December 8, 2006
Volume 34
Issue 49
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the Music Lounge by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A & E Writer
Gwen Stefani headed to Seattle this summer; We Are Scientists interview on deck; Josh Groban tapes Oprah appearance; Dolly Parton feted and embarrassed at Kennedy Center Honors
Stefani playing White River Amphitheatre in mid-June
Wind it up. And while you're at it, put some coins in the piggy bank because tickets for Gwen Stefani's upcoming Seattle-area concert go on sale in two months. The pop star, supported by a large Gay and Lesbian fan base, has announced a show at White River Amphitheatre on Saturday, June 16. Tickets tentatively go on sale to the general public in the first or second week of February, but that could change - so stay glued to "The Music Lounge" for updates. With the release of her second solo album this week, entitled The Sweet Escape, the part-time No Doubt frontwoman is hoping to capitalize on the enormous success of her 2004 debut Love.Angel.Music.Baby. The initial single, "Wind It Up", from the new album features a mishmash of sounds, including whistles, bells, and a bit of yodeling. We can never have enough yodeling, eh? More on Stefani's summer appearance coming soon, including a ticket on sale date.

We Are Scientists swing into the holiday spirit with cheery year-end interview
Yes, they are the chosen ones. But heaven-bound they're most certainly not. We Are Scientists, an alt rock threesome from Brooklyn, New York, have been selected as our feature artist interview for next week's "Best of Music 2006" spread. Keith Murray, Chris Cain, and Michael Tapper all sat down for beers with me at the Bad JuJu Lounge in October, minutes after their tour bus pulled into town for a concert at Neumos. As Nick Harmer and Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie did last December for our year-end music issue, We Are Scientists will share their holiday plans and personal album picks of 2006 with us (and you, of course). They will also reflect on a packed tour itinerary this year, which took them to Europe, Australia, Japan, and to every major US city, including two shows in Seattle and another at The Gorge for the Sasquatch Music Festival. We Are Scientists are perhaps three of the most open-minded, hysterically funny guys around. And, they're extremely talented too. Grab a copy of the Seattle Gay News on December 15 and do some experimenting with We Are Scientists. The trio's CD With Love and Squalor is in stores now. Ear-sample the band's music on MySpace, or watch their videos on YouTube.

Groban tapes Oprah show appearance, bypasses Seattle on first leg of tour
I totally have a thing for Josh Groban. He doesn't fit in with any of the rock bands I love, but there's something about him that makes me weak at the knees. It's not just his innocent-preppy look that gets me excited. I'm actually quite smitten by his music too. His fans, self-proclaimed "Grobanites", are eagerly awaiting the start of his winter-spring tour kicking off February 17 in mid-state New York. No dates have so far been announced for Seattle, but I've heard from two good sources to hang tight because more shows will be announced soon and he's likely to perform here between April and June. For those who can't wait, and I know many fellow queens join me in Groban's support camp, catch him on an upcoming Oprah show. He taped the appearance on December 6, though the on-air date has yet to be announced. Visit for news on Groban's scheduled performance. And, stay glued to this column for additional Josh Groban concert news. The singer's new CD Awake was just released last month, and it's a keeper.

Simpson forgets words to Parton classic, runs off stage
Leave it to dimwit Jessica Simpson to fuck up a great moment. The brainless-talentless tabloid regular was invited (and I don't know why) to perform at last weekend's prestigious Kennedy Center Honors, a lifetime achievement given to entertainers in various fields. Showbiz powerhouses and high-ranking government officials, such as the current president, attend the annual ceremony. Country diva and longtime Gay favorite Dolly Parton was amongst those being honored this year, along with director Steven Spielberg and Broadway giant Andrew Lloyd Webber. A highlight of the gala is the special tribute given to each honoree by selected artists, often professionals who've worked with the honoree at one time or are well respected in the same field of work. Event organizers chose Grammy winners Alison Krauss and Shania Twain, two worthy performers, and red-hot Carrie Underwood to help fete Parton. They also tapped Simpson, who flubbed "9 to 5" during a live taping and quickly exited the stage. She apparently forgot the words. Hopefully, Simpson's oddball appearance (a mystery in the first place) will be edited out when it airs on December 26. Congrats to Dolly!

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