January 12, 2007
Volume 35
Issue 02
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the Music Lounge by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A & E Writer
Modest Mouse release hot new single; Bloc Party kicks off spring tour in Seattle; Celine Dion ending Las Vegas run; The Arcade Fire announce 'Bible' tracks
Modest Mouse's "Dashboard" is first cool single of 2007
Yes, they've done it again. Modest Mouse has released another great first single. This time around, it's "Dashboard" from the soon-to-be-released album When We Were Dead. The song is available for listening on the band's MySpace official site, and thus far it's been getting loads of attention on my MP3 player. In fact, I've shed five pounds already from bouncing up and down to it. The Issaquah-based group graduated to the big leagues in 2004, after years of indie success, with their Grammy-nominated work Good News for People Who Love Bad News. That CD's initial cut "Float On" (SGN's Top Ten Singles/Tracks, 2004) catapulted the alt rock darlings to mainstream visibility. Stay glued to "The Music Lounge" for upcoming Modest Mouse news, including a review of When We Were Dead and tour dates.

Bloc Party launching tour at Paramount Theatre, March 11
Where's the party? Right here! That is, if you're talking about rock hipsters Bloc Party. The highly praised quartet, 2005 Mercury Music Prize nominees, begins a North American tour in Seattle on March 11. Bloc Party will release their sophomore album, A Weekend in the City, on February 6. The first single from the CD appears to be "The Prayer" and iTunes is currently offering an EP with remixed versions of the song on its site. As mentioned in an interview with the Seattle Gay News last week, Albert Hammond Jr., is confirmed as an opening act for some of Bloc Party's tour dates, but I'm not sure if he's been booked for the Seattle show. The ticket on-sale date for the Paramount Theatre concert is February 3. Start shakin' that piggy bank.

Dion's heart will not go on in Vegas
Canadian pop diva Celine Dion is saying au revoir to Las Vegas. The multi-Grammy winner will end a five-year concert run at Ceasar's Palace on December 15, giving ample time for loyal Gay fans around the country to book flights to V-town, skim the Dolce and Gabbana sales racks, and purchase tickets to see the mammoth chanteuse in-person. If you decide to catch Dion's showiest of shows, "A New Day", by the end of the year, I suggest staying at Paris-Las Vegas because they're known for their strong relationship with the Gay community. In fact, the hotel proudly hosts commitment ceremonies year-round. Visit and click on the Eiffel Tower icon for information on rates and availability. Tickets for Celine Dion's final concerts from August through December, with revamped songs and costumes, go on sale March 1 at the same website, Can you say Thanksgiving road trip to Vegas?

The Arcade Fire announces track list for new album Neon Bible
Bible thumpers congregate. The heavenly sounds of The Arcade Fire are coming to a pew near you. The Montreal-based seven-piece ensemble will release Neon Bible on March 6, the much anticipated follow-up to 2004's Funeral, which earned them two Grammy nominations and an A-list cheering section that includes Bono, David Bowie, Beck, David Byrne, and Coldplay's Chris Martin. Not sure if you want to convert? Try listening and watching the group's music video for "Rebellion (Lies)" on YouTube, and chances are you'll become a believer of the Fire in no time flat. The band kicks off a string of concert dates in London, Montreal and New York at the end of this month, with scheduled performances at well-known churches and cathedrals. As soon as The Arcade Fire announces Seattle concert dates, I'll let you know. Meanwhile, here's the track listing for Neon Bible: "Black Mirror", "Keep the Car Running", "Neon Bible", "Intervention", "Black Wave/Bad Vibrations", "Ocean of Noise", "The Well and the Lighthouse", "Antichrist Television Blues", "Windowsill", "No Cars Go", "My Body is a Cage".

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