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Aug.
10th

Lady Gaga fashion: Vote on 16 of her best looks

“Fashion is everything,” Lady Gaga once told MTV. “When I’m writing music, I’m thinking about the clothes I want to wear on stage. It’s all about everything altogether — performance art, pop performance art, fashion. For me, it’s everything coming together and being a real story that will bring back the super-fan. I want to bring that back. I want the imagery to be so strong that fans will want to eat and taste and lick every part of us.”

Well, we don’t know if you need to be that into Gaga when her Monster Ball Tour takes over the Tacoma Dome on Aug. 21. Rushing the stage and licking stuff will get you tossed in the clink. Or at least put on Thorazine.

But one thing’s for sure. The Gaga has parlayed with her bizarre sense of style and penchant for shocking people, from rockin’ that Kermit the Frog stole in Germany, to meeting the Queen of England dressed like an extra from “The Watchmen” and more recently showing up in the pages of Vogue Hommes Japan looking, quite convincingly, like a dude. (There was even debate about whether dashing model “Jo Calderone” was actually her.)

So who knows what she’ll turn up in next week? But in honor of pop’s premier chameleon, we’ve compiled a gallery of some of her most striking looks. Hit the “more” button below to check it out and vote on your favorites. Then you can also help us deconstruct the whole Lady Gaga phenomenon. Whether you’re infatuated or “p-p-poker face” makes you want to p-p-punch somebody, e-mail your thoughts on what makes Gaga tick. Send your name, hometown and contact info to ernest.jasmin@thenewstribune.com and I’ll use some of the best comments in next week’s GO.

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Aug.
26th

Pink tour launch moves to KeyArena

Pink’s tour launch, originally scheduled for Sept. 15 at Seattle’s WaMu Theater, has been moved to KeyArena, the pop star’s publicist announced today.


All tickets bought for the WaMu show will be honored at KeyArena, and wristbands will be issued to all WaMu ticket holders to ensure floor and lower bowl access, according to today’s announcement.


Additional tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday (Aug. 29). Learn more here.


June
25th

Local response to Michael Jackson’s death

By now, you probably know that Michael Jackson has died. Here’s a local reaction story I’m working on for tomorrow’s paper.

Puget Sound’s music fans and local media reacted to the death of pop trailblazer Michael Jackson Thursday afternoon.

News that the 50-year-old performer had gone into cardiac arrest spread virally, with many receiving the news from Twitter or text message.

Others tuned into local music stations KUBE-FM (93.3) and KBKS-FM (Kiss, 106.1), which kept the King of Pop’s hits in heavy rotation. And over on KPTK-AM (1090), even Seattle pundit Ron Reagan shifted from talk of universal health care to take calls about the pop star’s demise.

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June
3rd

Like father like daughter: Miley Cyrus is headed to Tacoma, too

Daddy’s at the Emerald Queen this weekend. And now Miley Cyrus will follow with a big blowout in September. The tweener-pop idol will headline the Tacoma Dome on Sept. 16, promoter AEG Live announced today.


The tour will kick off two days before that, on Sept. 14 at the Portland’s Rosegarden.

Ticket prices will range from $39.50 to $79.50, according to today’s announcement. They’ll go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on June 13, but American Express card holders will be allowed to purchase tickets online beginning 10 a.m.

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April
26th

Beyonce redeemed

Was meaning to post this follow-up to the Beyonce scandal post. But it appears the clip of her supposedly singing a hideously off-key version of “If I Were a Boy” on the Today Show was a hoax – perpetrated by one of her fans, no less. (Not sure if that’ll keep lawyers from getting involved.) Click here for the Rolling Stone report. And I, for one, will remain on the lookout for lip-syncing fakers. Word!

April
9th

Britney’s sexy Circus has come to town

Britney’s back!

Forget all the head shaving, fly-by-night marriages, racy paparazzi shots and other acts of public lunacy. The pop princess has her game face back on. And her comeback tour – Circus Starring Britney Spears, featuring opening act Pussycat Dolls – will bring big-time spectacle to the Tacoma Dome beginning at 8 p.m. tonight.

&bull PHOTO GALLERY: Britney Spears

For her first area tour stop since the Onyx Hotel tour five years ago (a lifetime in pop terms) fans should expect some serious "ooh ahhh" factor, with acrobats, magicians and a whole team of dancers.

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March
11th

The Jonas Brothers are coming

The Jonas Brothers’ world tour will wind through Tacoma, Live Nation announced today. To be more specific, the Jo Bros will return to the Tacoma Dome, where they appeared with Kiss-FM’s Jingle Bell Bash in 2007, on June 28.


Live Nation will begin selling tickets to the general public on March 20, but some tickets will be available to CITI card holders beginning Monday (March 16). Click here for details.


And you can listen to interview clips that I posted before last year’s Jo Bros show in Everett

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Jan.
5th

Prince to deliver three albums in ’09

Those who have followed his Purpleness over the years know he doesn’t like to be confined to that whole “release a disc every 18 months” schedule most major labels seem to favor. And lo and behold, he’s tossin’ three new albums our way in ’09. They’ll be dubbed “Lotus Flow3r,” “MPLSOUND” and “Elixir,” according to Rolling Stone’s report.