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Dierks Bentley, moonshine and the Power of Music conference (no relation)

Posted May 12th, 2014 by genestout

By MIKEL TOOMBS
Clearly, this is not your granpappy’s moonshine.
Country superstar Dierks Bentley, currently tune-shining across the nation on his “Riser” tour, has announced a partnership with sponsor Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine: “They’re going to help us get the party started early out in the parking lot and set the tone for a rowdy night,” Bentley [...]

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Eccentric Swedish duo Dada Life will arrive in the U.S. via hot-air balloon

Posted May 9th, 2014 by genestout

By MIKEL TOOMBS
The first rule of Pillow Fight Club: Don’t talk about Pillow Fight Club.
“Having broken a Guinness World Record for the largest pillow fight in history” (history, mind you), according to the DJs’ press materials, Dada Life obviously broke that rule, leading the “Swedish Government” to revoke their passports (none too successfully, it seems).
Well, [...]

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Snoqualmie Casino announces summer lineup opening with Roger Hodgson

Posted May 1st, 2014 by genestout

Snoqualmie Casino has announced its outdoor summer lineup the Mountain View Plaza, opening with Roger Hodgson (of Supertramp fame) July 3 and featuring such music acts as Kool and The Gang, Dwight Yoakam, Cheap Trick, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bret Michaels, Loverboy and Beach Boys.
All shows are scheduled at the Mountain View Plaza, with expansive views of [...]

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Queensryche settles its long-simmering lawsuit, looks to the future

Posted April 29th, 2014 by genestout

By GENE STOUT
As I reported in The Seattle Times on Monday, the members of Northwest progressive heavy-metal band Queensryche have settled their nearly two-year legal dispute that began with the firing of lead singer Geoff Tate.
A subsequent court ruling allowed Tate to use the band’s name, resulting in two Queensryches and a lot of confusion [...]

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Eminem, Pearl Jam, Outkast, Skrillex headline Austin City Limits Music Festival

Posted April 22nd, 2014 by genestout

The Austin City Limits Music Festival returns for its 13th year Austin’s Zilker Park with an energetic lineup featuring headliner Eminem in his only performance in the Southwest in 2014.
Also headlining are Pearl Jam, Outkast, Skrillex, Beck, Calvin Harris, Lana Del Rey, Lorde (Weekend Two only), Foster The People, The Replacements and Zedd.
Joining the three-day, [...]

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