April 6, 2007
Volume 35
Issue 14
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the Music Lounge by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A & E Writer
Silversun Pickups interview next week; Bumbershoot announces first performers; KISS 106.1's 'Girls Night Out' taps Fergie and Lily Allen, Norah Jones coming to McCaw Hall
Silversun Pickups' Christopher Guanlao calls from St. Louis, interview next week
Seattle Gay News and hot rock bands go hand-in-hand. Franz Ferdinand, Death Cab for Cutie, Wolfmother, and We Are Scientists have sat down, phoned in, or allowed us backstage for personal one-on-ones. The newest hot band to add to the list is Silversun Pickups. The Silverlake, California-based quartet sold out their upcoming Neumos show in less time than it takes for you to pop in and out of the shower. Christopher Guanlao, the group's drummer, phoned me this week from St. Louis, where the band was set to play at The Pageant with Snow Patrol and OK Go. He was hung over from a busy night of partying, but he was in good spirits and had lots to talk about. Guanlao actually lived in Seattle back in 1993, working at ACT Theatre as a techie. So, Seattle is a second home for him. The two of us talked about the fun side of touring, Alejandro Gonzalez-Inarritu movies, and hanging out at Gay bars in his hometown just outside of LA. Silversun Pickups, whose four members are extremely close friends, made the SGN's list of Top Ten Albums/CDs of 2006 with their full-length debut Carnavas. In January, they were amongst our choices for "Eight Artists to Watch For in 2007". Grab a copy of the Seattle Gay News on April 13 and get familiar with Christopher Guanlao of Silversun Pickups inside "The Music Lounge". If you can somehow get tickets for the band's sold out show on eBay or Craigslist, I guarantee it will be one of the best concerts this year.

The Shins, Panic! At The Disco, Wu-Tang Clan, Lupe Fiasco on Bumbershoot lineup
I just watched Wu-Tang Clan's music video for "Triumph" this week on YouTube. It's a personal hip-hop favorite of mine. And what do you know? They're headed here this fall, included on the early-bird list of performers for the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival during Labor Day weekend. Wu-Tang Clan join indie giants The Shins, pop-rockers Panic! At The Disco, acclaimed singer-songwriter Steve Earle, 80s hit-makers Crowded House, glam-punk act Kill Hannah, and Grammy-nominated rapper Lupe Fiasco, who are all headed to the three-day festival at Seattle Center. The artist roster, thus far, also boasts Devendra Banhart, Plain White T's, Yungchen Llamo, Lyrics Born, and Gogol Bordello. More performers are expected to be announced in the coming months. Three-day passes are now available for $75 through August 17. After that, the price jumps to $95. Single-day tickets, priced at $30, go on sale July 13 for a limited time, increasing to $35 after August 17. For details on the festival and to purchase tickets online, visit Seattle Gay News will once again bring you great coverage of Bumbershoot in September with a preview of the event and daily blogs from Seattle Center.

KISS 106.1's all-girl concert features Allen, Fergie, Duff, and McPhee
There are two kinds of people who've memorized the words to Fergie's #1 smash single "Glamorous". Gay men and straight women. These are the two camps that took notice of rising star Lily Allen before she decorated the front pages of hipster mags. And, Gay boys and straight girls are the only living creatures who know that teen angel Hilary Duff and ex-Idol contestant Katharine McPhee have recently released new albums. Coincidence? Absolutely not. Gay men and straight women are twins separated at birth, which is why they'll comprise significant percentages of the crowd at radio station KISS 106.1's upcoming bash "Girls Night Out". The all-female lineup features the aforementioned Fergie, Allen, Duff, and McPhee. The party takes place May 13 at the Everett Events Center, with tickets going on sale tomorrow morning (April 7, 10am). Ticket prices are $35 and $45, and $106 for access to the "Chick Pit". Visit for details and ticket information. Grab your tiaras, round up the boys (ahem, girls), break in a new pair of jeans, and head to the Everett Events Center for a girly good time.

Norah Jones to play McCaw Hall in June
You heard it here first. Norah Jones will perform at McCaw Hall on June 29. Ticket information should be available next week. I recommend visiting Ticketmaster's official website for details. The multi-Grammy winner, a heavy favorite of Gay pop-jazz listeners, is making her first appearance in Seattle since playing at Key Arena two years ago. Tickets will go quickly. I'll post whatever information I get on our blog site, accessed from the main page of SGN's website.

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