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The Rockford Files: Freedom Fair music

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The Rockford Files: Freedom Fair music

If you are a loyal attendee of Tacoma's Fourth of July festival, Freedom Fair, you may have had a bit of a scare last year when you heard the rumors. Prior to last year's annual celebration on Tacoma's Ruston Way - featuring live music, food vendors, a car show, and

Friday, June 28: 19th Annual Olympia Experimental Music Festival

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Friday, June 28: 19th Annual Olympia Experimental Music Festival

You're likely to hear lots of noise coming out of Olympia this weekend. While that might not be news to some, the strange sounds emanating from the city will be calculatedly noisy. In its 19th year, the Olympia Experimental Music Festival features bands from near and far who favor

Saturday, June 29: 19th Annual Olympia Experimental Music Festival

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Saturday, June 29: 19th Annual Olympia Experimental Music Festival

You're likely to hear lots of noise coming out of Olympia this weekend. While that might not be news to some, the strange sounds emanating from the city will be calculatedly noisy. In its 19th year, the Olympia Experimental Music Festival features bands from near and far who favor

Sunday, June 30: 19th Annual Olympia Experimental Music Festival

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Sunday, June 30: 19th Annual Olympia Experimental Music Festival

You're likely to hear lots of noise coming out of Olympia this weekend. While that might not be news to some, the strange sounds emanating from the city will be calculatedly noisy. In its 19th year, the Olympia Experimental Music Festival features bands from near and far who favor

The Rockford Files: Olympia Experimental Music Festival

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The Rockford Files: Olympia Experimental Music Festival

You're likely to hear lots of noise coming out of Olympia this weekend. While that might not be news to some, the strange sounds emanating from the city will be calculatedly noisy. In its 19th year, the Olympia Experimental Music Festival features bands from near and far who favor experimentalism, texture,

The Rockford Files: Are we in a state of arrested development?

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The Rockford Files: Are we in a state of arrested development?

It's been brought to my attention through moderate observation that young people today are in a state of obstructed progress - or at least some may deem it so - by maintaining a transitory existence and avoiding the pursuits of careers, marriage and the like. This lifestyle receives heavy amounts

The Rockford Files: Tale of Two Tacoma Festivals

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The Rockford Files: Tale of Two Tacoma Festivals

Festivals have always been a staple of the live music industry. It seems every major city and musical epicenter of the country has a crown jewel festival on which they pride themselves. Washington state, of course, has Sasquatch!, the annual outdoor show at the Gorge in George - but admission

The Rockford Files: Rockin' with the Fishes

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The Rockford Files: Rockin' with the Fishes

Last week The Rockford Files covered the June 2 benefit concert produced by the Fish Food Banks of Pierce County and Maurice the Fish Records at Louie G's Pizzeria. I attended the show that Sunday afternoon, and am gladly here to inform my readers that it was - not surprisingly

Sunday, June 2: Fish Food Benefit Concert

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Sunday, June 2: Fish Food Benefit Concert

This weekend South Sounders have the opportunity to do two great things thanks to collaboration between Maurice the Fish Records and Fish Food Banks of Pierce County. The product of their concerted efforts is the Fish Food Benefit Concert, which will be held Sunday, June 2 at Louie G's Pizzeria

The Rockford Files: Fish Food Benefit Concert

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The Rockford Files: Fish Food Benefit Concert

This weekend South Sounders have the opportunity to do two great things thanks to collaboration between Maurice the Fish Records and Fish Food Banks of Pierce County. The product of their concerted efforts is the Fish Food Benefit Concert, which will be held Sunday, June 2 at Louie G's Pizzeria

The Rockford Files: Not From Brooklyn

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The Rockford Files: Not From Brooklyn

This week I'm bringing to you Tacoma's quintessential ambient-pop group, Not From Brooklyn. Aptly named, members Tyler Johnson (vocals, guitar), Josh Thompson (drums) and Jesse Rohwer (guitar, keys) are creating something that lands very high on the y-axis between the South Sound and deep outer space. Not From Brooklyn sprouted from

The Rockford Files: Humble Cub

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The Rockford Files: Humble Cub

This week I'm placing a great deal of responsibility on my readers. When editor Pappi Swarner tipped me off about an upcoming show at Tahoma Tea and Co. - formerly The Den - I naturally became very excited. But a quick glance at my work schedule promptly transformed anticipation of

The Rockford Files: Olympia native Erica Freas

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The Rockford Files: Olympia native Erica Freas

This week as I sat down to write my column concerning the no-longer-important subject matter I had been planning to write about, I made a musical discovery of seismic proportions - the kind of discovery one might liken to IMPORTANT DISCOVERY HERE, with an effect more profound than a college

The Rockford Files: Top 5 annoying habits at all-ages shows

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The Rockford Files: Top 5 annoying habits at all-ages shows

OK, South Sound. I've noticed five annoying trends while attending all-ages shows. I feel the need to discuss them now on the eve of The Redroom's final show. Standing at the front but not dancing In case you hadn't noticed, we like to dance in Tacoma. Cases of young music fans in

The Rockford Files: The Redroom bowing out in style

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The Rockford Files: The Redroom bowing out in style

Founded in the fall of 2010, The Redroom quickly became one of the most popular all-ages venues in Tacoma. In terms of attendance and frequency of shows, it is likely the most active. Fostering the South Sound metal scene from its unassuming location on Tacoma Avenue, it has cultivated much

The Rockford Files: Record Store Day 2013

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The Rockford Files: Record Store Day 2013

For music fans whose album collection can be found meticulously alphabetized in milk crates, carefully stowed in their car's center console, or maybe just piled up next to the stereo from incessant listening - rather than digitally stored on their hard drive - one of the most important days of

The Rockford Files: Top 5 all-ages venues in the South Sound

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The Rockford Files: Top 5 all-ages venues in the South Sound

Speaking from experience, there's nothing more frustrating than being barred from seeing a favorite local band due to that pesky little "21+" fine print at the bottom of the flyer. As if being of legal drinking age has some sort of positive correlation with music appreciation. Yes, I realize that

The Rockford Files: SHEBEAR Billed with some heavy hitters

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The Rockford Files: SHEBEAR Billed with some heavy hitters

The last time we heard from Puyallup's indie sweethearts SHEBEAR, the band had just released its self-titled EP, and had several significant shows lined up: The Sound Off! battle of the bands finals, as well as a spot on one of the 2013 Cult Records tour dates. As an attendee

The Rockford Files: Top shows for this coming week

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The Rockford Files: Top shows for this coming week

Hey spring breakers! Are you wondering how to spend your week off? Maybe you're hoping to pencil in some activities around your busy schedule of dragging your feet around Tacoma, lamenting your friends who are vacationing on some beach in California. But after taking a look at the all-ages music

The Rockford Files: Hot Tears

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The Rockford Files: Hot Tears

The Olympia All-Ages Project's mission statement says it all: "The purpose of the Olympia All Ages Project is to develop, foster and promote music and art as experiences central to the lives of the young citizens of Olympia." The non-profit organization carries out its mission at its permanent home, Northern.

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