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posted Friday, October 8, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 41
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Matt Costa, The Maine, Cyndi Lauper, City Arts Fest

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

He stands at 6'3', is currently reading a Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel, nearly became a pro skateboarder, and is now a highly regarded singer-songwriter. This can only be Matt Costa, who makes a return to the forefront with his newest album, Mobile Chateau - a breezy, uncomplicated set of pop songs that recall his Southern California roots while resurfacing the cool sounds of the Beach Boys and the Mamas and the Papas. Costa makes a welcome return to Seattle (finally!) on October 20 for a single performance at El Corazon (www.elcorazonseattle.com) - tickets are just $15. I caught up with him this week, as he was sitting in a van headed to San Diego for a warm-up gig in preparation for the upcoming tour. Find out all you need to know about Matt Costa, including what he wears underneath those long-legged jeans, next week in a special interview right here in 'The Music Lounge.'

The Maine is a new pop-rock band from Tempe, Arizona signed to a major label (Warner Bros.) and have opened concerts for Good Charlotte, Metro Station, and Mayday Parade. The five-member unit embarks on a national tour that soon kicks off at The Showbox Market in Seattle with headliners Never Shout Never. Black & White, The Maine's 2010 recording, has produced the back-to-back singles 'Inside of You' and 'Growing Up' - both of which are likely to be played when they come to town on October 19. At press time, sexy lead singer John O'Callaghan was going to e-mail me from the UK, where the band is wrapping up a series of European dates, so look for a quickie interview with him in 'The Music Lounge' next week, as well.

Don't bother trying to get tickets for these already sold-out concerts: M.I.A. on October 17 (The Showbox Market), Gary Numan on October 31 (Neumos), and Robyn on November 21 (Neumos). You'll probably see reviews for at least two of these much-awaited shows in the coming weeks in the Seattle Gay News, and possibly one for the nearly sold-out Sufjan Stevens performance at the Paramount Theatre on October 30.

Cyndi Lauper has been a vocal supporter of GLBT issues, which is why, to no one's surprise and to our delight, she organized a series of PSAs in light of the recent string of young suicides across the country tied to bullying. The Grammy winner's 'Give a Damn Campaign' enlists the help of Elton John, Ricky Martin, Wanda Sykes, Idina Menzel, and Rachel Harris. The first announcement aired on CNN's Larry King Live this week, during an episode devoted entirely to anti-Gay bullying. You know who I give a damn about? Cyndi Lauper!

Finally, the City Arts Festival (www.cityartsfest.com) kicks off October 20 with a very special performance by Belle & Sebastian at Benaroya Hall with supporting act Trashcan Sinatras. The four-day, multiple-venue event also includes performances by Cat Power, Gogol Bordello, and Roky Erickson. Expect a review of the Belle & Sebastian concert by SGN writer Jessica Price later this month - here's hoping the band does 'Sleep the Clock Around.'

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