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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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Maroon 5 kicks off huge tour, heads to Seattle after Academy Awards

Posted February 13th, 2015 by genestout

This year’s highly anticipated Maroon 5 World Tour will kick off Monday, Feb. 16, when the rock band takes the stage at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
MAGIC! will join the tour as special guests, along with Rozzi Crane as the opener for U.S. dates.
The tour will visit 27 cities, with a stop at [...]

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Northwest garage-rock band The Sonics release first new album since 1967

Posted January 22nd, 2015 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
Exciting news for fans of classic Northwest rock: legendary band The Sonics will release its first new studio album since 1967 on March 31.
The group known for such garage-rock classics as “The Witch,” “Psycho,” “Strychnine” and “Have Love Will Travel” will celebrate the release of the new album (on the band’s own Tacoma-based [...]

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Climate change is no joke for ’stand-up economist’ Yoram Bauman

Posted January 22nd, 2015 by genestout

By MIKEL TOOMBS
A global meltdown may be on the horizon but: tragedy tomorrow, comedy tonight!
That would be the night of Jan. 28, when Yoram Bauman, the “world’s first and only stand-up economist,” performs at Seattle’s University Unitarian Church (6556 35th Ave NE) as part of Climate Action Week. Read more about Climate Action Week and [...]

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Chateau Ste. Michelle launches its 2015 ‘Sessions’ concert series

Posted January 19th, 2015 by genestout

‘Sessions’ — the intimate, wintertime version of Chateau Ste. Michelle winery’s popular summer concert series — kicks off with a sold-out show by Seattle’s Sunshine Junkies Jan. 24 in the Barrel Room.
The show by the eclectic-music band playing original music and cover songs is sold out. But the second annual series continues with a strong [...]

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