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posted Friday, January 10 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 02
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Toad the Wet Sprocket interview on February 7

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

In case you hadn't heard, pop rock band Toad the Wet Sprocket reunited and recorded their first album together in 16 years, 2013's New Constellation. The group is responsible for several 90s hits, like 'Something's Always Wrong,' 'Fall Down,' 'All I Want' and 'Walk on the Ocean.' The California act will appear February 8 at The Showbox Market, and they're my special guest in The Music Lounge the day before. Grab a copy of Seattle Gay News on February 7 for an interview with lead singer Glen Phillips.

Adele took home the Oscar last year, along with co-writer Paul Epworth, for Best Original Song ('Skyfall'). Who's going to win it in 2014? We'll be a step closer to finding out on January 16 when nominations for the 86th Academy Awards are revealed. Five nominees from a crowded pack of 75 entries are expected to make the cut, including the early frontrunner, 'Let It Go' from Frozen sung by Idina Menzel. The other near shoo-in is 'Young and Beautiful' from The Great Gatsby sung and written by Lana Del Rey, which is already in the running for a Grammy. Rock veterans U2 could have another shot at vying for the golden statue with 'Ordinary Love' from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The Irish four-piece were beaten for the prize in 2002 by Eminem's 'Lose Yourself.' Pharrell Williams, who had a banner year in 2013, could land an Oscar nod with 'Happy' from Despicable Me 2. Coldplay's 'Atlas' from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is also a contender, as is 'Cut Me Some Slack' from Sound City written by Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear, and 'Last Mile Home' by Kings of Leon from August: Osage County. Comedian-actor Will Ferrell has an outside chance with 'Doby' from Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, although the Academy's music branch might opt for something more serious, such as 'My Lord, Sunshine' from 12 Years a Slave by Nicholas Brittel, or Karen O's 'The Moon Song' from Her. My personal favorite, aside from Del Rey's entry, is Edie Brickell's 'Go Where the Love Is' from The Way, Way Back. The Oscar nominations are scheduled for announcement just passed 5 a.m. Thursday morning.

We're three weeks away from the Super Bowl and two weeks away from knowing whether the Seattle Seahawks will be playing in it. One person guaranteed to be suiting up for the big game is Bruno Mars, scheduled to perform in the Halftime Show. The Hawaiian-born artist will attempt to squeeze in 'Just the Way You Are,' 'Grenade,' 'Locked Out of Heaven,' 'When I Was Your Man,' 'Gorilla' and maybe 'Billionaire' into a 12-minute set. The Super Bowl happens February 2 at East Rutherford's MetLife Stadium.

Time to get plucked. And by plucked, I mean listen to some fine banjo and fiddle playing at the Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival, taking place February 27 through March 2 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. The artist roster includes Grammy nominees The Milk Carton Kids, Tim Johnson with Darrel Scott, The Duhks, Elephant Revival, Town Mountain, Mark Johnson with Emory Lester, Barn Door Slammers, Downtown Mountain Boys, and more. Ticket information and full lineup is available at www.acousticsound.org. Kids 12 and under can attend all shows for free, so it's great entertainment for the whole family.

The Grammy telecast lineup is looking swell, thus far. Daft Punk will make a rare live appearance with Pharrell Williams, Nile Rodgers and Stevie Wonder, while Robin Thicke is collaborating with legendary pop group Chicago. Metallica is teaming up with Lang Lang, while an all-star crew of honky tonk cowboys - Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Blake Shelton - take the stage together. Katy Perry, Kendrick Lamar, Lorde, Pink with Nate Ruess, Imagine Dragons, and RAM (Random Access Memories) session players Chris Caswell, Nathan East, Omar Hakim, Paul Jackson Jr. are also on the billing. More live performers will be announced in the coming days for the January 27 televised event, possibly including Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Bruno Mars, Kacey Musgraves and Justin Timberlake.

Finally, in last week's SGN (January 3 edition), I included wrong information in a feature titled '10 concerts to get excited about in 2014.' Tickets for the Lorde show are available at www.LiveNation.com, not www.aeglive.com. My apologies. It should be a great concert, though.

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