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December 9, 2013 at 9:40 AM

Jingle Ball mostly tinsel | Concert review

Flo Rida performing last year in Washington, D.C. (Theo Wargo)

Flo Rida, in Washington, D.C. (Theo Wargo)

Sponsored by radio station 106.1 KISS FM, the Jingle Ball at Comcast Arena in Everett Sunday night played very much like mainstream top-40 radio: The music ran the gamut of pop nonsense and there were commercials every 15 minutes.

Still, that’s not to say there weren’t some fun moments. Performers ranged from the up-and-coming (Travie McCoy, Austin Mahone and New Politics), girl-group pop (Fifth Harmony and Icona Pop), to huge names like Flo Rida, Fall Out Boy and Selena Gomez.

Perhaps the worst of it was Fall Out Boy, who headlined and proved why they broke up in 2010. Their set was an uninspired mess of thudding bass and dull vocals and the band seemed to labor from the moment it trotted out its two biggest hits, “Dance, Dance” and “Sugar, We’re Going Down,” from the 2005 album “From Under the Cork Tree.”

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August 17, 2013 at 8:19 PM

Big & Rich loud and manic

At one point during its show Friday night, Big & Rich was introduced to the Comcast Arena crowd by country rapper Cowboy Troy like a pro-wrestling tag team. It made perfect sense, seeing as how the country duo of Kenny Alphin and John Rich operate with about as much subtlety as your average WWE “Smackdown” show. Big…

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August 15, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Big and Rich bring new music and old favorites to Everett

Big and Rich (photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Records)

Big and Rich (photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Records)

It’s July 25, and country duo Big and Rich is in the studio working on its new album. Kenny Alphin, who goes by Big Kenny on stage, can’t contain his excitement over the as-yet-untitled project.

“We’re secretly mastering some new songs today. We’ve been going at it for the last two months, recording and writing everything on the go,” Alphin said. “We’re super excited about putting out new music. We just keep notching it up a level. Just awesome songs.”

Alphin said that fans who make it up to the Comcast Arena in Everett for their show Friday will see the band uncork a new number or two, plus plenty of hits.

“You can expect a high-energy show like no other,” Alphin said. “We bring a lot of fun to the stage. We always know we’re going to throw the hits in there, and we’re going to give it something that’ll make it a memorable evening you’ll never forget.”

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