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posted Friday, September 30, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 39
Death Cab for Cutie interview on October 21
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Death Cab for Cutie interview on October 21

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Yes, we did. In the midst of a very busy year, as they prepare to embark on another tour, Seattle Gay News caught up with hometown rockers Death Cab for Cutie. The four-piece ensemble - Ben Gibbard, Chris Walla, Nick Harmer, and Jason McGerr - have played just about everywhere, as demand for this not-so-indie-anymore band continues to escalate. Once a bar act in little ol' Bellingham, DCFC now performs in sports arenas throughout Europe, Australia, Asia, and North America. This year found the Grammy-nominated quartet landing their highest position on Billboard's album chart (No. 3) with their newest and best recording to date, Codes and Keys. DCFC comes home October 22, slated to perform at Key Arena, and on the eve of that performance they're talking to us. Grab a copy of Seattle Gay News on October 21 for a one-on-one interview with Death Cab for Cutie. Concert tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com.

More Sting? You got it. The British star has added a second Seattle concert and is now performing December 5 and 6 at the Paramount Theatre. Now in his 25th year as a solo artist (aside from his time with rock trio The Police), Sting is celebrating the occasion with a full North American 'Back to Bass Tour' and greatest hits recording package, Sting: 25 Years. The artist will be supported by a five-piece band that includes vocalist Jo Lawry, guitarists Dominic and Rufus Miller, electric fiddler Peter Tickell, and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta. Tickets, priced between $46.50 and $123.50, go on sale October 3 (10 a.m.) at www.livenation.com, Paramount Theatre's 24-hour kiosk, or by phone (877-STG-4TIX).

The '80s are red-hot again. Many nostalgic bands, from The Cars to Duran Duran to the Go-Gos, have reunited years after successful runs during the '80s. Add another group to this list: The Bangles. The all-female unit, mentioned briefly in the opening episode of Glee's third season, are back together with a new album, Sweetheart of the Sun, and a nationwide tour, which descends to The Showbox Market on November 5. Three-fourths of its original lineup - Susanna Hoffs and Vicki and Debbi Peterson - are re-introducing fans to a long list of hits, including 'Walk Like an Egyptian,' 'Manic Monday,' 'Be With You,' 'Eternal Flame,' and 'Hazy Shade of Winter.' Look for an interview with The Bangles in early November just before their Seattle appearance. For concert tickets, visit www.showboxonline.com.

Congratulations to Heart! The Seattle rock band, led by power-vocalist Ann Wilson who once performed with the Seattle Men's Chorus, has been nominated for one of music's highest honors, induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We'll know very soon if they received enough votes to be included among music's elite.

Last call: these shows are happening this week. Decibel Festival at multiple venues, through October 2; Gary Burton Quartet (featuring Julian Lage, Scott Colley, and Antonio Sanchez) at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, October 4-5; Basia at The Triple Door, October 5; Erasure at Moore Theatre, October 6; and Colbie Caillat at The Showbox SoDo, October 7.

Finally, a sad farewell to an historic band with local connections. R.E.M. has called it quits after three decades of creating some of the best recordings in pop and rock music, and they'll be deeply missed. One member of the group, Peter Buck, is a longtime resident of Seattle. I'll always treasure that air kiss thrown to me by lead singer Michael Stipe at Bumbershoot several years ago, and the three other times I saw R.E.M. in concert.

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