911 Angel

Hallelujah! The new Sonic Boom Records has opened at 514 15th Avenue East, right up in lovely Capitol Hill. Store #3 will host a crapload of live in-store performances, for those who'd like to see a popular band play but don't want to go to any blasted clubs in order to do so. (Sometimes you just don't feel like it, I swear.) Anyway, here's what's going on at Sonic Boom #3 this month: Sunday, March 9--the Loveless & Goodnight Trail (5:00 p.m.); Thursday, March 13--the Special Goodness (fronted by Pat Wilson of Weezer, 6:00 p.m.); Thursday, March 20--Supergrass (time TBA); Friday, March 21--Damien Jurado (6:00 p.m.); Saturday, March 22--Stephen Malkmus (time TBA). If you like going to in-stores and you like Stephen Malkmus, you better hightail it to Capitol Hill, because word has it that this will be his only U.S. appearance of that nature.

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In other retail-as-art news: Be sure to drop by Lipstick Traces (on the corner of Pine Street and Summit Avenue, right next to the Cha Cha Lounge) this First Thursday between 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and have a look at Nate Manny's "Devocentric" paintings. I'm guessing the name is self-explanatory. Now, if you remember this part of Seattle's rock 'n' roll scene, then go ahead and skip to the next paragraph. But to fill in the blanks: Nate Manny was a member of the Murder City Devils, as was Dann Gallucci. Gallucci's sister Jenn, who owns Lipstick Traces, is married to Manny. Get it, got it, good.

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Could someone please lend me a hand?

It all began with the best of intentions. I left my house last Saturday night to go to the final rock show at Sit & Spin. One of the few venues where one could get decent food between bands shut its doors Sunday--but not before riding out in style as the Magic Magicians, eXBeSTFRIeNDS, Broadcast Oblivion, and the Charming Snakes played along. I decided to catch a cab down by the Cha Cha, where taxis often cruise in search of passengers. So I was walking past Kincora Pub, and the next thing I knew I was hearing a voice saying, "She's waking up." I opened my eyes and realized I was flat on my back on the sidewalk in front of Manray. Super-hot paramedics were flashing lights in my eyes and asking me all kinds of simple questions that I couldn't answer; I didn't even know my name. Anyway, I bring this up here because I want to say that I've heard from several sources that Broadcast Oblivion stole that show at the Sit & Spin, putting on their best performance yet, and I fully intended to go. However, as I said before, I guess I had some sort of interior conniption fit, and went into the back of an ambulance instead. What I'd like to know is this: Who was the Good Samaritan who called 911? I'd like to thank you personally, as well as grill you on the sequence of events. I was walking one minute, and unable to figure out what street I was lying on the next....

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Chop Suey turns one on Thursday, April 10, and will be celebrating with all kinds of shit--of course, you've already heard that the club is hosting the Streets on March 15. And don't forget to come to the Showbox on Saturday, March 8--that's when the Stranger staff will gather to hear a couple of bands and then send them off to SXSW. Once again, those bands are Alta May, the Turn-Ons, Radio Nationals, and Memphis Radio Kings. Admission is free.