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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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January 17, 2007 12:44 PM

Ben Gibbard, movie star

Posted by Patrick MacDonald

Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie hardly looks like a matinee idol but, according to Rolling Stone, the rock star is poised to become a movie star. He will play the lead in an adaptation of David Foster Wallace's book "Brief Interviews with Hideous Men," to be directed by John Krasinski.
In other Death Cab news, the band is among a variety of artists on a new compilation CD, "Endless Highway: The Music of The Band." Gibbard and company cover the obscure "Rockin' Chair," which perfectly suits Death Cab's arty style.

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January 16, 2007 12:54 PM

For Pearl Jam fans only

Posted by Patrick MacDonald

Billboard reports that Pearl Jam's annual fan-club single, set to ship to fan-club members next month, will have The Who's "Love Reign O'er Me" on the A side and Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World," featuring Bono and The Edge of U2, on the B side. The Who cover will also appear on the soundtrack of Adam Sandler's upcoming film, "Reign Over Me."

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