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April 22, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Pearl Jam slated to play Austin City Limits Music Festival

Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard (left) and lead singer Eddie Vedder (right)  will perform at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, which takes place Oct. 3-5. (Photo by Cory Schwartz)

Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard (left) and lead singer Eddie Vedder (right) will perform at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, which takes place Oct. 3-5 and Oct. 1012. (Photo by Cory Schwartz)

Pearl Jam will headline the Austin City Limits Music Festival set for the weekends of Oct. 3-5 and Oct. 10-12. The festival takes place at Ziller Metropolitan Park in Austin, Texas near the shores of the Colorado River.

The Seattle rockers will join Eminem, Outkast, Skrillex and Beck, all performing both installments of the festival. Festival passes cost $225 and are available at the Austin City Limits Music Festival website.

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April 17, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Vinyl junkies, what’s going in your bag on Record Store Day?

Record Store Day is April 19.

Record Store Day is April 19.

I am a vinyl junkie and Record Store Day is my drug. The annual event takes place on Saturday, April 19 and features a growing list of rare gems and limited-edition releases for sale at independently owned record stores.

Started to boost sales of a then slagging vinyl market, the event has grown in popularity with die-hard vinyl fans lining up around the block to get their hands on unique releases.

Last year I set my alarm for 5 a.m., foolishly thinking I’d probably be the first person in line. When I arrived I was 15th in line and ahead of me was a guy who had spent the night in a tent.

A full list of what’s available is on the Record Store Day website.

Built To Spill's "Ultimate Alternative Wavers" will be reissued on vinyl for the first time.

Built To Spill’s “Ultimate Alternative Wavers” will be reissued on vinyl for the first time.

I’m hoping to snag a copy of Built to Spill’s “Ultimate Alternative Wavers,” which is being released on vinyl for the fist time, 21 years after it was initially released on CD and cassette by C/Z Records.

A full list of Seattle area music stores participating can be found here.

Let us know in the comments, or via Twitter what you’ll be looking to score.

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0 Comments | Topics: Built To Spill, Record Store Day, Ultimate Alternative Wavers

April 16, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Tacocat to perform free show on Thursday, April 24 at Hilliard’s Taproom

Tacocat perform a free show at Hilliard's Taproom on Thursday, April 24.

Tacocat perform a free show at Hilliard’s Taproom on Thursday, April 24. (Photo by Kyle Johnson)

Tacocat, everyone’s favorite palindrome band, will perform at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 24 at Hilliard’s Beer Brewery and Taproom, 1550 N.W. 49th St., Seattle. Admission is free, but attendees must RSVP. The event is limited to those 21 and over.

Seattle Seahawk’s mascot, Blitz, will make a special appearance and be available for photos with fans. A food truck will be offering free hotdogs to the first 300 people in the door.

KEXP DJ Alex Ruder will be spinning tunes throughout the evening.

Warning: Infectious pop song below.

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0 Comments | Topics: Crimson Wave, DJ Alex Ruder, KEXP

April 15, 2014 at 9:07 AM

A$AP Rocky, Spoon and Chromeo to headline 2014 Capitol Hill Block Party

The crowd photographs giant streams of confetti released from the main stage on the last day of the Capitol Hill Block Party Sunday, July 28, 2013. (Courtesy of the Seattle Times)

The crowd photographs giant streams of confetti released from the main stage on the last day of the Capitol Hill Block Party Sunday, July 28, 2013. (Courtesy of the Seattle Times)

The lineup for the 2014 Capitol Hill Block Party features A$AP Rocky, Spoon, Chromeo, Matt and Kim, The War on Drugs, ODESZA, Sol, A$AP Ferg, Beat Connection, Star Slinger, Budos Band, Tanlines, XXYYXX, Angel Olsen, Poolside, Cymbals and Shy Girls.

The music and arts festival runs July 25-27 and takes place in a six-block area of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood with two outdoor stages as well as music and events happening in the clubs, bars and restaurants within the gates.

Discounted three-day passes are available today through Friday for $99 and are available at the Capitol Hill Block Party website.

Three-day passes are $125 in advance, individual day passes are $50 in advance and $60 day of and at the door.

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March 21, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Second installment of Sasquatch! Festival, scheduled for the Fourth of July weekend, has been canceled

The second weekend of the Sasquatch! Festival, scheduled for the July Fourth weekend, has been canceled. The festival will keep its traditional Memorial Day weekend plans. Jeff Trisler, President of Live Nation Seattle, laid out the details in a press release. “The Sasquatch! community has spoken. They continue to…

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March 21, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Everett natives, the Moondoggies, to headline Fishermans Village Music Festival

The Moondoggies will headline the Everett Fishermans Village Music Festival.

The Moondoggies will headline the Everett Fishermans Village Music Festival.

Members of the Moondoggies often wear homemade shirts that read “Everett (expletive) kickers” as an homage to their hometown. Now the band will get a chance to perform in front of its hometown fans when it headlines the Everett Fishermans Village Music Festival along with Gardens and Villa, La Luz, Rose Windows  and others.

The festival takes place May 16-17 on the downtown Everett waterfront. Tickets are $55 and are good for admission to both days.

The full lineup:

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0 Comments | More in Festivals, Rock/Pop | Topics: Bear Mountain, chad valley, Everett Fishermans Village Music Festival

March 21, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Weirdos getting freaky in the deep end? ‘Steve Pool Comedy Showcase’ dives right in

Evangeline Spracklin.

Evangeline Spracklin.

The Steve Pool Comedy Showcase is a bit like the open swim at a public pool. You can never be sure what will happen. There’s always one guy with goggles on just hanging around the deep end and somebody’s hairy uncle might try a double off the high dive if he’s drunk enough.

The monthly comedy and variety show takes place at Vermillion on Capitol hill and features stand-up comedy, videos, sketches and improv skits. The event spotlights a mix of performers pushing the envelope with absurdly off-the-wall material. Sometimes they bomb, but mostly they deliver and it’s rewarding to watch a group of young performers willing to take that chance.

The lifeguard for this motley crew of comedy upstarts is Evangeline Spracklin, a 24-year-old budding comic who also serves as the evening’s host and MC. Spracklin’s written pieces for Jezebel, produced videos for the Seattle Opera and also served as a mentor at Reel Grrls.

The Steve Pool Comedy Showcase will be celebrating its one-year anniversary at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25 at Vermillion, 1508 11th Ave., Seattle; free.

Q/A with Evangeline Spracklin below.

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March 20, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Funky Fremont Solstice ads Built To Spill, Blue Scholars to music lineup

The rap duo Blue Scholars: Sabzi (right, real name Alexei Saba Mohajerjasbi) and Geologic (left, real name George Quibuyen).

The rap duo Blue Scholars: Sabzi (right, real name Alexei Saba Mohajerjasbi) and Geologic (left, real name George Quibuyen).

The Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade has added a ticketed all-ages Solstice Concert Series to the June 20-21 celebration.

The annual event turns 43 this year and will feature music by Built to Spill on Friday and Seattle’s own Blue Scholars on Saturday.

Advance tickets are $20 for single-day entry and $35 for a two-day pass and available for purchase at Fremontfair.com.

Friday’s lineup:

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