March 9, 2007
Volume 35
Issue 10
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the Music Lounge by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A & E Writer
Patty Griffin interview next week; Linkin Park ready 'midnight' release; Arctic Monkeys get nightmarish on second album; Silversun Pickups sell out Neumos show in minutes
Grammy-nominated artist Patty Griffin phones SGN from Austin
If I had to pick a "Song of the Year" for the first three months of 2007, I'd choose Patty Griffin's emotional, gorgeous love ballad "Heavenly Day". It gives me goose bumps every time I listen to it. And here's the twist. Griffin didn't write it as a love song for a fellow human, but for a pet - her dog. You heard right. "Heavenly Day" was written for her doggie, who barked happily in the background when Griffin called me last week from her home in Austin, Texas. The track is the initial single from her just-released album Children Running Through, her impressive follow-up to Impossible Dream, which landed inside SGN's Top 10 Albums/CDs of 2004. In 2002, Griffin earned a Grammy nomination for her album 1000 Kisses.

You can hear "Heavenly Day" live when Griffin comes to town on March 19 for a concert at the Moore Theatre. Tickets, priced at $31 and $33.50, are available at Over the phone, Griffin was bubbly and extremely talkative. We had no problem dissolving twenty minutes of our afternoon on subjects that ranged from silly to semi-serious. When on tour, Griffin loves to take strolls in the cities she performs in. So, don't be surprised if you spot the former waitress buying fresh fish at the Pike Place Market on the day of her show. In the meantime, grab a copy of the Seattle Gay News on March 16 and find out what was going through Patty Griffin's mind when she dropped by "The Music Lounge".

Linkin Park releasing first album in four years, in stores May 15
One of my all-time favorite rock bands is Linkin Park. I proudly own every CD they've put out and I've seen them in concert four times, including the walloping "Summer Sanitarium Tour" with Metallica at Qwest Field and an intimate holiday concert at the Moore Theatre with AFI. The other shows were at the Tacoma Dome. I'm hoping to add number five to the list when Linkin Park hits the road this summer, following the release of their new offering Minutes to Midnight, coming out May 15. This is the first full-length recording of fresh material from the SoCal metal-electronic sextet in four years. "What I've Done" is the initial single to be released from the disc, hitting the airwaves on April 2. The music video for the track was directed by group member Joseph Hahn. I'm in contact with Linkin Park's folks, and as soon as they fill me in on details for Minutes to Midnight and announce concert dates, I'll post them here in the Lounge.

Arctic Monkeys announce April date for sophomore album
Did you say new music from Arctic Monkeys? Hell yeah! That's why I circled April 24 on my calendar with a red Sharpie. The Sheffield lads, who nabbed two Grammy nominations and a slew of awards overseas, are ready to hit the jackpot again with the release of their sophomore effort Favourite Worst Nightmare. The first cut from the CD is "Brianstorm", and if you're an End listener (107.7 The End), chances are they're already spinning it. The Monkeys are expected to tour this summer, and I'm crossing my toes that they include Seattle on the North American leg. The band, which rose to instant (and I do mean instant) fame with the song "I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor" (SGN's Top 25 Singles/Tracks, 2005), are currently spoiling European audiences with tiny, secret shows in preparation for their tour. Lucky shits! I'm hoping get an advance copy of "Nightmare" soon, and when I do you'll read about it here in the Lounge.

Silversun Pickups coming to Seattle in April, concert sells out in minutes
This just in. Silversun Pickups, named "one of eight artists to watch for in 2007" by Seattle Gay News, will perform a sold out show at Neumos on April 13. All tickets for the performance were gone in a matter of minutes. It's going to be one hell of a concert! Unfortunately, I'll be in Dallas for a Gay writers rendezvous and will sadly miss it. But, my photographer-friend is going to the show and I'm hoping he'll take shots of the band rocking out onstage. "Well Thought Out Twinkles" was SGN's pick for "Single/Track of the Year 2006" and the Indio, California-based quartet's album Carnavas made our list of Top Ten Albums/CDs of 2006. Stay glued to "The Music Lounge" for more news in the coming weeks regarding Silversun Pickups.

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