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Girl In A Coma

Every once is a while a band comes along that is hard to describe without adding three or four exclamation marks at the end of each sentence. When I started to write this story about Girl in a Coma, I had to physically restrain myself by duct taping the upper

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You have to fit in to get in

Team Unicorn Records is not your typical indie record label. They don’t have a CEO, an office or even an official telephone number. It’s more of a collective of Tacoma bands and a tight knit community than a record label in the traditional sense. The bands of Team Unicorn are

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Point Defiance Music Festival

In Hollywood they have the six degrees of Kevin Bacon. Around here, we have the six degrees of grunge. When the Seattle music scene exploded in the early ’90s, Tacoma was directly in the fallout zone. Therefore, it’s not uncommon in our local music circles to encounter someone who played

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The Blakes

The Blakes didn’t have a big fat trust fund or rich patrons who paid for expensive lessons or rented out venues so they could build up a fan base. The Seattle band rocked it the old fashion way with lots of rehearsing and touring. The band has been together for

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Charlotte Thistle

I agree with Charlotte Thistle when she calls herself a smart-ass. She has a sense of humor that definitely comes through in her songwriting, but the word “smart” in that colloquialism does double duty. She’s smart, as in intelligent. That also comes through in her songs. I laughed and also

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Who’s who in folk music

It’s a bad idea to lump all folk music into one stereotype because the performer’s personality plays such a huge role. A folk song is a snapshot of the thoughts of the songwriter. It can be a political statement, a love story, a clever play on words, a somebody-did–somebody-wrong song,

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Give festival a chance

Topics like universal healthcare, activism, human rights, social justice, clean environment, sustainable farms and rank choice voting in Pierce County will be peacefully discussed and celebrated at a festival in People’s Park downtown Tacoma Sunday, Aug. 26 in People’s Park on Hilltop. The whole thing will be powered by solar

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The Blakes

The Blakes didn’t have a big fat trust fund or rich patrons who paid for expensive lessons or rented out venues so they could build up a fan base. The Seattle band rocked it the old fashion way with lots of rehearsing and touring. The band has been together for

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Charlotte Thistle

I agree with Charlotte Thistle when she calls herself a smart-ass. She has a sense of humor that definitely comes through in her songwriting, but the word “smart” in that colloquialism does double duty. She’s smart, as in intelligent. That also comes through in her songs. I laughed and also

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Who’s who in folk music

It’s a bad idea to lump all folk music into one stereotype because the performer’s personality plays such a huge role. A folk song is a snapshot of the thoughts of the songwriter. It can be a political statement, a love story, a clever play on words, a somebody-did–somebody-wrong song,

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Give festival a chance

Topics like universal healthcare, activism, human rights, social justice, clean environment, sustainable farms and rank choice voting in Pierce County will be peacefully discussed and celebrated at a festival in People’s Park downtown Tacoma Sunday, Aug. 26 in People’s Park on Hilltop. The whole thing will be powered by solar

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VALIS

Van Conner formed a little Northwest treasure back in the late ’80s known as Screaming Trees with his brother, Gary Lee Conner and Mark Lanegan. Screaming Trees rode the grunge wave of the ’90s never quite reaching the heights of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains, but still carving

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Remember the Alano

After fixing the repairs ordered by the Tacoma fire marshal, the all-ages Club Alano officially re-opens Friday night hosting Durango 95, The Drug Purse and Paris Spleen. “We actually opened a couple of months ago but got immediately shut down by the fire marshals,” explains co-owner Mike Kopf. “We had

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Tysen

Tysen are self described “Federal Way kids,” except for one who may or may not be from Sedro-Woolley. Tony D’Angelo (lead vocals and guitar), Jin Wooh (guitar and background vocals), Matt Hettler (drums), Ryan ‘RyRy’ Marth (guitar, synth and background vocals) and Cory Meyers (bass) were friends first, and then

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Going for the record, again

You might wonder how a single song earns an entire festival — LouieFest 2007 this weekend. When The Wailers were in high school in Tacoma, they recorded a hit song called “Tall Cool One,” which went to No. 36 on the charts in and took them all across the country

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VALIS

Van Conner formed a little Northwest treasure back in the late ’80s known as Screaming Trees with his brother, Gary Lee Conner and Mark Lanegan. Screaming Trees rode the grunge wave of the ’90s never quite reaching the heights of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains, but still carving

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Remember the Alano

After fixing the repairs ordered by the Tacoma fire marshal, the all-ages Club Alano officially re-opens Friday night hosting Durango 95, The Drug Purse and Paris Spleen. “We actually opened a couple of months ago but got immediately shut down by the fire marshals,” explains co-owner Mike Kopf. “We had

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Tysen

Tysen are self described “Federal Way kids,” except for one who may or may not be from Sedro-Woolley. Tony D’Angelo (lead vocals and guitar), Jin Wooh (guitar and background vocals), Matt Hettler (drums), Ryan ‘RyRy’ Marth (guitar, synth and background vocals) and Cory Meyers (bass) were friends first, and then

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Going for the record, again

You might wonder how a single song earns an entire festival — LouieFest 2007 this weekend. When The Wailers were in high school in Tacoma, they recorded a hit song called “Tall Cool One,” which went to No. 36 on the charts in and took them all across the country

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One night in Bangkok

Maybe your Prom was one of the greatest nights of your life. Maybe it was a nightmare. Maybe you didn’t even go to yours. Whichever is the case, the Prom at Sanford and Sons Saturday to be orchestrated by the Middle Floor Merchants, will be a second chance to revive

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