Toby McKeehan, better known as TobyMac, will bring his pioneering brand of Christian rap and pop rock to KeyArena on Saturday. The former member of Grammy-winning Christian trio DC Talk has built a successful solo career that spans 10 studio albums, including 2012’s “Eye On It,” which won the 2013 Grammy for best contemporary Christian…More
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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.)More
Justin Timberlake wasn’t going to miss a chance to exploit Seahawks fever Friday night at KeyArena. Serving as a kind of honorary 12th man, the chart-topping pop star turned his colorful, high-energy show into a mini Seahawks rally in advance of Sunday’s big game. “It’s a very big weekend in this city,” he teased, adding that a…More
By almost any measure of pop stardom, 2013 was an extraordinary year for Justin Timberlake.
The still-boyish-looking former lead singer for ’N Sync and one-time Mouseketeer was the year’s top-selling artist, biggest music-award winner and best-dressed male celebrity, with GQ choosing him as its “most stylish man of the year.”More
Eddie Vedder didn’t speak to the crowd until Pearl Jam was a few songs into its end-of-tour show at KeyArena Friday, but once he started, he kept up a conversation all night.
“We don’t have to travel anywhere, so we can give it all we got,” he said.
Seattle has seen plenty of memorable Pearl Jam shows over the decades, but Friday’s was epic: a 37-song, three-hour-plus set. Near the end of the encores Vedder even brought out Mark Arm and Steve Turner of opener Mudhoney, plus Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, and the Seattle supergroup ripped through “Search and Destroy.”More
Exactly who does this Macklemore think he is? The Emperor of Seattle? The King of Rap? Shall we buy him a crown and a throne and build him a palace overlooking the city? Or is he just another overhyped music star who could be down-and-out in a couple of years and riding a boxcar out of town?More
Seattle-based Pearl Jam — one of the most influential rock bands of the 1990s — has been outdoing itself on a two-leg, 24-date fall tour in support of its current album, “Lightning Bolt.” The marathon show includes more than 30 songs, among them “Pendulum,” “Leaving Here,” “Do the Evolution,” “Black,” “Alive” and “Rearviewmirror.” The concert…More
It was cold, crisp and clear Tuesday afternoon as concertgoers lined up outside KeyArena for Deck the Hall Ball. But indoors it was snowing.
The snow was fake, or course, and confined to a giant video screen. But the flurries were just enough to lend a holiday vibe to 107.7 The End’s annual year-end concert, which featured such hot alternative-rock acts as Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Alt-J and Seattle’s new-folk darlings, The Head and the Heart.
Seattle station KNDD has been staging its Deck the Hall Ball for more than 20 years as a well-stocked concert marathon for faithful listeners. This year’s holiday-themed concert also provided bands with a chance to thank the station, as well as fans, for their support.
The thank-yous came in the form of tight, spirited sets showcasing the bands’ best music. There were no shoe-gazers in this energetic lineup.More
There were precious few moments of release in Nine Inch Nails’ sprawling barrage of flashing light and urgent rhythms Friday night at KeyArena. But when catharsis came, it confirmed that frontman Trent Reznor’s four-year hiatus from NIN left little rust.
If anything, Reznor seemed energized by time away from his seminal band, which he spent composing movie scores. The band has been playing to packed houses on its “Tension 2013” tour, with openers Explosions in the Sky, and Reznor treated Friday’s sold-out crowd to a two-hour set that impressed with its scope and thoughtful construction.More
Michael Bublé — who, like Michael J. Fox, originally hails from our cross-border neighbor, Burnaby, B.C. — burst on the scene as an amiable, glossy Sinatra disciple, but there was always some contemporary breeze blowing through his music. In April, that breeze became a storm on the album “To Be Loved” (Reprise). It has struck…More