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Devo founder Gerald Casale describes “groundbreaking” new video (audio)

Devo delivered one of the most striking and iconic music videos to ever grace MTV with “Whip It” in the ’80s. And after interviewing band founder Jerry Casale this afternoon, it sounds like the new wave pioneers may be setting the bar again with their forthcoming clip for “What We Do,” the next single from last year’s “Something for Everybody” album.
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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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Spoon interview (audio)

Spoon’s “Transference” is my favorite rock album of 2010 so far, so it goes without saying that I’m stoked to be checking out the first half of the band’s two-night stand in Seattle in a few hours at the Moore Theatre.

And finally I’ve had time to post a few clips from my interview with bassist Rob Pope who last month talked about …

… living in Seattle and the Austin-bred band’s Northwest ties.

… how he joined Spoon after Get Up Kids.

… Spoon’s gradual rise and

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Corinne Bailey Rae recalls her days in Helen (audio)

Most people know Corinne Bailey Rae for “Put Your Records On,” the pop smash that elevated her from unsigned artist to international superstar back in 2006. But did you know that Rae, Monday’s main attraction at the Moore in Seattle, started out as a rocker?

Before her solo career took off, the British songbird played in an alt-rock band called Helen that was nearly signed to Roadrunner Records. Click here to find out what happened to that band and how it may have influenced her new album, “The Sea.”

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More Charlie Murphy interview clips

Here are a few more clips from my interview with comedian Charlie Murphy, who will headline Seattle’s Moore Theatre on Saturday (March 6):

Charlie Murphy shares the best advice his brother ever gave him …

… comedians who doubted him when he started doing stand-up …

… and the controversy surrounding “We Got to Do Better,” his show on BET.


Charlie Murphy on the demise of “Chappelle’s Show,” a rematch with Prince (audio)

I wrote a preview of comedian Charlie Murphy’s headlining set at Seattle’s Moore Theatre on Saturday night for tomorrow’s GO section. Meanwhile, you can click the links to hear Charlie talking about the demise of “Chappelle’s Show” (a couple of guesses at who Comedy Central wanted to step in for Dave) and who would win a hoops rematch with Prince. On that second on you get on of Charlie Murphy’s really true Hollywood stories.


Alice in Chains set list (Friday night)

Alice in Chains’ set last night was similar to what they delivered at the Moore last fall. That is to say it was spectacular, but even sharper after several months on the road.

But so much for that fantasy that Sir Elton John – tonight’s co-headliner at KeyArena – might make a cameo. Sure, he appears on the poignant title track from Alice’s new “Black Gives Way to Blue” album, and he had a couple of days off after Wednesday night’s Face 2 Face set at the Key. But nah! An on-site publicist had good intel that the Piano

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Corinne Bailey Rae headed to Seattle

British songbird Corinne Bailey Rae debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 with “The Sea,” the stellar follow up to her self-titled debut smash from 2006. And she’ll bring some of her most emotionally charged songs on the road with an April 12 stop scheduled at the Moore Theatre in Seattle, her U.S. management announced.

The show will start at 7:30 that night. Tickets for the Seattle show are $25.50 and will go on sale Saturday. Find more details here.