Paul Janeway fronts St. Paul and the Broken Bones at Stubb’s in Austin, Texas, on March 31, 2017. (Photo by David Brendan Hall)
As a ’90s kid, I certainly love much of the music from the decade of my childhood, but I have often wished I could go back to the ’60s and ’70s to see some of the bands we will never see the likes of again. Listening to St. Paul and the Broken Bones makes me feel like I’m listening to something from those eras and yet, they just formed in 2012. I got to experience the eight-piece soul group live recently at Rams Head Live in Baltimore.
Bent Knee (Photo by Chris Anderson)
Boston rock band Bent Knee popped in to Baltimore Soundstage recently for a quick set as they make their way around the United States on their latest tour. I got to see them a year ago, and I was looking forward to being surprised again.
Charlie Parr performs at the Chill on the Hill Summer Concert Series in Falls River, Wisconsin, on June 12, 2012. (Phto by Andrew Iverson)
Minnesotan Charlie Parr made a stop in balmy DC for a show at the Black Cat on Friday. I saw Charlie in Black Cat’s smaller, more intimate room about this time last year, so when I saw he was coming back, I knew I had to mark it on my calendar.
Twiddle performs at College Street Music Hall in New Haven, Connecticut, on May 5, 2017. (Photo by Andrew Gardecki)
I had a blast at 9:30 Club on Friday night. I almost always enjoy concerts, but every now and then I see a show that goes beyond the normal pleasure that music provides. Vermont band Twiddle gave me that experience at 9:30 Club, easily making my list of the best concerts I have ever seen.
Needtobreathe (Photo by Nolan Feldpausch)
Carolina natives NEEDTOBREATHE have a solid 10+ years creating and performing music, and their great songwriting and musical ability was on full display Friday. The band set off on a tour that stopped at The Anthem, and their six studio albums and years of performing were evident in the polished performance they delivered.
Dermot Kennedy (Photo courtesy Tap Management)
Dermot Kennedy stopped in Baltimore for the first time and I had the pleasure of being there to witness a young, international breakout artist in his first local performance.
lespecial (Photo courtesy Hoplite Music)
After listening through lespecial’s latest album I was excited to see how the music translated to a live performance. Let me tell you, the performance did not disappoint. lespecial stopped by The 8×10 in Baltimore on Wednesday night and shared their music and abilities with the crowd.