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posted Friday, January 3 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 01
10 concerts to get excited about in 2014
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10 concerts to get excited about in 2014

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

A new year, a new calendar to fill in, and a bunch of great live music performances to attend in the coming months. Here's what's looking hot, so far, in 2014.

Justin Timberlake
January 17
Key Arena

The love affair with JT began in 1997 when teen bubblegum act N'Sync dropped their self-titled debut CD, which I still own. The pop-R&B giant has 7 Grammy nominations going into the January 24 awards ceremony, but he travels to Seattle for his first-ever in-city performance a week before. All the hits - 'My Love,' 'SexyBack,' 'Cry Me a River,' 'Mirrors' and 'Rock Your Body' - are said to be on the set list. Fingers crossed for 'Dick in a Box.' Tickets at www.livenation.com.

Duncan Sheik
February 10
The Triple Door

The Tony and Grammy Award winner will introduce local fans to songs from American Psycho, a new musical that opened in London this month to rave reviews. But aside from his stage work, which includes Spring Awakening, he has a catalog of his own material stretching back to the early '90s, so you'll possibly hear 'Barely Breathing,' 'Serena,' 'On a High' and tunes from his '80s cover album. Tickets at www.thetripledoor.net.

Miley Cyrus
February 16
Tacoma Dome

Will she twerk? How many times will she stick her tongue out? What will she wear, if anything? These are the questions circulating Miley Cyrus' forthcoming appearance next month. The pop superstar will undoubtedly be entertaining, and we hope in a very good way, especially since Bangerz is a better than decent album. Here's hoping 'We Can't Stop,' 'Wrecking Ball' and 'Party in the U.S.A.' raise the roof at the T-Dome! Tickets at www.livenation.com.

Paul Simon and Sting
February 19
Key Arena

A night of extraordinary legends performing classics is what to expect at this anticipated February concert. The pairing of Paul Simon and Sting is remarkable because both artists have decades of group and solo material to pull from. Simon could delight with 'The Boxer,' 'Sound of Silence,' 'Kodachrome' and 'Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes,' while Sting might thrill with 'Roxanne,' 'Every Breath You Take,' 'Englishman in New York' and 'If I Ever Lose My Faith in You.' The concert is said to feature individual Simon and Sting sets, plus some duets. Tickets at www.ticketmaster.com.

Lorde
March 24
WaMu Theater

2013 ushered in many fresh faces and names; one of the biggest was young New Zealander Lorde. The teenager ended the year with 4 Grammy nominations - Record and Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album - and is capitalizing on her overnight success with a North American tour, delivering her to Seattle in late March. It's the only Northwest appearance on the 'Royals' singer's month-long trek. Tickets at www.aeglive.com.

Ellie Goulding
April 23
Paramount Theatre

The pop-dance performer exploded onto the scene in 2010 with her transatlantic smash hit 'Lights,' followed quickly with 'Anything Could Happen,' 'Burn' and 'How Long Will I Love You.' A third single from her Halcyon album, 'Goodness Gracious,' will be released in the coming weeks. All of these songs, as well as her collaborative effort with Calvin Harris, 'I Need Your Love,' will probably be featured at Goulding's Paramount Theatre show. Tickets at www.stgpresents.com.

Franz Ferdinand
April 24
The Showbox SoDo

The Scottish rockers have been low-key for the past several years, quietly working on new material at their own pace, resulting in 2013's long-awaited album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. In 2012, the Mercury Music Prize-winning quartet sold out The Showbox Market and they're very likely to fill the larger Showbox SoDo to capacity in late April. Expect 'Ulysses,' 'Bullet,' 'No You Girls,' 'Love Illumination' and 'Take Me Out' to be played. They are excellent live, by the way. Tickets at www.showboxpresents.com.

Lady GaGa
May 28
Key Arena

Artpop, Lady GaGa's latest offering to the music world and 'little monsters' scattered everywhere, received mixed reviews and hasn't lived up to its hype, nor its predecessors. But who really gives a shit because we love her regardless. The mega star plays her first giant concert in Seattle (she's appeared at the Tacoma Dome three times, The Showbox Market once) in May and it's your opportunity to hear 'Applause,' 'Born This Way,' 'Bad Romance' and 'Just Dance' live. And if you've never attended a Lady GaGa concert, brace yourself - it's an intoxicating experience. Tickets at www.livenation.com.

Cher
June 28
Key Arena

The Cher-ry on the top of this summer's Pride festivities is that the Gay icon has wedged her Seattle tour stop on Saturday night, a day before the big parade. The pop star's 'Dressed to Kill Tour' lands timely at Key Arena on Pride weekend and will likely include some of her biggest hits, such as 'Believe,' 'Half-Breed,' 'I Found Someone,' 'If I Could Turn Back Time' and her latest hit, 'Woman's World.' And, thank you, God, for answering my prayers! Tickets at www.aeglive.com.

Arcade Fire
August 8
The Gorge Amphitheater

The majestic setting of Columbia River Gorge and Valley is a perfect backdrop for Arcade Fire's brand of inspiring, anthemic rock. The celebrated ensemble released their fourth studio album, Reflektor, to worthy reviews, yet most critics agree that it ranks below more stunning work, like 2007's Neon Bible or the outfit's Grammy-winning Album of the Year, 2010's The Suburbs. This aside, Arcade Fire is dynamite in concert - the group's performances feel like religious revivals; I think I was actually saved at their Key Arena show. Tickets at www.ticketmaster.com.

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