Music Park: Jai Wolf @ 9:30 Club, 12/8/16

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Jai Wolf performs at the Treefort Music Fest on March 26, 2016. (Photo by Kristen McPeek)

Jai Wolf made a stop at the 9:30 Club on Thursday night as part of the Kindred Spirits tour. The show started late (he got on around 11:30pm), but the time of the show did not deter fans from filling up the club.

The mastermind behind the EDM project Jai Wolf is Sajeeb Saha, who hails from Bangladesh. He recently released his debut EP, “Kindred Spirits,” which features six tracks, including his most popular song “Indian Summer,” which you can hear on YouTube.

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Music Park: The Fray @ Fillmore Silver Spring — 11/15/16

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The Fray perform at Walmart Soundcheck on Feb. 5, 2014. (Photo by Lunchbox LP)

I had the pleasure of going to see The Fray at the Fillmore Silver Spring last week. Many of us probably first came upon them when they just couldn’t get the Grey’s Anatomy theme song out of their head (“How to Save a Life,” see video below). Some probably heard them on the radio.

Regardless of how you found out about this band, it’s pretty clear after going to see them that they have reached a wide variety of people with their music.

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Music Park: Burn it Up @ Villain & Saint — 11/11/16

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Burn It Up (Photo courtesy Earshot Media)

A lot of times when you see bands live, they don’t sound the same as they do on their albums. Either the sound mixing is off, or the singer’s voice isn’t quite what it sounds like on the recordings. Maybe the guitar’s a little out of tune. Burn It Up is not one of those bands.

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Music Park: Seratones @ DC9 — 10/20/16

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AJ Haynes leads the Seratones in a performance at SXSW 2016 on March 18, 2016. (Photo by Paul Hudson)

The Seratones, led by singer AJ Haynes, rocked DC9 nightclub Thursday, taking me back to what it may have been like if I were going to concerts in the ‘60s or ‘70s!

If I had to describe the sound of The Seratones, I would say it’s a mix of punk, blues, and rock. I can’t really think of a band to compare them to, but they have a classic rock sound. I might even go as far as to say that AJ’s vocals are comparable to Janis Joplin. The Seratones are made up of AJ (vocals), Jesse Gabriel (drums), Connor Davis (guitar) and Adam Davis (bass). They are currently on tour promoting their debut album “Get Gone,” released on Fat Possum records this past May.

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Music Park: JEFF the Brotherhood @ Black Cat — 9/26/16

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JEFF the Brotherhood perform at Dudok, Tilburg, Netherlands on Sept. 17, 2015. (Photo by Niels Vinck)

Let me begin by saying that if you want to get REALLY close to a band, check out the backstage section of the Black Cat in DC. That’s where I watched JEFF the Brotherhood last week. It was not a huge crowd, and normally I would describe it as “intimate”, except that I don’t think you can use that word in the same sentence as JEFF the Brotherhood. Any “intimacy” left the room when Jake Orrall struck that first chord on his guitar.

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