Snapshots: Violent Femmes @ Rams Head Live! (Baltimore) — 9/30/16

Violent Femmes Perform at Rams Head Live, Baltimore 9/30/16
The Violent Femmes perform at Rams Head Live! in Baltimore, Maryland on Sept. 30, 2016. (Photo by Theresa Sanchez)

The Violent Femmes played to a sold out show at Baltimore’s Rams Head Live, Saturday, September 30, 2016. It was the 5th stop on their 12-city Fall 2016 tour, which promoted their ninth studio album “We Can Do Anything.” It was released 16 years after the trio’s eighth album, “Freak Magnets” — which was published in Feburary 2000.

Bassist Brian Ritchie and drummer Victor DeLorenzo formed the band in 1981 in Wisconsin. Gordon Gano serves as lead singer, guitarist, violinist, and songwriter. Ritchie can be seen playing the xylophone, while a member of the group’s longtime back up band Horns of Dilemma hops on bass. John Sparrow is on drums. Blaise Garza manned the brass.

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DJ Park: DJ Questlove @ Howard Theatre — 9/24/16

DJ QuestloveQuestlove performs at the Howard Theatre on Sept. 24, 2016. (Photo by Theresa Sanchez)

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At 12 a.m. last Saturday I had a lot of questions about the down-to-earth dilettante whose moniker begins with the punctuation mark.

Where was he? Why wasn’t this event sold out? Which of the 80,000 records in his collection would DC hear tonight? Does he ever sleep?

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Music Park: Sex Stains @ Comet Ping Pong — 9/15/16

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Allison Wolfe of Sex Stains (Photo by Theresa Sanchez)

In 2016 riot grrrls use Snapchat.

Don’t believe me? Not punk enough?

Boisterous, bespectacled redhead Allison Wolfe would beg to differ.

“I’m learning Snapchat,” said Allison to the capacity audience at Comet Ping Pong in Washington, D.C., last Thursday, September 15. She was thanking Governess and Coup Souvage & The Snips for opening and had captured part of each local band’s session with her phone using social media app popularized by Millennials. “You can’t see it because it disappears in like 2 seconds. I’m supposed to be learning [technology] though. I am taking a class for that.” She’s enrolled at the University of Southern California and even wrote a song about it called “USC,” which kicked of the Sex Stains set that night.

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Interview: Stephen Salisbury of GROVES (@ Strathmore Music Center, 9/11/16)

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Groves (Photo by Chris Sullivan)

Three musicians. Two tracks. One relentless engineer.

A chance encounter is sometimes the only thing standing between center stage and obscurity. For an alt-rock trio hailing from the tiny town of Groves, Texas (population 16,144) attempting to make it big in the City of Angels, Courtney Ballard was that celestial savior -– if of course you believe in that sort of thing.

Groves does. In fact, they told Live Nation TV earlier this month in a tour diary that “taking that meeting was one of the best decisions they’ve made yet” in their career. That encounter has led to a tour with Culture Club that ends tonight at Strathmore Music Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

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