Health performs at 9:30 Club on Dec. 18, 2019. (Photos by Paivi Salonen; Words by Mickey McCarter)
When you see Los Angeles noise rockers HEALTH, you are both lifted up and smashed down. First, you hear the soaring, light vocals of frontman Jake Duzsik, who elevates your spirit, and then you see the massive, crushing synths of John Famiglietti, who beats you down in the very best way with a flip of his hair.
Drummer BJ Miller added melodic crashes that would alternatively knock you over or dissolve into ether, and thus HEALTH rumbled through a very good show at 9:30 Club recently.
Alexis Marshall fronts Daughters at 9:30 Club on Dec. 18, 2019. (Photos by Paivi Salonen; Words by Mickey McCarter)
Opening with “The Reason They Hate Me” from a new album at 9:30 Club recently, Daughters’ frontman Alexis Marshall slowly began to reveal why he occasionally draws comparisons to Nick Cave. The slim singer swayed to the front of the stage in a suit to conjure energy from an audience ready to dance.
Although the vocals of that opening number were rather growling in a way sympathetic to hardcore, Alexis quickly became much more measured and select with his words and pacing by the time of “City Song,” the third number in the set.
Kim Petras performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Nov. 20, 2019. (Photo by Paivi Salonen)
Kim Petras visited The Fillmore Silver Spring on a second round of North American dates for her Clarity Tour, named for the album she released in June via BunHead. Since then, Kim released Turn Off the Light Vol. 2 in October as a follow-up to her first mixtape.
Eric Church performs at The Anthem on Nov. 15, 2019. (Photo by Paivi Salonen)
Country singer-songwriter Eric Church visited The Anthem for two sold-out shows recently, extending his yearlong streak of shows on the Double Down Tour. Paivi Salonen caught him in action.
Cigarettes After Sex performs at 9:30 Club on Oct. 25, 2019. (Photo by Paivi Salonen)
Ambient quartet Cigarettes After Sex recently performed at 9:30 Club on the very day the band released Cry, their second studio album. Paivi Salonen was there to take photos of all of the slow jams.
Sofi Tukker performs at 9:30 Club on Oct. 23, 2019. (Photo by Paivi Salonen)
It was party time at 9:30 Club recently when Sofi Tukker danced onto the stage to herald good times ahead — at least for one night! Paivi Salonen went along for the ride, and she has these colorful pix of the duo to show for it.
Bishop Briggs performs at 9:30 Club on Oct. 19, 2019. (Photo by Paivi Salonen)
Bishop Briggs appeared at 9:30 Club on The Championship Tour recently, and Paivi Salonen photographed the show.