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Detroit Free Press Brian McCollum column

September 25, 2013

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Sept. 25--THURSDAY

Travis

This Scottish quartet's optimistic, sweet-natured sound brought a distinctive warmth to the Britpop movement in the '90s, and opened the door for a wave of similarly soft-focused bands such as Coldplay. Fran Healey and company recently ended a five-year recording hiatus with their seventh album, "Where You Stand," and are midway through this brief U.S. tour with opener Rathborne, a new band helmed by New York singer-songwriter Luke Rathborne. 7:30 p.m., Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. 248-399-2980. $29.50, $32.

FRIDAY

Sarah Brightman

The English-born Broadway star is one of the long-reigning giants of the classical-crossover genre. That stature affords her the creative leeway to make records like the new "Dreamchaser," an album as quirky as it is epic-sounding, featuring covers of songs by Sigur Ros, the Cocteau Twins and others. This is a makeup date for Brightman's postponed March show. 8 p.m., Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit. 313-983-6611. $54.50-$154.50.

Stereophonics

Even with 16 years of big-time U.K. success, this Welsh outfit has made relatively little headway with American audiences -- and that's despite the sort of anthemic, sing-along guitar pop that seems custom-made for the mainstream airwaves. Still, there's a devoted cult following here for Stereophonics, sure to be turning out as front man Kelly Jones and the band tour in support of the spring album "Graffiti on the Train." Opening will be Texas duo the Wind + the Wave. 7 p.m., St. Andrew's Hall, 431 E. Congress, Detroit. 313-961-6358. $20, $25.

SATURDAY

Blake Shelton

With "The Voice" revving back up this week for its fifth season, celeb judge Blake Shelton heads into the final stretch of his lengthy tour supporting "Based on a True Story," his latest chart-topping album of arena-ready country music. Show openers include Easton Corbin and Jana Kramer, the Rochester Adams High School grad and "One Tree Hill" actress who jumped into the country game last year. 7:30 p.m., the Palace of Auburn Hills, I-75 at exit 81. 248-377-0100. $29.75-$54.75.

SUNDAY

Phoenix

In 2009, the breakthrough hit "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix" helped turn Phoenix into that rarest of musical phenomenons: a globally successful French rock band. The four-piece returned to the album racks this spring with plenty of creative momentum in the form of "Bankrupt," the group's latest batch of richly layered synth-pop symphonies. This Ypsilanti show marks the first southeast Michigan visit from Phoenix in four years, and just the third of the band's career. 8 p.m., Convocation Center at Eastern Michigan University, 799 Hewitt, Ypsilanti. 734-487-2282. $42.50.

TUESDAY

Korn

With guitarist Brian (Head) Welch back in the thick of things for the first time in eight years, Korn looks to get back to nu-metal basics after an ill-advised dabble in dubstep with 2011's "Path of Totality" album. The veteran California band's new album, "The Paradigm Shift," is due out Oct. 8. This theater tour brings Korn to the Fillmore with openers Asking Alexandria and Love and Death. 6:30 p.m., the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward, Detroit. 313-961-5450. $29.50-$59.50.

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