Few mainstream pop singers are as fascinating as Sia Furler. The Australian native and former member of Zero 7 is that rare commercial diva who writes or co-writes her own songs. While her music often has the same anthemic structures, relatively simple self-help lyrics and slick production as most hits on the charts, Sia delivers it all with a charismatic force and onstage presentation that are unrivaled. Her theatrical appearances at Coachella earlier this year were enlivened by wildly creative costumes and set design and a large crew of celebrity friends. Instead of causing a distraction, these visual elements emphasized and added to the emotional intensity driving such songs as “Alive” and “Breathe Me.” It should prove interesting to see how Sia will fill the Bowl with her big voice and even bigger visions. Also Sunday, Oct. 9.
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