The U.S. Men's National Team is headed to Seattle on Thursday, and we have Sounders star Clint Dempsey to thank. Apparently, he really wanted to play a home game. On Saturday, Dempsey notched the lone goal in the team's final Copa América group stage game against Paraguay. The 1-0 victory hardly came easily, as the USMNT played most of the second half down a man after former DeAndre Yedlin lost his damn mind and recklessly picked up two yellow cards in just over one minute. The squad also received a massive assist from Costa Rica, which upset group-leading Colombia, making the U.S. the improbable (considering they opened with a 2-0 loss against Columbia) winner of Group A.
The boys in red, white, and blue now get ready to face Ecuador in the Copa América quarterfinals. The match takes place this Thursday, June 16 at CenturyLink Field at 6:30. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com, and the game will be televised on FS1.
Broadway sensation Hamilton fell short of the setting a record for most wins at last night's Tony Awards (only notching 11 wins, one short of The Producers' record of 12), but it still stole show. After receiving a presidential introduction, Hamilton's cast performed a combination of "History Has Its Eyes on You" and "Yorktown (World Turned Upside Down)." It's the largest chunk of the show broadcast to date, and only makes us more excited for the show's eventual Seattle debut.
AGE IS JUST A NUMBER
The Seattle punks that comprise Wimps are hardly the scene's spring chickens, and they're well aware of that. The group fully embraces this in the new music video for "Old Guy." Frontwoman Rachel Ratner stars as a mustachioed old guy trying to act cool at a Wimps show at Fremont's excellent barcade Add-a-Ball. The character even engages in a dance off with real Ratner. The whole video offers unabashed lo-fi silliness that suits Wimps' music perfectly.
ALL THE COMEDY
Public Service Announcement: Despite the series having already concluded, Key and Peele has a new website and it features all of the superb comedy duo's sketches. This includes 176 sketches that weren't previously (legally) available online. Even though y'all didn't go to see their movie Keanu (shame on you for that), they clearly still love you.
There's nothing as played out these days as huge artists releasing "surprise" albums. It's been done to death. At this point it's almost become the expectation rather than any sort of exception. But it's still basically only chart-topping acts that employ the tactic. So when Baltimore indie duo Wye Oak simultaneously announced and released its new record Tween last Thursday, it felt oddly and endearingly quaint. The album actually takes a glimpse into the band's past, as it's a collection of eight unreleased songs from the period between the group's breakthrough guitar-driven record Civilian and the synth-heavy follow-up Shriek. (It's the Tween album, get it?) See the Wye Oak play "new" tunes like "Watching the Waiting" when it heads to Neumos on July 11.