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Matt Costa, Madonna, Tina Turner, Santogold, Islands
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

How big are Matt Costa's feet? Find out next week when the acclaimed singer-songwriter interviews with me here in The Music Lounge. I'm meeting Costa before he goes onstage for a sold-out concert at LA's El Rey Theatre this weekend - a performance kicking off another round of tour dates, including a mainstage appearance at the upcoming Sasquatch Festival. The tall, scruffily handsome and broad-shouldered artist recently wrapped up a spring itinerary that landed him in Australia, Japan, Honolulu, and at Coachella's center stage with good friend Jack Johnson. Costa's sophomore album, Unfamiliar Faces, was universally praised and produced the indie radio hit "Mr. Pitiful." The So-Cal-based musician was scheduled to perform at Sasquatch in 2006, but a freak hailstorm canceled his set - imagine thousands of concertgoers running for cover in a large outdoor amphitheatre in late May! Let's pray for milder weather this year. Grab a copy of Seattle Gay News on May 23, just before heading out for Memorial Day weekend, and get the scoop on the witty, dishy and predictably big-footed Matt Costa. Until then, watch his videos for "Sweet Thursday" and "Sunshine" on YouTube.

Madonna announced "Sticky & Sweet" tour plans and she's excluded Seattle (again) - apparently, she's still irked about being put in the Kingdome back in her pre-Kabbalah days. The good news, however, is that you won't have to hop a plane to see The Material Girl this time around because her road outing arrives in Vancouver BC on October 30. Tickets for the general public go on sale May 24. Should you get your hands on a ticket, I suggest traveling to Vancouver via Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) and extending your stay through the weekend because Halloween falls on the night after Madonna's show. You should also book a hotel room now, due to an expected overwhelming amount of visitors that weekend - visit www.tourismvancouver.com and select the "About Vancouver" and "Gay-Friendly" options for a list of Gay-friendly hotels in the downtown area near BC Place Stadium. Madonna, a 50-something mama looking as fit as I'll ever be, released her new album Hard Candy to whopping sales domestically - it includes the duet with Justin Timberlake, "4 Minutes." Seattle Gay News is hoping to get tickets for the Vancouver show, so stay glued for more Madonna news in the coming months.

Pop legend Tina Turner is bouncing back from retirement to tour a final time, announcing a series of concert dates on Oprah last week. The closest she's coming to Seattle is San Jose on October 19. Turner made headlines in February when she strutted her stuff alongside Beyonce on the Grammy Awards, performing a spirited rendition of "Proud Mary." I have to say, however, that seeing her on the Grammy telecast and on Oprah, she's moving a tad slower than before.

Who's hot? Santogold, that's who. The Brooklyn-based artist released her self-titled debut at the end of April, which contains the singles "L.E.S. Artistes" and "Creator" - my favorite cuts are "Say Aha" and "Lights Out." Using a diverse array of sounds from new wave to punkish pop, Santogold can easily be compared to PJ Harvey, M.I.A., Gwen Stefani, and Siouxie Sioux. Check her out on MySpace or YouTube because she's guaranteed to blow up in 2008 - already, Rolling Stone has tabbed her "the future of music, today."

Word on the street is that quirky Canadian sextet Islands will be knocking on The Music Lounge door next month when they come to Seattle. The ensemble's drummer Aaron Harris is openly Gay, which means he's probably misbehaved at those seedy, sweaty Gay stripper bars in his hometown of Montreal - so he's got dirt, and I loves me some dirt! The band's new album Arm's Way comes out May 20 and two tracks are worth mentioning, "Creeper" and "The Arm." Ear-sample these songs at www.myspace.com/islands, and in the event Harris shovels some dirt on me while in Seattle (preferably over martinis), you can read about it here.

I have a fantastic interview planned for our multi-section Pride issue on June 20, but I'm going to keep it a secret for a bit longer - trust me, it's really good. Look for an announcement here in The Music Lounge on May 30. Also in our Pride music section, I'll list the ten best recordings at 2008's midway point and preview the summer's hottest concerts.

Coldplay announced tour dates through November with no Washington-Oregon appearances, thus far. If you must see them, and I know that feeling, consider Phoenix on July 12, Las Vegas on July 19, or Salt Lake City on November 22. Meanwhile, a band you won't have to leave Seattle to see in concert is Jimmy Eat World - playing The Showbox (SoDo) on July 15.

Lastly, a few weeks back I announced an upcoming Donna Summer performance, and unfortunately I need to rescind that announcement because the diva changed her itinerary. She's now performing August 10 at Northern Quest Casino, about 10 minutes from Spokane - um, that would be the boring Spokane on the other side of the mountains, four long hours away.
picture top: Madonna
bottom:Matt Costa
 

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