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Feeling Underwhelmed

The phenomenon of the "morning zoo" radio show is a persistent and inexplicable one in American culture. People like Bubba the Love Sponge and other assorted fake monikers dominate drive time radio with an unending assault of sound effects and self-consciously edgy material, seemingly just because it's hard to keep

Wednesday, Feb. 18: Holy North American Motor Highway

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Wednesday, Feb. 18: Holy North American Motor Highway

Holy North American Motor Highway (also known as Holy Motors, if you're into the whole brevity thing) make experimental chamber rock that comes steeped in an intangible feeling of dread. Their only release, Live at Paper Street, contains two epic-length songs recorded in a kitchen in Olympia. In the liner

Tuesday, Feb. 17: The Fun Police

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Tuesday, Feb. 17: The Fun Police

After a brief respite from holidays that are improved by the consumption of mass quantities of alcohol, we have arrived at another doozy: Fat Tuesday, and the kickoff of Mardi Gras. It is always my suggestion to avoid the crowds during amateur nights like St. Patrick's Day and New Year's

Mondays: "Underwhelmed" Radio

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Mondays: "Underwhelmed" Radio

Underwhelmed comes to us from Dick Rossetti (formerly of 107.7 The End and currently the frontman of the Jilly Rizzo) and Isaac Olsen. Olsen should be known to fans of local music and film as the director behind Quiet Shoes, Ich Hunger, and the Girl Trouble documentary, Strictly Sacred. The

Saturday, Feb. 14: "TUSH! Loves Olympia"

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Saturday, Feb. 14: "TUSH! Loves Olympia"

Early in my Volcano career, and in the history of Olympia's TUSH! Burlesque, I wrote a promotional article about the troupe in lieu of a review. Simply put, I bungled the job. I've learned much over the last few years - perhaps TUSH! has as well -

Friday, Feb. 13: Skrill Meadow

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Friday, Feb. 13: Skrill Meadow

I was surprised and delighted to hear the latest from Skrill Meadow, the one-man band of Mark Morrison. Private Memories is an album of straight-up slow jams, albeit jams coming directly from one shitty tape machine to your ear. Despite his limitations, Morrison embodies the consummate frontman, reeking of sex

Team McChord welcomes their new chiefs

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Team McChord welcomes their new chiefs

Airmen can go through many changes in their Air Force careers, from duty stations to titles and to Air Force Specialty Codes and even rank,  things are constantly changing. One of the most profound changes that a service member can experience is reaching the height of all enlisted grades, E-9. At the

Visual Edge: Building the Future: Collections at Evergreen

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Visual Edge: Building the Future: Collections at Evergreen

"Building the Future: Collections at Evergreen" highlights not only works of art from the art gallery collection at The Evergreen State College but also collections from the Malcolm Stilson Archives and Special Collections, the Chicano/Latino Archive, the James F. Holly Rare Books Collection, the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center and

A Salute to Military Kids

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A Salute to Military Kids

Keona Ames studied the green LEGO before putting it on top of a yellow LEGO. "This is a great activity," commented Spc. Robert Ames as he watched his daughter.  "We've been to these events before, but this is by far the largest variety and activities." In its tradition of support Joint Base

Wednesday, Feb. 25: Vince Brown

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Wednesday, Feb. 25: Vince Brown

Vince Brown is no stranger to string swing fans in the Northwest. He plays western swing style take-off guitar with Red Brown & the Tune Stranglers; strums guitar and tenor banjo with the gypsy swing band Hot Club Sandwich; he's half of Red and Ruby - a swing duo project

Tuesday, Feb. 24: A Feast of Thrones

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Tuesday, Feb. 24: A Feast of Thrones

Even though you don't live in one of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, dining at King's Landing is a bucket list item for any die-hard Game of Thrones fan. While you won't exactly get the chance to "do what queens do," fans of the show will get the chance to dine on

Monday, Feb. 23: Author Holly Black

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Monday, Feb. 23: Author Holly Black

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries' seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once. At the center of

Sunday, Feb. 22: 87th Annual Academy Awards parties

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Sunday, Feb. 22: 87th Annual Academy Awards parties

Thanks to The Grand Cinema in Tacoma and Olympia Film Society in Olympia, you can not only stroll the red carpet in your Sunday finest, you might also win one of several fabulous prizes. Show up to Theatre on the Square in a movie costume (Death to

Sunday, Feb. 22: Gig Harbor Film Festival Oscar Party

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Sunday, Feb. 22: Gig Harbor Film Festival Oscar Party

And ... Sunday is the day. Oscar day. The day all those little-golden-statue-grubbers have been losing sleep over. You want to watch, you know you do. But. You are cool. You are hip. You are in. And, in your crowd, you do not watch the Oscars. It is not done.

Saturday, Feb. 21: Ultra Violent Rays

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Saturday, Feb. 21: Ultra Violent Rays

I don't normally do this, but I'm at a loss to describe Ultra Violent Rays' trippy electronic sound, so instead I'll let the band give it a go: "Imagine Philip K. Dick howling at a pale and dangerous moon while Siouxsie Sioux does a rain dance around him, but instead

Saturday, Feb. 21: Puget Sound Piano Trio

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Saturday, Feb. 21: Puget Sound Piano Trio

Did your girlfriend show you 1,342 animated Adam Sandler GIFs over Valentine's Weekend? Boyfriend won't stop Instagramming in lieu of pillow talk? Spouse habitually checking Twitter and Facebook instead of tenderly caressing your fair and scintillating flesh? Hashtag them on the side of the skull and feed their souls Friday

Friday, Feb. 20: Strangely Alright

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Friday, Feb. 20: Strangely Alright

Strangely Alright is more than all right - the band is awesome. Its music is fun, timeless and real. The band can laugh, cry and flip people off all in one album, backed up by talent and experience. Fronted by longtime Tacoma musician Regan Lane (Baby Knockors, Strypes, Groovy Times

Thursday, Feb. 19: Michael Powers

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Thursday, Feb. 19: Michael Powers

Seattle's prestigious Cornish College of the Arts stole jazz guitarist Michael Powers from the San Francisco Bay area, where he emerged in 1982 graduating Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor of fine arts in Composition and Performance. While at Cornish, Powers was molded by composers Gil Evans and Sam Rivers,

Through March 4: "Building the Future: Collections at Evergreen"

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Through March 4: "Building the Future: Collections at Evergreen"

"Building the Future: Collections at Evergreen" highlights not only works of art from the art gallery collection at The Evergreen State College but also collections from the Malcolm Stilson Archives and Special Collections, the Chicano/Latino Archive, the James F. Holly Rare Books Collection, the Longhouse Education

Feedbag: Shake Shake Shake breakfast, sake pairing dinner, Bloody Marys

Food Matters

Feedbag: Shake Shake Shake breakfast, sake pairing dinner, Bloody Marys

CHINESE NEW YEAR Thursday, Feb. 19 is the Chinese New Year. The Social Bar and Grill (1715 Dock St., Tacoma) celebrates with a sake pairing dinner party. Enjoy delectable Asian style cuisine concocted by Chef Tram and team paired with a delightful variety of sakes. Tickets are $75 per couple or

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