3 November 2016
Ron Swarner is best known as a local media mogul. He founded Tacoma City Paper in 1997 followed by the Weekly Volcano which he ran with his brother, Ken, until he sold his stake early last year.
While he was covering the local arts and dining scenes with those publications, the seeds of another passion were germinating.…
27 October 2016
Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde – the British folk-pop duo best known as Chad & Jeremy – are done with life on the road. Five decades after they invaded our shores as part of the British Invasion, their final tour stop - and possibly their final show ever - will take place on Sunday, Oct. 30, at Immanuel Presbyterian…
20 October 2016
There is no bigger muse for Band of Lovers than the open road, and one need only spin a few tracks from the folk-pop group's debut album, “The Coast,” to figure out where it has been.
The trio – singer and ukelele player Sabina Beachdell, singer-guitarist Dave Strumfeld and drummer Liliana Urbain – will share…
13 October 2016
Bremerton's Eugenie Jones is a rising star on the regional jazz scene with two critically acclaimed albums under her belt – “Black Lace, Blue Tears” and last year's “Come Out Swinging” – and the distinction of being named vocalist and recording artist of the year by Seattle's Earshot Jazz magazine in 2015.
6 October 2016
If you've visited Jazzbones in recent months, you may have noticed that something was slightly off. You may not have been able to put your finger on what was different immediately, like seeing an old friend the day after LASIK eye surgery; but eventually you homed in on it, moments after Monkeywrench wrapped up onstage: the…
29 September 2016
The 11th annual Tacoma Film Festival will kick off on Thursday, Oct. 6 and run through Oct. 13, bringing more than 145 independent films and 13 special events to be held at the Grand Cinema, Proctor's Blue Mouse Theatre and other Tacoma venues. Ticket information and a digital version of the festival program is available…
29 September 2016
Mac Rebennack – the man many know as Dr. John – is asked what keeps him excited about performing six decades into his musical career. “I feel like the best way for a musician to die is to fall over on the last song of the show,” he responds, speaking with a thick, Creole patois. “The band gets paid, and you don't…
15 September 2016
Legions of shambling undead have already invaded some of our favorite movies, TV shows and comic books, and now the Zombie Apocalypse threatens to overrun Tacoma's rock scene thanks to the Bay Area's Wastedeads.
The rotting and ravenous rock duo is the braaaaaaaaains-child of singer-guitarist Beth Allen – a.k.a. Beth…
1 September 2016
Local sports teams that become world champions after years spent in the middle of the pack inevitably pick up legions of new, bandwagon fans. Comedian John Caparulo refuses to be one of those.
Caparulo, who will be the main attraction at Tacoma Comedy Club from Sept. 8 to 11, often jokes about his plight as a…
25 August 2016
Sometime between the tail end of New Kids on the Block's initial run and the rise of the mega-boy bands in the late '90s, Color Me Badd were among the reigning harmonizers in pop.
The trio – Mark Calderon, Bryan Abrams and Kevin Thornton, and early member Sam Watters – will be back onstage delivering their biggest…