Heartbreakers: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo @ Wolf Trap — 6/25/19

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Neil Giraldo and Pat Benatar perform at Wolf Trap on June 25, 2019. (Photos by Jason Nicholson; Words by Mickey McCarter)

With 15 Top 40 hits under her belt, Pat Benatar became a platinum-selling artist. But she’s really been in her zone in the past few decades as a touring tour de force with her husband Neil Giraldo, and the two brought their indelible songs and easy chemistry to Wolf Trap recently.

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Live Review: The Specials @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 6/10/19

TheSpecials-17_DSC09159 Lynval Golding fronts The Specials at The Fillmore Silver Spring on June 10, 2019. (Photos by Jason Nicholson; Words by Mickey McCarter)

There is a certain pleasure in watching seasoned masters of any genre showcase their chops. And so it was that the masters of ska in The Specials returned to The Fillmore Silver Spring recently, stabilized by three experienced musicians and rejuvenated by a UK #1 hit record.

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Snapshots: Nitzer Ebb @ Baltimore Soundstage — 5/15/19

nitzer_ebb-6_DS307810 Nitzer Ebb performs at Baltimore Soundstage on May 15, 2019. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

The Baltimore Soundstage swelled to near capacity recently as Nitzer Ebb prepared to take the stage. And the crowd throbbed in time to the angry industrial dance that propelled Nitzer Ebb to the spotlight in the ‘80s and continues to sustain them.

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Snapshots: The Twilight Sad @ U Street Music Hall — 5/12/19

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The Twilight Sad performs at U Street Music Hall on May 12, 2019. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

The Twilight Sad made a brief appearance at U Street Music Hall recently, but the post-punk quintet, fronted by James Graham, stopped the show sort when the vocalist was too ill to continue.

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Snapshots: Mark Lanegan Band w/ Simon Bonney @ Ottobar — 5/11/19

mark_lanegan-11_DSC08670 Mark Lanegan Band performs at Ottobar on May 11, 2019. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

Rocker Mark Lanegan announced he will release Somebody’s Knocking, his 11th studio album, on Oct. 18 via Heavenly Recordings. Meanwhile, he’s on the road with Aussie post-punk Simon Bonney, and the show arrived at Ottobar on Saturday. Jason Nicholson got some pictures of both acts.

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Live Review: The Dream Syndicate @ U Street Music Hall — 5/10/19

Dream_Syndicate-14_DSC08413 Steve Wynn fronts The Dream Syndicate at U Street Music Hall on May 10, 2019. (Photos by Jason Nicholson; Words by Mickey McCarter)

The Dream Syndicate played often at the original 9:30 Club in the ‘80s, a memory that prompted frontman Steve Wynn to call the outfit “the house band” for a time. On Friday, Steve was pleased to find himself back in DC with a 9:30 Club Production with his finely tuned and reformed band.

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Live Review: Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets @ DAR Constitution Hall — 4/22/19

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Nick Mason introduces Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets at DAR Constitution Hall on April 22, 2019. (Photos by Jason Nicholson; Words by Mickey McCarter)

At DAR Constitution Hall recently, Nick Mason turned to guitarist Lee Harris as his band’s resident librarian of Pink Floyd history and asked when was the last time Pink Floyd performed in DC.

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