They may be as traditional of a band as they've ever been, trading Mario Kart 64 sound bites for guitars and drums, but Perry and company still have the quirky charm that made them internet favorites in the first place.
According to Patrick Carney, The Black Keys rarely rehearse. You'd never know it from Saturday's electric performance at The Anthem, a scorching set filled with arena-sized riffs and drum fills.
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.
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.
Though the band announced an indefinite hiatus in 2016, Bombay Bicycle Club are thankfully back with new music, their first since 2014’s So Long, See You Tomorrow.
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, 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 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.
Lizzo has described her concert experience as "Church with a twerk," and her sold-out two-night stint at The Anthem in Washington, D.C. was exactly that: A spiritual love affair of self-celebration and joy.
If a crowd is going to unfurl its freak flag to the sounds of pulsing industrial electronic music, it's here in New York City.
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.
Singer/guitarist Marisa Dabice may have been sniffling and coughing, signs of a still-in-progress recovery from a recent bout of sickness, but she sure as hell wasn’t going to let that stop her from leaving it all on the stage.
DC-based Latin/folk musician Elena Lacayo and her band recently performed at Pearl Street Warehouse to celebrate the vinyl release of her band’s most recent album, Volcán.
Spanning just over two decades, Maxwell has warmed the hearts of R&B soul connoisseurs, releasing timeless albums and redefining the genre in the process. His Kennedy Center performance, backed by the National Symphony Orchestra, was no less unforgettable.
For their new album Lookout Low, Chicago DIY heroes enlisted a producer - Ethan Johns (Kings Of Leon, White Denim, Ryan Adams) no less, for the first time in the career. The results are a shaggy, but not ragged, take on the garage rock this five-piece has spent the past nine years perfecting, that owes as much to 70's-era Rolling Stones as it does to Them or 13th Floor Elevators. If these songs are a more polished version of Twin Peaks than we've heard before, there's an undeniable energy crackling just under the surface of them. At Turner Hall in Milwaukee last week, that energy burst from the stage like lightning from a bottle onto a crowd who were there to give it right back in equal measure.
Bloc Party’s Silent Alarm and 2000s British indie rock - name a more iconic duo. It’s iconic enough, at least, to pack The Anthem in 2019 in celebration of their debut album.
The explosive Dublin group, guided by the quiet rage of singer Grian Chatten, left fans more than satisfied with their high energy 40-minute set.
Co-headliners Shakey Graves and Dr. Dog took to the Anthem’s stage to meet in the middle of their respective styles, which stretch from floor-stomping Americana to psychedelic indie rock.