Ernest Jasmin

Email: ejasmin@tacomaweekly.com

2 June 2015

Beware the “Moose”

In the trailer for “Moose the Movie,” viewers learn that cougars and grizzlies aren't nearly the most dangerous creatures lurking in the Alaskan wilderness.

A solemn narrator heralds the mayhem to come as a camera pans over miles and miles of pristine landscape. “The legend first appeared in writing 200 years…

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28 May 2015

Soul with a capital T.O.P.

Local fans are sure to groove to “Soul with a Capital S,” “What is Hip?” and other funky classics when Bay Area legends Tower of Power take over the Emerald Queen Casino's I-5 showroom on June 6.

Band leader Emilio Castillo took a few minutes recently to reflect on nearly half a decade touring the world and…

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28 May 2015

Well worth the wait: New Ex-Gods (formerly Mahnhammer) album is finally here

It seems like forever since the band formerly known as Mahnhammer released new material. In reality, it has only been four years since the popular, Tacoma noise-rockers – now called Ex-Gods – made their debut with “Above the New Frontier,” a promising opening salvo that captured the gist, if not the full fury, of…

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20 May 2015

Make a Scene: Fun Police to unleash chaos, new CD Saturday

Tacoma’s Fun Police have channeled quite a bit of chaos in their first seven years as a band. There’s their matching cop outfits, penchant for handing out goofy “fun citations” and the way members would show up randomly, bus-king on local sidewalks while out “on patrol.”

There's their genre-confounding…

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17 May 2015

Luke Bryan, Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch deliver hits at Tacoma Dome (photos)

During one of the most fun moments of Luke Bryan's set Saturday, May 16, at the Tacoma Dome, opening acts Dustin Lynch and Randy Houser returned to the stage, huddling around Bryan's piano to take celebratory tequila shots (Lynch's 30th birthday was Thursday) and to pose for the daily tour “selfie.” Then Bryan used the…

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14 May 2015

First bands, fundraiser details revealed for Tacoma’s Music and Art in Wright Park festival

We now know a few bands playing this year's Music and Art in Wright Park festival. Music director Jayme Fisher confirmed that Full Moon Radio, Hilltop Rats, Criminal Code, Fantastic Animals and Perfect Bombs will play the free, all-ages…

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13 May 2015

Make a Scene: ‘Alien’ Encounter

Tacoma rock-reggae outfit The Approach will unleash its brand-spankin' new CD, “Alien,” on Saturday, May 16, with a release party at Jazzbones, 2803 Sixth Ave. Mighty High, The Hookys, Yodi Mac and DJ Einstein will add support with music starting at 8:30 p.m., and tickets are going fast at $10 to $15; Read More

13 May 2015

It Takes a Village

Macklemore isn't the only regional performer to turn an obsession with thrift stores into art. Granted, Isaac Olsen's focus is on one in particular: the Value Village that used to be located in South Tacoma, on Hosmer Street.

These days, Olsen will be familiar on the local art scene as a member of psych-garage outfit…

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12 May 2015

Arts & Entertainment: Northwest guitar community to converge on Tacoma

On Sunday, May 17, the Tacoma Dome will host what organizers hope will become the Northwest's most talked about guitar happening. Starting at 9:30 a.m., the inaugural Tacoma Guitar Festival will showcase live music, workshops and dozens of vendors buying, selling and trading everything from inexpensive starter guitars to…

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12 May 2015

King of the boy bands

In case you were wondering where Tacoma's "cougars" disappeared to Wednesday night, a few thousand of them were at the Tacoma Dome rekindling their middle school crushes on Danny Wood, Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre and Jonathan and Jordan Knight, a.k.a. NKOTB. The crowd was roughly 90 percent female; and while many of those…

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7 May 2015

New Kids help middle-aged women get in touch with their inner 12-year-old Wednesday at Tacoma Dome

In case you were wondering where Tacoma's "cougars" disappeared to Wednesday night, a few thousand of them were at the Tacoma Dome rekindling their middle school crushes on Danny Wood, Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre and Jonathan and Jordan Knight, a.k.a. NKOTB. The crowd was roughly 90 percent female; and while many of those…

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5 May 2015

Arts & Entertainment: How much do you know about Luke Bryan?

So far it's been another monster year for Luke Bryan who recently topped the Billboard 200 with his new album, “Spring Break … Checkin' Out.” He'll deliver all his big hits on May 16 when he and opener Randy Houser take over the Tacoma Dome with the Kick the Dust Up tour.

To mark the occasion, we thought we'd…

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29 April 2015

Make a Scene: Ayron Jones on the rise

Ayron Jones is a guitar hero in the making in a city known for producing its share of guitar heroes. “The first time I saw Ayron Jones and the Way, I was captivated by Jones' talent and cocky but playful showmanship,” Megan Seling writes in Seattle's alt-weekly, The Stranger. “Dude can shred a guitar, and he has a hell…

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22 April 2015

Make a Scene: Rap veteran Kool Keith headed to Jazzbones

When it comes to being a pop chameleon, David Bowie’s got nothing on Kool Keith. The rap legend - born Keith Thornton - has accumulated a ridiculous number of alter egos since he burst onto the national hip-hop scene in 1988, with the Ultramagnetic MCs: Dr. Octagon, Dr. Dooom, Black Elvis, Poppa Large, Keith Korg, and…

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15 April 2015

Make a Scene: The Real Big Beat

If you have a drum kit and even a hint of rhythm, the organizers of Woodstick Big Beat 2015 want you.

For the 12th installment of the charity event – which is organized in cooperation with Groove Music for Youth, the Emerald Queen Casino and Donn Bennett Drum Studios – hundreds of drummers will again assemble…

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14 April 2015

An order of rock, hold the cheese

If you were a local scenester in the early '80s, chances are you remember No Cheese Please, the popular Tacoma power-pop outfit that helped shape regional rock during the Reagan Era, along with bands like the Heats, the Cowboys and the Moberlys.

Last year, No Cheese unexpectedly roared back to life, eventually leading…

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14 April 2015

Arts & Entertainment: Spring Fair brings fun and frivolity

Locals will pet cuddly critters, cheer on metal-mashing machines and take “selfies” with a 20-foot-tall rubber duckie this weekend as the 26th annual Spring Fair takes over the Washington State Fairgrounds, 110 Ninth Ave., SW, in Puyallup.

Gates open at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 16, with festivities continuing…

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8 April 2015

Make a Scene: Sonics boomed Moore Theatre

Tacoma's garage-rock super-heroes, The Sonics, have made several regional appearances nearly eight years after they came back from their mysterious, 40-year hiatus. But none of them have been quite like the heavy hitting, star-studded affair the band headlined at Seattle's Moore Theatre on April 2.

For starers, the…

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8 April 2015

Arts & Entertainment: New Nirvana book highlights Tacoma ties

There always seems to be a spike in interest in Nirvana around the anniversary of singer-guitarist Kurt Cobain's death, even more so this year as buzz builds for HBO's forthcoming documentary, “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,” which will debut on May 4.

There is also a new book that highlights some of the band's…

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8 April 2015

Vicci Martinez unveils new tunes, band

For her first act, Vicci Martinez spent a decade growing her Vicci Martinez Band into one of the region's most popular live acts.

For her second, she built a national following as the spunkiest member of Team CeeLo on the inaugural season of NBC-TV's “The Voice.” Her brush with pop stardom came at a cost, though.…

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The Daily MashUp

28 December 2015

New Sonics Guy documentary is on the way

Didn't we just say something about Kris “Sonics Guy” Brannon going big time…Read More

11 December 2015

We’re confused: Is he Sonics Guy or Seahawks Guy?

Tacoma's Kris “Sonics Guy” Brannon has gone big time this week. He appears…Read More