Arcade Fire, Bruno Mars headline Gorge shows

  • By Andy Rathbun Herald Writer
  • Wednesday, August 6, 2014 7:15pm
  • LifeGo-See-Do

Arcade Fire hasn’t slowed down for a decade now.

The Montreal band first made a splash in 2004 with “Funeral,” the much-adored debut album that put the indie rockers on the map. Since then, they’ve released three more records — “Neon Bible,” “The Suburbs” and last year’s “Reflektor,” the last two of which debuted at No. 1.

The group won a Grammy for Album of the Year, buddied up with David Bowie and graduated from clubs to coliseums.

Now the Arcade Fire will headline the Gorge Amphitheatre at 7:30 Friday night, as the band continues a run around the globe behind “Reflektor.” Fans can expect to hear the group’s rousing indie rock anthems, like “Wake Up” and “Afterlife.”

Tickets are $39.65 to $85.15 at or 800-745-3000.

Bruno Mars is also heading to the Gorge, with a show at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The pop R&B singer saw his well-known name get a boost this past year after he turned in a lively outing at the Super Bowl’s half-time show and won a Grammy for best pop album.

The latter award was earned for his second album, “Unorthodox Jukebox.” The album’s title pretty much summarizes Mars’ style, a blend of R&B, hip-hop, pop and rock.

Tickets are $63.35 to $124.15 at or 800-745-3000.

Lady Gaga will finally make it back to Seattle after having to postpone her May concert due to bronchitis. The fashion-centered pop star will headline KeyArena at 7:30 Friday night on her ArtPop tour.

Gaga has become a household name thanks to her out-there outfits and dance-pop music. Hits like “Born This Way” and “Bad Romance” have earned her comparisons to Madonna, while helping her become an icon to her millions of fans, which she has dubbed her Little Monsters.

Tickets are $35 to $1,500 at or 800-745-3000.

ZZ Top and Jeff Beck will return to the Northwest for a show at the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The two go well together. After all, ZZ Top is the Texas trio known for its radio-friendly take on blues rock that resulted in a string of hits in the 1980s, including “Legs” and “Sharp Dressed Man.”

Similarly, Jeff Beck also traffics in the blues. The guitar god was a member of the famed British group the Yardbirds, and enjoyed his largest solo successes in the 1980s, with hits such as “People Get Ready.”

Tickets are $89.15 to $144.45 at or 800-745-3000.

Meanwhile, Broken Bells headlines the Moore Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

A super-duo compromised of Shins lead singer James Mercer and famed producer Danger Mouse, Broken Bells has won a following with its slightly cracked take on melodic indie pop, showcased on both its hit self-titled debut and 2014 sophomore album, “After the Disco.”

Tickets are $43.50 at or 877-784-4849.

Artic Monkeys will hold a two-night stand at the Paramount Theatre, with shows at 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

The British rock band already had a loyal following on these shores thanks to hits like “Fluorescent Adolescence.” But the group’s fifth album, “A.M.,” released in 2013, pushed them to new heights. The album debuted in the top 10, thanks in part to lead single, “Do I Wanna Know?”

Tickets are $39 to $43 at or 877-784-4849.

Finally, a trio of shows will draw crowds to King County’s Marymoor Park.

First up is 107.7 The End’s Summer Camp, the alt-rock radio station’s annual round-up of up-and-coming bands. The day-long show starts at 1 p.m. Saturday.

This year’s line-up is headlined by Phantogram and Bleachers, while lauded indie rockers such as Bear Hands, Wild Cub, Skaters, and the Orwells will round out the bill.

Tickets are $34.50 at or 888-929-7849.

Then, the Counting Crows play Marymoor Park at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The group got famous in the 1990s thanks to angsty rock that had more in common with Van Morrison than the punk and metal that shaped other grunge acts. The group is touring now as it prepares to release its first album of original work in six years, “Somewhere Under Neverland.”

Tickets are $45 to $75 at or 888-929-7849.

Finally, Ray LaMontagne will play the outdoor venue at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

In a few short years, the rough-voiced singer-songwriter from New England has gone from a cultishly adored act to one who sees his albums debut reliably in the top 10. He’s touring now behind this year’s “Supernova,” which entered the charts at No. 3.

Tickets are $42.50 to $59.50 at or 888-929-7849.

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