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Choose your adventure

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Choose your adventure

No matter how jaded I sometimes feel about music, there's always something that comes along and takes me completely by surprise. I think the last thing to have that effect on me was St. Vincent - known for jarringly jumping back and forth from pop to folk to crunchy space-funk.

TIKI LOGIC: Allan Boothe, Hell's Belles

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TIKI LOGIC: Allan Boothe, Hell's Belles

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 has never been called a minimalist. He's been called lazy, unproductive, uninspired, unmotivated and unbecoming to Tikis everywhere, but no

Burger bar on steroids

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Burger bar on steroids

BLAZING ONIONWhere: 4701 Point Fosdick Drive N.W., Gig Harbor, 253.514.6703 Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. dailyCuisine: American diner fare on steroids Scene: Casual, order-at-the-counter, family-friendly dining room and 21+ bar area with table serviceDrinkies: Microbrews, wine, bottled beer, cocktails. Fountain, Henry Weinhard's and Jones sodas, Citavo organic coffeeDamage: $2.99-$14.99ANNOUNCER: Lit up

Empty Space Orchestra, Roman Holiday, Polka Dot Dot Dot, Tallest Tree

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Empty Space Orchestra, Roman Holiday, Polka Dot Dot Dot, Tallest Tree

EMPTY SPACE ORCHESTRA >>>Thursday, Jan. 14Orchestras are fucking big, which is why it takes a certain amount of balls to reference one in your band name - unless, of course, you're being ironic. And chances are, that's what you're doing - especially if you're still wearing that godforsaken "KISS ME

Saar's Market Place

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Saar's Market Place

What do you get when you cross Top Foods with the Dollar Store, Big Lots, Cash and Carry, Metropolitan Market and that weird little convenience store with bars on the windows? I bet you are wondering what I’m smoking as I write, but really there is such a store and

SIPPING OUT: Jan. 14-20

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SIPPING OUT: Jan. 14-20

Thursday, Jan. 14Wine tasting, five pours for $5, Vinum Coffee and Wine Lounge, 1001 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.572.8215.Ladies Night featuring half off all wine flights and $5 house pours, Sip, 4793 Point Fosdick Dr. N.W, Gig Harbor, 253.853.3020.Wine tasting, noon to 6 p.m., complimentary, Walter Dacon Winery, 50 S.E. Skookum

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FEEDBAG: The Way We Eat, Winter Brewers Dinner and more

WINTER BREWERS DINNERSalty’s At Redondo Beach and Widmer Brothers Brewing Company present a Winter Brewers Dinner Friday, Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. The menu will be a collaboration of Chef Gabriel Cabrera's cuisine and Beverage Manager Scott McDowell's palate for pairing. They will discuss how and why they selected each

Some like it hot

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Some like it hot

There are restaurants I have to ease into slowly, coming around to their flavors or unique takes on cuisine by the end of the meal. There are other restaurants that win me over quickly - love at first bite, or damn close to it. Typically, the latter has to due

Roman Holiday

Live & CD Reviews

Roman Holiday

I like this job. It makes me do stuff that I want to do, but never get around to without a kick in the pants. I started a blog of my own a few years ago, and said to myself, "OK, now you've got a reason to get off your

Band practice spaces in Tacoma

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Band practice spaces in Tacoma

So you think that you and your fledgling band can practice on some kind of a street corner or maybe in a park or on a bus or rooftop? Untrue! Your band is required to convene in a small room of some sort. But where to find such a room?I

Polka Dot Dot Dot

Concert Alert

Polka Dot Dot Dot

Having turned 21 a mere 10 months ago, I certainly can’t consider myself a bar aficionado (despite some impressive efforts). However, after stepping into Bob’s Java Jive a few weeks ago and entering its still, hushed atmosphere, I knew something was amiss. My friends and I came to see a

SLOUCHING TOWARD UTOPIA: morning pages

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SLOUCHING TOWARD UTOPIA: morning pages

I woke up this morning and wrote six pages of strangeness. I’ve done this every day for six days now on the advice of an author — Julia Cameron, an award-winning journalist, screenwriter, director, filmmaker and self-help guru. Her book is called The Artist’s Way Every Day: A Year of

The real deal

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The real deal

Brent Amaker has this cowboy shit down. Boots and hat? Check. Swagger? Check. Penchant for whiskey, woman and song? Triple check. Coming to the new Hell’s Kitchen in downtown Tacoma this Saturday, Seattle’s Brent Amaker and the Rodeo will soon find out if Tacoma shares this passion.

Impressions of impressions

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Impressions of impressions

To most Americans impressionist art means the art of a small group of late 19th century French artists. But an expanded definition of the movement includes earlier and later works, plus art from other parts of Europe and even America. The Movement of Impressionism: Europe, America, and the Northwest at

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BITE US: Tommy Chicago Hot Dog

<h2>Tommy Chicago Hot Dog</h2>In a mobile food truck parked in front of an old fast-food joint, Tommy Chicago Hot Dog serves a small menu that packs a solid flavor punch. At the 5-month-old drive-thru and walk-up, a modest menu of dogs, chips, potent garlic fries and homemade chili will see

You'll find it at Freddy's

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You'll find it at Freddy's

We all have that grocery store which is our constant. It may not be our favorite store, but it’s the one we usually shop at on a regular basis. Most likely that store is the closest to your home or work. I prefer to shop at Metropolitan Market, but my

Ambition and means

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Ambition and means

Andrew Jackson Jihad represent, I think, a fine example of music’s tendency to stage a collision between means and ambition. “I would say, it’s a combination of what we listen to and enjoy hearing, along with the means that we had — the instruments that were readily available to us

TIKI LOGIC: Randy Hansen, LA Lungs

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TIKI LOGIC: Randy Hansen, LA Lungs

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...It doesn't pain Bobble Tiki to admit it - he liked the world a lot better in the battle days, back in Bobble

Santee, Malicious Discharge, Umber Sleeping, The Missionary Position

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Santee, Malicious Discharge, Umber Sleeping, The Missionary Position

  SANTEE Friday, Jan. 8Almost three months ago Josh Vega of Paris Spleen explained to me how he planned to spend his time after the band's final show, which - at least for that brief moment of time in PBR-ville - was supposed to be in late October at O'Malley's. He said

SIPPING OUT: Jan. 7-13

Food Matters

SIPPING OUT: Jan. 7-13

Thursday, Jan. 7Wine tasting, five pours for $5, Vinum Coffee and Wine Lounge, 1001 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.572.8215.Ladies Night featuring half off all wine flights and $5 house pours, Sip, 4793 Point Fosdick Dr. N.W, Gig Harbor, 253.853.3020.Wine tasting, noon to 6 p.m., complimentary, Walter Dacon Winery, 50 S.E. Skookum

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