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Welcome to the Rock Desk, where Seattle Times rock critic Patrick MacDonald fills you in on the latest news, upcoming concerts, news releases and insider info on the rock 'n' roll beat. Music critic Tom Scanlon also contributes local music and club news.

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October 26, 2006 3:56 PM

Jandek & Jurado

Posted by Tom Scanlon

The famously reclusive Jandek makes his Seattle debut at On the Boards on Friday (7 p.m., $20). Jandek is a Texas dischord-mad musician who has released dozens of albums ...quot; but never performed in front of an audience until October, 2004. As one writer described him, "Jandek is not just solo but profoundly alone on most of his recordings, picking distractedly at a guitar tuned to no particular notes, moaning in no particular key about thinking and love and wandering around and staying in the same place and God." Kurt Cobain was a fan.
*****"Am I no one until someone calls me out?" Damien Jurado ponders, on his new CD "And Now That I'm in Your Shadow." It's a gently powerful release from one of Seattle's most talented writers ... in any genre, arguably. The blue-collar folkie plays from his new CD at Ballard's Paradox (1401 NW Leary Way) on Saturday (7:30 p.m., $12).
The Paradox space is owned by Mars Hill Church, which over the last few years has allowed local and touring bands to be booked there.
That might be changing, as the current booking team announced on http://www.myspace.com/the_paradox:
"PLEASE TAKE NOTE, WE WILL NOT BE BOOKING SHOWS AFTER DECEMBER OF 2006.
Contact booking@theparadox.org if you are interested in booking future shows with Mars Hill Church."

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October 17, 2006 11:12 AM

Rising stars

Posted by Tom Scanlon

Alone again, naturally . . .
Bre Ellen Loughlin must have that '70s tune (Gilbert O'Sullivan, anyone?) running through her head. The dynamic, former Kuma singer left that electro-Goth band to start Daylight Basement - an early DB show at the Crocodile Cafe was just Bre, somewhat nervously playing the acoustic guitar and singing intensely specific lyrics. She later added a few heavy hitters from Maktub and the Rotten Apples, fleshing out an '80s alternative rock sound and releasing a DB CD.
Friday night, she was back at the Crocodile, solo again (although she had a bass player). She sang "Porcupine," "The Hospital" and a few other songs, demonstrating the powerful, wide-ranging voice that makes her a local treasure - and, perhaps, national star-in-the-making.
Loughlin is working on a solo album, coming soon . . .
***Newcomer to watch: Kristen Ward, who recently released a beautiful debut, "Roll Me On." The music is very gentle, with lap-steel country corners, a strong platform for Ward's dazzling voice. If you like Neko Case, check out Ward.

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October 14, 2006 12:50 PM

Bob Dylan's set list

Posted by Patrick MacDonald

Here's the set list for Bob Dylan's concert, Friday night at KeyArena:
1. "Maggie's Farm"
2. "She Belongs to Me"
3. "Lonesome Day Blues"
4. "Positively 4th Street"
5. "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)"
6. "Just Like A Woman"
7. "Highway 61 Revisited"
8. "When the Deal Goes Down"
9. "Tangled Up In Blue"
10. "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall"
11. "Watching the River Flow"
12. "Workingman's Blues #2"
13. "Summer Days"
encores
14. "Thunder on the Mountain"
15. "Like A Rolling Stone"
16. "All Along the Watchtower"

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October 13, 2006 12:59 PM

Elton's pocket change

Posted by Patrick MacDonald

Elton John drew 25,356 paying customers to his two shows at KeyArena, Sept. 22 and 23, and grossed $2,442,360, according to Pollstar, a concert-industry trade magazine. And that doesn't count the money he made from concert-souvenir merchandise.
Another rock legend, Paul Simon, sold only 3,940 tickets to his KeyArena show Sept. 29, grossing $250,050.

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October 10, 2006 1:45 PM

Isaac, Jeremy, Paul, Jello

Posted by Tom Scanlon

With new album "We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank" being readied for release in early 2007, Modest Mouse -- Issaquah trio Isaac Brock, Eric Judy, Jeremiah Green, joined by former Smiths guitar man Johnny Marr - gets back into live action in November. First, a few shows in L.A.: Nov. 5 (Avalon Theater), Nov. 6 (Wiltern), Nov. 7 (the Grove of Anaheim) and Nov. 9 (the Grove of Anaheim). The band then has a handful of dates in New York: Nov. 13 (Nokia Theatre), Nov. 14-15 (Webster Hall) and Nov. 17-18 (Bowery Ballroom).
"We Were Dead . . ," the follow up to platinum-selling "Good News for People Who Love Bad News" was recorded in Oxford, Mississippi and Portland (where Brock has been living).
***Another Eastside native, Jeremy Enigk - you know him from Sunny Day Real Estate and the Fire Theft - hits the road promoting his stunning new "World Waits" disc. Recording in a home studio in north Seattle and self-released, this is his first solo disc since "Return of the Frog Queen," back in 1993.
Enigk is touring with Cursive, starting Halloween in Tempe, AZ, then continuing through Colorado, Nebraska, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Texas through November.
****Paul Stanley - rhythm guitarist and backup vocalist from the legendary glam band KISS - hits the Showbox on Nov. 10. He'll be singing "Live To Win" - his first solo album in 28 years. At 54, will Stanley (born Stanley Eisen) still be able to "Rock and Roll All Nite"?
*****Former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra launches a spoken-word tour - he'll be bashing all things Republican - at El Corazon on Oct. 23.

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October 9, 2006 12:32 PM

Nirvana lives

Posted by Patrick MacDonald

"Live! Tonight! Sold Out!," the Nirvana concert film released in 1994 on VHS, comes out Nov. 7 on DVD. Conceived by lead singer Kurt Cobain as the story of his band's quick rise to superstardom, it was completed after his suicide in 1994. Most of the film is made up of live concert footage from a 1991-92 tour.

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October 3, 2006 3:41 PM

Mr. Lucky, sports bar?

Posted by Tom Scanlon

The plan was to sell Mr. Lucky -- the beleaguered, shut-down club -- to a group led by Belltown Billiards owner Ryan Howard, who would re-open the spot as Voltage.
That deal fell through, and now Kyriakos Kyrkos says he is turning Mr. Lucky nightclub (across First Avenue North from KeyArena) into Avenue One . . . a sports bar.
"A few pool tables, plasma TV's -- no hip hop music, no dancing," he said. "I'm opening as soon as the 180-day suspension is over."
In late April, shortly after three people were shot inside the club, Mr. Lucky had its liquor license suspended for 6 months.
Prior to Mr. Lucky, Kyrkos ran the hip Backdoor Lounge in Pioneer Square for years, but now says he wants to get out of the nightclub business

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October 2, 2006 9:32 AM

Vashon benefit

Posted by Tom Scanlon

Tacoma rising star Vicci Martinez, a talented blues-acoustic singer who recently opened for a B.B. King concert, plays a Vashon Youth & Family Services benefit Saturday at 7:00 p.m. at the
Vashon Theatre. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; tickets are $30. For more info or tickets, call Vashon Youth & Family Services (206-463-5511) or the Vashon Theatre (206-463-6845).
The Vashon Youth & Family Services offers counseling, skill-building groups, employment and financial crisis assistance.

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Recent entries

Oct 26, 06 - 03:56 PM
Jandek & Jurado

Oct 17, 06 - 11:12 AM
Rising stars

Oct 14, 06 - 12:50 PM
Bob Dylan's set list

Oct 13, 06 - 12:59 PM
Elton's pocket change

Oct 10, 06 - 01:45 PM
Isaac, Jeremy, Paul, Jello

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