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Live Review: Sebastian Bach @ Rams Head Live — 5/19/24

“I think rock ‘n roll should be fuckin’ fun, am I right?,” Sebastian Bach recently told an enthusiastic crowd at Baltimore’s Rams Head Live. The 56-year-old singer has been on a 40-day tour that just wrapped up in South America to promote his new album, Child Within The Man

I think maybe if it were another artist, you’d hear things like “return to form” or “getting back to basics,” but Sebastian Bach never left. Although, as he’s said in press, the album took 10 years to write, having had a chance to listen to the album that just hit the streets a week ago, it’s as strong as (if not stronger) than his material with Skid Row, the band he forged back in the late 1980s. 

Live Review: Hank Williams Jr. w/ Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Tyler Halvorsen @ Jiffy Lube Live — 5/18/24

At his recent show at Jiffy Lube Live, Country Hall of Fame Member Hank Williams paid respect to the many traditions informing his music. This is fitting for the son of the most iconic figure in the history of country music, Hank Williams, Sr., but Jr.’s sense of tradition is much broader and more expansive, extending to blues and southern rock.

The set included covers of Hank Sr.’s songs, to be sure, but there were also covers of ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis, and Hank mentioned R&B legend Fats Domino.

Snapshots: Hozier w/ Allison Russell @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 5/17/24

Irish musician Andrew John Hozier-Byrne, better known as simply Hozier, returned to the DMV recently for a sold-out date on his Unreal Unearth Tour.

Steve Satzberg was there to photograph the show!

Live Review: Mannequin Pussy w/ Soul Glo @ The Atlantis — 5/17/24

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Mannequin Pussy is angry, and you should be too. Income inequality is at record levels. The Supreme Court is taking away our rights. Both major political parties wholeheartedly endorse a war in Gaza which the ICJ has ruled is plausibly genocidal. The world’s injustices pile up ever higher, live-streamed to our phones on a daily basis.

Live Review: Echo & the Bunnymen @ 9:30 Club — 5/16/24

Echo & the Bunnymen continue to sell out shows across the United States as they bring on more concerts for their 40th anniversary celebration tour. And their recent return to 9:30 Club in DC gave happy concert-goers all of the neo-psychedelic anthems they craved in a sold-out show.

But the show was most notable for the pure love the audience had for frontman Ian McCulloch — a love that he felt a bit humbled by at the end of a stirring concert that featured epic singalongs of the Bunnymen hits.

Around Town: De-Evolution Is Real: The Restored Films of DEVO @ AFI Silver Theater — 5/16/24

Devo Delights with Restored Films, Storytelling at the AFI Silver Theater
By Christine Hall

New Wave icons Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale of the band Devo recently delighted fans on at the AFI Silver Theater with stories pertaining to their five-decade music career and their recently restored short films — what we now call music videos — from the 1970s and ‘80s.

The films are strung together in a lengthy presentation called De-Evolution Is Real: The Restored Films of DEVO, which showcases their collective strangeness.

Live Review: Cheekface @ The Atlantis — 5/15/24

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Few bands can thrive on a songwriting process steeped in tomfoolery, but even fewer are getting the kicks Cheekface is getting these days.

The LA-born indie rock band is one of the uncommon groups to employ talk-singing, and, with four albums to its name and now touring as a four-piece outfit, Cheekface is showing itself to be a master of its playful craft.

With rapid-fire drivel made of hyper-bland observations and ponderings on the current American existence, Cheekface is also proving to be a hilarious host of its entertaining live performances, one of which recently occurred at The Atlantis in DC.

Live Review: Craig David @ Warner Theatre — 5/16/24

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Craig David ended the North American leg of his 7 Days Commitment Tour recently at the Warner Theater in DC. David announced it had been over 20 years since he performed in the Nation’s Capital. Fans of the UK sensation filled the theater expecting to be drifted into 2000’s nostalgia and that expectation was surely met!

Live Review: Baroness w/ Red Fang @ Rams Head Live — 5/15/24

Baroness, the four-piece that formed in Savannah, Georgia, but now reside in Philadelphia and New York, plays a type of metal that’s heavy. But even those who swear they aren’t fans of the genre come away with an appreciation — if not love — for the music of Baroness. Whether it’s the harmonies (both of the vocal and guitar variety) of John Baizley and Gina Gleason; the complex rhythms of drummer Sebastian Thomson and bassist Nick Jost; or the emotional power that such loud, distortion-laden songs emit, Baroness is a band that’s hard to ignore, as seen recently at Rams Head Live.

Baroness’s trajectory hasn’t been a straight line. And maybe that informs a lot of the emotional energy the band displays in both the six full-length LPs they’ve produced as well as their frenetic live shows. Formed in 2003, the band went through a live-changing accident while on tour in the UK and some line-up changes before their fourth album, Purple. In that period, Baizley moved from Georgia to Philly, where he met Gleason, who had been playing guitar as part of the Cirque du Soleil cast.

Live Review: Neil Young @ Jiffy Lube Live — 5/11/24

Over the course his celebrated, sixty-or-so year career, Neil Young has taken his share of left turns that have frustrated fans and business associates alike. In the ’80s, his label, Geffen Records, sued for him making records, like the electronic music exploration Trans, that were not “characteristic.”

But at Jiffy Lube Live on a recent show for the Love Earth tour, Young gave the audience exactly what they wanted, playing nearly all of his most popular songs, digging in not only to his material with Crazy Horse, but also to his solo albums and his work as a member of Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. 

If you only had the chance to see the iconic Rock & Roll Hall of Famer once in your life, this was the show you’d want to see.