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Live Review: Jaime Wyatt w/ Cody Christian @ The Atlantis — 6/18/24

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Good things come to those wait. The audience at Jaime Wyatt’s recent show show at The Atlantis had been waiting months to see her, after she was forced to reschedule her appearance this past February. But it was an evening worth waiting for, as the modern-day outlaw delivered with excellent songs in her rocked-up, twangy sound.

Even if weren’t for her unique personal story, Jaime would be identified as a descendant of the outlaw country movement of the ’70s by her music and songwriting. But the path her life has followed certainly contributes to that perception. The child of musicians, she grew up in Tacoma, Washington, listening to a mix of rock and country, and she started playing coffeehouses at the age of 12. When she was 17, in the early Oughts, she moved to California, where she was signed to her first record deal and placed songs on several film soundtracks.

Live Review: Steve Earle w/ Jack Wharff @ The Birchmere — 6/17/24

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Steve Earle finished his recent show at The Birchmere by playing “Pilgrim.” The song was recorded as the closing track on the The Mountain, his 1999 foray into bluegrass that saw him collaborating with The Del McCoury Band. Earle told the audience that he wrote the song for the funeral of Roy Huskey, Jr., who he called “the best doghouse bass player in Nashville.”

Over the years, Steve said, he and Emmylou Harris have “repurposed” the song, but “tonight I’m going to play it for its original purpose, and I’ll probably play it on every night of this tour.”

Live Review: Maggie Rogers w/ The Japanese House @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 6/16/24

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“My name is Maggie Rogers, and I’ve been dreaming about playing this venue since the sixth grade!”

It may not have been a traditional opening line for singer making an entrance, but this was tremendously fitting. After all, it was the Easton, Maryland native’s hometown show, and so Maggie Rogers recently played a packed Merriweather Post Pavilion with support from The Japanese House . 

Live Review: Nation of Language @ 9:30 Club — 6/16/24

Nation of Language are sincerely a breath of fresh air.

The Brooklyn new wave trio recently breezed into 9:30 Club for a bright set of music that drew from their three studio albums, and audience absolutely could not get enough of the band’s earnest immersion in their synth sounds and their dedication to their songcraft.

Live Review: Sarah Shook & The Disarmers w/ Eliza Edens @ Songbyrd Music House — 6/15/24

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River Shook, lead singer and songwriter for Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, cuts a unique figure, even on the island of misfit toys that constitutes the alt-country community. As a nonbinary and bisexual person, they bring a unique perspective to a classic, hard-rocking country sound that hews back to the great outlaws of the genre, spiced with a punk fervor.

In their recent show at Songbyrd Music House, they played it, as Dylan would say, “fucking loud,” but with an underlying vulnerability and honesty.

Live Review: Frankie Beverly and MAZE @ Capital One Arena — 6/14/24

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On a recent memorable night at the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC, we gathered to celebrate one of the greatest bands in the land, Frankie Beverly and MAZE. With happy feelings in the air the atmosphere was filled with excitement as we all dressed in white, honoring the legendary group.

Live Review: T-Pain w/ La Russell, Nando STL, Young Ca$h, Slick 305 @ SERVPRO Pavilion (Doswell, VA) — 6/13/24

Hip-hop legend T-Pain and the members of Nappy Boy Records recently brought the party to Virginia with the sold-out Mansion in Wiscansin Tour!

Preview: Future Islands @ The Anthem, 6/23/24

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In January, Future Islands released the band’s seventh album, People Who Aren’t There Anymore (4AD). They follow the album up with a North American tour set to launch in Boston on June 19 with a date at The Anthem on Sunday, June 23.

Snapshots: Rhett Miller @ Rams Head on Stage — 6/12/24

Old 97s frontman Rhett Miller recently visited Rams Head on Stage for a solo show, and he played through a lot of songs by the Old 97s.

Steve Satzberg was there to photograph Rhett in concert.

Live Review: Roger Daltrey @ Wolf Trap — 6/12/24

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Roger Daltrey, the legendary frontman of The Who, recently delivered a mesmerizing performance at Wolf Trap, marking the second stop of his 12-stop summer tour, Roger Daltrey and His Electric/Acoustic Band. The 80-year-old rock icon, with his charismatic presence and powerful voice, took the audience on a journey through a semi-acoustic set, interweaving The Who’s greatest hits with select covers, engaging stories, and a unique Q&A session.