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Best of Tacoma 2009: Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll

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Best of Tacoma 2009: Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll

  Readers pick The New Frontier Lounge as best new venue Perhaps Weekly Volcano scribe Mark Thomas Deming put it best:   “Remember that gaping hole in the Tacoma live music scene? The one in-between coffee shop Celtic and Death Pussy? It seems like ancient history now, thanks largely to The New Frontier Lounge.”Yes

Old and new

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Old and new

I begin my recommendations of art shows for the New Year with a reminder of a couple of ongoing shows at Tacoma Art Museum and Museum of Glass. The Movement of Impressionism: Europe, America, and the Northwest continues at TAM. The exhibition features artwork by many well-known French impressionists including

SLOUCHING TOWARD UTOPIA: Do it every day

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SLOUCHING TOWARD UTOPIA: Do it every day

First Night. It happens all over the country, including our fair city. At the heart of the tradition is a spirit of celebration without the assistance of a bottle of vodka, beer or wine. Or weed. Or speed. Or spray paint in a plastic bag. It’s a strange idea —

BITE US: The Greener Bean, burger at Alfred's

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BITE US: The Greener Bean, burger at Alfred's

  The Greener Bean We in the South Sound region are fortunate. Restaurants, ones that aren’t afraid to pump serious money into their build-outs and staffing, are still opening in our area, despite the nasty economy. In the past couple of months, Sushi Spin in Puyallup, Vanilla Bean Café in Tacoma, Russian

WEDNESDAY READING: Steve Jones

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WEDNESDAY READING: Steve Jones

In 1999 the band I was playing with - New American Shame - was selected by the Cult to be the support act on a tour of The States. This will be the first of many stories from those 10 weeks - and spill over encounters that continue to this

Kasmir, Q Dot, Xylophones, 7 On 7

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Kasmir, Q Dot, Xylophones, 7 On 7

<h3>KASHMIR</h3>Thursday, Dec. 31If the Mark Wahlberg flick Rock Star taught us anything — besides the fact that men really shouldn’t wear leather pants — it’s that there’s a contentious difference between cover bands (who play everybody’s hits) and tribute bands (who stick with one artist or group). Wahlberg’s character was

Costco Rewards check

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Costco Rewards check

Every December I look forward to the one day a year where all is joyful and wishes do come true. What magical moment am I referring to? Not so fast people! The hallowed moment I speak of can only be the annual Costco Rewards check! All my hard work and

TIKI LOGIC: New Year's Eve '80s style

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TIKI LOGIC: New Year's Eve '80s style

After the holiday Bobble Tiki gave the scale in his bathroom an extra five pounds to weigh. The pants in Bobble Tiki's closet were given new companions. These new additions to his wardrobe were given a name: "Fatty Pants." Bobble Tiki's stomach was given a new place to hang out.

Glam gets right

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Glam gets right

I've struggled over the years with glam rock. Accepting its basic concept has been hard - as a genre, it flies in the face of the importance we music snobs put on credibility. It's somehow reassuring to know that 50 Cent really did get shot, or that Isaac Brock learned

Still the one

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Still the one

We’ve survived the wait, Tacoma.And, perhaps more impressive, here at the Weekly Volcano we’ve been able to fill the holes in our music section in the interim.Hell’s Kitchen — Tacoma’s quintessential rock club — is coming back, set to return with a free, New Year’s Eve show with Jet City

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HIP-HOP IN THE 25360: 2009 Awards!

The Year — she’s up Ahhh, The final installment of The 25360 for 2009. I’ve been at it since August 2008, hopefully providing some news, info, philosophy and insight about our Tacoma/Olympia hip-hop scene as it grows at a patient pace. The 25360 Awards 2009 — vote now! A flash in the pan

Xylophones, The Brians, and My Two Dads

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Xylophones, The Brians, and My Two Dads

Xylophones. What's the deal with this band? After recently playing Colonies' CD release show at The Den, Xylophones will plug in again this week for a 21-plus show at The New Frontier Lounge on Saturday.Even on vacation, cranberry sauce stains on my warmup pants, I still have questions - like

Rocking out with your kids

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Rocking out with your kids

Kids and concerts. Two words you don't normally hear in the same sentence. When I think of concerts, I think loud, crazy and fun. When I think of kids, I think the same thing. So why aren't these two things combined more often?I remember the days of carefree concerts. Going

SLOUCHING TOWARD UTOPIA: Sick of Christmas

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SLOUCHING TOWARD UTOPIA: Sick of Christmas

I’m sick of Christmas — not because I hate holy days. Not because I’ve succumbed to the stupid, reactionary cynicism that seems to accompany standard anti-Christmas rants. Not because I despise the meaningless consumer rampage that seems to define this particular holy day. Not because I can’t escape R&B covers

From the ground up

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From the ground up

A small sign pokes out from the building in downtown Olympia, along the Fourth Avenue drag: “northern,” it says in lowercase black cursive. There are no pictures, no other words, and no indication of what type of establishment might dwell below the curious sign. The building sits inconspicuously across

Luminescene

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Luminescene

Pastel gets a bum rap. It’s thought of as soft, a media for hobby artists more than for the real deal — associated with lightweight landscapes and figures in a traditional or pseudo-impressionist style. About the only heavyweight artist who ever worked extensively with pastel was Edward Degas. The

East Indian hideaway

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East Indian hideaway

Curry Corner Where: 9408 Martin Way E., Suite 2, Lacey 360.455.8776 Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday- Saturday, Noon-8 p.m. Sunday,  Lunch until 2:30 p.m., Closed Monday Cuisine: Family, friends and students enjoy low-cost high-taste East Indian cuisine Scene: Casual, family friendly dining Drinkies: Standard non-alcoholic beverages, yogurt lassi, Indian tea Prices:

Lozen, The Human, Kimya Dawson and The Paperboys

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Lozen, The Human, Kimya Dawson and The Paperboys

  LOZEN Saturday, Dec. 26Tacoma, I don't believe you truly appreciate what you have. No, I'm not talking about cheap real estate and an overcrowded jail - I'm talking about Lozen. The band, dude. Hozoji Matheson-Margullis and longtime friend Justine Valdez, just the two of them - fucking tearing it up, unpretentiously

TIKI LOGIC: Goldwing

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TIKI LOGIC: Goldwing

It's a new week, which means it's time for a new installment of Bobble Tiki's South Sound music news and notes column. Without further ado, let's get rolling. Bobble Tiki hates to sound like a total corporate tool (or does he?), but he's willing to risk his already-soiled reputation on

The Cake Room

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The Cake Room

Just a little down the road from Station 56 exists a budding rock venue. It's called The Cake Room, and its first official show was Dec. 5, but the professionalism already on display in the still-building space is astonishing. The setup in its current state is somewhat barebones, but the

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