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• KEXP's Audioasis Food Lifeline benefit show at the Sunset on January 5 started the new year out with an incredible lineup—Wimps, Dude York, Don't Talk to the Cops!, and Stephanie. Each played fantastic sets, while folks outside attempted creative ways of getting into the sold-out venue. No one could stop smiling, and a Good Samaritan kept buying complete strangers beers without roping them into any creepy small talk whatsoever. Magic!

Sam Melancon is moving his outstanding experimental-electronic-music night Motor from Lo-Fi to Electric Tea Garden starting February 7. (Motor will then take a break until after Melancon's Debacle Fest happens in May.) We highly recommend you follow Motor wherever it goes—even if it ends up in an abandoned warehouse in Tacoma or a strip mall in Woodinville.

• If you find yourself in Tacoma, might we suggest stopping by Dorky's Arcade for rooms of awesome gaming and an enthusiastic DJ who will mix Carly Rae Jepsen with Skrillex and then dance like no one/everyone is watching. We learned the arcade has also started a Facebook petition to convince Weird Al Yankovic to come to Dorky's for an appearance before his Pantages Theater show in April. I don't know what your 2013 goals are, but this seems as good as any.

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