It’s hard to make a place as massive as The Anthem feel like a family gathering, but Punch Brothers did just that with some great banter and even greater musicianship.
Miguel lifted a packed crowd at The Anthem in Washington, D.C. to the stratosphere when his Ascension Tour stopped here earlier this week.
Hailing from both sides of the Rio Grande, The Chamanas meld the musical traditions of multiple countries into something uniquely their own. They’ve played alongside the likes of Odesza, Beach House, and Portugal. the Man for good reason.
Shooter Jennings brought his entire career (and then some) to the stage at Washington, DC’s recently opened City Winery. Recap + Photos.
At 22, the multi-talented musician and songwriter Mura Masa has already earned two Grammy Awards receiving international acclaim for his debut self-titled album. For the second time within a year’s timespan, Mura Masa hit the 9:30 Club, welcomed by a sold-out crowd ready to party.
After performing over 110 shows around the world in support of her debut album I Love You Like a Brother, Lahey wrapped up her whirlwind and worldwide tour at Rock and Roll Hotel with one fist-pumping power rock anthem after another.
With a 13-piece band in tow at The Anthem, Father John Misty toned down the sarcasm, but his dedication to giving a passionate performance has never been stronger.
Even with a curveball like Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino, Arctic Monkeys still know how to wow a crowd. Recap and photos from their recent tour stop at The Anthem in Washington, DC.
Sylvan Esso stopped by The Anthem in Washington, DC and threw a dance party for 6k of their closest friends.
Don’t hate, Greta Van Fleet are just giving the people what they want - a young, upstart band playing straight-up rock music. No wonder they moved up from DC9 to The Anthem in less than a year.
Thrones. Water guns. The now-famous vagina pants. At her sold-out Anthem show, Monáe swan-dived into the world of arena-pop spectacle.
Is there a more accurate album title this year than Phil Cook’s People Are My Drug? By now, our love for Phil Cook should come to nobody’s surprise - the Hiss Golden Messenger and Megafaun guitarist has been on our podcast twice to talk life and his love of people and connection. But take one listen to his sophomore album, and you’ll get the same notion that everyone at Cook’s sold-out Songbyrd already knew - he can create some damn uplifting music. Cook drew heavily from gospel and Mississippi Delta music as well as contributions from friends like Mountain Man (which includes Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath) and Richmond’s No BS! Brass Band. It’s a considerate and uplifting collection of songs for people going through struggles of their own.
Except for a brief spurt of popularity in the early-to-middle 1990s, power-pop legends the Posies have carried on a quiet existence outside of the spotlight of the media for years, touring as a duo of lead songwriters Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer. They were around long enough to make a commercial splash in their hometown of Seattle well before the rise of grunge, get included on the soundtrack to Reality Bites, and then soldier on gamely after the major label attention had waned.
The music legend returned to the legendary Birchmere in Alexendria, Virginia to play songs off of his latest LP, The Prodigal Son.
The days of stadium rock would seem to be mostly behind us, as the bands that once filled those huge venues wind down, either finishing their careers or moving on to smaller spaces as the audiences dwindle, and few new artists find their way that far up in the ranks. Last year, U2 proved themselves to be one of the few bands still capable of carrying a stadium-sized venue, as their massive 30th anniversary tour for The Joshua Tree packed FedExField and similarly big venues elsewhere across the country. But even U2 has come to recognize the value in closeness to their audience, and their latest tour production for their latest album, Songs of Experience, follows in the footsteps of their last regular tour for 2014’s Songs of Innocence in bringing the band as close as possible to as many of their fans as possible, despite the still large arena spaces that they’re playing.
The road to music stardom is paved with wedding cover bands, restaurant gigs, and teaching guitar lessons. Nobody knows this better than Bruno Major, who has done all three. Major told Interview Magazine that shortly after leaving college, he did whatever he could to earn money for two years, including playing three nights a week in Italian restaurants for 50 pounds and a bowl of pasta. But starting in 2016, he released one song a month online, starting with the track “Wouldn’t Mean a Thing.” For the next eleven months, the hype grew for Major to the point where he was able to release the songs as a compilation, his debut album A Song for Every Moon, in August 2017. The icing on the cake? He landed an opening gig for Sam Smith’s European arena tour this past March/April. Now that his opening stint has ended, Major promptly made his way stateside for a few summer gigs, including at U Street Music Hall.
As they approach their 50th year as a performing duo, Daryl Hall and John Oates are showing no signs of slowing down. While chart success may have come and gone for the pair over the years depending on where they’ve stood with the musical trends of the day, their hits – 34 total in the US Billboard Hot 100, including six number ones – have stood the test of time and remain some of the most instantly recognizable songs out there. Last year, the duo embarked on a co-headlining tour with Tears for Fears, and this year they returned, sharing the stage with San Francisco rock band Train.
They’re far from being a household name, but no history of psychedelic rock in the last three decades would be complete without a significant section dedicated to The Bevis Frond. Since Miasma, his first self-recorded and self-released album under the name, came out in 1986, Nick Saloman has been one of the most prolific musicians out there, having put out a total of 22 regular albums (the most recent being Example 22, released in 2015), not to mention several live records and other releases, as well as working with other artists including Current 93, Country Joe McDonald, and Mary Lou Lord. Many of The Bevis Frond’s records have been hard-to-get collector’s items for years, but a reissue campaign started by Fire Records in 2016 has looked to change that. Last year, Fire hosted a one-day music festival called This Corner of England (named after a song off of the Frond’s 1990 album Any Gas Faster), and this year repeated the event at the 100 Club in London, with the band as the stars of the show.
Merrill Garbus has a lot on her mind these days, and her sound is changing as a result of it. I can feel you creep into my private life is a rumination of white privilege and the divided state of America. While Garbus and newly-official bandmate Nate Brenner have done a very admirable job in calling out injustices in their previous work (like with “Gangsta” and “My Country”), they set out to confront their privilege head-on and in doing so created the most focused work of their career. (You can listen to our podcast episode on I can feel you creep into my private life here.)
One of the best indie rock bands to come out of England in recent years is The Slow Readers Club from Manchester, but if you live in the US you could be forgiven for not having heard of them, as they haven't had much exposure yet on this side of the pond. The band has taken on a very DIY ethos, self-releasing their first two records and relying on word-of-mouth rather than label promotion or radio airplay to get the word out. The band members even still have their day jobs, but nonetheless through nearly a decade of touring and playing festivals, they’ve managed to build a significant following in the UK. So significant, in fact, that when their third album Build a Tower came out at the beginning of May (this one released by indie label Modern Sky UK), it debuted in the UK album charts at number 18. It seems only a matter of time until the band sets their sights internationally.