Preview: Allison Moorer @ Jammin’ Java, 11/15/19

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Allison Moorer (Photo by Heidi Ross)

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Allison Moorer released her autobiography Blood: A Memoir last month via Da Capo Press. She’s coming to perform at Jammin’ Java on Friday, Nov. 15, when she holds a conversation about her book with NPR’s Melissa Block and then follows the chat with a solo acoustic performance from the books’ accompanying album of the same name.

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Preview: Blue October @ Baltimore Soundstage, 11/14/19

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Blue October (Photo by Chris Barber)

A must-see on the fall festival circuit? The upcoming music documentary Get Back Up, which centers on Justin Furstenfeld of Blue October and his struggle with addiction.

Meanwhile, catch Blue October, back and reinvigorated onstage, in performance at Baltimore Soundstage on Thursday, Nov. 14.

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Live Review: Los Straitjackets @ Pearl Street Warehouse — 11/3/19

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Los Straitjackets (Photo courtesy Yep Roc Records)

Asked about the humor in his music, Frank Zappa said that music is supposed to be entertaining. I imagine that the members of Los Straitjackets would say the same thing. Los Straitjackets, who played the Pearl Street Warehouse recently, lean all the way into their gimmick of luchadores-turned-instrumental rockers. Dressed in matching suits and Mexican wrestling masks, they address the audience only in Spanish.

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Interview: Brent Smith of Shinedown (@ Out of the Darkness Community Walk — 11/2/19)

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Brent Smith of Shinedown participates in the Out of the Darkness Walk on Nov. 2, 2019. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

An hour before sunset on Saturday, more than 2,500 people disembarked from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for a long trek around the tidal basin. The walk was part of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Walk.

Leading the walk for the second straight year was Brent Smith, lead singer of Shinedown. Invited by radio station DC 101, and walking as part of their One More Light team, Brent took the time to talk with many of the participants, and to lend a compassionate ear to those who told him of the reasons why they were walking.

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