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Matt Maeson @ U Street Music Hall [DC] - 10/30/19

Matt Maeson @ U Street Music Hall [DC] - 10/30/19

Matt Maeson’s show at U Street Music Hall competed with game seven of the World Series in a town that was desperate to end a 95-year championship drought. Regardless of the night’s high stakes, his fans--including a few in Nats gear--filled the sold-out room.


EarthGang @ Milkboy Art House [DC] - 10/17/19

EarthGang @ Milkboy Art House [DC] - 10/17/19

Earthgang, comprised of Olu (aka Johnny Venus) and WowGr8 (aka Doctur Dot), hail from the current mecca of hip-hop: Atlanta. The Outkast comparisons often arise, with each group embracing eclectic fashion and music styles. Having released a string of albums and EPs since 2010 and finally releasing their debut album Mirrorland as new signees to Dreamville, they’ve been on a mission to not just make a name for themselves, but to connect the dots of Atlanta’s past, present, and future sound.


Kelsey Waldon @ Songbyrd Music House [DC] - 10/8/19

Kelsey Waldon @ Songbyrd Music House [DC] - 10/8/19

The fact that Kelsey Waldon was the first new artist in a decade signed to John Prine's record label tells you a lot about her, but most importantly, it says that when she sings, you ought to pay attention. And when the native Kentuckian sings, she tells stories of resilience through hard times in hard places delivered over a classic country sound that has all but vanished from Nashville. 


Drew Beckman & the Boundary Boys @ DC9 [DC] - 10/2/2019

Drew Beckman & the Boundary Boys @ DC9 [DC] - 10/2/2019

DC’s self-described ‘queer cowboy’ Drew Beckman has been slowly winning over crowds around town with a combination of on-stage charisma, unique writing perspective, and a great outlaw country sound.


MEUTE @ U Street Music Hall [DC] - 10/2/2019

MEUTE @ U Street Music Hall [DC] - 10/2/2019

Here's a phrase you probably haven't heard before: "German techno marching band." Enter MEUTE.

MEUTE in a nutshell: they take songs that exist firmly in the world of EDM and bring them to life as an 11-piece marching band. Marimbas, saxophones, trumpets, bass drums, even matching red jackets. The works. The group has gained an impressive following in Europe over the last few years, starting out in public city squares and eventually graduating to massive headlining shows and massive festival crowds. With their performance at U Street Music Hall, the Hamburg-based group continued their worldwide conquest with their first-ever concert in North America.


Jade Bird @ 9:30 Club [DC] - 9/28/2019

Jade Bird @ 9:30 Club [DC] - 9/28/2019

Jade Bird, who has been a supporting act for Hozier and Brandi Carlisle, and is finally back on a headlining tour of her own. Returning to the nation’s capital roughly one year after her knockout show at the Rock & Roll Hotel, the 22-year-old English Americana singer-songwriter has graduated to the “big room” and delivered an equally thrilling set at an early show at one of the nations most lauded venues, the 9:30 Club.


K. Flay @ 9:30 Club [DC] - 9/29/2019

K. Flay @ 9:30 Club [DC] - 9/29/2019

K. Flay took the stage at The 9:30 club crouched in the dark on top of layered rectangular platforms that illuminated as she launched into her hit "Not in California." Her setlist, which featured every song off of this year's Solutions, plus her biggest hits from 2017's Every Where Is Somewhere and 2014's Life as a Dog, mixed elements of rock, pop, and hip hop, highlighted the multifaceted nature of her career.


J Balvin @ EagleBank Arena [DC] - 9/26/2019

J Balvin @ EagleBank Arena [DC] - 9/26/2019

Colombian artist/reggaeton superstar J Balvin brought his Arcoiris Tour to EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, VA in support of his two latest albums Vibras (2018) and Oasis (2018). On a stage that was almost cartoonish — vibrant colors, animated clouds, DANCING MUSHROOMS, a rainbow stairway to...somewhere, and even giant dancing dolls — costumed dancers thrashed about to the backing tracks provided by DJ Pope.