Eoin French, the man behind the Talos, is onto something. Eoin, who studied music in the City of Cork in Ireland where he grew up, created fascinating pieces of music that ebbed and flowed, seemingly built layer upon layer of emotional energy at the Lincoln Theatre recently.
Dr. Dog is a powerhouse. Their most recent LP, Critical Equation, which was released last year, is their 10th album. Since releasing Critical Equation, Dr. Dog have been touring constantly, the band recently brought the house down to a sold-out Rams Head Live.
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.
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.
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.
Jon 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.
Jon brought all of that and more to the Black Cat on Saturday.