Live Review: In This Moment @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 5/15/19

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In This Moment performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on May 15, 2019. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

Stopping by The Fillmore Silver Spring recently, In This Moment performed their elaborate stage show to the amazement of The Fillmore crowd. For every concert, In This Moment manages to bring an arena sized feel into the club setting.

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Live Review: Judas Priest @ The Anthem — 5/12/19

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Judas Priest performs at The Anthem on May 12, 2019. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

After not being able to perform the night before due to a storm rolling through North Carolina which forced the Epicenter Festival to cancel their set, Judas Priest hit The Anthem stage ready to rock on Sunday. What was North Carolina’s loss was DC’s gain, as Judas Priest appeared to take all of that pent up energy that could not get released the night before and blasted it into an amazing show for The Anthem crowd.

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Live Review: M3 Rock Festival @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 5/4/19

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Metal fans pose during M3 Rock Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion on May 4, 2019. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

The M3 Rock Festival turned it up to 11 this year for the 11th anniversary of the glam-metal festival.

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Live Review: Rival Sons @ 9:30 Club — 4/22/19

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Jay Buchanan fronts Rival Sons at 9:30 Club on April 22, 2019. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

The statement that “Rock is dead” is made far too often these days. While rock ‘n’ roll may not be receiving the mass exposure it once had, to believe that pure, great rock music is no longer being created is simply an untrue sentiment. Performances like the one Rival Sons put forth at the 9:30 Club recently are all the proof one needs to see that not only is rock and roll alive, but in the right hands, it is thriving.

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Live Review: Gary Clark Jr. @ The Anthem — 3/30/19

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Gary Clark Jr. performs at The Anthem on March 30, 2019. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

Trying to paint Gary Clark Jr. into a box is an exercise in futility. When you started to believe that he’s “just” the next great guitar virtuoso, Gary dropped a soul song that featured a vocal range showcasing his falsetto. When you could not stop dancing along with one of his upbeat and catchy rock hits, Gary played an R&B number that would fit into Motown. And if you ever dared to think that Gary doesn’t have something new to say, he went ahead and released This Land in February, an album and title track that tackles racism in America.

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Live Review: Anvil @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 3/21/19

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Anvil performs at the Rock and Roll Hotel on March 21, 2019. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

Heavy metal filled the Rock and Roll Hotel as speed metal pioneers Anvil rocked the stage recently. Known for being an influence on some of metal’s most famous bands, including Metallica and Anthrax, Anvil has been rocking for over 40 years.

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Live Review: Sevendust @ Rams Head Live — 2/10/19

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Lajon Witherspoon fronts Sevendust at Rams Head Live on Feb. 10, 2019. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

It may look difficult to pull off a major stage show on the intimate confines of the Rams Head Live stage in Baltimore, but don’t try telling that to Sevendust, who put on a display that could counter any arena act. With exquisite lighting and smoke machines put to use with purpose, the guys in Sevendust brought a major stadium feeling into the club recently.

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