Hear intriguing Norah Jones at Marymoor Park

  • Thu Aug 16th, 2012 9:06am
  • Life

By Andy Rathbun Herald Writer

There’s two ways you can look at Norah Jones’ career.

You can say the singer peaked way too early: Her 2002 debut, “Come Away With Me,” sold millions of copies and won five Grammys, including Record of the Year. It basically was a success that was impossible to reproduce.

So you can say she’s already a has-been, or you can say the singer made her money, and now has the freedom to do whatever she wants. She continues to churn out acclaimed albums, and while her fan base has shrunk, it is no less loyal.

Jones will play Marymoor Park in Redmond at 7 p.m. Saturday, touring behind her latest album, this year’s “…Little Broken Hearts.”

The record, which hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200, was another in a series of interesting partnerships for the singer. It found her collaborating with the prolific writer/producer Brian Burton, who makes up half of Gnarls Barkley and also goes by the name Danger Mouse.

Since her breakthrough album, Jones also has sung a duet with Ray Charles — winning another Grammy for that — had music written for her by alt-country troubadour Ryan Adams, and penned many of her own tracks.

When she plays locally, expect to hear a healthy selection of songs from what is turning into an intriguing career.

Tickets for the show are $44 to $79.25 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.

Granted, that will be a low-key show. If noise is your thing, you have other options.

KISS and Motley Crue will share the stage at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The two bands have plenty in common: Both favor campy theatrics — your basic flame-shooting, fake-blood-spitting shock rock. Both peaked in popularity decades ago. And both have cultivated fan bases since then that use words like “awesome” and “sick” to describe the bands’ hedonistic guitar slinging.

KISS will be celebrating the release of “Destroyer – Resurrected,” a new version of the group’s classic 1976 album. That album featured some of the bands biggest hits — “Detroit Rock City” and “Shout It Out Loud” — and so has earned a re-released, deluxe edition.

Motley Crue, meanwhile, reunited in 2008 to record its first new album in years, “Saints of Los Angeles.” Since then, the Crue has become one of the top touring acts, enthralling crowds with pyrotechnics and hits like “Dr. Feelgood,” “Shout at the Devil,” and “Kickstart My Heart.”

Tickets for that double-bill are $41 to $174 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.

Finally, there’s Cannibal Corpse, the gory death metal band that has won a cult following.

The group will headline the Summer Slaughter Tour at the Showbox SoDo in Seattle. Doors open at 1:55 p.m. Wednesday for the show, which also features Between the Buried and Me, the Faceless, and Periphery Veil, among others.

Cannibal Corpse is touring behind its most recent album, “Torture,” which reached No. 38 this year on the Billboard 200. Like past albums, it scratched an odd itch for fans, with tracks like “Demented Aggression” and “The Strangulation Chair.”

Tickets are $29.50 at showboxonline.com or 888-929-7849.

Andy Rathbun: 425-339-3479, arathbun@heraldnet.com