Reviews: The Avett Brothers, Lauryn Hill, Garth Brooks, Ellie Goulding, Iron Maiden, Selena Gomez

Journalists throughout the known universe offer opinions on The Avett Brothers in Pittsburgh; Ms. Lauryn Hill in Munhall, Pa.; Garth Brooks in Grand Rapids, Mich.; Ellie Goulding in Bethlehem, Pa.; Iron Maiden in Adelaide, Australia; and Selena Gomez in San Jose.

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Eccles Center For The Perf. Arts, Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah

The Avett Brothers @ Stage AE in Pittsburgh, ,Pa., May 12 – “It was a solid 26-song set list, top heavy with a few of the big hitters like ‘Down with the Shine,’ ‘Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise’ and ‘Laundry Room.’” – Scott Mervis / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ms. Lauryn Hill @ Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead in Munhall, Pa., May 11 – “Nearly every song was played at around twice the usual tempo, which at times felt exhausting but was mostly dazzling. The band kept pace with Hill’s frenetic rapping, as she moved through songs like ‘Mystery of Iniquity’ and ‘Everything is Everything,’ and Fugees’ tracks like ‘Fu-Gee La’ and ‘Ready or Not.’” – Margaret Welsh / Pittsburgh City Paper

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"Sinatra 100 – An All-Star Grammy Concert," Encore Theater At Wynn Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nev.

Garth Brooks at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich., May 12 – “The whole show seemed so natural that you almost felt as if you dropped in on friends who were having one heck of a backyard party.” – John Gonzales / The Grand Rapids Press /

Ellie Goulding @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pa., May 11 – “The new, reggae-infused platinum hit ‘On My Mind’ was good, and the new ‘Codes’ even better – showing that Goulding is as good – if not better – singing fun and more poppy songs. She even sang with more fun in her voice on the latter song.” – John J. Moser / The Morning Call

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Performing on the Sands Steel Stage at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pa.

Iron Maiden @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Hindmarsh, Australia, May 12 – “’Children of the Damned,’ with its acoustic guitar intro, got the crowd singing the first of many classic football-chant style choruses, followed later by a searing, flag-waving rendition of ‘The Trooper,’ then the haunting bell chimes and noose swinging of ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name.’” – Patrick McDonald / The Advertiser

Selena Gomez @ SAP Center At San Jose in San Jose, Calif., May 11 – “Opening with the arresting electro-pop nugget ‘Same Old Love,’ Gomez delivered a well-paced 80-minute set that sparkled with personality and sailed along with a sense of purpose.” – Jim Harrington / The Mercury News