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Neil Young coming to Everett, Pearl Jam to open?

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

You may have noticed that Spin The Black Circle was missing in action the last few days. Well, unfortunately, there were some issues with servers over at the Sun that caused a temporary problem with my access to STBC. But now everything is fixed and all is well, so here’s some news about Neil Young’s upcoming Everett show that you may or may not already know.

The legendary Neil Young will perform at Comcast Arena in Everett on Oct. 21. Local boys Death Cab For Cutie were scheduled to open for Mr. Young, but according to Pitchfork the Everett show is the one show on the half of the tour that has Death Cab for support where DCFC is not opening.

That begs the question: Who is opening for Neil Young?

Tickets for the show range between $45 and $250 so you know the opener has to be pretty good, or at least be somewhat of a big name, to merit ticket prices that high.

Wilco is opening for Neil Young on the second half of the tour, so maybe it is Wilco. Or, maybe it is some local band that has close ties to Neil Young. A band that considers Neil Young to be their rock ‘n’ roll uncle. A fairly large band that has played a few shows this year but hasn’t played any Northwest shows in 2008. What band could that be?

If I had to guess, and this is based on no inside information whatsoever, I would guess Pearl Jam.

But like I said, I have no inside info on this so this should be considered strictly a rumor.


Celebrate the Fourth with The Long Winters, The Saturday Knights and The End

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

Local alt-rock mainstay 1077 The End is hosting a Fourth of July part over at its beach house on Alki Beach and it is free.

The fun begins at 5 p.m. with a performance by The Saturday Knights, the party hip-hop band that released the ultimate soundtrack to a summer in Seattle, also know as their debut album “Mingle,” last week.

Also on the beach house bill are local indie stars The Long Winters. The John Roderick fronted band is expected to perform new material from its upcoming album. The band, which is on Barsuk Records (former home to former Bremerton resident Ben Gibbard’s band Death Cab For Cutie), is also performing at the Showbox at the Market on July 5.

You can get all the details about The End’s Fourth of July event by clicking here.


Cool show alert: Kurt Cobain memorial concert featuring Schoolyard Heroes and Harvey Danger

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

If you’re up for a little road trip in September, the Kurt Cobain Memorial Committee has announced part of the lineup for its second annual Kurt Cobain memorial concert.

This year the concert will feature the scary kids of Schoolyard Heroes and the lovable geeks of Harvey Danger. Both are fixtures in the Seattle music scene and should put on great sets to honor Cobain.

The concert is being used to raise money for a park and youth center in Cobain’s name. Currently the only real acknowledgment of Cobain in the Aberdeen area is the city’s welcome sign, which reads “come as you are.”

The concert is scheduled for Sept. 13 and will take place in Hoquiam at the 7th St. Theatre. Tickets cost $20. You can read more about the show here.


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