Belarus Free Theatre: Burning Doors | Seattle, WA, USA – 28 September to 1 October 2017.

“I write your name. Freedom.” Autumn has descended upon Seattle and the comforting morning chill lingers slightly through the day. The trees are turning colors. The Caribbean and Texas have been bashed by unusually strong hurricanes. North Korea and American “leadership” trade insults. Trump has surmounted his eighth month as president. And Belarus Free Theatre,…

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Perfume Genius | Way Out West – August 11, 2017

It was with great enthusiasm that my fellow audience members and I welcomed Perfume Genius – dressed in a white tank top, tailored beige plaid pants with elaborate details on the knees connoting musketeer boots, shiny black semi high-heeled shoes and a thick fake gold chain around his neck – on stage in Slottsskogen on…

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Retro Review: Tori Amos | BJCC, Alabama – August 14, 1998

So, you’ve seen one Tori Amos show, you’ve seen them all, right? Um, no. Dear reader, I once filled an entire computer hard drive with Napster downloads of live Tori Amos gigs from the early 2000s. Every show was different, every moment seemed new and poignant. Sometimes the stories changed, the moods changed, the bass…

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Bon Jovi | United Center, Chicago, IL – March 26, 2017

  In twenty-two years, I’ve never seen a bad Bon Jovi show. From Chattanooga to Atlanta, London, Nashville, Memphis, Chicago, Gulf Shores Beach,  I’ve seen the band almost twenty times and I can’t remember a single time I’ve been disappointed with one of their sets. The March 26th, show at United Center in Chicago was…

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Pussy Riot Theatre: Revolution | The Crocodile, Seattle, WA, USA – Mar. 8, 2017

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but my expectations were high. I was traveling when I found out that Pussy Riot would be in Seattle on March 8 (International Women’s Day, at that!), and I immediately booked tickets without knowing what the show would entail. A year prior, I had seen Maria (Masha) Alyokhina participate…

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Bands We Loved at Loftas Fest’16

It wasn‘t the best year for Loftas Fest. The fifth edition of the greatest urban festival in Vilnius, Lithuania was struggling with multiple issues. Nevermind that French DJ Gesaffelstein, one of the headliners of the festival, decided to walk off stage after only few minutes of his set due to technical conditions provided by sound…

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Rufus Wainwright |Stockholm Music & Arts – July 29, 2016

A few things can be expected of a Rufus Wainwright concert: a diverse audience, songs getting messed up and started over, witty chatting between songs (and sometimes, due to the mess ups and restarts, during songs), a singing voice that is truly impressive and, last but not least, darn good music. The concert Rufus gave…

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Patrick Wolf |Stockholm Music & Arts – July 30, 2016

The announcement that Patrick Wolf was to play at Stockholm Music & Arts, an annual festival at the island Skeppsholmen in the Swedish capital, came as late in the day as it was pleasantly surprising. Patrick’s recent European Wildsound Tour had missed out on Sweden, as well as on the rest of the Nordic countries,…

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Anohni | Barbican, London – July 7, 2016

What makes a great gig for you? For me, it‘s not just the quality of the performance. It’s not just an amazing live sound. For me, it‘s all about connection between the artist and the audience. And these bonds are hard to build without communication. And yet I can‘t get the latest Anohni (formerly known…

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Paul McCartney | KeyArena, Seattle, WA, USA – April 17, 2016

Fun fact: my first concert, at age 12, was Paul McCartney. Rough, eh? I had spent weeks begging my parents and we negotiated an extra chores regime to pay back the cost of the ticket. Not sure if I ever got there (sorry, parents!)… Anyway, after first seeing him in Atlanta in 2002, I saw…

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