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the Music Lounge by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A & E Writer
February brings Grammy preview, Chris Botti and Marilyn Manson coverage, and (perhaps) a chat with Matt Costa
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

February is gearing up to be a busy, busy month in music.

Aside from Jill Scott, Chris Botti, Marilyn Manson, The Hives, British Sea Power and The Raveonettes all coming to Seattle next month, in two short weeks we'll also know the Grammy fate of Amy Winehouse. The beehive-coiffed artist is up for six awards on February 10, and she's expected to attend the ceremony (perhaps sober) in Los Angeles. Look for a Grammy preview with picks and predictions in major categories right here in "The Music Lounge" on February 8.

At press time, I was attempting to reach the gorgeous and musically gifted Matt Costa in Europe for an interview. I'll know in the next few days whether or not a cross-Atlantic connection can be made, and if so look for an interview with Costa on February 1. I had the pleasure of meeting this singer-songwriter in 2006 at a roadside diner in Ellensburg (what the fuck!). Yes, it's true. Shortly after a freak hailstorm canceled his performance at the Sasquatch Music Festival, a music colleague introduced me to Costa before we each sat down to greasy-pit meals.

It's also quite possible that Chris Walla, one fourth of Seattle band Death Cab for Cutie, will be calling in sometime in February. His solo debut Field Manual comes out on January 29. And no, DCFC is not breaking up. In fact, the pop-rock foursome was just announced as mainstage performers for this spring's humongous Coachella Festival. You can download Walla's first single "Sing Again" at www.barsuk.com. No word yet on whether he'll tour the album independently in 2008, though I expect he will.

Finally, this weekend delivers new rock group Switches to Seattle. They play at Neumos tonight, January 25. Read an interview with lead singer Matt Bishop online at www.sgn.org in last week's issue (January 18) to get a feel for how fun and cool this band is. My friend and I are meeting up with Bishop and the rest of Switches in Seattle tonight for pre- or post-show cocktails, and then I'll journey to Portland the following night to party more with them. I've been resting up for this wild weekend, and I hope to have many stories to tell afterwards. Tonight's show in Seattle is completely sold out!!!

Until next week and the start of a hectic music schedule, keep the tunes ringing.
 

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