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Snapshots: Matt and Kim @ The Atlantis — 9/22/23


Indie pop duo Matt and Kim recently brought big energy to the small room at The Atlantis for an entry in the venue’s run of major acts headlining the opening months of the 450-capacity music venue.

Steve Satzberg was there to photograph the show.

Preview: Pink Talking Fish @ Pearl Street Warehouse — 10/4/23


Pink Talking Fish is a Hybrid Tribute Fusion Act that takes the music from three of the world’s most beloved bands and creates a special treat for fans of the music.

Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads and Phish are all more than just bands… they are phenomenons.  Their creations have artistically inspired people and their mind-blowing live performances have brought people together to form a special sense of community around the love for their favorite band. The band brings its unique blend of these three bands to Pearl Street Warehouse on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

Snapshots: The Breeders @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 9/21/23


In 1993, The Breeders burned through FM radio with their sophomore album, Last Splash. The band fitfully fell apart afterward, but now they are back. First order of business: Celebrate 30 years of that breakthrough album.

And celebrate The Breeders did recently at The Fillmore Silver Spring, the day before they reissued Last Splash (30th Anniversary Original Analog Edition). Katherine Gaines was there to photograph the show.

Live Review: Peter Gabriel @ Capital One Arena — 9/20/23


I had not until recently embraced a means of mourning the death of my father. There were enough differences between us that a wall remained around his memory, and maybe I wasn’t all that interested in finding a way through it.

Then Peter Gabriel re-entered my life by means of his fresh concert tour at Capital One Arena here in DC. Gabriel knocked on my wall and installed a door. And he promptly walked right through it.

Snapshots: Nick Cave @ Lincoln Theatre — 9/23/23


Nick Cave recently spent a day in Washington, DC, first at Politics and Prose for a book event for his co-authoring of Faith, Hope, and Carnage and later at the Lincoln Theatre for a rare solo Show at the piano.

It was a day characterized by Mr. Cave’s earnest empathy for the human condition and his poetic insights into love, life, and death.

Nalinee Darmrong caught up with Nick at the Lincoln Theatre to photograph his show.

Live Review: Old 97’s w/ John Hollier @ 9:30 Club — 9/20/23


During their recent set at the 9:30 Club, the Old 97’s played, quite appropriately, “Doing This Longer Than You’ve Been Alive.” It’s a nod to the band’s longevity: This was the band’s 30th anniversary tour. The song is addressed to lead singer and lyricist Rhett Miller’s kids, who have been born since he started playing with the Old 97’s.

Remarkably, as long as they’ve been around, their lineup has been stable, with Miller joined by Murray Hammond on bass, Ken Bethea on lead guitar, and Philip Peeples on the drums.

Snapshots: Pabllo Vittar @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 9/20/23


In February, Brazilian drag queen Pabllo Vittar released NOITADA, a new album, via Mataderos. She’s on tour now, and she visited The Fillmore Silver Spring recently to perform music from across her five studio albums and more.

Katherine Gaines was there to photograph the show.

Live Review: Macklemore @ The Anthem — 9/19/23


On only his second night of the BEN tour, Macklemore, perhaps best know for his party hits “Thrift Shop,” “Can’t Hold Us,” and “Downtown,” recently brought a sold-out crowd of 6,000 people to The Anthem for a performance full of life, dancing, water guns, and good vibes.

Live Review: Patty Griffin w/ Scott Miller @ The Birchmere — 9/18/23


A native of the small mill town of Old Town, Maine, Patty Griffin has lived in Austin for several decades. This past summer, she decided to take time off and stay home to write songs. But Austin was hit with a heat dome, and Patty found herself oppressed by the heat, stuck inside, and unable to be productive, instead watching a lot of TV.

Somewhat surprisingly at her recent show at The Birchmere, Patty mentioned she had been watching a lot of shows about UFOs. When she mentioned this, the audience tensed up a bit, afraid that Patty, like so many artists, had gone off the deep end into conspiracy theories and such wackiness, but she assured the crowd that she hadn’t.

Live Review: Claud @ Union Stage — 9/16/23


Claud Mintz, is just like me and and rest of Generation Z… minus their impressive resume of artists they’ve opened for, holding the inaugural spot on Phoebe Bridgers’ Saddest Factory Records label, and a music video with actor and, as they call him, “America’s sweetheart, Paul Rudd.”

In more ways than not, Claud is a relatable 24 year old who grew up with the internet in America. They wear friendship bracelets on stage, the same kind that their audiences wear on their own wrists, and did so in their recent appearance at Union Stage. They interact with fans on social media, managed a Jonas Brothers fan account before they became famous themself, and made music with friends in college, including their friend Claire, also known as Clairo. They even make Tik Toks, too, though their content may differ from the average person in their mid-twenties. This includes posting videos with friend Jack Antonoff of Bleachers and vlogs of them traveling to open for Boygenius and Broken Social Scene.