Reviews: Bon Iver, Steve Nicks, Tegan And Sara, Foreigner, Pet Shop Boys, Brad Paisley, Morrissey

Today’s gathering of critiques shines the spotlight on Bon Iver’s show in Oakland, Calif.; Stevie Nicks performing in Phoenix; Tegan And Sara in Columbus, Ohio; Foreigner in Boston; Pet Shop Boys in Salt Lake City; Brad Paisley in Los Angeles; and Morrissey’s recent concert in Singapore.

Bon Iver @ Fox Theater in Oakland, Calif., Oct. 20 – “With an incredible combination of lights and projections, Vernon and his production team crafted a multimedia performance that added another dimension to the music.” – Andrea Lim / The Stanford Daily

Stevie Nicks @ Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Ariz., Oct. 25 – “I’m not sure that anyone who is a fan of Nicks’ entire career, with the Mac and solo, could have asked for a better evening or a better selection of songs. Opening with a cult favorite like “Gold and Braid” blew my mind nearly as much as the stage setting, which brought to mind a variety-show set from the 1970s. It would progress just as the set would.” – Mitchell Hillman / Phoenix New Times

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Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, Calif.

Tegan And Sara @ Express Live! in Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 25 – “At first, the singing sibs dove into ‘Back In Your Head,’ from 2007’s The Con, a fetching pop song full of yearning and frustration but riding on an electro-pop groove stripped bare to its beat and just a few adornments. Despite its dance pop foundation, it was the emotion expressed in the song that made it matter.” – Curtis Schieber / The Columbus Dispatch

Foreigner (“Hits Unplugged Tour”) @Shubert Theatre – Citi Performing Arts Center in Boston, Mass., Oct. 24 – “Kicking off the show with songs like ‘Say You Will,’ ‘Double Vision’ and ‘Long, Long Way from Home’ they led the crowd on roughly 90 minute journey through a 40 year portfolio of ballads and crowd pleasers.’” – Shawn Costa / The Republican /

Pet Shop Boys @ Rockwell at The Complex in Salt Lake City, Utah – “[Neil] Tennant’s vocals were on point the entire evening, and the energy offered up by the now 62-year-old was inspiring and impressive. [Chris] Lowe’s keyboard work was as strong as ever, the backing musicians more than proved their mettle, and the accompanying light show, as well as the right-sized venue, rounded out the memorable performance.” – Scott Tittrington / Daily Herald /

Brad Paisley @ Los Angeles Tennis Center at UCLA in Los Angeles, Calif. – “Throughout the remainder of the concert, Paisley’s most popular songs, such as “Water” from his 2009 American Saturday Night and “Old Alabama” from 2011′s This is Country Music, echoed under the warm, fall night as couples swing danced on the floor level and students, perched on their friends’ shoulders, waved American flags.” – Samantha Suman / Daily Bruin

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MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, Tampa, Fla.

Morrissey @ Marina Barrage in Singapore Oct. 15 – “While his banter is usually limited and quite terse, he seemed to relish speaking in poetic overtures. ‘Today will never come again, tonight cannot be repeated, so with urgency and some desperation, let me say… Let Me Kiss You,’ he said with a dramatic flourish before launching into the song of the same name.” – Anjali Raguraman / Straits Times