Live Review: Fitz and The Tantrums @ Conrad Washington, DC — 11/8/19

FitzTantrums15 Michael Fitzpatrick fronts Fitz and The Tantrums at the Conrad Washington, DC, on Nov. 8, 2019. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Fitz and The Tantrums came to town for a private show recently, and the band got things cooking behind the scenes and on the stage for an exclusive party at the Conrad Hilton Hotel Washington, DC.

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Live Review: Silence the Violence w/ Katy Perry, Mavis Staples, Norah Jones @ The Anthem — 10/11/19

KatyPerry1 Katie Perry headlines The Anthem on Oct. 11. 2019. (Photo by Dave Barnhouser, 13th Hour Photography)

About 10 years ago in India, Katy Perry met Bob Roth, who taught her transcendental meditation, the singer said at The Anthem recently. She credited transcendental meditation with providing her peace and focus.

“I’m always searching for something — searching for light and searching for consciousness and deeper meaning — and this is the No. 1 thing that has brought me that,” Katy said. “And of course it has helped with many hangovers!”

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Live Review: The Ocean Blue @ Union Stage — 10/4/19

TheOceanBlue26 David Schelzel fronts The Ocean Blue at Union Stage on Oct. 4, 2019. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Here’s how I like to imagine it happened: Teenaged David Schelzel stood on an overlook above Hershey Park in Pennsylvania and pondered the decade that was coming to a close. “I’m going to take the very best of the ’80s and synthesize it into one band,” he said, reaching deep into England, where the very best new wave and psychedelia had emerged, and scooping all of those sounds into one impossibly sweet band.

And so was born The Ocean Blue, which published its first self-titled album in 1989, and captured the zeitgeist of cool alternative music in one quartet (or so we say!). Quite active in recent years, The Ocean Blue again reminded us just how cool they are in a sold-out show at Union Stage last week.

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Live Review: Ladytron @ Brooklyn Steel — 10/2/19

Ladytron19 Helen Marnie fronts Ladytron at Brooklyn Steel on Oct. 2, 2019. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Ladytron opened the show with “Black Cat,” sung in Bulgarian by Mira Aroyo, and you could be excused for believing you were watching the timeless synthpop band eight years ago — when the quartet visited last visited Brooklyn.

But no, it was indeed 2019, and Ladytron also played a host of new songs from an exciting new self-titled album released in February. It was a very welcome return indeed when the band performed at Brooklyn Steel recently!

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Live Review: Dentist @ DC9 — 9/29/19

Dentist23 Dentist performs at DC9 on Sept. 29, 2019. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

When a band is named “Dentist,” you may well be tempted to make remarks about the members’ teeth as a way to ease into a review. Well, we are going to chat a little about their eyes instead.

New Jersey surf rockers Dentist dropped by DC9 recently to open Brick + Mortar, and these folks have some damn expressive eyes to accompany their truly catchy tunes.

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Live Review: Ride @ 9:30 Club — 9/22/19

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Ride performs at 9:30 Club on Sept. 22, 2019. (All photos by Nalinee Darmrong, courtesy of RIDE and the 9:30 Club; Words by Mickey McCarter)

Like a reassuring embrace, guitarslingers Ride strode onto stage at 9:30 Club recently, largely to play songs from a thoughtful new album but also to remind us that smart psychedelic vibes are here to stay.

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Live Review: Nick Cave @ Lincoln Theatre — 9/20/19

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Nick Cave (Photo by Kerry Brown)

“Things really changed after the death of my child in that respect. I saw people in a different way. This is what happens. You think you know who you are, and then everything changes,” Nick Cave said at a sold-out show at the Lincoln Theatre recently.

It wasn’t an out of the blue acknowledgement from the gothic rock musician; rather, he was hosting an open forum of conversation and music where folks could ask him anything, and a member of the audience essentially asked him why he’s been compelled to connect with us in such a manner.

“We’re in it together,” Nick declared, in describing the renewed bond he feels with other people after the passing of his son Arthur after an accident in 2015.

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