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Broken Bells, the Black Keys, Sleigh Bells and more headed to Deck the Hall Ball

Seattle rock station KNDD-FM (107.7, The End) has announced the lineup for its annual Deck the Hall Ball concert. Broken Bells, the Black Keys, Jimmy Eat World, Cake, Temper Trap and Sleigh Bells will play the holiday showcase, which is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start on Dec. 8 at Seattle’s WaMu Theater.

Tickets are $44.50 and “Friends of the End” will have access to an exclusive pre-sale beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 4. Tix go on sale to the general public

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The Fun Police phenomenon

The Fun Police are really weird. That is to say, the septet is one of South Sound’s most offbeat and wildly inventive bands, with a creative vision that encompasses genre-blurring party anthems – parts punk, Celtic, reggae and country – satirical PSA videos and even good grub. (Fun Police associate “Fryin’” Ryan Hatcher served up gourmet grits during the band’s performance at Tacoma’s Grit City Fest in June, as captured on film here.)

At the moment, the “Bullies in Blue” are busy winding down their first West Coast tour with their hard-drinkin’ homies from Ten Miles of Bad Road. Singer-guitarist Kevin Schulz – a.k.a. Ranger Ruffhousen, has kept me up to speed on some of the highlights: Lots of busking, some bridge diving, a possibly schizophrenic break-dancer. Getting chased by real police outside of Disneyland. You know, the usual. But Sunday, they’ll both be back in town for Ten Miles’ Outlaw Music Festival at O’Malley’s Irish Pub.

We’ve got a related story running in Sunday’s Sound Life section. Meanwhile, enjoy some of the band’s music videos and PSAs.

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Tiny Vipers’ Jesy Fortino recalls days of D & D, playing for Thai food

Later today, Seattle singer-songwriter Jesy Fortino, a.k.a. Tiny Vipers, will play an all-ages show for the Squeak and Squawk Festival’s Squawk Box (a rented retail space at 745 St. Helen’s Ave., in Tacoma.)

I caught up with her a few days ago for a piece in Friday’s GO section. And here are a few audio clips from the interview about …

… where here stage name comes from.

… playing for Thai food, developing her sound and figuring out what people like.


Jonsi from Sigur Ros has some pretty cool toys, too (video)

Muse had some pretty mind-blowing toys Friday night at KeyArena. But based on this video I’m thinking Jonsi from Sigur Ros has the potential to outdo them Friday and Saturday at Showbox SoDo, if on a smaller scale.

Hmmmm. Spoon or Jonsi, Spoon or Jonsi – decisions, decisions.

The making of Jónsi’s live show: Part 1 from Jónsi on Vimeo.


Band of Horses “Infinite Arms” track listing

Ex-Seattleites Band of Horses announced the track listing for their next album, “Infinite Arms,” which is due on May 18. Here it is:

1. Factory
2. Compliments
3. Laredo
4. Blue Beard
5. On My Way Back Home
6. Infinite Arms
7. Dilly
8. Evening Kitchen
9. Older
10. For Annabelle
11. NW Apt.
12. Neighbor


Grit City Bootlegs No. 43: Roman Holiday (extra blurry mix)

So here’s the thing. I could play it off as if I edited the following video, starring Roman Holiday, to make it look all arty farty and “impressionistic” on purpose. But I cannot tell a lie. I am a knucklehead, and I left my camera’s closeup switch on, something I didn’t figure out until just before Motopony went onstage later last Saturday night.

But the sound is pretty tight, though, user error aside. And this clip will give you an idea of what one of Tacoma’s most polished indie-rock bands plays; you know, epic, melodic

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Spoon tour to include two night stand in Seattle

Spoon’s just announced tour will bring the indie rock fave to Seattle’s Moore Theatre on April 9 and 10. The band – known for “The Underdog,” “Don’t You Evah” and other cult hits – will release it’s eagerly awaited new album “The Transference” on Jan. 19. But you can listen to a live stream now, courtesy of NPR, here.