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Warning: Your brain may melt (a Muse concert review)

Laser Muse: Last night’s show featured top notch effects (photo by Ernest Jasmin)

Three skyscraper-shaped pillars loomed over Silversun Pickups during the L.A. quartet’s opening set Friday night at KeyArena. And shortly after recalling the time his band kicked it at the Fremont Troll and an early gig at Fremont Oktoberfest, singer-guitarist Brian Aubert delivered a warning about those foreboding props and tour mates, Muse.

“Your brains are gonna melt a little bit. If you care about your brain, you should leave.”

Joke or no joke, I wasn’t about to take off. Strangely, last night was my first time seeing the heavily hyped Muse live show. From traffic jams to conflicting assignments, something has always gotten in the way. But now I know to take the Pickups‘ P.S.A. more seriously. I think I did feel my grey matter liquefying – just a little – during an epic two-hour set that left me breathless many times.
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Bon Jovi unveils Circle Tour in Seattle (review and set list)

Bon Jovi can lay on the Veltveeta (i.e. “Love’s the Only Rule” and “We’ve Got It Going On,” among other songs played at tonight’s tour launch at KeyArena. The band’s second Seattle show is Saturday, Feb. 20.)

And yes, I rolled my eyes whenever stilted but hunky front man, Jon Bon, shook his skinny moneymaker, triggering conniption fits in half the 30- and 40-something women in the arena.

But all that said, how can you not like the Jovi, at least a teeny, tiny bit? For starters, you can’t front on the sheer pop genius of karaoke

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Alice in Chains set list (Friday night)

Alice in Chains’ set last night was similar to what they delivered at the Moore last fall. That is to say it was spectacular, but even sharper after several months on the road.

But so much for that fantasy that Sir Elton John – tonight’s co-headliner at KeyArena – might make a cameo. Sure, he appears on the poignant title track from Alice’s new “Black Gives Way to Blue” album, and he had a couple of days off after Wednesday night’s Face 2 Face set at the Key. But nah! An on-site publicist had good intel that the Piano

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Them Crooked Vultures set list

Rock gods united: Them Crooked Vultures' John Paul Jones and Dave Grohl (photo by Ernest Jasmin)
Rock gods united: Them Crooked Vultures’ John Paul Jones and Dave Grohl (photo by Ernest Jasmin)

Velvet Revolver. Eh.

Audioslave. Interesting for a minute.

But Dave Grohl plus Josh Homme plus John Paul Jones? Now there’s a supergroup we can finally get excited about. And here’s what the trio – joined by Queens of the Stone Age alumnus Alain Johannes on rhythm guitar – played Saturday night at the Paramount.

Them Crooked Vultures set list
Paramount Theatre, Seattle
Nov. 21, 2009

No One Loves Me & Neither Do I
Dead End Friends
Scumbag Blues
Highway One
New Fang
Mind Eraser, No Chaser
Interlude with Ludes
Spinning in Daffodils
Warsaw or the First Breath You Take After You Give Up

Opening act: Mini Mansions

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Pixies set list 2009

Pixies singer-guitarist Black Francis and drummer Dave Loverling Thursday night at the Paramount (photo by Ernest Jasmin)
Pixies singer-guitarist Black Francis and drummer Dave Loverling Thursday night at the Paramount (photo by Ernest Jasmin)

Motley Crue did it. Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters did it. And now it’s the Pixies’ turn to take one of their iconic albums on tour; their 1989 classic “Doolittle” to be more specific, with bassist Kim Deal blurting out updates throughout their set at the Paramount Theatre Thursday night, the first half of a two-night stand.

“The beer’s almost gone out of the refrigerator. All the cool people have gone home,” she joked as the Pixies rock party neared its finale.

Hit the “more” button to check out the set list, find details for tonight’s show here and check back later for a few scenes from the show.
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Rascal Flatts returns to the Tacoma Dome (photos and set list)

Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney, Gary LeVox and Jay Demarcus (photo by Ernest Jasmin).
Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney, Gary LeVox and Jay Demarcus (photo by Ernest Jasmin).

This year, country chart toppers Rascal Flatts come armed with “Unstoppable,” yet another album to top the Billboard 200. But there are signs that the group that sold more albums than any other in 2006 is slowing down. About 10,000 turned out for the trio’s annual stop at the Tacoma Dome tonight, respectable by most standards but several thousand fewer than checked out Rascal Flatts in 2007 and 2008.
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Brandi Carlile at the Paramount Theatre (photos and set list)

South Sound Superstar: Maple Valley's Brandi Carlile, joyfully headlining the Paramount Theatre Saturday (photos by Ernest Jasmin)..
South Sound Superstar: Maple Valley’s Brandi Carlile, joyfully headlining Seattle’s Paramount Theatre Saturday.

I’d still rank Brandi Carlile’s concert last year at Benaroya Hall a notch or two higher than Saturday night’s homecoming set at the Paramont Theatre. Mostly little things set that show apart, like the acoustics at Benaroya being more conducive to going unplugged and mike-less for “Dying Day” (lots of shushing this time); a set list that featured more of Brandi’s self-titled debut, which is still my favorite of her three albums. Oh, and no Symphony this time, though cello player Josh Newman held his own as the one-man string section during most of the set.
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