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the Music Lounge by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A & E Writer
Rufus Wainwright channels Judy Garland for two sold out Seattle shows; Eartha Kitt returning to Jazz Alley; Snow Patrol releases 'Spider-Man' single; Linkin Park premieres new video
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Wainwright's Seattle itinerary: two sold shows, special gig for "The Mountain"
Rufus Wainwright, as you may already know, is coming to Seattle for back-to-back sold out performances at The Triple Door. This aside from a rumored VIP gig at Starbucks and a confirmed appearance on The Mountain radio station (KMTT, 103.7 FM). I can't disclose the location of Wainwright's special show for The Mountain, but I can tell you it will be recorded and played on-air that same afternoon, April 23. The openly Gay artist has been getting rave reviews for his "word for word" Judy Garland-Carnegie Hall concerts, which he's already performed in New York and London and will likely introduce to Seattle fans when he arrives early this week. Seattle Gay News writer Richard Kennedy will attend one of Wainwright's shows at The Triple Door, and word on the street is that he's meeting him in-person before or after the performance. I'm very jealous. If you'd like to squeeze into The Triple Door for Wainwright's appearances on Sunday or Monday night, call (206) 838-4333 for any standing-room-only tickets. Price is $45. Wainwright's new album, Release the Stars, hits store shelves on May 15.

Kitt confirms six nights at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in July-August
You heard it here first. Eartha Kitt, the sumptuous diva with a feline-approved purr, is returning to Seattle this summer for a six-night stay at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley. The 80 year-old Gay icon usually performs here during Valentine's week, but she was unable to make it in February and instead wiggled a weeklong itinerary into her ever-busy schedule at the Jazz Alley from July 31 through August 5. Kitt hasn't released any new material in several years, according to my knowledge. But she doesn't need to. She has a strong following, comprised heavily of Gay men who never tire of seeing her again and again, and again. Always riveting and devilishly charming, Kitt is simply do-not-miss entertainment. The dates are already posted on the Jazz Alley's website, www.jazzalley.com, meaning you're able to make reservations at any time. You can also call the venue at (206) 441-9729 to book your seats.

Snow Patrol releases "Signal Fire" for new Spider-Man movie
One of my favorite bands on the entire planet is Snow Patrol. So when they put something new out, I'm on top of it. Case in point: the Grammy-nominated quintet just released the single "Signal Fire", the leadoff track on the upcoming Spider-Man 3 soundtrack. The video for the song is exclusively available on MySpace. Snow Patrol wrapped up a series of North American tour dates with Silversun Pickups and OK Go and are on a brief recess before heading to Japan, then headlining a handful of mega-sized European festivals, not to mention taking part in the global warming project, Live Earth. They've also announced mid-summer dates in Los Angeles and Mexico City. Can you say carpool to LA in July? If you read my interview with Christopher Guanlao of Silversun Pickups last week, which unfortunately had a couple of lines chopped off at the end (read the full interview at www.sgn.org), you'll know that Paul Wilson of Snow Patrol has warm thoughts of me. And he should. He owes me for cab fare to Manray Video Bar last winter.

Linkin Park releases video for new socially conscious-themed single
Two-time Grammy winners Linkin Park get socially conscious on their new single, "What I've Done", the initial cut from the sextet's forthcoming album Minutes to Midnight. The song takes aim at world hunger, global pollution, drug addiction, nuclear bomb testing and other dangers plaguing the human race today. The music video for "What I've Done" features Linkin Park with buzzed heads and black leather jackets standing atop a stage in the middle of the desert. Scenes of starving people and smoke-rising nuclear plants, to name a couple, filter in and out of the bold and somewhat frightening video directed by band member Joseph Hahn. Log onto http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid717113418 to view the video in its entirety. Stay glued to "The Music Lounge" for more on Linkin Park.
 

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