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posted Friday, April 20, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 16
LAST CALL: Coldplay, Justice, Esperanza Spalding in Seattle this week
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LAST CALL: Coldplay, Justice, Esperanza Spalding in Seattle this week

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

One of the busiest weeks in music this spring delivers three big shows to Seattle in the days ahead.

The biggest is Coldplay. The English supergroup return to Key Arena for the first time since February 2006, when they were promoting X&Y. Their previous trip through the Northwest, to boost 2008's Viva la Vida, was at the Gorge Amphitheatre. Chris Martin, lead singer of Coldplay, is himself a star of epic proportions. Married to A-list actress Gwyneth Paltrow, the blond, blue-eyed vocalist is the subject of many Gay male crushes, and I'm sure he's aware of it. But from the dapper-looking quartet, the real hottie is bassist Guy Berryman. Have you seen him shirtless? One word: yum. Coldplay is on the road introducing fans to last year's Mylo Xyloto, which has produced two hits thus far: 'Every Teardrop is a Waterfall' and 'Paradise.' The best song on the album, however, is the collaboration with smoking hot Rihanna, 'Princess of China.' I haven't peeked at set lists from this particular tour, but expect four to five tracks from the new album to be on it. 'Yellow' and 'The Scientist' are no-brainers, and 'In My Place' seems too fan-adored to be omitted. But the rest of the night could be filled up with 'Clocks,' 'Speed of Sound,' 'Fix You,' 'Viva la Vida,' 'Shiver,' and/or 'Violet Hill.' If they do 'Lost,' you'll hear me shriek. The Key Arena concert is sold out. Opening acts are Metronomy and the Pierces.

Also coming to town this week is Justice. The Grammy-winning electronic duo hasn't visited Seattle in four years, making their upcoming appearance at the Paramount Theatre that much more exciting. The Parisian pair - Gaspard Auge and Xavier de Rosnay - exploded on the dance music scene with their 2007 CD, referred to as the 'Cross album,' that produced the house-techno hits 'Genesis,' 'Stress,' 'DVNO,' and the appropriately titled 'D.A.N.C.E.' The new Justice record, 2011's Audio, Video, Disco, was highly anticipated, and it didn't disappoint. The title track was instantly embraced by fans, as was the second released single 'On n' On' (featuring Morgan Phalen). Every show they put on is a hot mess, a high-energy dance party with stimulating laser-light effects to go with it. All of the aforementioned tunes should appear on Justice's set list here in Seattle, and expect the Paramount Theatre to reach insanity level on Wednesday night. Security staff will have their hands full, that's for sure. Tickets for Justice on April 25, priced at $26.25 (advance) and $31.25 (day of show), were still available at press time at www.stgpresents.org.

The third concert of strong interest happening very soon is Esperanza Spalding. The once-budding jazz artist from Portland has now spread her wings to international acclaim, thanks mostly to a Grammy win in 2011 for Best New Artist. She beat out (deservedly, I might mention) both Justin Bieber and Drake for that award. The multi-tasked performer - composer, instrumentalist, vocalist, arranger - will appear at the Paramount Theatre, a stretch for her since she's usually played the Jazz Alley. Read more about Esperanza Spalding in this week's print edition of the Seattle Gay News, where I participated in a round-table phone interview with the rising star. At press time, tickets priced between $30 and $42 were still available at www.stgpresents.org.

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