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posted Friday, July 9, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 28
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Scissor Sisters show, M.I.A. album, Jason Mraz fight for equality

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Earlier this week, I broke the news of the Scissor Sisters concert scheduled for The Showbox SoDo on September 15. As promised, I'm following the announcement with ticket information: Tickets go on sale July 10 (10 a.m.) at all Ticketmaster outlets, or online at www.ticketmaster.com, priced at $30. If it doesn't sell out - fat chance, believe me - then remaining tickets will be available for purchase on the day of show for $33. DJ Sammy Jo, longtime collaborator and friend of the band, looks to open all dates of Scissor Sisters' North American tour. Big question: Will Scissor Sisters be interviewing here in The Music Lounge? Answer: It's in the works, baby.

Following up another tour announcement, that of pop-rock hotties Maroon 5, tickets for the Tacoma Dome performance on October 12 will also go on sale July 10 (10 a.m.) at all Ticketmaster outlets or by phone (800) 745-3000. Look for a possible Maroon 5 interview here in late September.

The anticipation is over, sort of. M.I.A. posted tracks from her forthcoming album Maya exclusively on MySpace this week, among them "XXXO," "Steppin' Up," "It Takes Muscle," and the previously heard "Born Free." The best cut I've listened to thus far is "Story to Be Told" - the clash of pulsating electronic beats and distorted, odd chants is infectious. Maya is a short departure from M.I.A.'s first two albums, Arular and Kala, in that it's less pop-dance and more rock-electronic dub - at times, it gets really busy with a multitude of unexpected sounds. Moe Bar (1425 10th Avenue) is hosting a CD listening party on July 11 (8 p.m.) - hear it before you buy it - where you can congregate with fellow M.I.A. faithful, and there are many in Seattle of all sexual varieties.

Blues singer Bettye LaVette, who is near selling out her one-night performance next week at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, will open eight shows on Robert Plant's upcoming tour. The Grammy-nominated diva's latest work, Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook, obviously got the Led Zeppelin lead singer's attention, as it did a legion of new fans. Few seats remain for LaVette's upcoming Seattle show on July 15 - visit www.jazzalley.com to make reservations.

Wanna join Jason Mraz in rocking a good cause, while adding an accessory to your wardrobe? Support the "Fight for Equality" campaign by purchasing a sterling silver, hand-polished pendant - necklace or lapel pin - that brings awareness to the ongoing battle of legalizing Gay marriage and benefits Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund. You might say the pendant, hand-crafted by California-based artist Carlos Antonio that symbolizes both strength and equality, brought Mraz a string of good luck; he wore it on the evening that he won his first and second Grammys and the night he took home the prize for Song of the Year at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards. As you probably know, Mraz is a huge booster for Gay rights - as he should be, because I'm calling on him to walk me down the aisle when I'm finally ready. The Fight for Equality pendant, priced at $80 (it's real silver, y'all), is available at www.fightforequality.net.

Finally, singer-songwriter Amos Lee will headline the Green Note Festival at Seattle Center's Mural Amphitheatre on July 24. The one-day event is a celebration of sustainable music and culture with acoustic live performances, organic food, and a mission to benefit environmental nonprofits. Visit www.greennote.us for more information and admission costs.

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