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April 13, 2014 at 12:08 PM

George Strait rides away | Concert review

(Ethan Miller / Getty Images for ACM)

(Ethan Miller / Getty Images for ACM)

After a career spanning more than 30 years that has included a record 60 No. 1 hits, George Strait, 61, has said he will retire when his current tour ends in June.

But it sure didn’t feel like Strait was retiring Saturday night at the Tacoma Dome, when he wowed a sold-out crowd with a masterful, career-spanning set that lasted well over two hours and touched on some of his biggest hits.

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0 Comments | More in Country | Topics: Concert Review, George Strait, Tacoma Dome

April 8, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Bryan Ferry not in great voice but crowd loves him | Concert review

(Adam Whitehead0

(Adam Whitehead0

Music can be a time machine. No doubt that’s the force that helped former Roxy Music frontman Bryan Ferry draw a packed house to McCaw Hall Monday night.

Memories came alive before the British rocker’s voice had a chance to. Dressed in a leisure suit jacket and looking dapper at 68, Ferry looked the part of the star his fans remember.

But something was off.

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0 Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Bryan Ferry, Concert Review, McCaw Hall

March 3, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Wynton Marsalis offers jazz history lesson | Concert review

(Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

(Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Decked out in charcoal suits, blue dress shirts and ties coordinated by section, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra gave the Sunday Paramount Theatre crowd a chatty jazz history lesson, starting with what might have been the music of legendary (but never recorded) New Orleans cornetist Buddy Bolden and ending with bristling arrangements by Marsalis himself of pieces by ‘60s innovator John Coltrane.

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0 Comments | More in Jazz | Topics: Concert Review, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, paramount theatre

February 24, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Cecile McLorin Salvant, Julian Priester shine at Portland Jazz Festival | Concert review

The Buster Williams band Something More, with Julian Priester, trombone.  (Mark Sheldon)

The Buster Williams band Something More, with Julian Priester, trombone. (Mark Sheldon)

Singer Cecile McLorin Salvant dazzled Jazz Alley Wednesday, then hit the Portland Jazz Festival this past weekend. Portland, on the other hand, got first dibs on veteran Seattle trombonist Julian Priester — in bassist Buster Williams’ band Something More, which hits Jazz Alley Tuesday.

But never mind the timing, Portland got the best deal: Salvant and Williams shared a double bill at the Newmark Theatre there Saturday.

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0 Comments | More in Jazz | Topics: Bob Dorough, Buster Williams, Cecile McLorin Salvant

February 20, 2014 at 2:47 AM

Paul Simon and Sting enthrall capacity crowd at KeyArena | Concert review

(Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

(Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

The improbable pairing of two baby-boomer icons — Paul Simon and Sting — enthralled a capacity crowd at KeyArena Wednesday in what Simon affectionately called “our little experiment.”

Blending their respective bands and repertoires into a powerful evening of rock ’n’ roll infused with world rhythms, Simon and Sting took turns performing separate sets as well as stirring duets of each other’s most beloved songs. (See additional photos.)

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0 Comments | More in Americana, Folk, Rock/Pop, World | Topics: Concert Review, KeyArena, On Stage Together

February 17, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Something pure about Miley Cyrus | Concert review

Miley Cyrus and her crew saunter downstage during "SMS (Bangerz)" at the Tacoma Dome on Sunday. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Miley Cyrus and her crew saunter downstage during “SMS (Bangerz)” at the Tacoma Dome on Sunday. (Photos by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

Miley Cyrus during her concert at the Tacoma Dome. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson / The Seattle Times)

“I would love to see you guys make out for this next song,” said Miley Cyrus Sunday at the Tacoma Dome, introducing “Adore You,” a vulnerable ballad off her smash album “Bangerz.”

Kissing broke out throughout the arena as the influential, 21-year-old pop star belted out the tune in her countryish alto. Cell phones waved like lighters in the crowd. It was a lovely moment.

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0 Comments | More in Dance, Rock/Pop | Topics: Bangerz, Concert Review, Miley Cyrus

February 10, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Hardcore hopefuls Touché Amoré rage at Neumos | Concert review

Touché Amoré

L.A.’s Touché Amoré, pictured, performed live in Seattle Sunday. Photo courtesy of Deathwish, Inc.

Youthful aggression was on display Sunday at Neumos, where Los Angeles upstarts Touché Amoré delivered a blistering set of tightly-wound confessionals to a fervent all-ages crowd.

The quintet’s music is loud, fast and anthemic — but leaves space for prettier moments, too. Its mouthpiece is 30-year-old vocalist Jeremy Bolm, whose soul-searching lyrics ruminate on themes like maintaining friendships and relationships amid the chaos of touring life, and making sense of one’s own mortality.

Such über-earnest subject matter and delivery can exhaust sometimes, and those old enough to remember first-wave emotional hardcore outfits like Washington D.C.’s Embrace and Rites of Spring might dismiss the band as a retread.

Its live show, however, was concise and powerful enough to challenge non-believers, the chemistry between artist and audience making clear Touché means just as much to its fans as those groups did to theirs.

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