The Anthem

Julian Lage Trio @ Union Stage - 11/28/18

Julian Lage Trio @ Union Stage - 11/28/18

A Fender Telecaster isn’t the first instrument that comes to mind when one thinks of jazz guitar. Jazz, after all, is a woman, better suited to the elegant lines of a Gibson ES or an Ibanez AF95 than the brutal “squareness” of a Tele. Indeed, Julian Lage’s arsenal includes several varieties of archtops and hollow bodies, but the Telecaster is his axe of choice, and with it, he is creating one hell of a legacy.


Freddie Gibbs @ U Street Music Hall - 11/27/18

Freddie Gibbs @ U Street Music Hall - 11/27/18

Freddie Gibbs aka the Baby Face Killa’s roots lie in Gary, Indiana, but the Midwest veteran sounds like he’s plucked from the tree of hip-hop’s most influential artists from various regions. The gangsta grit of Three Six Mafia sprinkled with the southern flair of Scarface, and lyrical prowess of Ice Cube are traits that make Freddie Gibbs extremely versatile in his craft.


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.


David Byrne @ The Anthem - 5/12/2018

David Byrne @ The Anthem - 5/12/2018

Not many performers would begin their show with an ode to the human brain, complete with a plastic model. But then, not many performers are as known for their eccentricity, or their unusual suits, as David Byrne. And so began his show at The Anthem on Saturday evening, with Byrne sitting at a folding table on an otherwise starkly empty stage, holding a plastic brain and looking more than anything like a professor giving a lecture. The song, “Here,” which ends his latest album American Utopia, even starts like one – “Here is a region of abundant details / Here is a region that is seldom used / Here is a region that continues living / Even when the other sections are removed.”