Tacoma Dome Tacoma/Olympia Area
Sat., Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. 2018 All Ages
Recommended by Kim Selling
Katy Perry has so many issues, I don’t even know where to start. Should I begin with her rampant cultural appropriation and textbook white entitlement, or perhaps her bizarre proclamations of color-by-numbers rebellion against the very system that pays her bills, or simply remind everybody of that time Missy Elliott and a guy in a shark suit ripped the dance floor out from under her Super Bowl set? She is all over the place, and her music, the one thing she’s supposed to be able to do, shows that mightily—it’s as if she and her production team threw everything at the wall and planned on recording what stuck, only to watch it all slump to the ground in a wet heap. Perry’s 2017 album, Witness, is a perfect example of this free-for-all free fall, desperately slashing through cliché after cliché, each track set to overblown symphonic warbles or disjointed trap beats ill-fitted for her earnest attempts at domming each ballad and banger alike. If you have to go to this show, go early—the real pop star here is opener Carly Rae Jepsen, who, for some reason, is not headlining her own arena tour.