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?
With Teri Gender Bender serving as the eye of the storm, Le Butcherettes gave a performance that will be remembered for a long time to come.
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.
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 (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!
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.