Simon, Sting a cool matchup

  • Wed Feb 12th, 2014 6:29pm
  • Life

By Andy Rathbun Special to The Herald

Two musical icons plan to raise each other’s game when they come to Seattle at 8 p.m. Wednesday for a show at KeyArena.

Paul Simon and Sting, in their first tour together, will showcase the music that has made them modern day legends.

The pair told Rolling Stone that they believe being on stage together will force them to up the caliber of their performances. That could mean vibrant renditions of classic tracks, be it “Graceland” and “Kodachrome” from Simon, or “Desert Rose” and “Every Breath You Take” from Sting.

The two intend to take the stage together to begin and end the show, sharing the microphone for some of their best loved songs, with the middle section of the concert featuring solo sets from each artist.

Tickets are $55.55 to $277.84 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.

Meanwhile, the Tacoma Dome will host pop music’s current enfant terrible, Miley Cyrus, for a show at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Cyrus, of course, has barely left tabloid headlines since her button-pushing performance at the MTV VMA’s — a performance that shocked many parents who had warm memories of the one-time Disney star.

Since that appearance, she’s made a point of smoking pot on stage and talking porn with interviewers.

Indeed, Cyrus’s behavior has outshone her songs, including recent hits “Wrecking Ball” and “We Can’t Stop,” both strong singles from the one-time star of “Hannah Montana.”

Expect to hear both of those tracks — and see plenty of audacious material — during her show.

Tickets are $52.48 to $106.83 at ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.

The Pixies have made some headlines of their own lately. The trend-setting indie rockers will play the Paramount Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The group has irked some fans with a spat of new material that some critics argue falls short of the band’s legacy. Others have groused about turnover in the Pixies lineup — the group is on its third bassist in the past seven months, after founding member Kim Deal left and her replacement, Kim Shattuck, was fired.

Those minor tempests shouldn’t overshadow a strong performance from the group, which can still tear through the hits, including “Where Is My Mind?” and “Debaser.”

Tickets are $59.50 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.

Amos Lee also is coming to the Paramount Theatre, for a show at 8 p.m. Monday.

Lee holds a dubious honor: His 2011 album, “Mission Bell,” was the lowest-selling No. 1 album in the history of the Billboard charts upon its release. It topped the list by selling a scant 40,000 copies.

That said, Lee has established himself in recent years as one of his generations more accomplished singer-songwriters, capable of fusing soul, jazz and funk.

Tickets are $36 to $44.25 at stgpresents.org or 877-784-4849.

Band of Horses will hit the Moore Theatre at 8 p.m. Sunday for a sold-out acoustic performance.

The act, which got its start in Seattle before relocating to South Carolina, have continued to stray from its indie rock roots, jettisoning experimentation for earnestness.

The group is touring now behind “Acoustic at the Ryman,” recorded live in Nashville.

Tickets are available at a markup at stubhub.com.

Finally, Seattle alt-pop act The Presidents of the United States of America will again celebrate President’s Day with a hometown show.

The group, best known for mid-1990s hits such as “Lump” and “Peaches,” will play the Showbox at 8 p.m. Saturday, two days before the actual holiday.

Tickets are $25 at showboxonline.com or 888-929-7849.