Music Park: Pete Yorn @ Howard Theatre — 9/26/18

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Pete Yorn performs at the Howard Theatre on Sept. 26, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

From the moment he walked out into the darkened stage and the lights slowly came up, Pete Yorn had the audience in the palm of his hand. With just a guitar, harmonica, his distinctive voice, and two dozen songs, Pete delivered a satisfying and heartfelt show at the Howard Theatre recently.

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Music Park: River Whyless @ Union Stage — 9/19/18

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River Whyless performs at Union Stage on Sept. 19, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

After a couple warm-up gigs in the DC area earlier this summer, then crisscrossing the country in support of a new release, Kindness, A Rebel (RollCall Records), River Whyless returned to Union Stage recently. Despite a grueling tour schedule that started back in May 2018, River Whyless turned in a lively, energetic set featuring songs primarily from their last two albums, the aforementioned Kindness… and 2016’s We All the Light.

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Music Park: Nils Lofgren and Friends @ The Birchmere — 9/16/18

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The Birchmere welcomes Nils Lofgren on Sept. 16, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

“Years later…Martin would try to find the words to articulate the power of  togetherness in a world where togetherness had been corrupted — and to explore the  effect of the music, the surprising lengths the people had gone to to hear it and to play it, as evidence that music, and art in general, are basic requirements of the human soul.” Jessica Shattuck, The Women in the Castle

With the words, “Welcome to The Birchmere, thanks for showing up,” Nils Lofgren took the stage for the final night of a three-night weekend run in celebration of 50 years on the road.

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Music Park: Sarah Shook & The Disarmers @ Pearl Street Warehouse — 9/12/18

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Sarah Shook fronts The Disarmers at Pearl Street Warehouse on Sept. 12, 2018. (Photo by Marc Caicedo)

I was expecting Lucinda Williams meets Dwight Yoakam when Sarah Shook & The Disarmers took the stage at Pearl Street Warehouse recently. Well, I got that… and a whole lot more.

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Music Park: Yes @ Warner Theatre — 7/23/18

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Steve Howe performs with Yes at the Warner Theatre on July 23, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

The 1970s are widely regarded as the golden age of prog rock. Many bands to emerge during that era had tremendous commercial and critical success. Emerson, Lake and Palmer! Genesis! King Crimson! These bands represented the most innovative edge of the genre, pushing musical and lyrical boundaries by combining standard blues-based song structures with sweeping compositions featuring musical arrangements most often found in classical pieces.

But no prog-rock band has had the longevity or breadth of experience as Yes, which celebrated its 50th anniversary at the Warner Theatre on Monday.

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Music Park: Wussy @ Black Cat — 7/14/18

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Wussy performs at Black Cat on July 14, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

On a limited US tour to support its new album, What Heaven Is Like, Wussy stopped at DC’s Black Cat for a show that delighted long-time area fans and surely made a few more. Running through an energetic 15-song set tilted toward the new album but also included a few early gems on Saturday, Wussy surely lived up to the high bar rock critic Robert Christgau set when, back in 2005, he called Wussy “the best band in America.”

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Music Park: The Devon Allman Project @ The Hamilton Live — 7/13/18

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The Devon Allman Project performs at The Hamilton on July 13, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

Being the offspring of a famous, beloved musician can be a career boost… or hindrance (just ask Julian Lennon, Jakob Dylan, or Dhani Harrison). People will sit up and take notice of your famous surname — but beware, it can also lead to highly unrealistic expectations.

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