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Sunday, March 31: Merchandise

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Sunday, March 31: Merchandise

For fans of Bruce Springsteen, the Replacements and the Pogues, their latter-day answer to those icons came in 2010 in the form of Titus Andronicus' epic, messy, passionate, over-the-top masterpiece, The Monitor. Similarly, fans of the Smiths, Tears for Fears and the Church may find solace in Merchandise's similarly epic

Thursday, April 4: EMA

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Thursday, April 4: EMA

EMA, aka Erika Anderson of defunct psych-folk outfit Gowns, is all about contradictions. She's lo-fi and blown-out, folk-minded but tentatively danceable, ethereal and explosively percussive. The reductive way to describe her music would be to say that it's experimental, but, well, dammit everything's experimental now. The advent of the Internet

Talking weed, Ramen Treats and Tacoma with comedian Ngaio Bealum

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Talking weed, Ramen Treats and Tacoma with comedian Ngaio Bealum

One of my favorite quotes from stoner comic Ngaio Bealum reads, "Instead of saying ‘smoking wet,' I suggest we call placing hash on top of weed "putting a bird on it." Anyone who has seen Portlandia can appreciate that joke. Anyway, Bealum, who got his start as a street performer at San

Friday, March 29-Saturday, March 30: Stoner comic Ngaio Bealum

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Friday, March 29-Saturday, March 30: Stoner comic Ngaio Bealum

One of my favorite quotes from stoner comic Ngaio Bealum reads, "Instead of saying ‘smoking wet,' I suggest we call placing hash on top of weed "putting a bird on it." Anyone who has seen Portlandia can appreciate that joke. Anyway, Bealum, who got his start as a street performer at San

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Soldiers train on battlefield recovery of human remains

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Soldiers train on battlefield recovery of human remains

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - From behind a tree stump, Pfc. Brandan Bishop peers at the training dummy 20 meters away. He has rope-tied a slipknot onto the body to pull it clear from any possible undetected explosive devices that are sometimes planted onto battle casualties.

Feedbag: Tournament of Sandwiches, wine tasting, spring menu release and more ...

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Feedbag: Tournament of Sandwiches, wine tasting, spring menu release and more ...

TOURNAMENT OF SANDWICHES The field has been set, the competitors narrowed. Sixty-four of the South Sound's best sandwiches are battling in the Weekly Volcano's Tournament of Sandwiches. It's like March Madness, only with more gas. Every day through April 8 visit tournamentofsandwiches.com and cast your vote - using the bracket posted

H Mart Korean grocery opens in Lakewood

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H Mart Korean grocery opens in Lakewood

For some people, an Asian grocery store can be a bit of a mystery - a misunderstood landscape of often unfamiliar prepared foods and ingredients that can be a little daunting to approach. However, getting past those insecurities to explore these specialty stores can introduce you

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Calvin Goings responds

I believe the taxpayers of Pierce County want leaders who can make tough decisions. Sometimes that means ruffling feathers.  Sometimes, it means we have to boldly stand for change even when special interests and the bureaucracy of County government are not ready for it.  For far to long we have had

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Calvin Goings responds

I believe the taxpayers of Pierce County want leaders who can make tough decisions. Sometimes that means ruffling feathers.  Sometimes, it means we have to boldly stand for change even when special interests and the bureaucracy of County government are not ready for it.  For far to long we have had

What's Next: A look at the present and future of Wash.'s LGBT movement

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What's Next: A look at the present and future of Wash.'s LGBT movement

Some recent spring-cleaning found my Washington United for Marriage yard sign mangled and waterlogged under my front porch. The bright green and white lettering had worn and by the looks of it you might think that it was five years ago, not five months ago, that Washington voters made history

Cable Griffith and Michael Johnson shows at Kittredge Gallery

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Cable Griffith and Michael Johnson shows at Kittredge Gallery

The latest show at Kittredge Gallery on the campus of the University of Puget Sound has Seattle painter Cable Griffith's video game-influenced paintings in the main gallery and an installation by sculptor and UPS art faculty member Michael Johnson in the back gallery. Griffith's paintings are abstract, stylized images based on

Walking Papers

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Walking Papers

Tacoma caught of glimpse of the band Walking Papers this past July at the Music & Art in Wright Park festival. Singer/guitarist Jeff Angell (Sedated Souls, Post Stardom Depression, Missionary Position) and drummer Barrett Martin (Skin Yard, Screaming Trees) played their bluesy-rock underneath blue skies to a crowd searching behind

MUSIC CRITICS' PICKS: Afrok's Birthday Show, Hillstomp, Merchandise, EMA

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MUSIC CRITICS' PICKS: Afrok's Birthday Show, Hillstomp, Merchandise, EMA

>>> Friday, March 29 AFROK'S BIRTHDAY SHOW Friday at the Urban Onion, Afrok and his band, The Movement, will lead a musical charge followed up by plenty of other organic hip-hop talent he's bringing out for his special occasion.  Afrok handpicked local rappers Akeem, MC Swamptiger and Sky Hatter - who just

What's The Word?: DJ Reign in the Tacoma hip-hop scene

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What's The Word?: DJ Reign in the Tacoma hip-hop scene

It's no accident that the Holy Trinity of Hip-Hop, the godfathers of our very culture, was DJs Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa and Grandmaster Flash. Hip-hop would be spoken word and mimes if it was not for the DJ laying down the musical landscape, the audible soundtrack to our lives. The

Milk Music: "Cruise Your Illusion"

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Milk Music: "Cruise Your Illusion"

In short order Milk Music, now a quartet, have caught a train of hype and praise that has taken the Olympia band to festivals in Europe and North America. With just one EP and a live cassette to its name, expectations are high for its debut full length - although

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

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