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Pamyua premieres new video for 'Bubble Gum' - 10/23/2012 4:32 pm
Ghosts and ghouls haunting town - 10/19/2012 4:55 pm
More reality TV coming to Alaska - 10/19/2012 11:49 am
REVIEW: Richard Thompson is a master of fine dissonance - 10/17/2012 4:04 pm
Alaska Railroad offers trips on the Alyeska Halloween Train - 10/10/2012 2:32 pm
VIDEO: Flogging Molly's sold-out show at the Egan Center - 10/4/2012 12:12 pm
Call to filmmakers: Make a movie in 2 days - 9/28/2012 2:45 pm
Oktoberfest is coming to Anchorage - 9/27/2012 3:25 pm
Posted: August 11, 2009 - 4:37 pm
This is the trailer for the new Paul Rodriguez / Rob Dyrdek film about street skating.
Posted: August 11, 2009 - 4:01 pm
This looks cool - I wonder if the Bear Tooth will end up getting it?
Posted: August 10, 2009 - 9:51 am
Stone's Throw Records just released a new video for the Mayer Hawthorne's take on the New Holidays' "Maybe So, Maybe No."
Posted: August 7, 2009 - 4:09 pm
Portugal. The Man - The Sun
It's just a snippet, go out and buy the album. They're local and really good.
YACHT - Summer Song
Posted: August 5, 2009 - 2:42 pm
Tonight at Bernie's Bungalow Lounge (626 D Street) Lonesome Cowboy Bill will be performing their last show in Alaska. Dan Jaeggi (bass and vocals) is California dreaming and will be heading to some warmer weather and family’s embrace. Fellow band members Scott Fitzpatrick (guitar) and Erika Ninoyu (drums) will remain in Anchorage – and hopefully start up another endeavor. Usually Fitzpatrick can be heard playing classical guitar at Organic Oasis, Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Posted: August 5, 2009 - 1:58 pm
Cut down it down to what it is made of and in a pile there is:
Large pieces of cardboard
Lots of white paint
Other colors of paint - but only a tiny bit of green.
Some scrap paper
Pen and ink
What all that turns into – well, as Ted Kincaid puts it:
“An a-political look at religion and more importantly the elements people turn into spiritual icons - and then a few that I look for as well. Each topic is an over-sized illustration in a crude children's style focusing more on content and portrayal glorified through the eyes of a common person.”
Posted: August 4, 2009 - 10:20 am
Here are some trailers for upcoming flicks. Is there anything you're looking forward to seeing? Something you're definitely skipping?
"Tron Legacy" starring Jeff Bridges, Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund. Directed by Joseph Kosinski, and writen by Steven Lisberger, who also directed the original "Tron."
Posted: July 31, 2009 - 3:14 pm
Holy Ghost! re-interprets New Order's "Confusion" video for their song "I Will Come Back."
Download the song for free here.
Posted: July 30, 2009 - 3:27 pm
If you haven't seen the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center's incredible "Gold" display yet, you'd better hurry. The exhibit will only be around until Aug. 2.
Highlights include an astronaut's helmet (above) and gold-plated Emmy Awards won by the late Walter Cronkite and Tom Brokaw, as well as Susan Sarandon's Oscar for Best Actress (below).
Posted: July 28, 2009 - 3:56 pm
The August First Tap with Albino and the Whipsaws is relocating. The Moose’s Tooth’s open-air, rain-or-shine concerts are apparently not appealing to the neighbors.
“Due to municipal permitting difficulties and neighborhood noise concerns, the concert will be moved inside to the Bear Tooth Theatrepub (1230 W. 27th Ave.),” a recent press release states.
The change in venue has also resulted in a change of time: The Whipsaws will now be performing 9 to 10:45 p.m. and Albino from 11 p.m. to 12:45 a.m.
All tickets purchased for the Moose's Tooth show are still valid; tickets for the newly scheduled show are available at the Bear Tooth box office and online.
Posted: July 24, 2009 - 3:12 pm
Posted: July 23, 2009 - 6:17 pm
Promoter Heather Prunty of Synapse Presents says the Gift of Gab concert scheduled for next Thursday has been canceled. She said a family emergency prevented the show, but she is working to reschedule. Refunds will be available at the point of purchase. More info at synapsepresents.com.
Posted: July 23, 2009 - 2:22 pm
Fans of Dossman’s Cajun Kitchen will be happy to know the diner has a new location in the Northway Mall. Owner Adrian Dossman said business has been brisk in the three months since the eatery opened up in the location that previously housed an Orange Julius and a burger spot called Fox’s.
The mall locale is the fourth incarnation of Dossman's. The first two restaurants were in Mountain View, but the last one closed in 2000. That was followed by a roadside stand on the corner DeBarr Road and Boniface Parkway than ran from about 2003 to 2006. The only way to get their Creole and Cajun food the past couple of years was through a catering business.
Posted: July 23, 2009 - 11:54 am
In September the Greek Corner is going to have a new address. The owners of the comfortable blue and white restaurant hope the new location, on the corner of Barrow Street and Northern Lights Boulevard, will offer plenty of stress-free parking and enough interior room to allow patrons to stretch out. While some regular customers may worry that the restaurant’s cozy feel will be lost with the relocation to a larger space, Vespa Herrick, manager for 21 years, said recreating the warm atmosphere is a priority.
Posted: July 23, 2009 - 11:29 am
Here are a couple iPhone apps that should appeal to music lovers.
The label Ghostly International has developed a cool app with a music player that users can fine tune to their mood.
Posted: July 22, 2009 - 11:52 am
Chef Patrick Hoogerhyde, previously of Orso and currently of the soon-to-open Wild Fin Sea Grill, brought home a third-place finish in the Great American Seafood Cook-Off.
It's the best finish for Alaska in the six year history of the event.
Hoogerhyde's menu included troll-caught king salmon, Alaskan Brewing Co.'s Smoked Porter, an Alaska-produced birch syrup, vegetables from the Valley, lowbush cranberries and Alaska-cultivated oyster mushrooms.
Posted: July 22, 2009 - 10:47 am
The New York Press had a story today about The Builders and the Butchers, a crew of Portland musicians who originally hail from Anchorage.
Ryan Sollee, the former singer of the Born Losers (here’s a review I wrote in 2005), was a driving force in the creation of the group.
The NY Press Story talks about their days playing music on the street and their Americana sound.
Below is a video for their recent single “Golden & Green.”
Posted: July 17, 2009 - 6:27 pm
According to his Twitter page, rapper B-Real of Cypress Hill was caught with marijuana at the Anchorage airport.
He performed at the AT&T Sports Pavillion last Friday and apparently got caught with a quarter ounce of weed by a random search.
"Jus got busted @ the airport n anchorage 4 my weed & they still let me go! No charge no ticket only confiscation. sux but who gets away w/ that?"
"I had it in my pocket as usual and got caught up in a random search it's a gamble but it works. Eitherway I made my flight"
Posted: July 17, 2009 - 5:31 pm
Here's a couple cuts that helped me get through the week.
This new Beyonce track has a spacey beat and video to match. The C-3PO outfit at the end is wild.