Live Review: The B-52s w/ OMD and Berlin @ The Anthem — 9/17/19

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The B-52s perform at The Anthem on Sept. 17, 2019. (Photos by Jason Nicholson; Words by Mickey McCarter)

“Forty years ago, we used to stay up all night and drink coffee to make big plans about the future,” said Kate Pierson of The B-52s. “We called ourselves the Deadbeat Club.” With that, the band launched into the song bearing the title “Deadbeat Club” from 1989’s Cosmic Thing in the middle of their concert at The Anthem recently.

Touring on a 40th band anniversary, which coincides with Cosmic Thing’s 30th anniversary, The B-52s could have stuck to that sunny album of earworms and pleased the bustling crowd at The Anthem. But delightfully, The B-52s took the opportunity to celebrate their entire career with the anniversary show, and played selections both familiar and quirky from across six of their seven studio albums.

Joined by openers Berlin, the California new wave collective, and English synthpop quartet Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, The B-52s tour proved consistently entertainingly and downright beguiling while turning The Anthem into a nonstop dance party.

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Live Review: Morrissey @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 9/5/19

Morrissey-9_DS300010 Morrissey sings at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sept. 5, 2019. (Photos by Jason Nicholson; Words by Mickey McCarter)

Steven Patrick Morrissey is an entertainer, and a really good one at that. Morrissey launched a North American Tour recently in support of a new album of covers, titled California Son, at Merriweather Post Pavilion, and he presented a straightforward but rousing show that rewarded fans with rarely performed songs and his glorious baritone.

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Live Review: Interpol @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 9/5/19

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Paul Banks fronts Interpol at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sept. 5, 2019. (Photos by Jason Nicholson; Words by Mickey McCarter)

Interpol released a new album last year — Marauder, the band’s sixth studio record — and an EP, A Fine Mess, recently in the spring, but you wouldn’t have known that catching Paul Banks and company in action opening for Morrissey at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Thursday.

The well-dressed post-punks turned back the clock and unleashed a short set of very good Interpol classics that had the exact effect of amping the big crowd up for Moz.

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Snapshots: Sting @ Wolf Trap — 8/26/19

Sting-23_DSC00449 Sting performs at Wolf Trap on Aug. 26, 2019. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

In May, Sting released My Songs, his 14th studio album, reimagining some of his best-known hits from his solo career and his time with The Police. On tour now, Sting performed those songs at Wolf Trap recently, and Jason Nicholson captured the majesty and brawn of one of the world’s most thoughtful rockers on film.

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Snapshots: Mark Knopfler @ Wolf Trap — 8/18/19

MarkKnopfler-1_DSC09930 Mark Knopfler performs at Wolf Trap on Aug. 18, 2019. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

Mark Knopfler, former frontman of Dire Straits, released Down the Road Wherever, his ninth solo studio album, last year. He dropped by Wolf Trap on a solo tour Sunday, and Jason Nicholson took some pictures!

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Snapshots: Steve Miller Band and Marty Stuart @ Wolf Trap — 7/31/19

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The Steve Miller Band performs at Wolf Trap on July 31, 2019. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

The Steve Miller Band teamed up with Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives to deliver on a night of classic American music at Wolf Trap recently, with Steve and company providing plenty of rock and Marty and friends delivering the country. Jason Nicholson was there to photograph it all!

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