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    Oasis' World Tour Opens with a Bang in Seattle

    Bathed in violet light, the stage of Seattle's WAMU Theater was set last night for an evening of prodigious musicianship from fabled Britpop stalwarts Oasis, who began the North American leg of their world tour to a sold-out audience. Solo artist Matt Costa, with his raspy yet beautifully crisp vocals and understated acoustics, opened the show, followed by Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, who took the stage for an all-out detour from Adams' alt-country style into fully-fledged rock territory, replete with drilling drums, dueling guitars, and tremendous, gospel-eque harmonies. Adams' wistful vocals and melodic guitar playing threatened to steal the entire night's show -- but as proved later, no one can take the limelight from the Gallagher brothers.

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    The Long Winters Come Home to Seattle

    "There will be no witty banter tonight," Long Winters frontman/renowned purveyor of witty banter, John Roderick, announced at the band's eagerly awaited Seattle homecoming show last night (July 5) at the Showbox. Opening for the Winters were local indie-popsters BOAT, followed by the Cops, whose full-throttle punk, peppered with stoner guitar riffs and crackling feedback, energized the already buzzing crowd.

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    Calvin Johnson Spins in Seattle

    He's a revered college-rock icon as a musician, producer, DJ and label head. His deadpan monotone voice and blues-mired guitar elicits a nostalgic assault upon the listener. He's unleashed the lo-fi in Beat Happening, brought the funk in Dub Narcotic Sound System and spun softly swirling melodies in the Halo Benders. So it should come as no surprise that Calvin Johnson took his Selector Dub Narcotic project out for a spin last night --DJ style – for Club Pop at Chop Suey. Is there anything this guy can't do? Despite a few rough transitions between songs and a somewhat unforgiving all-ages crowd that wasn't entirely into his vibe, Calvin confidently, and blissfully, held his own. He seemed pretty impervious to any crowd ambivalence, and just kept spinning and dancing away. And for the most part, it was indeed a pleasure last night to see the creator at work.

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