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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

November 13, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Selena Gomez classy and sassy at KeyArena | Concert review

(Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times) Photo gallery here Tween queen Selena Gomez kicked off her concert Tuesday at KeyArena with a bang — literally — with “Bang Bang Bang,” her 2011 single. A near-capacity crowd of mostly girls and their parents responded with a deafening roar, holding up signs and waving lighted cellphones as the Texas-born singer-dancer opened…


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: "Stars Dance", Concert Review, Emblem3

November 7, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Selena Gomez at KeyArena Tuesday | Concert preview

(Diego Uchitel) Selena Gomez’s “Star Dance” reached No. 1 this year but plummeted as fast as her ill-fated romance with teen idol Justin Bieber. Gomez can still bring it, though, in both the dancing and singing departments as her single “Come and Get It” proved this year. Though aimed at a tween’n’teen demographic, Gomez puts on…


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