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December 9, 2013 at 2:40 PM

The red carpet or how I learned to love the Jingle Ball | Extras

Fifth Harmony. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

Fifth Harmony. No interview but their bubbly personalities were on display as they posed for pics. Photo by Owen R. Smith.

If you read my review of 106.1 KISS FM’s Jingle Ball 2013 show in Everett Sunday night, you might get the impression that the whole thing was kind of a bust. Musically, you’d be right. No one sounded particularly good and there were plenty of acts that fell short (Paramore, Fall Out Boy and Austin Mahone in particular were dismal).

So what made the event interesting? For one, there was a “red carpet” portion of the night. Why the Jingle Ball felt the need to have a red carpet crammed in the bowels of the Comcast Arena is beyond comprehension but it provided a chance to snap a few pics and talk with some of top-40 radio’s biggest stars.

Despite the fact that I spent a total of five minutes with the three acts I interviewed, it was a humanizing experience. Celebrities, they’re just like us! Hit the jump for the best snippets.


Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: Fifth Harmony, Flo Rida, Icona Pop

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.”


Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: Austin Mahone, Comcast Arena, Concert Review

December 6, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Selena Gomez, Paramore and more at Jingle Ball

Selena Gomez (Bettina Hansen) The 106.1 KISS FM Jingle Ball 2013 features a diverse roster of young stars — Selena Gomez, Flo Rida, Paramore, Fall Out Boy, Icona Pop, Fifth Harmony, Travie McCoy, New Politics and Austin Mahone. Gomez (pictured), whose star is on the rise, recently performed at KeyArena, singing such songs as “Stars Dance,” “Bang…


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: Austin Mahone, Fall Out Boy, Fifth Harmony