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Daughters @ Beat Kitchen - 11/17/2018 [Chicago]

Daughters @ Beat Kitchen - 11/17/2018 [Chicago]

At the first of two sold-out nights at Chicago’s Beat Kitchen, spastic noise rock outfit Daughters transported some 200 fans back to the mid-oughts. While the vast majority made it out of Beat Kitchen on this night unbloodied, none who entered the room left dry — either by their own body’s accord or the sweat of their fellow attendees.


Marcus Strickland @ City Winery DC - 10/26/2018

Marcus Strickland @ City Winery DC - 10/26/2018

Jazz saxophonist Marcus Strickland and his ensemble Twi-Life brought a powerful groove and thoughtful exploration of the linkages between African and American music forms to the City Winery on November 20th, in a celebration of his new record, People of the Sun. Strickland’s musical vision accentuates the connectivity between black musicianship on both sides of the Atlantic, from Mali to the American South, including the intersection of jazz with soul and hip-hop and blues textures.


Cursive @ Thalia Hall - 11/15/2018 [Chicago]

Cursive @ Thalia Hall - 11/15/2018 [Chicago]

Cursive frontman Tim Kasher formerly called the Windy City home, which made the band’s return visit to Thalia Hall a homecoming after more than three years away.

And truly, what a Chicago-ass show it was.

Openers Meatwave and Campdogzz also hail from the 3rd largest city in America and set the tone for the evening, a night so teeming with the working spirit of the Midwest, one could practically taste the Malört in the air. Though Thalia felt a touch roomy–it was, after all, a brutally, unseasonably cold Thursday–fellow aged emos showed up despite their day jobs and an 8:30 show time to catch Cursive on their US tour in support of their new album Vitriola, the first out on the band’s own label, 15 Passenger.


Ron Gallo @ 9:30 Club - 11/21/2018

Ron Gallo @ 9:30 Club - 11/21/2018

Ron Gallo hosted a cosmic celebration for everyone and everything last Tuesday at DC9 Nightclub. His set started with birthday cake for someone wearing an over-sized skull mask. It seemed spontaneous but was so thematically on point for considering his most recent album, Stardust Birthday Party, that it’s possible the giant skull has been traveling the east coast throughout the tour.


Christine and the Queens @ 9:30 Club - 11/4/2018

Christine and the Queens @ 9:30 Club - 11/4/2018

Yes, she owes a lot of her show and her latest album to the likes of Michael/Janet Jackson, but Letissier’s poised delivery paired with the choreographed and sometimes aggressive dance sequences was refreshing, unique, and damn fun to witness.


The Revolution @ Fillmore Silver Spring - 10/26/2018

The Revolution @ Fillmore Silver Spring - 10/26/2018

Most stars aren’t born, they’re carefully crafted fiction. They matter only as a measure of distraction if the lie that got them there doesn’t result in some kind of long-lasting “good.” And Rock and Roll has seen its share of philistines and false prophets. But that wasn’t Prince. So when he died in 2017, there was a hole blown in the universe in the same place that was still only just filling in from the loss of David Bowie.


Mitski @ Vic Theatre (Chicago) - 10/25/2018

Mitski @ Vic Theatre (Chicago) - 10/25/2018

In just a few short years, singer-songwriter Mitski Miyawaki has gone from playing a basement in Maryland in 2014 at the home of former D.C.-area favorites Two Inch Astronaut (RIP) to successive packed shows the next two years at DC9, Rock and Roll Hotel, and the festival circuit. For her latest world tour, she’s sold out 30+ dates well in advance. No matter where she plays, it feels like the throngs grow exponentially each time and her set at the beautiful Vic Theatre in Chicago was no different.


Mountain Man @ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue - 10/22/2018

Mountain Man @ Sixth & I Historic Synagogue - 10/22/2018

Nothing is more reassuring than a group who hasn't toured in six years performing as if nothing has changed. While mentioning that their hour-long set was almost over, Molly Sarle proclaimed "We used to play for 30 minutes, and 15 minutes of it used to be about our periods."

See? Just as humorous as ever.


Little Dragon @ Rock and Roll Hotel - 10/17/2018

Little Dragon @ Rock and Roll Hotel - 10/17/2018

With fan favorites like the Nagano-featured SBTRKT track “Wildfire” thrown in for good measure, their set had all of the ingredients required – fan favorites, deeper cuts, tight-knit camaraderie, and a whole lot of dancing -  for an epic night of music.


Ben Howard @ The Anthem - 10/11/2018

Ben Howard @ The Anthem - 10/11/2018

Omissions of older fan favorites like “Keep Your Head Up” and “I Forget Where We Were” surely disappointed longtime fans, but those that were here for the new Ben Howard were in for one of the most sublime performances to grace The Anthem.