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Owl City returns to Pipeline Cafe

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Owl City’s breakout single “Fireflies” almost made Adam Young a star … almost because his quiet demeanor keeps him a relatively anonymous personality despite his success.

Young returns to Hawaii this weekend to play his second concert in as many years. His show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at Pipeline Cafe.

“I adore everything about Hawaii but perhaps my favorite memory from my last trip was arriving in Honolulu with no swimming trunks,” he said in an e-mail interview “Having just come from Japan, there I was for the first time in Hawaii, and all I had with me were jeans and sweatshirts … are you kidding me? The first thing I did was run to the beach and jump in, jeans and all.

Owl City’s sophomore album, the platinum-selling “Ocean Eyes,” contained other favorites besides “Fireflies,” such as “Hello Seattle” and “Vanilla Twilight.”

To keep his fans happy, a special edition of “Ocean Eyes” was released earlier this year that included material left over from that album’s recording sessions. “The six songs were just random ideas and B-sides that I’d had in the can for a while,” he said. “I didn’t have much use for them, so they were perfect candidates to include on the deluxe edition.”

Young said he spent June and July in the studio working on a new record and is about halfway done with it. He’s hoping for collaborations with friend Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional and a certain mega-popstar by the name of Taylor Swift. “Both my fingers AND toes are crossed,” Young said.

Tickets to Saturday’s Owl City concert are $26. For information call 589-1999 or visit www.pipelinecafehawaii.com.

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