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posted Friday, December 31, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 53
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Dashboard Confessional, Interpol kick off 2011 with a bang

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Didn't get enough fireworks? Try any of these five concerts headed to a live music venue near you, all in the month of January.

Makana w/ Taimane Gardner
January 9
The Triple Door

Two slices of paradise arrive at our doorstep in early January, when Oahu-based musicians Makana and Taimane Gardner perform their equally potent blend of Hawaiian music. The former is in a category of his own, fusing slack key guitar with an array of sounds, from classic rock to bluegrass, and the latter is a ukulele standout who plays at fiery top speeds - I've seen Gardner in action, and she's unbelievable. The concert serves two purposes: to bring a dash of warmth to this bitter wintry season and to encourage you to visit Hawaii in the near future, where music like this can be listened to on a lanai with macadamia nut ice cream at any time of the year. Read an interview with Makana in The Music Lounge column this week. For tickets, visit www.thetripledoor.net.

Dashboard Confessional
January 13
Neumos

Tattoos cover Chris Carrabba like cream cheese smothers a bagel. The lone member of alternative rock act Dashboard Confessional, the young singer-songwriter has brought sexy back again and again with his boy-next-door looks and bulging biceps fully covered with intricate body art. Carrabba has embarked on a winter-spring tour to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of his album The Swiss Army Romance, which catapulted the Florida native to emo stardom. Dashboard Confessional, who can probably max out larger venues than Neumos, will perform the 2000 album in its entirety, and the show coincides with the all-vinyl re-release of a remastered version of The Swiss Army Romance, complete with five seven-inch records, guitar picks, handwritten lyrics, and more. For tickets, visit www.neumos.com.

Thirty Seconds to Mars
January 18
Paramount Theatre

Jared Leto has been stopping traffic on Gay boulevards for years, going back to his acting duties on My So Called Life - who didn't fall for those gorgeous eyes? Since then, he's gone through an assortment of dye jobs, skinny jeans, interesting movie roles, and celebrity girlfriends - supposedly, Scarlett Johannsen wants seconds. Besides all that, he's managed to front a rock band for several years, Thirty Seconds to Mars, which has successfully put out three albums and recently gained some MTV love for their music video 'Kings and Queens.' Thirty Seconds to Mars also includes Shannon Leto, older brother of aforementioned dessert Jared, and Tom Millicevic. The group's latest work is last year's This Is War. For tickets, visit www.stgpresents.org.

Guster
January 18
Moore Theatre

Thanks to me, pop-rock band Guster got a bit Gayer when I wrapped colorful beads around their necks during Pride weekend a few years back. This was after they played an in-store gig at Easy Street Records, and before my coffee date with lead singer Ryan Miller at Caffe Ladro. The group has never quite hit mainstream, though has posted consistently good albums - 2006's Ganging Up on the Sun is brilliant and featured stirring tracks, like 'Satellite,' 'Lightening Rod,' and 'The New Underground.' Guster returns to Seattle to promote 2009's Easy Wonderful album, which has produced the single 'Do You Love Me' and a music video for 'Stay With Me Jesus.' If we're lucky, they might just bust out their cover version of 'In the Air Tonight.' For tickets, visit www.stgpresents.org.

Interpol
January 28
The Showbox SoDo

Without a doubt, one of rock's best vocalists is Paul Banks. The lead singer of the band Interpol almost sounds like he's from a vintage British act, a la Morrissey, and witnessed personally on a festival stage he's beyond riveting. The New York-based group has downsized to a three-piece, following the amicable departure of bass guitarist-keyboardist Carlos Dengler. Pulling full speed ahead, Interpol wraps up an Australian tour in early January and then begins a near-full year of live shows in North America and Europe, including dates with U2. The trio's self-titled 2010 release features the awesome track 'Barricade' and is very likely to make it onto their Seattle set list. For tickets, visit www.showboxonline.com.

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