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MEUTE @ U Street Music Hall [DC] - 10/2/2019

MEUTE @ U Street Music Hall [DC] - 10/2/2019

Here's a phrase you probably haven't heard before: "German techno marching band." Enter MEUTE.

MEUTE in a nutshell: they take songs that exist firmly in the world of EDM and bring them to life as an 11-piece marching band. Marimbas, saxophones, trumpets, bass drums, even matching red jackets. The works. The group has gained an impressive following in Europe over the last few years, starting out in public city squares and eventually graduating to massive headlining shows and massive festival crowds. With their performance at U Street Music Hall, the Hamburg-based group continued their worldwide conquest with their first-ever concert in North America.


Jade Bird @ 9:30 Club [DC] - 9/28/2019

Jade Bird @ 9:30 Club [DC] - 9/28/2019

Jade Bird, who has been a supporting act for Hozier and Brandi Carlisle, and is finally back on a headlining tour of her own. Returning to the nation’s capital roughly one year after her knockout show at the Rock & Roll Hotel, the 22-year-old English Americana singer-songwriter has graduated to the “big room” and delivered an equally thrilling set at an early show at one of the nations most lauded venues, the 9:30 Club.


K. Flay @ 9:30 Club [DC] - 9/29/2019

K. Flay @ 9:30 Club [DC] - 9/29/2019

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.


J Balvin @ EagleBank Arena [DC] - 9/26/2019

J Balvin @ EagleBank Arena [DC] - 9/26/2019

Colombian artist/reggaeton superstar J Balvin brought his Arcoiris Tour to EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, VA in support of his two latest albums Vibras (2018) and Oasis (2018). On a stage that was almost cartoonish — vibrant colors, animated clouds, DANCING MUSHROOMS, a rainbow stairway to...somewhere, and even giant dancing dolls — costumed dancers thrashed about to the backing tracks provided by DJ Pope.


Maxwell and the National Symphony Orchestra @ The Kennedy Center [DC] - 9/18/2019

Maxwell and the National Symphony Orchestra @ The Kennedy Center [DC] - 9/18/2019

Spanning just over two decades, Maxwell has warmed the hearts of R&B soul connoisseurs, releasing timeless albums and redefining the genre in the process. His Kennedy Center performance, backed by the National Symphony Orchestra, was no less unforgettable.


Twin Peaks @ Turner Hall [MKE] - 9/19/19

Twin Peaks @ Turner Hall [MKE] - 9/19/19

For their new album Lookout Low, Chicago DIY heroes enlisted a producer - Ethan Johns (Kings Of Leon, White Denim, Ryan Adams) no less, for the first time in the career. The results are a shaggy, but not ragged, take on the garage rock this five-piece has spent the past nine years perfecting, that owes as much to 70's-era Rolling Stones as it does to Them or 13th Floor Elevators. If these songs are a more polished version of Twin Peaks than we've heard before, there's an undeniable energy crackling just under the surface of them. At Turner Hall in Milwaukee last week, that energy burst from the stage like lightning from a bottle onto a crowd who were there to give it right back in equal measure.