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posted Friday, September 17, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 38
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Usher, Robyn, The xx, Vampire Weekend

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

R&B star Usher has chosen Seattle as the city to open his forthcoming tour, and is slated to appear at Key Arena on November 10. The Grammy winner is responsible for not only skyrocketing his own career with songs like 'Yeah' and 'OMG,' but he's also credited for launching the career of bubblegum pop twink Justin Beiber. Details for Usher's concert, such as ticket prices and on-sale date, were not available at press time.

Dance-pop recording artist Robyn, whose latest album Body Talk Pt. 1 was unveiled at a CD release party co-hosted by Seattle Gay News, is finally making a return appearance to the Northwest after what seems like a multi-year absence. The Swedish performer opened a few European dates for Madonna's 'Sticky and Sweet' tour, but oddly bypassed North America on a solo outing to promote her Grammy-nominated self-titled album. She'll play at Neumos on November 21 - tickets are $25 advance at www.etix.com.

To no one's surprise (certainly not mine), The xx captured the 2010 Mercury Music Prize for their self-titled debut. The award, given annually to a UK artist by a panel comprised of peers and media, is equivalent to Album of the Year. Featuring the melancholy rock singles "Crystalised" and "Basic Space," it earned a spot on SGN's Top Ten Albums/CDs of 2009, and it secures the London band as a potential Best New Artist nominee when the Grammy nominations are announced on December 1. The xx performs at the Paramount Theatre on September 25 - look for a review of the show by SGN writer Jessica Price.

The legendary Nancy Wilson is never to be missed, especially when she performs at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley - she returns to the intimate venue for a four-night stay September 30 through October 3. The jazz-soul icon is one of the quietest, yet most powerful divas I've ever seen in concert, and her rendition of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" is startling. At 73, Wilson has retired from extensive touring, but makes special engagements such as the upcoming shows at the Jazz Alley. Reservations are required and can be made at www.jazzalley.com or by calling (206) 441-9729.

Concert update: Vampire Weekend has rescheduled its Marymoor Park show from last month, canceled at the last minute because lead singer Ezra Koenig was rushed to the hospital for sudden illness. The band will now play two consecutive nights, September 22 and 23, at the Paramount Theatre. Tickets for the August performance will be exchanged for new ones, and you can choose either of the nights to attend. Visit www.stgpresents.org for more details.

Finally, it looks as if the canceled M.I.A. tour is on again. Dates through mid-October have been announced, but my closest source to the electronic-pop artist wasn't able to confirm a Seattle show by press time. Fingers and toes are crossed.

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