Live Review: LP @ Lincoln Theatre — 2/19/19

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LP amazes a sold-out crowd at The Lincoln Theatre on Feb. 19, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)

Laura Pergolizzi, who goes by her stage name LP, is a performer who keeps growing both as an artist and as a performer. But the one thing that remains constant is her dedication to her fans. And this was in full effect at the Lincoln Theatre Tuesday. On the heels of the release of her album, Heart to Mouth, in December, LP embarked on a worldwide tour, bring not one but two sold-out shows in DC with the first night at the Lincoln Theatre.

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Live Review: Adrianne Lenker @ Metro Gallery — 2/16/19

AdrienneLenker9Adrianne Lenker mesmerizes at the Metro Gallery on Feb. 16, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)

Adrianne Lenker, front person for the band Big Thief, creates the kind of music that is both beautiful and heart breaking.  It’s also easy to lose yourself in the stories she tells. And tell them she did at Metro Gallery in Baltimore recently.
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Live Review: Beirut @ The Anthem — 2/14/19

Beirut14Beirut performs at The Anthem on Feb. 14, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)

Beirut, the musical creation of multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Zach Condon, had some humble beginnings — a truly bedroom project where he used to live in Sante Fe, New Mexico. But that project has, for the past several years, become an amazing musical force, pulling influences from Italian westerns to European folk music. But the one thing that ties it all together is the unique voice of Zach himself, which we heard clearly at The Anthem recently.

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Live Review: Jon Spencer and The Hitmakers @ Black Cat — 1/12/19

JonSpencerHM1Jon Spencer tears it up at the Black Cat on Jan. 12, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)

Although Jon Spencer has been involved in a host of bands since the early ’80s, 2018 saw his first LP released under his own name.  The album, Spencer Sings the Hits!, is packed with what makes Jon Spencer amazing — the garage punk, B-movie aesthetic, and rockabilly swagger he has perfected over 30 years of making music with bands like the DC-born Pussy Galore, Boss Hog, and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

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Live Review: Joseph Arthur @ City Winery — 12/29/18

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Joseph Arthur performs at City Winery on Dec. 29, 2018 (Photo by David LaMason)

Joseph Arthur is one of those songwriters that seems to have an unlimited tap of creativity.  He’s an artist both visually in terms of his paintings and also in terms of his poetry and song craft.  Oh, and he’s created more than 20 albums with the likes of T-Bone Burnett, Peter Gabriel, Peter Buck, Ben Harper (seriously, I could go on for some time here) and there’s no hint of him slowing anytime soon. He gave us a taste of his new work at DC’s City Winery on Saturday.

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Live Review: Too Many Zooz @ 9:30 Club — 12/22/18

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Too Many Zooz amaze the crowd at the 9:30 Club on Dec. 23, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)

The New York City-based trio Too Many Zooz refer to their own music as “brass house,” which can be a bit hard to describe. Incorporating elements of up tempo ska, house, dub, and jazz, David “King of Sludge” Parks (drums/percussion), Leo Pellegrino (baritone sax), and Matt “Doe” Muirhead (trumpet/keys) have gone from busking the busy New York subway to playing alongside Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks at the 50th Annual CMA Awards in 2016.

And the trio took their brass house sound to 9:30 Club on Saturday.

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