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September 26, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Relatable, golden-voiced Sam Smith at the Paramount

Dressed in a dark gray suit, British singing sensation Sam Smith moved woodenly and nailed the song “Latch” Thursday at the lofty Paramount Theatre, his famous collaboration with the London electronic duo Disclosure. Singing in his most raw and exciting falsetto in the chorus, he whipped around in there like he was fencing, and it was exciting to witness the vocalist reach aggressively for those notes.


Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop, Rock/Pop | Topics: Sam Smith, The Paramount Theatre

September 17, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Interpol classes up the Paramount, expanding on their instantly recognizable sound

While riding the bus downtown for Interpol’s concert at The Paramount, I struck up a conversation with a fellow commuter headed to the same show. I asked him what he thought of the indisputably classy rock group’s new album, “El Pintor,” the band’s first in four years.

“It’s growing on me,” he replied.


Comments | Topics: Interpol, Paul Banks, The Paramount Theatre

August 26, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Jack White’s rules and explorations | Concert review

Jack White performs at the Paramount Theatre on Monday, August 25 (Photo by  David James Swanson)

Jack White performs at the Paramount Theatre on Monday, August 25 (Photo by David James Swanson)

A few minutes before Jack White and his blue-hued band took the stage at the Paramount, Monday night, a JW minion came out from behind the curtain to address the sold-out room. “Are you ready for a rock ‘n’ roll show, Seattle?” Because if you are, you’re going to have to follow the rules.

Jack White is particular about how you consume his music.


Comments | Topics: Jack White, The Dead Weather, The Paramount Theatre

July 18, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Strange bedfellows and emotional urgency for Tori Amos | Concert review

Beloved by her fans, singer-songwriter Tori Amos received a boisterous Seattle welcome at the first U.S. show in her 80-city tour Thursday night at the Paramount Theatre.

The tour supports her 14th studio album, “Unrepentant Geraldines,” which recently made its debut at an impressive No. 7 on The Billboard 200 album chart. The album, with songs inspired by visual art around the world, follows five years of musical exploration, including a London musical titled “The Light Princess.”

Seated between a grand piano and electric keyboard, the spirited, red-haired musician occasionally played them simultaneously,


Comments | More in Rock/Pop | Topics: The Paramount Theatre, Tori Amos

April 11, 2014 at 7:10 AM

Jazz singer, pianist Diana Krall fulfills decades-old prophecy | Concert preview

(Photo by Mark Seliger)

(Photo by Mark Seliger)

When Diana Krall was 24 years old, the Canadian pianist /chanteuse was introduced to the great jazz keyboardist Cedar Walton one night at the old Manhattan jazz club Fat Tuesday’s.

“Cedar said, ‘I can see that name up in lights,’ ” recalled Krall, who performs Wednesday at the Paramount Theatre. “Just before he died (last year), we were all sitting around the table, and I said, ‘Cedar, do you remember 20 years ago, I met you in a bar you told me that?’

Walton answered, “Yeah, well, I say that to a lot of women. But you’re the only one it’s come true for.”


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October 31, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Iron and Wine and its ‘richly textured’ new album at the Paramount

(Emily Wilson) Singer-songwriter Sam Beam, known by the stage and recording name Iron and Wine, released his fifth album, “Ghost on Ghost,” last April on Nonesuch Records. Produced by Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Fruit Bats, Califone), “Ghost” is a stirring collection of richly textured, jazz-inflected folk-rock songs from a meticulous songwriter who deftly balances the dark…


| Topics: Ghost on Ghost, Iron and Wine, The Paramount Theatre