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MTV VMAs, Spencer Day, Whitney Houston

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

I'm all over the place this week in music, bouncing from The Blakes' concert to The Fray show, and planning ahead for September and October - stay glued to Seattle Gay News for lots, and I do mean LOTS, of great music coverage in the coming weeks. But here's what got me excited this week in the world of tunes.

Congratulations to local music icons Death Cab for Cutie on their MTV VMA nomination for Best Breakthrough Video ("Grapevine Fires"). I'm puzzled, however, as to why they were placed in the "Breakthrough" category, along with other established acts like Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Gnarls Barkley. If you have gold-certified albums under your belt and sell out concerts in theaters around the world, doesn't that mean you've already broken through? Weird.

Are you loving Grizzly Bear as much as I am? Good. Because the indie darlings are headed to Seattle for a one-night performance at the Moore Theatre on October 16. But before they go onstage, there's a solid chance they'll be stepping into The Music Lounge first. The Brooklyn-based quartet, featuring openly Gay lead singer Ed Droste, is basking in a sea of critical acclaim for this year's release Veckatimest. Stay glued for updates on music's hippest new group, Grizzly Bear, including an interview right here in The Music Lounge. Grrrrr!

What did Spencer Day do after performing a dazzling set last week to an unexpectedly near-filled room at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley? He danced up a storm, that's what he did. The jazz-pop wonder personally invited me to join he and his band for drinks at nearby Post, in the Post Alley of the Public Market. Day's drummer, Matt Swindells, was kind enough to buy this budget-strapped writer a pint of Manny's, and then we watched the main man sing to an appreciative crowd and boogie continuously for a half hour. This kid has so much energy, and he's the sweetest little devil too - back at the Jazz Alley he individually greeted a long line of impressed fans, several of whom attended with their partners or BGF's (best Gay friend). By the way, Day's hot bassist Matt Aronoff - yeah, I played with his hair. Go me!

It's the comeback story of 2009 that Gay boys from Bangor to Seattle are talking about. Whitney Houston! The pop-R&B diva opened the Grammy Awards in February by presenting the first award of the televised ceremony to Jennifer Hudson. Perhaps she was a bit tipsy or on something we can't pronounce, but she gave all of us a delightful shock just by showing her face (and don't you dare go there!). The buzz on Houston's brand new album, I Look to You, is leaning on amazing - in fact, the release date has been moved up to August 31. Why is this date so important? Because it happens to be the eligibility cutoff date for this year's Grammy nominations. Something tells me Houston will be performing on the 2010 telecast, and possibly winning. As soon as I get my hands on an advance copy of I Look to You, I'll write about it here in The Music Lounge.

While the Capitol Hill Block Party appears to have been a snore and quite disorganized, by a few reports from reliable sources (I didn't go, I sunbathed instead), the great thing is that it eventually supported local talent. And I can't stress enough how fortunate we are to reside in a city like Seattle, where the live music scene is thriving. I was reminded of this on Monday night when I joined an enthusiastic packed crowd at The Crocodile to watch Seattle up-and-comers The Blakes and United State of Electronica in action - a great, fun show! Invest in your city and support local musicians, please.

Speaking of Seattle's awesome live music scene, you can catch several local acts at next month's Bumbershoot Festival. I'll be there each and every day of the Labor Day weekend bash, so check my blogs and Tweets for exclusive coverage of the big event, plus a festival wrap-up in Seattle Gay News on September 11. Tickets and information, including complete daily lineups, is available at www.bumbershoot.org.

Finally, in following our favorite pop princess Lady GaGa, whose interviewed twice with me here in The Music Lounge, she's owed a HUGE congrats on earning 9 MTV VMA nominations - tied with Beyoncé for the most this year. A friend of mine in LA who recently traveled with Lady GaGa to Australia, Europe and Asia says she's the craziest, coolest chick in the universe. She's also the busiest, having just added more concerts to her tour itinerary, including dates in Korea and China. Soon to come, tour dates with Kanye West.

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