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March 25, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Bumbershoot moving back to Memorial Stadium, adding headliners

Bumbershoot fans enjoy the sunshine and the music at Memorial Stadium, which will be the mainstage again this year. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times

Bumbershoot fans enjoy the sunshine and the music at Memorial Stadium, which will be the mainstage again this year. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times

After three years of having its mainstage inside KeyArena, Bumbershoot is moving its headliners back outdoors to Seattle Center’s Memorial Stadium this year.

The move was precipitated by potential scheduling conflicts at KeyArena with the WNBA.

The board of directors of One Reel, the nonprofit that puts on Seattle’s annual arts festival, voted on Tuesday to authorize the shift and the increased expenses associated with it.

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February 21, 2014 at 11:48 AM

TobyMac brings Christian rap to the Key | Concert preview

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…

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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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January 18, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Justin Timberlake’s talent, showmanship shine at KeyArena | Concert review

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…

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December 7, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Pearl Jam delivers epic concert at KeyArena Friday | Concert review

Eddie Vedder performed with Pearl Jam at an "epic" concert at KeyArena Friday. (Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times)

Eddie Vedder performed with Pearl Jam at an “epic” concert at KeyArena Friday. (Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times)

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.”

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December 6, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Homecoming parties for Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Carlo Allegri / Invision / AP

Carlo Allegri / Invision / AP

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?

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December 6, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Pearl Jam tour finale tonight at KeyArena

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…

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December 4, 2013 at 10:19 AM

Vampire Weekend and others offer spirited sets at Deck the Hall Ball | Concert review

Lorde at the Deck the Hall Ball. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Lorde at the Deck the Hall Ball. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

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.

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0 Comments | More in Dance, Festivals, Folk, R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: Alt J, Concert Review, Deck the Hall Ball

November 23, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Reznor, Nine Inch Nails offer masterful ebb and flow at KeyArena | Concert review

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.

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