

Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney, Gary LeVox and Jay Demarcus (photo by Ernest Jasmin).
Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney, Gary LeVox and Jay Demarcus (photo by Ernest Jasmin).

This year, country chart toppers Rascal Flatts come armed with “Unstoppable,” yet another album to top the Billboard 200. But there are signs that the group that sold more albums than any other in 2006 is slowing down. About 10,000 turned out for the trio’s annual stop at the Tacoma Dome tonight, respectable by most standards but several thousand fewer than checked out Rascal Flatts in 2007 and 2008.
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Oct.
25th

Brandi Carlile at the Paramount Theatre (photos and set list)

South Sound Superstar: Maple Valley's Brandi Carlile, joyfully headlining the Paramount Theatre Saturday (photos by Ernest Jasmin)..
South Sound Superstar: Maple Valley’s Brandi Carlile, joyfully headlining Seattle’s Paramount Theatre Saturday.

I’d still rank Brandi Carlile’s concert last year at Benaroya Hall a notch or two higher than Saturday night’s homecoming set at the Paramont Theatre. Mostly little things set that show apart, like the acoustics at Benaroya being more conducive to going unplugged and mike-less for “Dying Day” (lots of shushing this time); a set list that featured more of Brandi’s self-titled debut, which is still my favorite of her three albums. Oh, and no Symphony this time, though cello player Josh Newman held his own as the one-man string section during most of the set.
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Sep.
25th

Alice in Chains set list

Alice in Chains singer-guitarist William DuVall Thursday night in Seattle (photo by Ernest Jasmin).
Alice in Chains singer-guitarist William DuVall Thursday night in Seattle (photo by Ernest Jasmin).

“It’s always nice to come home, and we have a lot of memories in this particular building,” Alice in Chains drummer Sean Kinney declared as his band’s triumphant, 90-minute set wound down Thursday night at the Moore Theatre. “This is another one we won’t forget.”

Ditto, Sean. A in C is the first of the early ’90s “grunge” bands I fell in love with, and it was great seeing those guys back and firing on all cylinders – especially considering the tragic circumstances that ripped them apart. New songs “Check My Brain” and “Acid Bubble” sounded great, alongside classics like “We Die Young,” “Would” and “Rooster.” And this has been my favorite show in a week that’s been packed with the Monsters of Northwest rock. Even the band that kicked this here Northwest rock thing off, the Fabulous Wailers, is playing on Saturday (Sept. 26.) Sweet! Hit “more” for last night’s set list.
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Sep.
24th

Heart does the Puyallup (and guess which Alice in Chains guy showed up)

Heart's Nancy Wilson delivers "Never" early during her band's Puyallup Fair set (photo by Ernest Jasmin).

Behold, the monsters of Northwest rock! First Seattle rock kings Pearl Jam took over KeyArena for two epic nights, Monday and Tuesday. Tonight, Alice in Chains will unleash material from comeback album “Black Gives Way to Blue” to a full house at Seattle’s Moore Theatre.

But last night it was all about Heart, the underrated queenpins of Seattle rock. (So why didn’t guitar goddess Nancy Wilson make Rolling Stone’s controversial greatest guitarists list again? That chica has served up some mighty tasty riffs over the years. But at least Guitar Hero is finally giving her props. But I digress.)
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Sep.
23rd

Heart set list

Heart delivered 90 minutes of grandstand-rockin’ goodness at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center tonight. And Alice in Chains’ Mike Inez even showed up to lend a hand. You know, since he’s in town for Alice’s big gig at the Moore Thursday night. Hit the “more” button for the set list, and be sure to check back for a more detailed report.
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Sep.
22nd

Pearl Jam packs uplifting, new tunes, fan favorites (and just a little politics) into epic Seattle set

Eddie Vedder and company started on a mellow note with "Long Road" Monday night (photo by Ernest Jasmin.)

Pearl Jam spent the better part of the last decade championing lefty causes and bashing neocon antics, notably on “Bushleager” and “Worldwide Suicide,” among other cuts (not to mention many a between-song rant and that controversial Denver “Dubya” Bush mask stomp a few years back.)

So even if band leader Eddie Vedder is more content to sing about the joys of surfing than anything you’ll see on CNN these days, you had to figure politics would come up at some point Monday night during Pearl Jam’s homecoming set at KeyArena, the first half of a two-night stand that continues today at 7:30 p.m.
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