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Category: R & B/Hip-hop
December 17, 2014 at 9:20 AM

R&B Superstar R. Kelly to play XFINITY Arena | Ticket alert

Grammy Award-winning R&B singer R. Kelly will perform Saturday, Feb. 7, at XFINITY Arena at Everett. The singer is known for his hits “I Believe I Can Fly,” “Ignition (Remix),” and the hip-hopera “Trapped in the Closet.” Tickets, which cost $58-$203, are on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec.19 at XFINITY Arena box office,…


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December 4, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Stevie Wonder brings it all back home | Concert review

Stevie Wonder at KeyArena, Wednesday, Dec. 3. (David Conger)

Stevie Wonder at KeyArena, Wednesday, Dec. 3. (David Conger)

America may have created Ferguson, but it also created Stevie Wonder.

In a cathartic, nearly four-hour marathon with one short intermission, Wonder offered the packed house at KeyArena a sanctified celebration Wednesday, while also spreading balm on the nation’s racial wounds, opened by this month’s grand jury decisions in Missouri and New York.


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November 27, 2014 at 6:15 AM

Jingle Ball to light up Moore Theatre | Concert preview

Mary Lambert at Sasquatch! 2014 (Genevieve Alvarez)

Mary Lambert at Sasquatch! 2014 (Genevieve Alvarez)

The eclectic lineup for KISS 106.1 FM’s Jingle Ball includes Mary Lambert (shown here), Lindsey Stirling, Fences, Jake Miller, Rixton and Magic! But Lambert will be the belle of this ball, particularly now that Fall Out Boy, originally scheduled for the show, has canceled.


Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: "She Keeps Me Warm", Concert Preview, Fences

November 27, 2014 at 5:01 AM

Stevie Wonder to reprise ‘Songs in the Key of Life’ at KeyArena | Concert preview

(Eddie Wolfl)

(Eddie Wolfl)

It’s been a milestone year for Motown legend and former child prodigy Stevie Wonder, whose soul-stirring songs have brought him millions of fans and more than two dozen Grammy Awards.
The beloved musician recently received two national honors, in addition to launching one of his most ambitious tours in years.


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November 19, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Flying Lotus hypnotic and personable at Neptune | Concert review

A big triple wow for Flying Lotus’ sold-out show at the Neptune Theatre Tuesday, Nov. 18. One wow for the non-stop assault of electronically mashed up sound, one for the warp-speed 3D visuals by Timeboy and Strangeloop — they came last year, too, but this was my first encounter — and one for the opening trio…


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November 14, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Flying Lotus landing at the Neptune

Los Angeles-based DJ/producer Flying Lotus, who plays the Neptune next week, released his fifth studio album — “You’re Dead!” — in October. It is a brief (under 39 minutes) but exploratory jaunt through multiple styles and genres that begins as a free jazz album but takes turns through electronic, bass, juke and hip-hop, with guest…


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November 4, 2014 at 5:07 AM

Tacoma rapper Bruce Leroy drops smart new EP | New recordings

Bruce Leroy, ‘10’’ (self-released)

Bruce LeoryBruce Leroy is a Tacoma emcee with more artistic perspective than that city’s young guns, and his “10’” EP (the apostrophe in the title means ‘foot’) shows he can stay traditional without being corny. The key is to play to your strengths and embrace your idiosyncrasies. Crucial tracks “Know the Biz” and “You Heard of Us” are uncluttered lessons in the art of the slumper, beats coolly dragging as Leroy puts the pedal to the metal (lyrically).


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October 30, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Macklemore honored by ACLU for same-sex marriage activism

The ACLU of Washington announced today that Macklemore, the local-boy-made-worldwide-music-phenom, has been awarded the organization’s Civil Libertarian Award for his efforts around same-sex marriage. According to a news release, the rapper “has been an outspoken supporter of gay rights. He shares his views about the issue in his moving song ‘Same Love,’ written in support of legalizing marriage…


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