July 13, 2007
V 35 Issue 28

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the Music Lounge by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A & E Writer
Bumbershoot finalizes lineup; The Cure announce Key Arena show; The Smashing Pumpkins playing 'Endfest'; Silversun Pickups interview next week
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Legend, Fergie, BRMC, +44 added to three-day B'shoot fest
As we charbroil under an unstoppable mid-July heatwave, Labor Day weekend is probably the furthest thing from your mind. But it might not be too early to consider options for the long weekend that typically closes out summer. One idea is to stay in Seattle and attend Bumbershoot. The final lineup for the three-day festival was announced earlier this week and includes multi-Grammy winner John Legend, pop sweetheart Fergie, indie rockers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and punk-light outfit +44. They join already scheduled acts Joss Stone, Wu-Tang Clan, The Shins, Lupe Fiasco, Panic! At the Disco, Rosie Thomas, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Kings of Leon, Art Brut, and Janeane Garofalo. The full roster is available at Three-day passes and single day tickets are currently on sale with advance price discounts. After August 17, prices increase slightly. Also, tickets will be available at select Starbucks stores beginning August 4. Seattle Gay News is once again bringing you coverage of Bumbershoot. Look for a preview of the event in late August.

The Cure set to play Key Arena in October, tickets on sale July 14
Surely, you still have that pair of black boots in your closet. Give em' a shine, borrow some black eyeliner, and buy a pack of clove cigarettes because The Cure is coming to town. The legendary new wave group performs at Key Arena on October 8. Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning, July 14 (10am), at all Ticketmaster locations. The Cure is in the midst of releasing its thirteenth studio recording, an as-yet-named album rumored to come out this fall. The band, led by the mystical Robert Smith, will introduce fans on this tour to fresh material and indulge audiences with older gems, such as "The Lovecats", "Friday I'm in Love", "Just Like Heaven", "Lovesong", and my personal favorite, "Why Can't I Be Y0u?" Tickets for the October concert, likely to draw a huge Gay goth crowd among other retro-wavers, are priced at $39, $49 and $59. SGN writer Jessica Browning is heading to Key Arena to bring you all the action, so look for a review of The Cure following their performance.

Endfest's Sweet 16 features The Smashing Pumpkins as headlining act
I often have my radio turned to 107.7 "The End". Partly, because I have a secret crush (well, not so secret anymore) on DJ Harms. Mostly, because it's my kind of music. The alternative station has tapped The Smashing Pumpkins to headline their annual summer bash "Endfest". The sixteenth installment of the event takes place September 22 on the North Lot of Qwest Field. Uh-huh, this translates to parking lot. So bring cushionable footwear, or else have a pedicure lined up immediately afterwards. Also on the Endfest bill are Social Distortion, Bright Eyes, Satellite Party, The Used, Hot Hot Heat, Shiny Toy Guns, Stray Light Run, Paramore, Against Me, Minus the Bear and Moneta. Tickets, priced at $39.50, are on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations and Qwest Field box office. Seattle Gay News is pleased to again be part of the media crew covering Endfest, so be on the lookout in mid-September for a preview of the concert.

Silversun Pickups interview coming next week
I've plugged a lot of bands in the past year, but perhaps the one I'm wildest about is Silversun Pickups. I honestly can't get enough of them. Neither can Seattle fans, who will welcome the alt rock quartet to the Jet City for the fourth time in eight months. Silversun Pickups are scheduled to jam at the Capitol Hill Block Party on July 27. Previously, they played with Wolfmother at Moore Theatre, with Snow Patrol at Key Arena, and headlined their own sold out gig at Neumos this past spring. In April, Silversun Pickups drummer Christopher Guanlao called me from a parking lot in St. Louis to say hello. If you missed it, I'm re-running that interview in "The Music Lounge" next week. Although, it's possible a member of the group will check in with Seattle Gay News in the upcoming days, meaning that we could print a whole new interview with Silversun Pickups next week. Either or, expect something about them in "The Music Lounge" on July 20.


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