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August 22, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Ed Sheeran’s singalong aimed to entertain — and did | Concert review

Ed Sheeran performed at Seattle's WaMu Theater Thursday, Aug. 21 (Ben Watts)

Ed Sheeran performed at Seattle’s WaMu Theater Thursday, Aug. 21 (Ben Watts)

Ed Sheeran gave his fans exactly what they wanted during his sold-out show at WaMu Theater Thursday, Aug. 21  — a massive singalong.

“I want you to wake up tomorrow and still be singing,” said the 23-year-old British singer-songwriter as he skipped offstage after a nearly two hour set.

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August 18, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Make no mistake, Ed Sheeran is lovable and loud

It’s no surprise that English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is a fan of another English singer-songwriter: Sam Smith. Despite their different musical styles, both come across as earnest and straightforward.

“It’s instilled in English people to always downplay things,” said the 23-year-old singer in a phone interview last week. “We don’t really shout too loud. We quietly get on with what we are doing.”

What Sheeran’s been doing hasn’t been quiet at all. He’ll be especially loud this Thursday when he plays Seattle’s WaMu Theater.

Credit: Ben Watts

Credit: Ben Watts

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August 11, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Broken Bells poetic at the Moore | Concert review

James Mercer performs with The Shins at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music Festival. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)

James Mercer performs with The Shins at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music Festival. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)

Like a lonely prophet with a poetic touch, James Mercer was the focal point of the Broken Bells show Sunday at the Moore Theatre, but he and artist-producer Brian Burton (a.k.a. Danger Mouse) proved that their act is greater than the sum of its parts.

Mercer (better known as the frontman of indie rock group The Shins) belted, cajoled and even whistled for a full house, singing with an emotional urgency that sometimes verged on anger. Dressed more like a college professor than a rock star, Mercer clutched his mic like it was a life preserver, taking to heart the words in his song ““Holding on For Life.”

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August 7, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Broken Bells to ring at the Moore | Concert Preview

Broken Bells, a collaborative effort from James Mercer (lead vocalist and guitarist of indie-famous rock band The Shins) and Grammy award-winning producer Danger Mouse (a.k.a. Brian Burton, who has worked with Jay Z, Cee Lo Green, Beck, and The Black Keys, among others), will be performing their sixties-influenced brand of electropop Sunday, Aug. 10, at the Moore Theatre in Seattle.

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July 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Ringo Starr to play Ste. Michelle | Concert preview

The ex-Beatle with the best name stops by Woodinville for his summer tour after celebrating his July 7 birthday in L.A.

(Rob Shanahan)

(Rob Shanahan)

He turned 74 this month, but age hasn’t changed the endearingly awkward dance moves, fondness for sunglasses or scraggly mustache. Since his youth with the Beatles, Ringo has become an artist in so many senses of the word — for this tour he’s bringing a series of self-portraits to several cities (too bad Woodinville’s not one of them).

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