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Wet @ 9:30 Club - 3/5/19

Wet @ 9:30 Club -  3/5/19

Kelly Zutrau stood center stage barefoot, getting personal and chatting with her audience in between songs about her sweaty palms caused by nerves and the nation’s capital. The lead vocalist of Wet, could not have had a more authentic stage presence. Touring behind their latest LP Still Run The New York native band, comprised of Zutrau, Joe Valle, and Marty Sulkow, attracted audiences of all ages, at their recent stop at the nearly-full 9:30 Club.


Vundabar @ Rock and Roll Hotel - 2/28/2019

 Vundabar @ Rock and Roll Hotel - 2/28/2019

Touring in support of their 2018 release Smell Smoke, Boston Massachusetts Vunderbar stopped through D.C. recently tour share their autobiographical tunes and female fronted bands Lavender (DC), Indigo DeSouza and singer-songwriter Sidney Gish joined them on the bill.


Liz Cooper and the Stampede @ Songbyrd - 2/22/2019

Liz Cooper and the Stampede @ Songbyrd - 2/22/2019

The Stampede’s rhythm section has an unobtrusive groove that allows Cooper to shine—whether it’s her quieter, finger-picked guitar work, overdriven vocal style, or the fuzzy and psychedelic fringes of her sound that have roots back to The Doors and Jefferson Airplane.


The Wood Brothers @ 9:30 Club - 1/17/2019

The Wood Brothers @ 9:30 Club - 1/17/2019

The Wood Brothers are native to the foothills of the Rockies, and their sound was perfectly nestled among the mountains at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival last summer. But even at sea level, their show at 9:30 Club on a snowy Thursday night lifted an attentive audience’s spirits to 8,000 feet.


Colter Wall @ 9:30 Club - 11/28/18

Colter Wall @ 9:30 Club - 11/28/18

Hearing Colter Wall’s voice--described as “Johnny Cash’s [voice] in the morning” — coming out of his wirey, 23-year old frame is surprising and exhilarating the first time you hear it. The road-weary tone and rustic storytelling on his most recent album Songs of the Plains are also remarkable given the current state of popular country music. Colter Wall’s sound is a throwback that has launched him into a constellation of contemporary country artists (Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, and Chris Stapleton) linked by the producer of Wall’s first two full-length records, Dave Cobb. Cobb has said that his work is driven by unique voices that can carry a story. At Colter’s 9:30 Club his voice was clearly the main attraction.


The Internet @ Fillmore Silver Spring - 12/4/2018

The Internet @ Fillmore Silver Spring - 12/4/2018

The Internet (the band, not the technology) has been building hype since its creation as an offshoot of influential rap group Odd Future in 2011. You don’t need to look any further than the fact that they’re playing two nights at The Fillmore in Silver Spring to understand that the hype is still real.


How To Dress Well @ Sleeping Village [Chicago] - 11/20/18

How To Dress Well @ Sleeping Village [Chicago] - 11/20/18

The first 30 minutes of Tom Krell’s set at Sleeping Village felt like being totally enveloped by The Anteroom. Krell, who performs as How to Dress Well, released the expansive Anteroom in October, and it was a significant departure from his previous two outings. Both Care — produced in part by in-demand producer Jack Antonoff — and 2014’s What is This Heart?, veered perhaps too far into pop territory, the former failing to reach the levels of Pitchfork Best New Music acclaim as Total Loss (2012) and Love Remains (2010). But all of Krell’s catalog helped inform The Anteroom, a return to the spare, industrial stylings of his experimental electronic early work.


Peter Bjorn & John @ Rock & Roll Hotel - 12/2/2018

Peter Bjorn & John @ Rock & Roll Hotel - 12/2/2018

Peter, Bjorn and John have always been able to display a unique spectrum of sensations that can elevate you from mellow to euphoric in a few chords, and that skill was on full display last Saturday during their show at Rock and Roll Hotel.