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Lady Gaga: just your average New Yorker.

Who is Lady Gaga, really? The self-proclaimed "little girl from a good Italian New York family" manages to be both a pop superstar and a performance artist, a hybrid of Elton John, Madonna and Freddie Mercury. She changes hair color as often as costumes, sometimes coordinating the two (blond with green sequins? brunette with Catwoman suit?). And in her latest act, she’s touring North America with a "pop-electro opera" about a group of friends getting lost in New York on their way to the Monster Ball. Tickets for her show at the Tacoma Dome on August 21 have sold out, but some are available on StubHub from $85.

Also on sale:

Jack Johnson
The surfer-songwriter released his new album, To the Sea, on June 1, then set off on a three-month North American tour with all tour profits going to charity (150 charities, actually). He plays the Gorge on October 2 and the Amphitheater at Clark County (Ridgefield, Wa.) on October 3, with tickets on sale now. Check his website for updates.