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August 22, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Ed Sheeran’s singalong aimed to entertain — and did | Concert review

Ed Sheeran performed at Seattle's WaMu Theater Thursday, Aug. 21 (Ben Watts)

Ed Sheeran performed at Seattle’s WaMu Theater Thursday, Aug. 21 (Ben Watts)

Ed Sheeran gave his fans exactly what they wanted during his sold-out show at WaMu Theater Thursday, Aug. 21  — a massive singalong.

“I want you to wake up tomorrow and still be singing,” said the 23-year-old British singer-songwriter as he skipped offstage after a nearly two hour set.

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August 18, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Make no mistake, Ed Sheeran is lovable and loud

It’s no surprise that English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is a fan of another English singer-songwriter: Sam Smith. Despite their different musical styles, both come across as earnest and straightforward.

“It’s instilled in English people to always downplay things,” said the 23-year-old singer in a phone interview last week. “We don’t really shout too loud. We quietly get on with what we are doing.”

What Sheeran’s been doing hasn’t been quiet at all. He’ll be especially loud this Thursday when he plays Seattle’s WaMu Theater.

Credit: Ben Watts

Credit: Ben Watts

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May 16, 2014 at 6:01 AM

Backstreet Boys still going strong | Concert preview

The Backstreet Boys at the 40th American Music Awards, in Los Angeles. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

The Backstreet Boys at the 40th American Music Awards, in Los Angeles. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

The Backstreet Boys, the best-selling boy band in history, are still going strong more than 20 years after impresario Lou Pearlman placed an ad in an Orlando, Fla., newspaper seeking young male singers for a group. An extension of their hugely successful tour in support of the album “In a World Like This” features a concert Thursday, May 22, at WaMu Theater, with Avril Lavigne opening.

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April 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM

The Doggfather and his Dogg-sessor at WaMu

L.A. gangster rap innovator Snoop Dogg is like a modern-day Willie Nelson, recognized for his celebrity and unswerving marijuana activism almost as equally as his musical accomplishments. Along with a catalog of hits 20-plus years deep, he’s bringing along frequent collaborator and movie co-star Wiz Khalifa (who’s working on becoming a Snoop Dogg-level stoner-rap icon…

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Comments | More in R & B/Hip-hop | Topics: Jarv Dee, Nacho Picasso, Snoop Dogg

March 25, 2014 at 1:14 AM

Lorde ricochets from intimate to intimidating | Concert review

(Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

(Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

By Joseph Sutton-Holcomb / Special to The Seattle Times

I didn’t show up to WaMu theater expecting to see Lorde deliver a rote, boilerplate performance, but at the same time, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a pop show that heartfelt.

It was the story she told toward the end of her set that did it. She was introducing “Ribs” one of the softer tracks on her debut album “Pure Heroine,” out last September.

“I’m going to tell you about this song,” she said.

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March 14, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Everybody, Backstreet’s Back and they’re bringing Avril Lavigne

From (L-R) Members of US band Backstreet Boys: Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough, Alexander James McLean, Brian Littrell and Nick Carter. (Photo by SVEN HOPPE)

From (L-R) Members of US band Backstreet Boys: Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough, Alexander James McLean, Brian Littrell and Nick Carter. (Photo by SVEN HOPPE)

The best-selling boy band in history will be bringing their song and dance routine to Wamu Theater on May 22. Tickets go on sale starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 21 and can be purchased at LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster.com or by phone 1-800-745-3000.

Avril Lavigne will be joining the boys for all U.S. tour dates.

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December 27, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Above and Beyond brings EDM to WaMu | Concert preview

(Amelia Troubridge)

(Amelia Troubridge)

Electronic-dance music is known for dazzling audiovisual experiences featuring throbbing rhythms and pulsating lights.

But English trance and progressive-house group Above & Beyond, which co-headlines the annual “Resolution” New Year’s Eve party at WaMu Theater, will launch a new chapter in its career with the release of its first live acoustic album, titled “Above & Beyond Acoustic,” Jan. 28 on Ultra Music. A companion concert film will premiere Jan. 24 on Vice’s THUMP channel.

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