Photos: Muse @ KeyArena

If Muse had arranged for a spaceship to land in the middle of KeyArena it would not have surprised me one bit. If any band could manage that Muse is it, and that’s about the only way they could top themselves with their incredible music and galactic stage set. Although they manage to pull you into another world with their music, so there’s really no need for that spaceship. . . I first saw them at a much smaller venue in Seattle about seven years ago and it was always obvious their sound was made to fill huge arenas as easily as it lives in individual ways inside their fans. The show included a rotating drum kit (yes!!) and singer/guitarist Matthew Bellamy seemed to hold what was his own personal laser beam in between guitar licks. They are some of the best musicians you will ever hear. Hysteria indeed. As with my pix of openers, Silversun Pickups, I will post more photos soon – but here are some now:

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all photos by Dagmar

Photos: Silversun Pickups @ KeyArena

Silversun Pickups opened for Muse last night in a pairing straight out of my dreams. The atmosphere at this show was really charged and I doubt there were people there who were not fans of both bands. If they weren’t they absolutely must have left as fans. This was my fourth time at a Silversun Pickups show and I can’t believe how great they are. I will have more of my photos ready soon but wanted to share these as soon as I could!

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Photos & Show Review: John Mayer @ KeyArena

John Mayer opened his show last night at KeyArena with Heartbreak Warfare, one of my favorite songs off his new CD, Battle Studies. The first half of his set, which included Belief, Perfectly Lonely, Crossroads and Assassin moved gorgeously into some more bluesy numbers, Dreaming With a Broken Heart and Heavier Things’ Clarity and Daughters. Half of My Heart was a perfect song for Mayer to do live. The song is a beautiful, solid and romantic piece. Mayer, who ended his set with an encore of two strong and moving songs, Who Says and Gravity, chatted with the audience and his vocals were so clear it was kind of like he was just right next to you. His guitar playing was exquisite, as I expected it would be. He’s bewitching. Photos:

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Gallery of John Mayer @ KeyArena

Photos: Jamie Cullum & Imelda May @ the Moore

Jamie Cullum and Imelda May were at the Moore the other night and Dave Lichterman took some beautiful shots of these amazing subjects. If you’re in Seattle and missed them you’ll have to wait a bit for their return as they are now traveling the world (this is no exaggeration). I am so pleased to show these pix – enjoy:

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More of Dave’s photos can be seen here.

Photos: JET @ the Showbox Market (Part 2)

The new JET cd, Shaka Rock, is really something wonderful. Go get it. The band performed the songs She’s a Genius, Beat on Repeat, Walk, Goodbye Hollywood, Seventeen, K.I.A. (Killed in Action) and Black Hearts (on Fire) from the album and the new material stands up beautifully to their prior work. I won’t ruin the rest of the set list, but the other songs were a rattling great combination from Get Born and Shine. More photos from the show:

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Gallery of JET @ the Showbox