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posted Friday, December 2, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 48
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Tori Amos interview coming December 9

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

'Tori, I love you.'

Those were my immediate words upon hanging up the telephone after a 15-minute chat with the eclectic acclaimed artist Tori Amos. The multi-Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter had just wrapped up a brief tour in South Africa when we spoke, the second time I've had the privilege of talking to this much-adored diva and close ally to the LGBT community. She was sweet, insightful, articulate, and spoke so softly and exquisitely that I felt like she was tucking me into bed with a nighttime story. Amos provided a few details about her 'Night of Hunters' tour, in support of her latest album by the same name, including the anticipated length of the show and whether or not she'll perform her new classical music-driven CD in a song cycle. She also had something to say about Gay marriage (she indeed celebrated New York's victorious change of law), recent teen suicides linked to anti-Gay harassment, and her thoughts on the whole Occupy Wall Street mess. Tori Amos performs December 14 at the Paramount Theatre, and tickets are still available at www.tickets.com or STG kiosks (located outside the Paramount and Moore theaters). But catch Amos here in 'The Music Lounge' before she goes onstage in next week's issue, December 9.

I don't quite agree with Rihanna's fashion choices, but I'm a 100% fan of her music. The Barbados-born pop diva strikes gold again with her newest CD, Talk That Talk, featuring the title track and the sizzling hit 'We Found Love,' a collaboration with preppy-cute DJ Calvin Harris. If my math is correct, this is Rihanna's sixth studio recording in six years, becoming bolder and fiercer with each album. Combining infectious hooks, slick R&B backgrounds, and electronic samples - like on 'Roc Me Out', 'Where Have You Been,' and 'Drunk on Love', which pickpockets the guitar riff from The XX's 'Intro' - Rihanna expands on her own intoxicating blend of high-energy, sultry soul-pop sound. The first half of Talk That Talk is stronger than the second, with 'Red Lipstick' being the lone rotten apple of the 14-song offering. The slower-paced 'Farewell' is a nice surprise in this collection of otherwise up-tempo club-style tracks. Although slightly repetitious in the lyrics department and overall a notch below Rated R (Rihanna's finest recording to date), Talk That Talk is still equal to or better than anything Lady Gaga has put out. Frankly, I enjoy my pop-dance music with a splash of Caribbean attitude. Talk That Talk is available in record stores now.

French electronic wizards Justice, nearly absent since their 2007 debut Cross got them noticed in a big way - tons of critics' year-end lists, multiple Grammy noms, sold-out North American tour - are back in the saddle. Gaspard Auge and Xavier de Rosnay finally resurface with Audio, Video, Disco, the duo's sophomore effort that comes paired with an 11-date live itinerary, including their first Seattle appearance since early 2008. Justice is set to perform April 25 at the Paramount Theatre. The music video for the single 'Audio, Video, Disco' has racked up 976,551 hits on YouTube already - um, make that 976,552 and climbing. The album is available now, released just a few weeks ago. Ticket details for the upcoming Seattle show had not yet landed in my inbox - follow me on Twitter (seattlerocker) and I'll post the ticket on sale information there.

Other just-announced shows: Fujiya & Miyagi on January 27 (Neumos), Die Antwoord on February 20 (The Showbox Market), Punch Brothers on March 6 (The Neptune), Needtobreathe on March 17 (Moore Theatre), and Kasabian on April 10 (The Showbox Market).

We are this close to unveiling our 'Best of Music 2011' picks, but we've got a few last-minute album releases and live concerts to take in before making our final cut. We'll announce our choices for the year's best albums, singles, live shows, hottest artists, and worst music in the December 16 issue.

Finally, unsurprisingly, Seattle's own Jimi Hendrix was #1 on a list compiled by Rolling Stone of 'The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.' A panel of musicians that included Melissa Etheridge, Dan Auerbach of The Black Eyes, Nancy Wilson of Heart, Lenny Kravitz, and The Strokes' Albert Hammond, Jr. (to name just a few) made the selections. Nirvana's Kurt Cobain came in at #73.

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This year's Ham is to die for!
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Dina Martina is back to make the holidays surreal
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Deborah Cox to headline Seattle Red Dress Party
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Man in the Newspaper Hat falls well short of potential
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Beasley's Christmas Party a sure-fire family favorite
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A holiday hangover with a Ho
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Grammy nominations: West leads, Seattle acts nab three
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Hillary Clinton's most impressive speech on human/lgbt rights in Geneva...most incredible

http://www.humanrights.gov/2011/12/06/human-rights-geneva/

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A Dyke About Town: Ain't Misbehavin' a lot of fun
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Scorsese's Hugo pure cinematic magic
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Muppets still make a rainbow connection
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