Tonight in Seattle:  

Ted Leo

Ted Leo & the Pharmacists (promo photo)

Ted Leo & the Pharmacists (promo photo)

Ted Leo went through a lot to make it to Seattle. His van and amp broke in Austin. He drove through a tornado on the way to El Paso. He braved a freak snowstorm in the desert of West Texas. His guitar broke just before his Seattle in-store at Tower Records.

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Blonde Redhead

Blonde Redhead. Photo by William Anthony.

at The Showbox

Thursday was a big day for shows. It felt like everyone was in Belltown; scarce parking, busy crosswalks, and sidewalks teeming with people happily en route to see great music -- I was on my way to see Blonde Redhead, with the Helio Sequence and IQU.

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Beep Beep — Business Casual

Beep Beep -- Business Casual
Beep Beep is the perfect blend of kitty-cutting Blood Brothers vocals and Franz Ferdinand guitar violence.

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Emma Pollock and Alun Woodward of the Delgados

Emma from the Delgados. Photo from www.theDelgados.co.uk

Emma from the Delgados (photo from theDelgados.co.uk)

The back bar was entirely deserted and quite cold -- they bundled up in their coats and had a chat about in-stores, producers, their latest album, scary movies and roller coasters.

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Visqueen — Sunset on Dateland

Visqueen -- Sunset on Dateland
The album is power-packed with Flotard's sweet yet sincere, metal yet pop, loveable yet frightening lyrics and voice.

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