Big Freedia (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)
Freddie Ross, better known as Big Freedia, released 3rd Ward Bounce, her latest EP, last year, and she’s on tour with a stop at 9:30 Club on Tuesday, Oct. 29. All of this is totally appropriate as the Queen of Bounce brings high spirits and funky dance moves to DC once again.
Montree and Lisa J of November Morning at The Wharf on Sept. 28, 2019. (Photos by Mark Caicedo)
I’m regularly reminded of the perseverance, determination, and drive that musicians possess — the hours on the road, the uncertainty of audience acceptance, and even when it may all seem pointless, the energy to keep going. It’s not just new, young artists hungry for success who may harbor doubts; that insecurity can afflict anyone at any time. And although talent is indispensable, hard work, a creative spark, and the urge to share are key to overcoming those doubts.
But it sure doesn’t show if local DC duo Lisa J and Montree, together known as November Morning, possess any hesitancy.
Jónsi & Alex (Photo by Lilja Birgisdottir3)
Ambient duo Jónsi & Alex — that is to say, Jónsi from Sigur Rós and his partner, renowned film composer Alex Somers — performs at the Lincoln Theatre on Monday, Oct. 28, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the act’s debut album, Riceboy Sleeps.
Bruce Cockburn (Photo courtesy the artist)
Canadian singer-songwriter Bruce Cockburn released Crowing Ignites, an instrumental album, in September via True North Records. The folk guitarist plays at The Birchmere on Sunday, Oct. 27.
Mumiy Troll (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)
Looking for some good news from Russia? You’ve got it in the form of Mumiy Troll, the Russian alternative rock collective who’ve broken barriers in their homeland and around the world. Mumiy Troll performs at 9:30 Club on Sunday, Nov. 3, and you can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.
Sleater-Kinney (Photo courtesy BT PR)
Corin Tucker (vocals and guitar) and Carrie Brownstein (guitar and vocals) bring their punk rock duo Sleater-Kinney to The Anthem on Friday, Oct. 25, following the release of The Center Won’t Hold, the band’s ninth studio album, in August via Mom + Pop Music.
Maxo Kream (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)
Houston rapper Maxo Kream dropped Brandon Banks, his third studio album and his major label debut on July 19 through Big Persona/88 Classic/RCA Records. The rising hip hop star performs at U Street Music Hall on Friday, Oct. 25.