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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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November 29, 2006 3:47 PM

Mystery club for sale

Posted by Tom Scanlon

Craigslist.com ad for a "Capitol Hill Night Club For Sale"-- $450,000, 5,800 square feet, mysteriously un-named -- went like this:
"Location, Location, Location! Space shows very well. Major renovation
completed in May 2006. Top of the line equipment, no expense spared.
Turn-key operation can easily be converted to a new operator's concept."
**It's not Neumo's, and it's not Chop Suey, according to reps at those clubs.

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November 17, 2006 11:26 AM

Eddie and Bono, hand in hand

Posted by Patrick MacDonald

Check out billboard.com today for a photo of Eddie Vedder and Bono, arms raised, hand in hand, victory-style, at a concert in Melbourne, Australia, where Bono and The Edge of U2 joined Pearl Jam for a cover of Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World."
According to Billboard, several Aussie acts were also on the bill at the "Make Poverty History" concert, on the eve of a two-day G20 summit of 19 countries, the European Band, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The concert was broadcast on Australian television.
Bono lambasted Australian Prime Minister John Howard for not displaying leadership on the issue of poverty, telling the concert crowd, "Politicians all have to do what you tell them to do. Scream it from the mountains!"
Vedder had blasted Howard four days earlier at a Pearl Jam gig in Melbourne.

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November 13, 2006 3:49 PM

It came from Seattle . . .

Posted by Tom Scanlon

The Rapture is now commonly referred to as a cutting-edge Brooklyn band " "NYC's flyest disco-punk hustlers" (Blender). Little-known fact: before hitting the Big Time (or, at least, Hip Time), the Rapture spent a year or so knocking around Seattle.
"There's some kind of Seattle pride going on that's very attractive," singer-guitarist Luke Jenner said, back in early '99 -- shortly after the band moved here from San Francisco. "We've had this overwhelming support."
Sub Pop courted the Rapture, but the band not long after headed East. In New York, the Rapture radically restructured its sound, hyping up the disco.
Truth be told: The Rapture sounded better when it was more punk, less dance, back in its Seattle days.
Anyway: Jenner and the Rapture plays from its new buzz-album "Pieces of the People We Love" at El Corazon tonight (Nov. 13). The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m.; $20.

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November 3, 2006 4:06 PM

Kultur No More

Posted by Tom Scanlon

Kultur Shock meets Faith No More for the new Queen Anne spot Solo, 200 Roy St., a block north of Seattle Center.
Kultur Shock's Val Kiossovski ... --- a Bulgarian refugee who has been the Crocodile Cafe bar manager for the last decade ...-- joins forces with Billy Gould of Faith No More for the new venue. The opening party is Friday, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m.
*****It's not expected to be a full-time live venue, but Kultur Shock helps ring in the new club with a free concert Saturday night.

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Nov 29, 06 - 03:47 PM
Mystery club for sale

Nov 17, 06 - 11:26 AM
Eddie and Bono, hand in hand

Nov 13, 06 - 03:49 PM
It came from Seattle . . .

Nov 3, 06 - 04:06 PM
Kultur No More

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