News, Reviews, and Wine
• Mark your entire calendar! VIPCD (Very Important Central District People) Hollow Earth Radio and 20/20 Cycle are bringing you the sixth annual Magma Festival every weekend in March. This year's eclectic lineup includes NW queercore (the Need are reuniting!), hardcore, hiphop, pop, garage, experimental, electronic, and more. For more info, see hollowearthradio.org.
• It's been confirmed that Seattle prides and joys Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will be the musical guests on Saturday Night Live on March 2. Something something, two wiiilllld and caaarrrazzzy guys!
• A Florida man allegedly hit his boyfriend in the face with a plate because he was listening to Alanis Morissette, reportedly telling police, "That's all that motherfucker listens to." In a related hot tip, following the Twitter handle @_FloridaMan is one of the most rewarding/horrifying things you can do on the internet this side of YouTube video "Lindsay Lohan's Changing Face—25 Years in 60 Seconds."
• Radar Hair and Records in Sodo was the site for a Mudhoney music video shoot on Saturday for the song "I Like It Small," off their forthcoming album Vanishing Point. The video was directed by Carlos Lopez and included tons of Seattle extras who participated in a raging party scene, ate their weight in Hot Mama's pizza, and drained a keg before the night was over.
• James Scheall and Jamey Braden—former members of the excellent and sadly defunct no-wave unit Wet Paint DMM—have formed a new band with Butts drummer Shannon Perry. The project is so new, it doesn't have a name yet, but Scheall says to expect music and perhaps live appearances to surface/happen by spring.
• On Saturday, SHEBEAR won the second round of the battle of the underage bands competition Sound Off!, joining the Fame Riot for the finals on March 2. Maiah Manser came in second place, making her eligible for the wild-card slot (one second-place performer will be invited to play the finals—the EMP's Youth Advisory Board votes on who will move forward).
• A Dave Matthews Band hat was spotted at Sunday's Bone Thugs-N-Harmony show at Neumos because of course there was.
• Yoko Ono celebrated the big eight-oh on Sunday by performing with the Plastic Ono Band in Berlin. The band was led by her son, Sean Lennon, and guest performers included Michael Stipe, Peaches, and Rufus and Martha Wainwright, who sang "Happy Birthday" in both English and German to honor our favorite avant-babe.