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Rock under construction

I think there is a secret reason why people play their stereos too loud at stop lights even though it annoys other drivers. Beneath it all, they’re music evangelists, subconsciously attempting to convert others to their genre as they merrily roll along. Or maybe they’re just hoping to catch a

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Back and Forth and forward

Carrie Akre is a name associated with rock royalty in the Pacific Northwest. Her former bands, Hammerbox and Goodness, are the subject of local legend. Her name will be written in any credible Northwest rock history book. She’s on a first name basis with people that the average person couldn’t

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Johanna the May Monkey

Every other month at the 100th Monkey Party there is a drawing, and the winner becomes the honored 100th Monkey at the next artist community critical mass party. The rules are simple: bring food and drink to share and introduce yourself to at least three people you’ve never met before.

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Back and Forth and forward

Carrie Akre is a name associated with rock royalty in the Pacific Northwest. Her former bands, Hammerbox and Goodness, are the subject of local legend. Her name will be written in any credible Northwest rock history book. She’s on a first name basis with people that the average person couldn’t

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Johanna the May Monkey

Every other month at the 100th Monkey Party there is a drawing, and the winner becomes the honored 100th Monkey at the next artist community critical mass party. The rules are simple: bring food and drink to share and introduce yourself to at least three people you’ve never met before.

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Finn Riggins

Finn Riggins has all the elements that define the future of music. The music is organic (man made) mixed with inorganic (computer generated). It’s socially responsible, energetic and dance friendly. It is co-ed and co-written. And it’s at Le Voyeur Saturday. Finn Riggins is three friends, living together and touring the

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One small step for Vicci Martinez

Vicci Martinez checked her bags and made her way through Sea-Tac Airport security on Sunday. She found her gate and checked in. As she took a seat in the waiting area, she fished her cell phone out of her bag, and then dialed my number. Busy girl that she is,

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Night to Shine (and Sparkle!)

OK, like, everybody listen up because I’m about to tell you about the most amazing party at Tacoma Art Museum ever. It’s called “Night to Shine (and Sparkle!),” and it was planned for teens by teens. Here’s how it went down: Last October Tacoma Art Museum invited teens from Tacoma

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Pacific Grill

Pacific Grill chef and co-owner Gordon Naccarato likens cooking to performance art, and he invites diners to the Pacific Grill show where he presents his favorite foods. Just don’t ask him to make you blackened Cajun salmon, or you might find yourself lying in the pathway of a speeding light rail

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Finn Riggins

Finn Riggins has all the elements that define the future of music. The music is organic (man made) mixed with inorganic (computer generated). It’s socially responsible, energetic and dance friendly. It is co-ed and co-written. And it’s at Le Voyeur Saturday. Finn Riggins is three friends, living together and touring the

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One small step for Vicci Martinez

Vicci Martinez checked her bags and made her way through Sea-Tac Airport security on Sunday. She found her gate and checked in. As she took a seat in the waiting area, she fished her cell phone out of her bag, and then dialed my number. Busy girl that she is,

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Night to Shine (and Sparkle!)

OK, like, everybody listen up because I’m about to tell you about the most amazing party at Tacoma Art Museum ever. It’s called “Night to Shine (and Sparkle!),” and it was planned for teens by teens. Here’s how it went down: Last October Tacoma Art Museum invited teens from Tacoma

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Pacific Grill

Pacific Grill chef and co-owner Gordon Naccarato likens cooking to performance art, and he invites diners to the Pacific Grill show where he presents his favorite foods. Just don’t ask him to make you blackened Cajun salmon, or you might find yourself lying in the pathway of a speeding light rail

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Aaron Spiro

If the label alt-Christian acoustic rock stops you dead in your tracks and makes you do a U-turn, then you might miss one of the most cultivated local artists. Aaron Spiro is the king of crescendo and a master of emotionally charged vocals. At times he sounds like Coldplay’s Chris

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New wave of music in area

This week Club Impact hosts a night of electronic bands featuring Bellingham band Robotronica. Since I’ve been waiting for a day when Tacoma would embrace its inner robot, I decided to devote my column to the subject. Though there has been a thriving electronic music scene in Seattle for years thanks

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Aaron Spiro

If the label alt-Christian acoustic rock stops you dead in your tracks and makes you do a U-turn, then you might miss one of the most cultivated local artists. Aaron Spiro is the king of crescendo and a master of emotionally charged vocals. At times he sounds like Coldplay’s Chris

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New wave of music in area

This week Club Impact hosts a night of electronic bands featuring Bellingham band Robotronica. Since I’ve been waiting for a day when Tacoma would embrace its inner robot, I decided to devote my column to the subject. Though there has been a thriving electronic music scene in Seattle for years thanks

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Swissapalooza

Every once in a while an idea pops up that seems like such a no-brainer that you wonder why you never thought of it before, like putting French fries inside your bacon double cheese burger to save time on your lunch break, or offsetting the calories of the cherry covered

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Musicians Exchange rocks

Musicians Exchange operates with a mission to support up-and-coming musicians and provide them with inexpensive instruments and equipment to pursue their dreams. “It’s not the logo on the instrument that makes you good,” says owner Robert Richholt.  His Musicians Exchange buys, sells, trades and consigns on South Tacoma Way. Richholt, who

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Baby Gramps at Bob\'s

Baby Gramps is a complete enigma. Who is this man behind a wide brimmed hat and long gray beard? He looks just as comfortable busking on the street corner at Pike Place Market as he did performing on David Letterman’s stage. He could be a homeless beggar or a renowned

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