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the Music Lounge by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A & E Writer
Is Bjork headed to Sasquatch?; The Killers return to Seattle in May; Joshua Radin interview on deck; Grammy preview next week
Bjork is a question mark for Sasquatch Music Festival
I got a tip from a reliable source last week, telling me that Bjork was rumored to be a headliner for the upcoming Sasquatch Music Festival in May. When I emailed the festival's creator and booking agent about it over the weekend, he gave me a non-direct answer with a chuckle on the side. I don't like chuckles. I like information. House of Blues, now consolidated into Live Nation, desperately wanted Bjork to perform at The Gorge three summers ago, but pyrotechnics included in the Icelandic diva's act weren't welcomed at the amphitheatre. The concert instead took place along the Seattle Pier, and there were so many Gay boys in attendance that you could smell the bikini wax in the air. Including mine. Anywho, if and when I can get a straight answer from Live Nation about a rumored Bjork appearance at Sasquatch I will pass along the news. Chuckle-free.

The Killers headed to WaMu Theater on May 20, tickets on sale soon
I'd pay to see Brandon Flowers brush his teeth. I'd prefer to watch him step out of a shower, but I'll take whatever I can get. The cutie pie rocker will be on full display when he and the other members of his band The Killers take the stage at WaMu Theater on May 20. Nominated for two Grammy Awards this year, the Las Vegas-based quartet embarks on a major North American tour, which follows last fall's monstrous road outing that included a sold out show at the Paramount Theatre. The WaMu Theater appears to have more space, thus allowing more fans to enjoy The Killers this time around. Tickets go on sale bright and early on February 17 (10am) at all Ticketmaster outlets. Seattle Gay News will definitely be covering The Killers when they come to Seattle. Who can resist drooling over Brandon Flowers in-person? Even if he traded in his glam-nerd image for a Mexican sheriff look, complete with a muy macho moustache. Simply put, that tamale is beyond hot.

Radin sells out The Triple Door; chatting with Seattle Gay News next week
Joshua Radin's concert at The Triple Door is sold out. Big deal? Um, yeah. He sold the place out six weeks in advance of his February 13 performance. There might be a few standing-room-only tickets left, but that's it. I'm not surprised. His star has been rising steadily since the release of last year's stellar debut We Were Here (SGN's Top Ten Albums/CDs, 2006), and the months ahead look to be very exciting for the Southern California-based singer-songwriter.

Not only is Radin a buzzworthy newcomer in the music industry, he's also one of the sweetest and Gay friendliest musicians I've ever met. I often compare him to Jason Mraz because they're both so down to earth. I've hung out with Radin on two occasions and he's exceptionally polite and appreciative of the Gay fans who've attended his live performances, even the ones who've hit on him. I bought him a pair of underwear on his previous visit to Seattle, and he wasted no time breaking them in the next day. With Valentine's ever so near, Radin will offer some last-minute gift tips when he steps inside "The Music Lounge" next week. So grab a copy of the Seattle Gay News on February 9 and find out if Joshua Radin is still running low on clean undies. And if you want to attend his concert on February 13, call The Triple Door at (206) 838-4333 and ask if they can squeeze you in. Cost is $15.

Grammy preview, with who/should win picks for the big awards, next week
Who will take home the Grammy for Album of the Year? Which fresh talent will be crowned Best New Artist? What diva is the solid favorite for Best Female Pop Vocal? Most importantly, who is going to out-skank everyone on the red carpet? These questions will be answered next week when our big Grammy preview unfolds in the Seattle Gay News. The Police just announced they are reuniting for a performance on the live telecast in Los Angeles. In fact, the Sting-fronted trio is scheduled to open the awards ceremony on February 11. Besides The Police, already announced performers include Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, James Blunt, Mary J. Blige, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Christina Aguilera, Gnarls Barkley, and Corinne Bailey Rae. Expect more artists to be added to the lineup in the days leading up to the gala, billed as "music's biggest night".
 

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