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Ed Schrader's Music Beat @ Pie Shop - 3/1/2019

Ed Schrader's Music Beat @ Pie Shop - 3/1/2019

The duo of vocalist Ed Schrader and bassist Devlin Rice could be described as offbeat, ridiculous garage punk. Their songs can be simultaneously explosive, contemplative, realist, and absurd. It’s never been easy to pin this group down.


Citizen Cope @ 9:30 Club - 3/3/2019

Citizen Cope @ 9:30 Club - 3/3/2019

Singer and songwriter Clarence Greenwood was born in Memphis and raised in Washington, DC where he broke out of the local music scene as Citizen Cope in 2002. Just two days after releasing his first album in seven years, his hometown fans were ready to sing along to every song.


2019 Luck Reunion Recap [Spicewood, TX] - 3/14/2019

2019 Luck Reunion Recap [Spicewood, TX] - 3/14/2019

Grab your best cowboy hat and don’t worry about paying for drinks. Willie Nelson has once again opened up his ranch for a day of well-curated music, from the likes of himself to Mavis Staples to Shakey Graves…and did we mention free drinks?


Small Pools @ 9:30 Club - 3/13/2019

Small Pools @ 9:30 Club - 3/13/2019

On their recent stop in Washington, D.C., Small Pools lead vocalist Sean Scanlon took the concept of “connecting with the audience” to a new level. Jumping into the crowd and standing on the barricades while belting their latest hits, Scanlon and the rest of the band kept the audience awake and jubilant all night.


Vince Staples @ The Riviera Theatre [CHI] - 3/12/2019

Vince Staples @ The Riviera Theatre [CHI] - 3/12/2019

At the Chicago stop on his Smile! You’re On Camera tour, Vince Staples reinforced what we already knew: Get the fuck off his dick, he’s going to do what he wants.

The Long Beach-born rapper, now known as much for his no b.s. interview responses and acerbic Twitter barbs as he is for his music, performed in front of a stage-width screen with cameras pointed at the audience, a play on both the constantly evolving dynamics of how audiences receive live shows (both Staples’ and more generally), as well as America’s all-seeing surveillance state.


Quinn XCII @ Fillmore Silver Spring - 3/1/2019

Quinn XCII @ Fillmore Silver Spring - 3/1/2019

Quinn XCII (pronounced ‘Quinn 92’); though still a relatively younger artist, has managed to grow an incredibly diverse and large fan base. However; I’m not surprised for the fact he effortlessly mixes music of all genres including hip-hop, pop, reggae, rock, electronic, and soul. I remember the first song I ever heard from Quinn; “Another Day In Paradise” which immediately had me hooked and listening to his whole discography. Which at the time only consisted of his “Change of Scenery” EP and a few singles; but what I heard had me anxiously waiting for more Quinn!


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.