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REVIEW: The Loose Wheel Bar & Grill in Puyallup

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REVIEW: The Loose Wheel Bar & Grill in Puyallup

THE LOOSE WHEEL BAR & GRILL Where: 715 River Road, Puyallup, 253.848.4444 Hours: Open daily 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Scene: Huge, classic sports bar scene with televisions from every angle - including directly beside your table - pull-tabs, video games and pool. Bonus: kids are allowed at this location until 9 p.m. Drinks:

Teardropcity's oddball avant hip-hop

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Teardropcity's oddball avant hip-hop

The culture of outsider art can be a difficult one to navigate. Take a band like the Shaggs: three sisters - the Wiggin sisters - in the late '60s, at the behest of their deranged, overbearing father, put out an album of utterly insane music that can be generously described

MUSIC CRITICS' PICKS: The Missionary Position, Santee, Sublime LBC, Chris Brokaw, Jennifer O'Connor, Kimya Dawson

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MUSIC CRITICS' PICKS: The Missionary Position, Santee, Sublime LBC, Chris Brokaw, Jennifer O'Connor, Kimya Dawson

>>> Saturday, Jan. 5 THE MISSIONARY POSITION The idea of soul and rock becoming increasingly intermingled and on the mainstream radar, with bands like The Heavy and the Black Keys, is one that I've wrestled with over the past couple years. Of course, the issue of credibility and appropriation are always going

FEEDBAG: Ballz Deep, party with Pitbull, Masa 253 Special and more ...

Food Matters

FEEDBAG: Ballz Deep, party with Pitbull, Masa 253 Special and more ...

BALLZ DEEP MATEYS! Go Ballz Deep at Boathouse 19! And by Ballz Deep we mean 7 Seas Brewing's Double IPA, which will be celebrated Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Tacoma restaurant (9001 S. 19th St., Tacoma). The Gig Harbor brewery will pour tastes, hand out swag and say "Ballz" over

WHAT'S THE WORD?: Shao Sosa

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WHAT'S THE WORD?: Shao Sosa

Is Shao Sosa the friendliest, nicest dude in our local hip-hop scene? It could very well be. He was not always such a stand-up guy though. Like many grown hip-hoppers, Shao spent his youth creating trouble and rebelling against the system. He didn't spend his youth in Tacoma where he

Year-end roundup

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Year-end roundup

In the time-worn tradition of journalists worldwide who don't know what else to do after Christmas, here's a round-up of the best art shows in Tacoma still on view as the new year dawns. The selection is rather slim - three shows. But what wonderful shows they are. They are Andy

South Puget Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013

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South Puget Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Matrix Coffee House Chehalis. Open Mic Night. All Ages. 6:30 pm. NC. Spar Cafe Olympia - Downtown. The Oly Mountain Boys. 8 pm. NC. BLUES Dawson's Bar and Grill Tacoma - South. Billy Shew Band Open Jam Session. 8 pm. NC. The Junction Sports Bar and Grill

South Puget Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Friday, Jan. 11, 2013

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South Puget Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Friday, Jan. 11, 2013

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Amocat Cafe Tacoma - Triangle District. Amocat Live! featuring the Amocat House Band. All Ages. 7 pm. Uncork and Unwind Tumwater. David Wayne. 7 pm. NC. Louie G's Pizzeria Fife. Garrett Whitney. All Ages. 7:30 pm. Spar Cafe Olympia - Downtown. Paul Mauer. 8 pm. NC.

South Puget Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Saturday, Jan. 12 2013

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South Puget Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Saturday, Jan. 12 2013

COMEDY/GAMES Tacoma Comedy Club Tacoma - Downtown. Comedian Kyle Kinane. 8 and 10:30 pm. $15. Mud Bay Coffee Company Olympia - Westside. Fool's Play Improv Comedy Troupe. All Ages. 8 pm. $5. Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Magic At Your Table, with Cary Durgin. 6 pm. NC. Grit

South Puget Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Sunday, Jan. 13 2013

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South Puget Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Sunday, Jan. 13 2013

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Charlie's Restaurant Puyallup. Acoustic Jam Night. Open mic format with Pam Carter from Classic Case as the host. 6-9 pm. NC. Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. Open Shape Note Singing. All Ages. 5 pm. NC. The Swiss Tacoma - Downtown. Puget Sound Music

South Puget Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Monday, Jan. 14 2013

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South Puget Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Monday, Jan. 14 2013

BLUES Uncle Sam's American Bar & Grill Spanaway. Blues Monday. 7 pm. NC. The Swiss Tacoma - Downtown. Chris Stevens & The Surf Monkeys. 8 pm. Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Rafael Tranquilino rockin' blues jam. 8 pm. NC. COMEDY/GAMES Willoughby's Restaurant and Lounge Yelm. Bar Bingo. 7

South Puget Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Tuesday, Jan 15 2013

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South Puget Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Tuesday, Jan 15 2013

ACOUSTIC/FOLK/CELTIC Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Acoustic open mic hosted by Leanne Trevalyan. 8 pm. NC. Tugboat Annies Olympia - Westside. Open Mic Night. 9 pm. NC. BLUES Summit Pub Puyallup. Tim Hall & The Band Real Times. 7:30 pm. COMEDY/GAMES Westgate Bar and Grill Tacoma - Northend. Barstool

South Puget Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Wednesday, Jan. 16 2013

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South Puget Sound Live Music and DJs Calendar: Wednesday, Jan. 16 2013

BLUES Charlie's Sports Bar and Grill Olympia - Downtown. Blues Jam with Blues Attitude. 9 pm. NC. Dawson's Bar and Grill Tacoma - South. Crazy Texas Gypsies Open Jam. 8 pm. Midtown Grill Bonney Lake. Wednesday Night Blues Jam. All Ages. 7-11 PM.

THE ROCKFORD FILES: Northern

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THE ROCKFORD FILES: Northern

  Traditionally speaking, the most popular music venues in the South Sound are bars. Most Tacoma bands worth their salt aspire to appear in long standing booze-pouring hot spots such as The Swiss, Brotherhood Lounge, Jazzbones and the former Hell's Kitchen. Even with clubs opening up to all-ages until 8 or

Taste testing Tacoma and Gig Harbor brews

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Taste testing Tacoma and Gig Harbor brews

Oh Father Winter, with you comes Jack Frost nipping at my nose. Fingers rigid and cold, hair wild from blustery winds, I curse you. And then I remember that with you also come winter ales and I take all the bad things I said about you back. You warm my

Death-defying streaks of ridiculously funny words

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Death-defying streaks of ridiculously funny words

"When you eat pancakes out of a bag in a semi-public place, there are rules," says comedian Kyle Kinane midway through an eight-minute story about watching a man on an airplane eat pancakes out of a grocery bag. You or I might see such a sight and, upon reporting it

MUSIC CRITICS' PICKS: Manhattan Murder Mystery, Full Moon Radio, the Maxines, Miss Massive Snowflake

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MUSIC CRITICS' PICKS: Manhattan Murder Mystery, Full Moon Radio, the Maxines, Miss Massive Snowflake

>>> Friday, Jan. 11 MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY Manhattan Murder Mystery - despite taking their name from a light Woody Allen comedy - follows in the tradition of other lovably scuzzy acts like the Rolling Stones, J. Geils, The Replacements and countless other bands that revel in the smoke and the sound and

WHAT'S THE WORD?: Fresh Blends returns to Tacoma

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WHAT'S THE WORD?: Fresh Blends returns to Tacoma

Fice, Can-U, EvergreenOne, Todd Sykes, D.J. Reign and Rockwell Powers: These are just a few names of people that I met at Fresh Blends about five years ago. Back then, MySpace was dying, blogs were popping-up everywhere and Tacoma hip-hop was in a huge growth spurt. Today in Tacoma, there

Hall of the gods

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Hall of the gods

The "Greek and Roman Mythology" exhibition at Tacoma Community College is outstanding. The operative word is strength - depicted strength of character, purpose and ideology; beauty and strength in the human body, and strong drawing and composition. There is also a lot of humor and wisdom in the way these

A wish list of show tunes

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A wish list of show tunes

Broadway nerds are in for a treat Friday. Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway Song & Dance will consume the Pantages Theater's stage with songs from hit musicals through the past century. Four veteran Broadway stars and an equally all-star New York band will perform some of the most well-known

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