Live Review: Snail Mail @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 9/9/22

Lindsey Jordan leads her band Snail Mail in a performance at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Sept. 9, 2022. (Photo by Casey Vock)

Marylanders, Marylandians, whatever you label them, tend to be a boastful people.

Ellicott City native Lindsey Jordan, who’s made a global name for herself recording as Snail Mail, might be as proud as any you’ll meet.

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Live Review: Roxy Music w/ St. Vincent @ Capital One Arena — 9/9/22

Guitarist Phil Manzanera, Drummer Paul Thompson, and vocalist Bryan Ferry perform as Roxy Music at Capital One Arena on Sept. 9, 2022. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Fifty years ago, glam rockers Roxy Music released their self-titled debut album, shifting the tide of pop music in the United Kingdom certainly and eventually elevating the sophistication of the modern musical conversation globally.

Never particularly chart toppers in the United States, Roxy Music nonetheless have embarked on an entirely spectacular if slightly surprising 50th-anniversary tour of our country. During the band’s recent performance at Capital One Arena, frontman Bryan Ferry referenced their longevity, saying it was challenging to sort songs from a long career when mounting a retrospective show.

“But we had to do this one from our first album,” Ferry said, introducing “If There Is Something.”

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Live Review: Lake Street Dive @ The Anthem — 9/9/22

Lake Street Dive frontwoman Rachael Price performs at DC’s The Anthem, Sept. 9, 2022. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Lake Street Dive kicked off the Fall swing of its 2022 tour with a sold-out show at DC’s The Anthem for a recent date coinciding with the release of its new six-track EP of covers titled, Fun Machine, The Sequel. The EP is the band’s second project of covers and its first album release through Fantasy Records.

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Live Review: Neko Case and Patty Griffin @ Wolf Trap — 9/9/22

Patty Griffin (Photo by Michael Wilson)

Neko Case and Patty Griffin have long admired each other’s work, but hadn’t shared a stage before a recent double bill at Wolf Trap. Griffin, who played first, let the audience know how excited she was to see Case. Case, for her part, talked about coming up in the ’90s and said, “Forget about Townes Van Zandt, I wanted to know about Patty Griffin.”

That comment might be a dig at journalists’ attempts to pin Case’s influences, a game which is typically not found amusing by the artists themselves.

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Snapshots: Apocalyptica @ Baltimore Soundstage — 9/9/22

Apocalyptica perform at Baltimore Soundstage on Sept. 9, 2022. (Photos by Katherine Gaines)

With Cell-0, their ninth studio album, the ambitious and electric quartet Apocalyptica have not simply returned to their instrumental roots, they have traveled deeper and further into the universe of their music than ever before.

Apocalyptica performed at Baltimore Soundstage on Friday, and Katherine Gaines was there to capture that journey on camera.

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Live Review: Amanda Shires @ 9:30 Club — 9/9/22

Amanda Shires performs at the 9:30 Club on Sept. 9, 2022. (Photo by David LaMason)

There are those nights, that I know I’ve written about before but it bears repeating, where luck or fate or divine providence gives you the opportunity to witness something powerful. Maybe I’m being a bit histrionic here, but hearing Amanda Shires for the first time at the 9:30 Club Friday night was something I feel required my presence. I’ve known Shires’ music, but outside of her records and her work with Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit I hadn’t seen her perform before — and I am now kicking myself for missing those opportunities.

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Live Review: Spiritualized @ 9:30 Club — 9/8/22

Spiritualized perform at 9:30 Club on Sept. 8, 2022. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

The creation of art in an attempt to connect to people is the most primal urge in pop music, I think. Even those of us who don’t create but consume mill about in the mix, hoping to feel that connection with other folks thanks to the work of the artist. We hope some of that art will wash over us and provide relief in the form of connection.

Spiritualized, the wonderfully English psychedelic rock outfit fronted by Jason Pierce, deal with this phenomenon head-on in a beautiful new song called “Let It Bleed (for Iggy).” It was one of four new songs the space rockers presented in a recent show at 9:30 Club.

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Snapshots: Van Morrison w/ James Hunter @ Wolf Trap — 9/7/22

Van Morrison performs at Wolf Trap on Sept. 7, 2022. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

Sir George Ivan Morrison, better known as Van Morrison, charmed Wolf Trap in a mystic show recently. The Belfast Lion was in fine form, playing songs from across his career — including new album What’s It Going to Take? — and appearing with opener James Hunter, who also received a warm reception.

Jason Nicholson was there to photograph the show!

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Snapshots: Red Hot Chili Peppers @ Nationals Park — 9/8/22

Red Hot Chili Peppers perform at Nationals Park on Sept. 8, 2022. (Photo by Shedrick Pelt)

As far back as I can remember, my most captivating summers have been brimming with friends, food, love, and music. And somewhere between the sand in my toes, car rides with the windows down, and nights staring up at the stars, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have been part of the soundtrack to those adventures.

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Live Review: Appaloosa Festival @ Skyline Ranch Resort — 9/3-9/4/22

Alex and Dan Fedoryka with Molly Tuttle

Alex and Dan Fedoryka of Scythian with Molly Tuttle (Photos by Chester Simpson)

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” – Plato

Two days of Music at the Appaloosa Roots Music Festival was “Music Among Friends,” held on Labor Day weekend at Skyline Ranch Resort in Front Royal, Virginia.

Alex and Dan Fedoryka, founding members of the band Scythian, created the festival that brings in musicians and fans from all over the country. You are surprised to hear and see bluegrass, Celtic, folk, rap, soul, and country Music all in one festival.

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