September 15, 2006
Volume 34
Issue 37
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the Music Lounge by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A & E Writer
'American Idol' auditions at Key Arena, Joshua Radin making Bellevue appearance, Snow Patrol and Radin autographing CDs for giveaway, new John Mayer album is A+
"American Idol" auditions at Key Arena, September 19

Six years ago, Kelly Clarkson stood in line with hopes of becoming the first "American Idol". These days, she writes checks to a maid who hand polishes her two Grammy Awards. From bar waitress to mega pop star, Clarkson made something of herself. Now it's your turn. The journey for wannabe recording artists begins on Tuesday, September 19, when Seattle plays host to the popular TV show's final auditions for Season 6. Already, hopefuls have competed for spots on the program in Los Angeles, San Antonio, East Rutherford, Birmingham, Memphis, and Minneapolis. If you're interested in trying out, visit for details and release forms. I'm told contestants can begin lining up as early as 6am on Sunday morning. Crazy as it sounds, that may not be such a bad idea considering the thousands of people expected to come out to audition. Best wishes to you if you're auditioning. I might stop by Key Arena on Tuesday to get an earful of the tryouts, and to throw some serious shade to Paula Abdul.

Joshua Radin performing at Hilton Bellevue next week, on Jimmy Kimmel 9/19

Seattle Gay News has been very supportive of rising singer-songwriter Joshua Radin. And it's for good reason. He's an artist we think will stand the test of time. We Were Here, the California-based musician's debut album, has been well received by critics - Rolling Stone magazine gave the CD its highest rating, four stars. Radin will give a special performance at the Hilton Bellevue on Sunday, September 24. Details on how you can attend will be posted on our blog site, accessed via, as soon as I get them. Or, send an email to with "Joshua Radin info" in the subject line, and we'll respond with appropriate information. Radin appears on Jimmy Kimmel's late night show on September 19 (ABC, midnight) and he's headlining a concert at The Crocodile Café on October 7. He's a busy, busy guy. And can you believe I made it through an entire paragraph without mentioning how damn sexy Joshua Radin is? Oops.

Snow Patrol, Joshua Radin signing The Last Kiss CDs for SGN giveaway

On the subject of Joshua Radin, and this being the weekend Zach Braff's new film The Last Kiss hits theaters, I've got an exciting contest to announce. Radin and rock group Snow Patrol, who both contribute music to The Last Kiss soundtrack, are each signing three copies of the soundtrack for Seattle Gay News to give away to our readers. You can enter to win at any Sonic Boom Records store (Capitol Hill, Fremont, Ballard) between September 15 and September 24. There's no cost to enter the contest, but I recommend checking out Sonic Boom's stock of great new and used CDs, and I strongly suggest picking up a copy of Snow Patrol's Eyes Open and Radin's We Were Here. Interestingly, Snow Patrol's hit single "Chocolate" is played during the opening credits of The Last Kiss and Radin's "Star Mile" is heard as the end credits roll.

John Mayer's Continuum is his best work to date

I like a lot of John Mayer's music. And, I'd gladly volunteer to fluff his pillows without pay. But admittedly, he's never wowed me with any of his songs. I like them, and I sing them aloud, though they've never blown me away. Until now. I listened to an advance copy of Mayer's new CD Continuum last weekend and I was silenced by how good it is. The leadoff track "Waiting on the World to Change", doubling as the first radio single, is a blues-flavored pop song with lyrics that reflect on recent events, such as war and global tragedies (Hurricane Katrina, tsunami, etc.). Continuum is a brilliantly written album, already earning rave reviews from the nation's top critics. Mayer, who drifted away from mainstream pop in 2005 with his jazz trio experience Try!, expands on his love for blues and soul-driven melodies. The best cut on Continuum, in my opinion, is "Belief" and I can't wait to hear it performed live at White River Amphitheatre on September 23, when Mayer joins Sheryl Crow for a co-headlining late summer concert. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster locations. Grab a copy of Continuum, and be blown away.

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