Reviews: Imagine Dragons, Trace Adkins, Everclear, King Crimson, Brian Setzer, Leon Bridges

Music journalists translate performances into text with reviews of Imagine Dragons in Dublin, Trace Adkins in Reading, Pa., Everclear in Portland, Ore., King Crimson in Montreal, Brian Setzer Orchestra in Omaha and Leon Bridges in Dallas.

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Shanghai Grand Stage, Shangai, China

Imagine Dragons @ 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland, Nov. 18 – “The bleating extended to the Las Vegas quartet’s music which started big and grew steadily more super-sized through the evening, as stomping riffs gave way to Godzilla-scale choruses and Reynolds stalked a ramp extending into the crowd, wailing like a preacher possessed by the arena rock gods.” – Ed Power/Irish Independent

Trace Adkins @ Santander Performing Arts Center in Reading, Pa., Nov. 19 – “Adkins added some color to the set with a few covers, including Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band’s high-energy take on R&B song Come to Poppa,’ and Paul Young’s arrangement of Hall & Oates’ ‘Everytime You Go Away,’ the latter of which included strong vocals from backup singer Marion Grace.” – Jon Fassnacht/Reading Eagle

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The Paramount, Huntington, N.Y.

Everclear @ Wonder Ballroom in Portland, Ore., Nov. 18 – “The band did all of Sparkle and Fade and a few other favorites—”Wonderful,” World of Noise deep cut “Fire Maple Song”—showcasing the balance between melodic charm and grunge pummel that made Everclear stars of the post-Cobain Pacific Northwest.” –  David Greenwald/The Oregonian/OregonLive

King Crimson @ Théâtre St-Denis in Montreal, Quebec, Nov. 16 – “The Court of the Crimson King’s airy majesty was preserved in the encore, and the closing 21st Century Schizoid Man was thrillingly busy without sounding overcrowded.” – Jordan Zivitz/Montreal Gazette

Brian Setzer Orchestra @ the Orpheum Theater in Omaha, Neb., Nov. 15 – “Setzer’s guitar solos are beyond description. He uses virtually every trick in his vast arsenal of styles, speeds and sound effects, not only throughout his concerts but seemingly in every song. And he throws maximum energy into his performance from the first song to the last.” – Todd von Kampen/World-Herald/

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Pearl Concert Theater, Las Vegas, Nev.

Leon Bridges @ Majestic Theatre in Dallas, Texas, Nov. 14 – “Backed by a solid seven-piece band, Bridges even got the enthusiastic crowd standing and dancing for rockin’ takes on ‘Better Man’ and ‘Smooth Sailing,’ not necessarily the easiest feat in the rather formal confines of the Majestic.” – Rachel Parker/Star-Telegram