Dead Horses perform at Songbyrd Music House on April 14, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
Americana is one of those musical labels that can apply to a wide variety of styles (folk, country, rock blues, or gospel) and thus become practically meaningless. However, as a descriptor for Dead Horses’ music, and paired with the band’s origin story, the term takes on a specificity and uniqueness all its own.
Dead Horses — Sarah Vos (vocals/guitar), Daniel Wolff (double bass/vocals), Jamie Gallagher (drums), and Ryan Ogburn (mandolin) — stopped at Songbyrd Music House on Saturday. Touring in support of its third album, My Mother the Moon (released on April 6), a modest but enthusiastic crowd was treated to a lively performance of songs drawing on a wide range of influences that includes folk, bluegrass, gospel, rock, and blues.
Panda Bear (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)
Panda Bear, born Noah Benjamin Lennox, released a Day with the Homies, his third EP, in January via Domino Recording Co. The founding member of Animal Collective will tour the new songs with a stop at 9:30 Club on Monday, May 7. You can win tickets to go with Parklife DC!
Arctic Monkeys (Photo by Zackery Michael)
Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, and The Killers will headline the 2018 edition of the Firefly Music Festival, set in The Woodlands in Dover, Delaware, on June 14-17. This ever-expanding music festival makes for an easy weekend trip from DC while offering access to an all-star lineup of musical talent that also includes Odesza, Lil Wayne, Logic, Martin Garrix, SZA, Alt-J, Portugal. The Man, Foster the People, MGMT, Mike D (DJ set), and more.
General admission and VIP tickets are now onsale for the entire weekend, and daily passes recently became available as well.
Calexico (Photo by Jairo Zavala Ruiz)
Calexico, the seven-man Arizona-based Americana band, released The Thread That Keeps Us, their ninth studio album in January via Epitaph Records. Led by founders Joey Burns and John Convertino, Calexico are touring their new material with a stop at the Lincoln Theatre on Friday, April 27.
Steven Wilson (Photo by Lasse Hoile)
English singer-songwriter Steven Wilson released To the Bone, his fifth full-length solo album, in August via Caroline International. Described by Planet Rock as “one of the most prolific and unrivaled artists of our time,” Steven begins a spring tour that begins in Albany, New York, on April 19 and lands at 9:30 Club in DC on Tuesday, April 24.
They Might Be Giants perform at 9:30 Club on April 14, 2018.
The delightfully unpredictable They Might Be Giants jammed the night away at 9:30 Club on Saturday, spotlighting a cool new record but also leaping fearlessly across time and space when moved to do so.
In short, John Flansburgh (“Flans”) and John Linnell (“John”) enjoyed themselves immensely, and they took a very packed, sold-out 9:30 Club along for the ride.
Ellie Rosswell fronts Wolf Alice at Rams Head Live on April 13, 2018. (Photo by Shantel Mitchell Breen)
Back in 2013, my very musically advanced 13-year-old daughter shared a song with me that she had heard on a Spotify-curated playlist. She instantly fell in love with this song, and she could not wait to share it with me. I heard the song and said, “This song is great. Who is this? I need to look them up!” The band was Wolf Alice, a new band out of London, and the song was “Bros.”