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?
Part razor-sharp condemnation of our modern world, and part journey through Jana Hunter’s recent reidentification as “they/he,” Lower Dens’ The Competition utilizes the power of the dance floor to make a case for love and acceptance not just in dangerous times, but as the law of the land. It’s a powerful and ultimately uplifting statement from this revered Baltimore-based band and not just the best album of their careers, but one of the most essential listens of 2019.
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.
Singer. Guitarist. Actress. And on a nice Friday night at DC9, birthday girl.
2015’s Star Wars and its 2016 follow up Schmilco delivered a shot in the arm to one of indie-rock’s most lauded and revered acts: Wilco. Both were shaggier affairs then what had come before — 2011’s The Whole Love, while it had its moments, was a more near-miss-than-hit power-pop extravaganza. And both showed that, at least for Wilco, smaller albums necessarily meant better albums as the band pushed into its second decade with the current, and most stable lineup in Wilco’s history.
Enter Ode To Joy.
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.