Three-time Latin Grammy winner Vicente Garcia returned to the DMV with songs from his upcoming third album Candela in tow. At his Fillmore Silver Spring show, he explained how this project is a return to his Dominican roots and that it explores the traditional music of his motherland. He’s received lots of musical accolades for a good reason - the beauty of his music lies in the blend between the sophistication and complexity of his compositions and the delicacy of his lyrics.
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!
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.
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.
Most stars aren’t born, they’re carefully crafted fiction. They matter only as a measure of distraction if the lie that got them there doesn’t result in some kind of long-lasting “good.” And Rock and Roll has seen its share of philistines and false prophets. But that wasn’t Prince. So when he died in 2017, there was a hole blown in the universe in the same place that was still only just filling in from the loss of David Bowie.
To those who don’t know their music, a description of Wardruna might sound exceedingly esoteric. Formed in 2003 by Einar Selvik, former drummer for black metal legends Gorogorth, Wardruna explores the cultural and musical traditions of their native Norway through traditional Nordic instruments and poetic forms. The result is a dark folk music that evokes the cold northern countryside, and a world that has been long lost to modernity. Despite this rather particular sound, they’ve found a significant audience. It is likely that many in the band’s US fans learned of them through appearances on the soundtrack to the History Channel’s ongoing Vikings drama series, in which Selvik has also appeared as an actor. Whatever the reason, the band has long fielded requests to come here, and this month they finally embarked on their first North American tour, which sold out on most of its dates far in advance. The first of these took place here in the DC area at the Fillmore in Silver Spring.
Ghostface Killah with a heavier dose of comedy and wild antics.
Why You Should Care:
Action Bronson, hailing from Queens, New York, is a chef turned rapper that since 2011 has emerged from underground as one of the most polished lyricists in rap. His bars are full of personality and wit that lead to a unique variety references to food, sports, music, or just how he sees himself as a modern-day superhero.
Blue Chips 7000 is the third entry into Action Bronson Blue Chips series. The album released August 25, 2017, on Atlantic Records. His second to last tour stop for Blue Chips 7000 will at the Fillmore Silver Spring this Friday, December 22, 2017. Tickets are still available HERE.
Atlanta indie rockers Manchester Orchestra followed up their 2014 double release of Cope and its stripped-down companion piece Hope this year with the release of their fifth proper album, A Black Mile to the Surface. The album takes the band further into the soaring, anthemic direction that they’ve become known for, while reaching a new level of cinematic intensity in its themes and its storytelling. It’s been three years since the band last played in the DC area, but their latest tour finally brought them back again to the Fillmore Silver Spring, where they played a long, forceful set to a packed room.
1,300,000. That’s the number of copies English rockers The Darkness sold of their debut album Permission To Land. Not only is that a lot of wax, it translates exponentially to an egregious amount of asses in seats at shows across the world and back again. Their song “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” – a track that fueled a large portion of those sales and brought in a lot of those asses -- was granted an award by ASCAP for being one of the most performed songs in America in 2005. The Darkness were for all intents and purposes HUGE.
But not in the hyper-genrefied music wasteland known as 2015. In a time where every genre has at least three sub-genres spawning by the time it takes you to view the latest cat gif, The Darkness’s T-Rex revisionism is more often than not seen as a nostalgia act, or even worse, a novelty. Despite having hit after hit, surviving pretty much ALL of the perils that rock and roll can sling at a band, people still ask questions like “I wonder what kind of crowd is gonna show up for this gig?”
The kind who came to fucking RAWWWWWWWWk, that’s who.
D’Angelo didn’t have to show his abs.
By the time his album Voodoo hit back in the early dawn of the 2000s, the forbearer of the neo-soul flame from Richmond, Virginia was already established as a force to be reckoned with. With his 1995 album Brown Sugar, he shined a light on and gave name to this re-expression of a music deeply embedded in African-American culture. The five years between Sugar and Voodoo saw the genre blossom in ways that nobody could have expected. Jazz, hip-hop, funk, and even rock and roll: Nothing was off limits, especially when it came to D’Angelo’s own music.
Co-written and produced by fellow neo-soulophile Raphael Saadiq, “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” on its own packed in as much sex-per-square-inch as could possibly be allowed on the airwaves. A deep cut that smashed together the innocent soul practiced by the likes of Al Green, Sam Cooke, and Otis Redding, with the more get-to-the-point bedroom jams that dominated mid-to-late-80s R&B radio, the track already held the libidos of fans hostage, melting speakers and inhibitions in equal measure.
And then the video happened. Unnecessary in all the best ways, D’Angelo, fairly or not, went from just being a talented up-and-coming purveyor of neo-soul to being a legend. It wasn’t just smart marketing and smart sales; it was an indication of total commitment to his music, his identity, and most importantly, his duty to spread this new history of a culture’s experience as far and as wide as humanly possible.
And that’s the D’Angelo who showed up at The Fillmore Silver Spring last Thursday night.
Get your 1990s nostalgia on next month with Garbage at Fillmore Silver Spring!
Although the band's two most critically-acclaimed albums - the self-titled Garbage and its sophomore follow-up Version 2.0 - came during their 1990s heydey, Shirley Manson and company kept from falling into post-Y2K obscurity. Just last year, they released Not Your Kind of People, their fifth studio album, and embarked on a world tour, performing live for the first time since 2007.
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If deep-fried turkey and 49 consecutive hours of football haven’t scratched your itch for all things brotastic this Thanksgiving weekend, the Fillmore in Silver Spring comes to your rescue on Saturday night with San Diego’s Delta Spirit. Fidlar and JEFF the Brotherhood open in what may be the manliest line-up to hit the D.C. metropolitan area in 2012, AND WE’RE GIVING AWAY 2 TICKETS - you won’t even need to spend any of the cash you saved buying discount waffle irons at 3 a.m. on Black Friday.
Delta Spirit sold out the 9:30 Club back in the spring, and lucky for us we now get seconds. It’s been scientifically proven that listening to “Tear It Up,” “People C’Mon,” and “Trashcan” performed live will put hair on your chest and fill out that sad Movember ‘stache you’ve been cultivating for the past 23 days.
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Not feeling lucky? Tickets are still available right HERE!
Attempting to describe Primus’ show at the Fillmore Silver Spring is like trying to describe an elephant (or southbound pachyderm, if you will) to a blind man. Instead, we’ll attempt to break down a very complex, hugely entertaining show into ten string cheese-sized pieces.
1) The show was in 3-D. As fans filed into the auditorium they were given standard issue 3-D glasses. While the 3-D imagery wasn’t as well-defined as, say, Avatar, it was incredible to see faucets flying through the air as the band opened with “Those Damned Blue Collar Tweakers,” or cheese hovering in front of your face during “Jerry Was a Racecar Driver.” Throughout the evening dots or lines of light would dance and swirl in front of the 2-D imagery projected on the screen, most effectively in “Moron TV” as multicolored shimmering lines jumped off of footage of old Clutch Cargo films, and during the first encore, “HOINFODAMAN,” when a five sided 3-D tunnel managed to give the illusion that you were really travelling into it.
It’s the rare band that could make this gimmick work; they have to be skilled and entertaining enough that the 3-D is an added bonus, not the whole show, and Primus has enough talent for four bands. Les Claypool is arguably one of the greatest bassists of all time, and his almost inhuman skill with his instrument made him just as entertaining to watch as the bubbles flying by your face or the 3-D close-ups of insects. The effects simply augmented what would have been a spectacular show without them.
2) The show was in 4.0 Surround Sound. Speakers were placed strategically in a square around the concert hall, so the sound came from all directions, not just in front of you. While it was amazing to listen to, it only worked if you were inside the “square” created by the four sets of speakers. The difference was noticeable, and the effect was fantastic. However, there was the…
A smart writer once said that talking about Primus is like trying to stuff a baboon into a paper bag; you don’t know where to begin. For the purposes of this preview, let's just say Primus is one of the most creative and unique bands of the last 30 years, an insane mixture of funk, punk, and experimental music centered around Les Claypool's fantastically innovative bass riffs.
Thus, it makes sense that such a unique band would put on a unique show, and on paper they don't get more innovative than this: at the Fillmore Silver Spring on Monday night, Primus will put on what is likely the first 3-D rock concert. Concertgoers will be presented with 3-D glasses as they enter the hall, which are utilized as the band jams along to images projected on a screen behind them. The images pop off the screen and float above the audience creating what the band calls a "fully immersive psychedelic experience." The concert will also be presented in quadraphonic Surround Sound - at least one speaker is placed in each corner of the concert hall so the music comes from all directions, much like the 3-D imagery. At various times, the band will turn around and "jam" to the images their "visualist" projects on the screen.
All of which would simply be smoke and mirrors if the music was no fun, but this is Primus. The evening's two sets will be culled from last year's Green Naugahyde (which features the amazing Meters-on-acid jam “Lee Van Cleef”) as well as 90s classics such as "My Name Is Mud" and "Jerry Was A Racecar Driver," to mention the improv and random covers the band does so well. This could be the future of concert going, and you can say you saw it first.
Tickets are still available HERE. We'll see you out sailing the sea's of cheese tonight at The Fillmore.