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    Metric Kick Off U.S. Tour

    Metric's new album is called Fantasies, and as frontwoman Emily Haines strutted and spun across the stage at Seattle's Showbox last night, wearing a tight, gold-sequined dress, heads swivelled like a sprinkler, tracking her across the stage -- no doubt engrossed in fantasies of their own. Opening night of Metric's 14-date U.S.

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    Franz Ferdinand Begin U.S. Tour

    Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand strutted and strummed their way through a grand performance at Seattle's Moore Theatre Monday night, opening their 19-date national tour. The quartet played a 90-minute set that featured a lot of their new album, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand. The band started things off with the catchy "Do You Want To" and their brash new single, "No You Girls." Unfortunately, the amplified sound at times overpowered frontman Alex Kapranos' vocals, and suggestive lyrics like "Kiss me where your eye won't meet me" were drowned out. Throughout, Franz Ferdinand demonstrated their flair for theatrics.

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    Lady GaGa Impresses in Seattle!

    "I'm such a lucky bitch," Lady GaGa declared as she gazed down at the audience during her sold-out show at Seattle's Showbox Theater Monday night. Five nights into her first nationwide headlining tour, the platinum blonde singer proved that her success isn't a fluke. The 22-year-old New York native (born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta), took the 1,100-capacity venue's stage with DJ Space Cowboy and three male dancers, following a set from opening band White Tie Affair.

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    Murder City Devils Reunite in Seattle

    The Murder City Devils opened their West Coast reunion tour at Seattle's Showbox Theater Wednesday night. And the garage rock band proved to be just as explosive -- if not more -- than they were in their riotous '90s glory days. The band's six members took the stage after opening sets from local acts Cap Lori and Past Lives.

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    Katy Perry Kicks Off U.S. Tour

    "I never made it through high school -- but I made it through beauty school," Katy Perry announced from the stage of Seattle's 1,100 person capacity Showbox Theater Saturday night, at the opening stop of her first-ever national tour. The remark was one of several she'd make throughout the 75-minute show in what came across as a contrived effort to remind the audience of her image as pop's cheeky pin-up girl. Over 14 songs, Perry danced the hokey pokey, dotted her set with ineffectual expletives ("I'm like Costco. You can fucking sample this shit, too!"), and played all of 2008's One of the Boys. Her third song of the night, the catchy pop treat "Hot N Cold," began strong when her four-piece backing band -- two guitars, bass, and drums -- launched into a rock-tinged rendition of the tune that included offbeat guitar riffs and pummeling bass.

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