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.
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 constantly-dramatic news cycle.
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.
The funky (and Daft Punk-cosigned) bunch from Australia by way of Germany sold out U Street Music Hall weeks in advance for good reason. Did you bring your dancing shoes?
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.
As she sings in “Dope Queen Blues,” “I am a god, of this I am convinced.” Once you see her perform, maybe you’ll be convinced too.
Though they're reaching musical elder statesman status after more than 20 years together, Metric’s set at the Fillmore felt just as assertive and fun as ever.
Underneath a giant disco ball, the stoic and dapper NYC group brought their dark and infectious music to The Anthem.
From his days as a music student at George Washington University to a sold-out U Street Music Hall, multi-instrumentalist Cautious Clay has seen his stock rise for good reason.
On Valentine’s Day, the Zach Condon-fronted musical troupe brought sublime new songs from Gallipoli along old favorites to The Anthem in DC.
Hot off the release of the genre-bending Amo, the former metalcore mainstays brought on moshing, walls of death, and raving, all in one raucous performance.
The business partners are back on the road, and like any well-run business, they’ve streamlined operations and achieved maximum output and profit.
Some would argue A$AP Rocky has put music on the backburner in favor of other creative ventures such as fashion, acting, and an art exhibition. But at a sold-out Anthem, A$AP Rocky reminded the crowd of his biggest strength - putting on the show of a lifetime.
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.
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.
On a cold Thursday night, The Ballroom Thieves warmed hearts with a lot of screaming and shouting...and some soft-spoken melodies, too. That’s their M.O. - rile them up. Calm them down. Simply put, take them all for a ride.
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.
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 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.