Live Review: Knotfest Roadshow @ Jiffy Lube Live — 9/1/19

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Slipknot performs at Jiffy Lube Live on Sept. 1, 2019. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

The Knotfest Roadshow tore into Jiffy Lube Live recently, featuring a quartet of some of the heaviest metal bands from around the world. The tour’s creators, Slipknot, were joined in support by three bands from Europe- Behemoth (Poland), Gojira (France), and Volbeat (Denmark).

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Live Review: The Smashing Pumpkins @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 8/17/19

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The Smashing Pumpkins perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Aug. 17, 2019 (Photo by Chris Smyth)

“Making teenagers depressed is like shooting fish in a barrel.”- Bart Simpson, 1996.

In the 23 years since The Simpsons took their playful shot at The Smashing Pumpkins’ music, those “depressed teens” have grown into adults who now have a whole new list of issues causing their anxiety. Their worries about the SATs, school bullies, annoying parents, and a bleak view for the world’s future have become fears of paying bills, a government they don’t trust, kids who won’t listen, and a bleak view of the world as it is today.

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Snapshots: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 8/17/19

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Noel Gallagher performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Aug. 17, 2019. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

As the setting sun painted the sky pink above Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds took the stage. Returning to the DMV for the second time in a year and a half, NGHFB played a show that impressed.

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Live Review: Aerosmith @ MGM National Harbor — 8/8/19

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It’s fair to expect that anyone who has been working in the same job for nearly 50 years may have lost a step. The muscles aren’t as reactive, the passion for the job may have waned; father time is undefeated, and old age just catches up to everyone. Or maybe not.

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Live Review: Perry Farrell @ City Winery — 6/19/19

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Perry Farrell (right) and Etty Lau Farrell, along with the Kind Heaven Orchestra, turned City Winery DC into a festival on June 19, 2019. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

If the term eccentricity could be personified, Perry Farrell just may be that person. He has managed to do everything in his own unique manner over a musical career that spans more than 30 years, including two major bands — Jane’s Addiction and Porno for Pyros, a solo career, and the creation of the world famous concert festival, Lollapalooza.

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