Owl City, Ben Gibbard, Zooey Deschanel, Miley Cyrus and Alice In Chains 

Precious things and sellouts

Last weekend, what sounded like a particularly twinkly new Ben Gibbard anthem started streaming through a thrift store radio: "I'd get a thousand hugs / from 10,000 lightning bugs / as they tried to teach me how to dance." I turned to a friend and asked: "You know this isn't Postal Service, right?" She looked at me, confused, then replied "Really? I thought something was a little off."

That little something goes by the name Owl City--a sprightly Midwestern laptop-popper named Adam Young. The aforementioned single "Fireflies" off Young's second album Ocean Eyes, recently fluttered to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, beating out another unstoppable teen dream machine, Miley Cyrus. Owl City, who sold out a recent show at the Venue, is returning to Boise on Tuesday, March 30, to play the much larger Knitting Factory. Tickets are on sale now at ticketfly.com. If the end of March seems like a tediously long wait, make the time pass more comfortably by waddling around in a footed Owl City adult onesie from districtlines.com.

Speaking of Ben Gibbard and Miley Cyrus, there's big news from both camps: one got hitched and one quit her day job. Gibbard and 500 Days of Summer actress/She & Him co-singer Zooey Deschanel tied the knot in a small ceremony near Seattle in September. And Cyrus announced last week that she'll be leaving the Disney Channel's cash-cow Hannah Montana after her contract expires in 2011. The 17-year-old pop star has expressed a desire to pursue more adult roles down the line.

Finally, in news completely unrelated to anything precious, grunge band Alice In Chains' upcoming Knitting Factory show on Monday, Feb. 8, is sold out. AIC recently released Black Gives Way to Blue, their first studio album in 14 years, which was recorded with new lead vocalist William DuVall.

(Note: The following video is nearly a half-hour long.)
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