Archive for July, 2011

Disturbed Announces Band will Take “Indefinite Hiatus” After August’s Line-Up

disturbedFor reasons that the rumor mill is dubbing “internal conflicts,” the band Disturbed has announced that after the few shows that they have left from now until the end of August, they will be taking an indefinite hiatus. Rumors just started swirling last week that the band may break up, when a fan asked the band’s lead singer, David Draiman, directly about the future of the band. Draiman replied that although the future of the band is uncertain, they are definitely planning on an “indefinite hiatus” after their August shows; he declined to give any further comment as to the reason for the break.

Right now, Disturbed is in New Jersey alongside Megadeth and Godsmack for the 2011 Mayhem Festival. Once that wraps up on August 14, the group will travel to South America to play a few dates there; after that, the group will be on hiatus.

Seattle City Arts Fest Announces Big Bands for Line-up

art_robynThe Seattle City Arts Fest is one that is highly anticipated not only for the residents of Seattle, but for people all across the country every year. This year there’s even more reason to be excited as the festival directors have announced some big bands that are set to appear!

Grammy-nominated singer, Robyn, is set to open the festival on October 20 at the Paramount Theatre; Robyn will also bring with her a special guest, though it’s unknown as of yet who that will be. The festival continues on October 21 with Fences and Son of Warren Oates and wraps up on the last day, October 22, with Seapony and Shelby Lynne performing.

But these aren’t the only big names that will be performing! Over the course of three days, over 30 bands will perform in multiple Seattle venues — making for three very explosive days in Seattle!

Seattle City Arts Fest Line-up


  • ROBYN w/ special guest tba
  • CRYSTAL CASTLES w/ Picture Plane, Crypts, Nightmare Fortress
  • THE LONG WINTERS w/ Campfire OK, Cobirds Unite, Cataldo
  • THE FELICE BROTHERS w/ special guests tba
  • ALLEN STONE w/ Fly Moon Royalty
  • CULTURE CLUB: Washington Filmworks Event and Happy Hour
  • SEATEETH: Premiere performance from Seattle’s Jose Bold (John Osebold of “Awesome”)
  • HORDE and the HAREM w/special guests
  • THE COPS w/ Birthday Suits, Strong Killings
  • POGO w/ That 1 Guy, Daydream Vacation
  • CULTURE CLUB : Visual Art
  • HEDWIG and the ANGRY INCH: Movie Sing Along
  • CULTURE CLUB: Celebrity Karaoke
  • SCHOOL of ROCK: Laser Grunge Show


  • BUILT TO SPILL w/ Disco Doom, Seapony
  • HELIO SEQUENCE: Laser Show
  • ERIN LEDDY (Hand2Mouth Theatre) performs My Mind Is Like An Open Meadow
  • FENCES w/ William Elliot Whitmore, Black Whales, Daniel G Harmann
  • CULTURE CLUB : Visual Art
  • BOXER REBELLION w/ Pickwick, Yuni in Taxco, Kris Orlowski
  • GENRE-BENDER w/ Karen Finneyfrock, Rainbow Fletcher, Joanna Lepore Dwyer, Mark Haim, Wes Hurley, Amy O’Neal, Mike Pham & more
  • USF w/ Big Spider’s Back, Blue Sky Black Death, Brainfruit
  • SON OF WARREN OATES w/ Smokey Brights, Joseph Giant, Bryan John Appleby
  • COLOR ME OBSESSED: Replacements Documentary
  • THRILLER DANCE CLASS w/ Waxie Moon, Inga Ingenue and Lou Henry Hoover
  • PURPLE RAIN: Movie Sing Along


  • OZOMATLI w/ Theoretics, Picoso, Dyno Jamz
  • BLACKALICIOUS w/ Freestyle Fellowship, Hi Life, Don’t Talk to the Cops
  • MAN MAN: Laser Show
  • MUDHONEY w/ Fastbacks, Thee Emergency, Lovesick Empire
  • THAO AND THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN w/ Grand Hallway, Lemolo
  • MALE BONDING W/ Unnatural Helpers, Virgin Islands, Fuckin Eagles
  • SO YOU THINK IT’S DANCE: Show (+Tell)
  • SHELBY LYNNE w/ Special Guest tba
  • ERIN LEDDY (Hand2Mouth Theatre) performs My Mind Is Like An Open Meadow
  • SEAPONY w/ Tea Cozies, Midday Veil, Witch Gardens
  • WHALEBONES w/ special guests tba
  • GREASE: Movie Sing Along
  • CULTURE CLUB: Pie Life
  • CULTURE CLUB: City? Arts? Festival? A Creative Conversation by Arts Leadership Lab
  • CULTURE CLUB : Visual Art
  • SEATEETH: Premiere performance from Seattle’s Jose Bold (John Osebold of “Awesome”)
  • COLOR ME OBSESSED: Replacements Documentary

Who is the Real Daniel Tosh?

Daniel_ToshDaniel Tosh has done the unthinkable, and has made an iconic name for himself even in an ultra-competitive standup scene. Tosh’s act is not only funny, but also wildly subversive, risqué, politically incorrect and downright bizarre at times. Imagine the social satire of Lenny Bruce or George Carlin crossed with the irreverence of David Letterman, and you’ll come something close to Tosh’s act–except that Tosh is definitely a comic of the new 2000 era.

The quaint young man, 36 years of age, has been entertaining his entire life, though he only recently found his way as a successful comedian. Being the son of a preacher man, Tosh likely used his humor as a defense, as an act of rebellion, and possibly even as a survival tool growing up in Florida, which he calls “flat, hot and dumb.” It is easy to observe his educational background from his literate style of comedy; Tosh graduated from Astronaut High School in 1993 and the University of Central Florida (with a marketing degree).

One of his first jobs was working as a telemarketer, which he approached with sarcastic embrace. (”Fifteen dollars an hour to annoy people!”) Tosh flailed in the “real world” but found an opportunity in standup comedy. His big break was appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman, as well as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Following his broadcasts, he lined up a number of comedy specials and developed his “shtick”, a cynical and often times dark-humored worldview that truly captured the essence of 2011 thinking.

His show Tosh .0 is considered edgy to say the least, and often features punch lines that could easily be misconstrued racist, sexist or homophobic. However, Tosh states that it’s all in good fun, and that humor sometimes comes from very dark places. Tosh is actually the unofficial king of the Comedy Central network, as his show often defeats both The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (as well as The Colbert Report), making it the highest rated show that’s not South Park or at least another South Park-inspired cartoon.

Here’s an example of Tosh’s bizarre and twisted sense of humor. He claims that come his 38th birthday, he will either commit suicide or “retire to the beach.” He has started an official countdown to this esoteric landmark, labeling it as when “Daniel’s Groundhog Day Ends.”

See Daniel Tosh in person! This is one comic that lives up to the hype!

What’s Going to Happen with the Dallas Cowboys in the 2011-2012 NFL Season?

jerry_jonesThe Dallas Cowboys are one of the most popular NFL teams in history and yet they are a team whose past glories seem to be far behind them. In the past, Texas fans could always look forward to a promising new season, given the Cowboys huge vat of resources thanks to the rich team owner Jerry Jones.

However, the latest news and indications of the lockout-affected season indicate major changes to come. The rumor is that a resolution of the NFL lockout (which is looking likely at this point, which is a good thing) is going to bring a salary cap of $120 million per team. If this is true, the Cowboys are already $18 million dollars over the limit. That means some major cuts, and some new limitations when it comes to signing free agents.

One of the biggest names amongst Cowboy free agents is Doug Free. Sources are suggesting that Free could command a large salary once the new season begins, and yet it may be more than the Cowboys can now afford–by law. How will the new cap affect players like DeMarcus Ware, who is currently making $6.7 million in base salary or Tony Romo who is making $9 million? Roy Williams is another much talked about name, as he didn’t have a great season in 2010-2011 and yet has a protruding $10 million salary that merits attention.

The Dallas Cowboys had a horrid season overall in 2010-2011, starting the season with 1-7 and ending the season at a disappointing 6-10. Immediately after the dreadful 1-7 record went into the books, the team announced that coach Wade Phillips was dropped and replaced by interim coach Jason Garrett. Cowboy fans had to watch as Super Bowl XLV took place in Arlington in the Cowboys Stadium, which no Cowboy anywhere in sight. It’s certainly reached a critical point, and this year money is an issue.

There is also talk of the Cowboys training camp being delayed for another couple of weeks, as there are still various legal issues that must be resolved. So thus far, we have a weak team recovering from a poor season, with financial limitations, with many big “ifs” and a late start. How do you think the NFL’s most expensive team will perform this year? Are you hoping for a miracle or is there still some legitimate hope left in Dallas?

Come Experience “Chicago” The Way it Was Meant to Be Seen – Live!

chicagoYou may think you know Chicago if you saw the 2002 film of the same name. However, Rob Marshall’s film adaptation (starring Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Queen Latifah) is really quite different from the live theatrical musical. In fact, some reviewers of the film complained that the movie felt “streamlined”, since it jettisoned some of the most popular songs of the stage play.

Chicago first debuted in 1975 and was directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse of Cabaret fame. Since Bob Fosse died in 1987, and since the original Chicago production only lasted three years, this was an iconic story that deserved a reimagining for the 1990s and beyond. Enter Ann Reinking, Fosse’s protégé, who helped re-imagine the source material for an exciting and bawdy new era. Reinking not only choreographed the musical (in the style of Fosse), but also returned to the stage as Roxie Hart 20 years after first taking the role in the original production.

Fosse regular Joel Grey and Bebe Neuwirth (Cheers) starred as Amos Hart and Velma Kelly respectively, earning kudos for their performances. The new production of Chicago was a hit, and is now celebrating its 15th year of “jazz and liquor.” Not only is the show touring around the U.S., but it is also touring in the United Kingdom. Some of the most interesting celebrity names have popped up to play Chicago characters, including David Hasselhoff, Jerry Springer, Brooke Shields, Ashlee Simpson and Michelle Williams.

It’s easy to see why Chicago so effortlessly adapted from 1970s culture to the new era. It is a musical that is cynical and subversive at heart, even as the songs are catchy and emotive. Every new production can build upon Chicago’s broadly satirical foundation; hence, the original 1970s commentary on injustice easily becomes a 2011 commentary on celebrity worship.

The latest cast for this Tony-award winning musical includes Beth Hansen as Matron Mama Morton, Gretchen Dawson as Roxie Hart, Tim Klaga as Amos and Nicole Cassesso as Velma Kelly. Nearly 6,000 performances after the new production started, Chicago is still one of the most popular and critically acclaimed musicals on tour.

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“Future” Past WWE Hall of Famers – Who Gets Your Vote?

wweIn July 2011, former New Age Outlaws team member Monty Sopp (Billy Gunn) told media source “The Whig Standard” that he, “X-Pac” Sean Waltman and Brian Gerard James (the Road Dogg) should be considered for the WWE Hall of Fame. “Do I think we deserve the hall of fame? Yeah, of course we do,” said the former smoking Gunn.

This old New Age Outlaw also stated that he would like to work for WWE again in an advisory capacity. However, seeing him pop up at a WWE Monday Night RAW show may be unlikely–at least for the time being. Gunn stated that he burned bridges with WWE officials shortly after his release. Gunn, definitely a part of the Attitude generation of the 1990s, has been working independent shows ever since his release from Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.

Of course, Gunn’s ability to mix in with the new WWE direction of family-friendly sports may be too hard to imagine–including for the wrestling federation’s own creative team. Gunn’s reputation was one born of vulgarity and brash posing, the permeating spirit of the former WWE. Nevertheless, his potential for Hall of Fame status cannot be underestimated, considering some of the other names the WWE has been honoring as of late.

During the last Hall of Fame ceremony, the company honored 1980’s mid-carder “Hacksaw Jim Duggan”, Abdullah the Butcher (who worked for the WWF only briefly back in the 1970s) and Drew Carey (yes the one you’re thinking of) of all people. Would the WWE Attitude generation, which undoubtedly saved the federation from bankruptcy at the hands of Ted Turner and WCW, have been possible without non-main eventers like Billy Gunn, Jesse James and X-Pac?

These ex D-Generation X members are often grouped together with other predicted Hall of Fame favorites like “Ravishing” Rick Rude, the late “Macho Man” Randy Savage, “Diesel” Kevin Nash, Jake “the Snake” Roberts and “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson. WrestleMania XXVIII is scheduled to take place at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens. The Hall of Fame ceremony will take place at the American Airlines Arena, along with a host of other pre-shows. This may be a clue as to who is inducted, since Johnson happens to be from Miami. Is his induction a surer thing than even the rumored main event of Rock Vs. Cena? Get your WWE tickets and follow the WWE in 2011 and 2012!

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