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Tuesday, April 28: Roses

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Tuesday, April 28: Roses

I think bands that access the sound of the music featured in John Hughes movies end up resonating with people of a certain generation: they access that part of us that's still scared, that's still pining, that still wants to take a crow bar to the popular kids. LA band

Saturday, April 25: Full Moon Radio

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Saturday, April 25: Full Moon Radio

After just three years of digging their shoes into the dirt and establishing themselves as an Olympia fan favorite, Full Moon Radio are calling it quits. Though the split seems as amicable as something so shitty can be, it'll still be a bummer to see them go. Rather than immediately

Justin Johnson and friends trek Alaska's most northern point

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Justin Johnson and friends trek Alaska's most northern point

Ten years ago, Justin Johnson's mentor at REI posted a trip on the company's breakroom wall. Not just any trip. A perfect trip, one that Johnson could name drop during his full-time gig outfitting campers with tents, stoves and dehydrated food. Paul Dornish's idea? Cross the greater Arctic National Wildlife

Tuesday, May 5: Soft Fangs

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Tuesday, May 5: Soft Fangs

Brooklyn downtempo project Soft Fangs carries the weight of the world on its shoulders. This is unabashedly melancholy music, evoking the intimate, breathy, mournful sound of Elliott Smith. Frontman John Lutkevich sounds lost, adrift amongst the quietly tense instrumentation that propels Soft Fangs from devolving into sad bastard music. Listened

Friday, May 1: Versing

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Friday, May 1: Versing

Seattle quartet Versing are masters of lo-fi noise pop. Somehow both stripped down and soaked with fuzz, Versing evoke the deadpan rock of '90s icons like Pavement and Guided By Voices, taking turns with quiet, introspective pop and anthemic rock. The guitars are unimpeachable, a cacophony of joyously sloppy rock.

The bad and beautiful Sandra Bernhard

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The bad and beautiful Sandra Bernhard

She's influenced a great many artists since her arrival in the late 1970s, but there can only be one Sandra Bernhard. She made her bones when few female comics were household names. She earned a Best Supporting Actress award from the National Society of Film Critics for her performance in

An Afternoon With David Sedaris

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An Afternoon With David Sedaris

Clearly, I should've read David Sedaris before 2000. That, however, is when friends nagged me into reading Me Talk Pretty One Day, Sedaris' collection of humorous essays about moving to Normandy, France. It won him the 2001 Thurber Prize for American Humor, and I can tell you I've never laughed

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Music Critics' Picks: Versing, Soft Fangs, Hip-hop College Night

[LO-FI NOISE POP] + FRI, MAY 1 Seattle quartet Versing are masters of lo-fi noise pop. Somehow both stripped down and soaked with fuzz, Versing evoke the deadpan rock of '90s icons like Pavement and Guided By Voices, taking turns with quiet, introspective pop and anthemic rock. The guitars are unimpeachable,

Bes makes progressive rock with folk excursions

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Bes makes progressive rock with folk excursions

My understanding of progressive rock was largely informed by my dad, and the incessant noodling he exposed me to from an early age. It was obnoxious and fascinating, this gauntlet of bands that stubbornly refused to compose music that was immediately pleasant to the ears. After years of growing up

Pixie dust spotted on Joint Base Lewis-McChord

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Pixie dust spotted on Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Pixie dust has arrived at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. A new Disney Store, with its line of toys that includes an interactive, you-make-it videos with your daughter starring as a princess, is now open in the McChord and Lewis Main Exchanges. Disney calls its new line of stores that have opened across

Free membership for Gold Star families

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Free membership for Gold Star families

The Hands On Children's Museum has begun offering free membership and other benefits to Gold Star families, those who've lost a loved one who was on active duty in the military. Hands On member Krista Simpson inspired the Gold Star program. The museum is a favorite hangout for Michael (called Mic),

A running adventure

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A running adventure

Running. I have a love/hate relationship with running. Hold on ... who am I kidding? I hate running. I have been a terrible runner my entire life. I was that kid who wheezed my way across the field during PE class. I played defense in soccer because they ran less. I ... well you get

Coping with PTSD through poetry

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Coping with PTSD through poetry

Lon Cole's life was once filled with space and time - space and time in Vietnam as a Navy corpsman, space and time in business, space and time with his family, and the space and time to think and reflect on his life. As a poet with Alzheimer's disease, his

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MDC receives VA grant to help end veteran homelessness in WA

The population of homeless U.S. military veterans has dropped dramatically in the last several years. On a single night in January 2011, for instance, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) counted 67,495 homeless veterans; three years later, that number had dropped to 49,933.   However, there are still thousands of homeless

First Americans killed in Vietnam

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First Americans killed in Vietnam

James McGovern and Wallace Buford are credited as the first American combatants killed in Vietnam after being shot down May 6, 1954 during the last full day of combat over the valley of Dien Bien Phu. Before entering the conflict, McGovern was already a legend in the Air Force, and

Visual Edge: Nathan Barnes' 'Strangely Familial' at Salon Refu

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Visual Edge: Nathan Barnes' 'Strangely Familial' at Salon Refu

After a too-long hiatus, Salon Refu is back with a vengeance with "Strangely Familial," painted mixed-media constructions by Nathan Barnes. What a strange, exciting and beautiful show! The show consists mostly of "pop-surreal" portraits of the artist's close friends and family. (I put "pop surreal" in quotes because I've been told

Marrow and Hilltop Kitchen release spring menus

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Marrow and Hilltop Kitchen release spring menus

For the guest, it all begins with plating. As each dish arrives, it displays flawless presentation and resembles an edible work of art that speaks volumes even before the first bite. Seasonal menus are making their debut everywhere, but for many, it's not so much about image or branding as

Lemay - America's Car Museum offer unique show

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Lemay - America's Car Museum offer unique show

I remember fighting with my brother to see which one of us would sit in the front seat of my parent's station wagon. A 1966 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon, it possessed 390 cubic inches of power captured in eight cylinders and controlled by a three speed Cruise-O-Matic transmission. I usually lost

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Summer music festivals

Summertime and great music are the perfect pair in the Pacific Northwest. The region plays host to a wide variety of music festivals during the season, many are summer traditions. And with the eclectic variety, there's literally musical goodness for everyone. And 2015 is no exception. Here are some of the festivals happening

Tasting your way around Tacoma's summer

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Tasting your way around Tacoma's summer

Tis the season ... for eating. Sure, that is usually a statement applied to the winter holidays, but let's get real, dinner surrounded by snot nosed distant cousins and crazy uncles are not all they're cracked up to be. Summer, however, equate to glorious sunny days, long walks and waterfronts,

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