Reviews: Madonna, Electric Zoo, Dwight Yoakam, Imagine Dragons, King Crimson, Luke Bryan

Journalists offer their two cents on recent concerts, including Madonna in Montreal; Electric Zoo festival in New York; Dwight Yoakam in Roanoke; Imagine Dragons in New Zealand; King Crimson in England and Luke Bryan in Cleveland.

Madonna kicks off the North American leg of her “Rebel Heart” tour @ Bell Centre in Montreal – “The start, and the end. The song title and the show shared a sense of self-confidence and a sense of play. The first was never in doubt; the second was a minor revelation from an artist whose discipline and perfectionism haven’t compromised a love of serious fun.” – Jordan Zivitz/Montreal Gazette

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Opening night of her Rebel Heart Tour at the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec.

Dwight Yoakam @ Elmwood Park in Roanoke, Va. – “These days, the multi platinum-selling Yoakam is more a critical favorite than a commercial one, but his show was still a rocked-up, bro country-free affair that engaged people who still dig what he is doing.” – Tad Dickens/The Roanoke Times

King Crimson @ Brighton Dome in Brighton, England – “Robert Fripp’s latest incarnation of his progressive rock progenitors came in the form of a magnificent ‘seven-headed beast of Crim’, providing everything an audience could ask for and more.” Nick Aldwinckle/The Argus

@ Randall’s Island in New York – “Acts like Nervo, 3lau, Dirty South and Adventure Club breezed from hook to hook — from their own songs or other peoples’ – and gave a happy crowd words to shout along with. On Electric Zoo’s (mostly virtual) turntables, there was room for everything.” – Jon Pareles/The New York Times

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Performing on day 1 of the Electric Zoo EDM festival at Randall’s Island Park in New York.

Imagine Dragons @ Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand – “From their first song ‘Shots,’ off their latest album Smoke + Mirrors, the Las Vegas band oozed energy and it was clear that fans – who filled up the better half of the venue – were going to be in for a fun night.” – Rachel Bache/New Zealand Herald

Luke Bryan @ FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio – “Some performers can be dwarfed by a venue the size of FirstEnergy Stadium. Bryan is not one of them. His humility – a key part of the show was a shared segment with Lynch and Houser – and his talent mean the guy has earned his time in the spotlight.” – Chuck Yarborough/The Plain Dealer/