Live Review: Stray Cats @ Wolf Trap — 8/13/19

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Stray Cats, from left to right: Lee Rocker, Brian Setzer, Slim Jim Phantom (Photo by Russ Harrington)

From the balcony, in a rickety old theatre in Rochester, New York. That’s where I first saw the Stray Cats perform, back in 1984. And when they started rocking, that balcony pitched up and down in a way that probably should have concerned us a bit more. But it was college, we were cool, and the band left us little choice — you couldn’t have sat still for this one. I walked into that show all those years ago a casual attendee, and left a dedicated fan.

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Live Review: Pouya @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 8/10/19

_DSC8614 Pouya performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Aug. 10, 2019. (Photo by @Waufflez – wauffleznotwaffles.com)

The self proclaimed Underground Underdog, Pouya tore through The Fillmore Silver Spring last weekend for one of the final stops on his Liquid Sunshine Tour with his Buffet Boys groupmates Boobie Lootaveli and Ramirez supporting.

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Preview: Kentucky Avenue with Special Guest Justin Trawick @ Villain and Saint — 8/16/19

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Kentucky Avenue’s Stella Schindler and Dave Ries perform at The Birchmere, July 27, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Local alt-country band Kentucky Avenue debuts its quartet lineup when original members Dave Ries (lead guitar/vocals) and Stella Schindler (lead vocals/guitar) are joined by fiddler Michael Taylor and bassist Greg Watkins for performance at Villain & Saint on Friday, Aug. 16.

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Live Review: Bryan Ferry @ The Anthem — 8/13/19

BryanFerry14 Bryan Ferry performs at The Anthem on Aug. 13, 2019. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

In March, Roxy Music was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In a speech formally presenting the honor, Duran Duran’s Simon LeBon recalled how Roxy’s first single “Virginia Plain” was a pop culture bomb to the British public.

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Live Review: The Legendary Shack Shakers @ City Winery — 8/11/19

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The Legendary Shack Shakers perform at City Winery on Aug. 11, 2019. (Photo by Rik Goldman)

The Legendary Shack Shakers played, sang, hollered, and sweated their way through seventy-five minutes of pure Southern Gothic madness at City Winery recently.

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