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September 25, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Decibel Festival on the cutting edge | Concert review

Decibel isn’t your typical electronic music festival. Though it sporadically books EDM artists, its main focus isn’t bass drops, but rather electronic music’s cutting edge.

Fittingly, attendees of the 11-year-old electronic-music festival were treated Wednesday night to a mix of club-ready house, pitch-black techno, futuristic R&B and abstruse, forward-thinking hip-hop.

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Comments | More in Electronic | Topics: Arca, Concert Review, Crocodile

September 16, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Florida Georgia Line start the party at the fair | Concert review

Florida Georgia Line -- Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley -- strike a pose at the Washington State Fair Monday, Sept. 15. (Lindsey Wasson)

Florida Georgia Line — Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley — strike a pose at the Washington State Fair. (Lindsey Wasson)

There are few country bands that possess the pop flair and down-home charm needed to ignite a party the way Florida Georgia Line did Monday, Sept. 15, at the Washington State Fair.

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Comments | More in Country | Topics: "Cruise", "Here's to the Good Times", brian kelley

September 15, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Drake vs. Lil Wayne all about the star power | Concert review

Lil Wayne and Drake performed at White River Amphitheatre Sunday (Associated Press)

Lil Wayne and Drake performed at White River Amphitheatre Sunday (Associated Press)

Drake and Lil Wayne are rappers who also happen to be two of the most recognizable faces in popular music. So it stands to reason that the duo’s performance at White River Amphitheatre in Auburn on Sunday night was less about performing songs than it was about performing celebrity.

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Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: "Drake, Concert Review, Lil Wayne

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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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Concert Review, Ed Sheeran, WaMu Theater

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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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: brian burton, Broken Bells, Concert Review

August 9, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Lady Gaga’s still got it | Concert review

Lady Gaga, shown here performing in Florida earlier this month. (Kevin Mazur / WireImage)

Lady Gaga, shown here performing in Florida earlier this month. (Kevin Mazur / WireImage)

Lady Gaga’s still got it.

The big-hearted pop diva known for her flamboyant showmanship and devoted LGBTQ following treated fans to nearly two hours of song, dance and spectacle Friday night at KeyArena.

Fans of all ages filled the venue — including Gaga’s father, Joe Germanotta, who was celebrating his birthday along with other family members. Seated at the piano, Lady Gaga dedicated an intimate, solo version of “Dope” to him, then led the audience in a “Happy Birthday” sing along.

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Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Concert Review, KeyArena, Lady Gaga

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