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Seattle native Dylan Jakobsen premieres new video on ‘Taste of Country’

Posted May 1st, 2015 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
Country music is extremely popular in Seattle, despite the city’s reputation as a mecca for grunge and alternative rock.
Now along comes musician Dylan Jakobsen, who was born in Seattle during the grunge era of the ’90s and grew up on a diet of classic rock. But his preferred style today is country rock, [...]

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Billy Corgan has new ‘Impact’ on TV wrestling

Posted April 28th, 2015 by genestout

By MIKEL TOOMBS
If you’re a pro wrestling fan, Monday, April 27, was the greatest day you’ve ever known.
Yes, Billy Corgan, “Smashing Pumpkins mastermind and rock innovator,” has signed on as Senior Producer, Creative and Talent Development, for TNA Wrestling’s flagship program “Impact Wrestling,” televised Friday nights on Destination America. (Despite all the rage, he’s still [...]

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PREVIEW: Singer Dana Fuchs brings her powerhouse show to the Northwest

Posted March 17th, 2015 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
Powerhouse blues-rock singer Dana Fuchs and her band bring their current tour to the Northwest, with shows March 17 and 18 at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley and March 21 at Jazzbones in Tacoma.
Her latest release, “Songs From the Road,” is packed with soulful swagger. If you’ve experienced her new live CD/DVD, recorded at the [...]

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Believe it or not: a campaign to fund a Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan museum

Posted March 7th, 2015 by genestout

By MIKEL TOOMBS
The URL of the Washington Post story says it all:
Because Brooklyn, indeed.
Comedians Viviana Olen and Matt Harkins have launched a Kickstarter campaign (raising more than $2,000) to fund the Tonya Harding & Nancy Kerrigan 1994 Museum (#THNK1994 is the hashtag) in their borough apartment. (If they reach their goal, guided tours will be [...]

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Crystal Bowersox moves beyond ‘American Idol’ with current show

Posted February 25th, 2015 by genestout

By MIKEL TOOMBS
Crystal Bowersox is no longer someone to dread.
That is, the dreadlocks that so unnerved Simon Cowell (always a good thing, in my book) on the 2010 season of “American Idol” (she was runner-up, with Cowell‘s blessing) are now a thing of the past.
In some ways Bowersox, who released the excellent album “All That [...]

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