The Roots, a group that has managed to thrive at the heart of hip-hop while freely satirizing its stupidities, is riding the kind of high, narrow ridge that protest groups of the ’60s traversed after gaining major media access. Sure, the band plays to a huge TV audience every night on “The Tonight Show Starring…More
Category: R & B/Hip-hop
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,…More
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.More
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.More
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.
More than 20 years ago — a time when such artists as Whitney Houston, Boyz II Men and Mariah Carey ruled the pop and R&B charts — a 13-year-old singer and dancer named Usher graduated from “Star Search” to a soaring career that would lead to album sales of more than 50 million and…More
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…More
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…More
Bruce Leroy, ‘10’’ (self-released)
Bruce 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).More
Bette Midler will perform June 1, 2015 at KeyArena. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 24 and are available at the KeyArena Box Office, Ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone toll free at 800-745-3000.More