Live Review: Shakey Graves @ The Anthem — 9/13/19

Shakey Graves Shakey Graves plays at The Anthem on Sept. 13, 2019. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)

Alejandro Rose-Garcia, better known by his hallucinogenic-given stagename Shakey Graves, further cemented his status as a harbinger of modern rock and roll with his most recent album, Can’t Wake Up. Any fans of his know well that he can write a song with a heavy groove, the kind of tunes that stutter-step into beauty.

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Live Review: Fontaines DC @ U Street Music Hall — 9/11/19

FontainesDC56 Fontaines DC performs at U Street Music Hall on Sept. 11, 2019. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Stage performance defines a band — eager audiences arrive at a concert to determine if your songs are meant to be delivered live. In the case of young Irish band Fontaines D.C., the answer is a resounding yes, as seen in a sold-out show at U Street Music Hall recently, where the band dominated with pacing, presence, and something to say (which is best heard live).

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Live Review: Peter Frampton @ The Anthem – 9/11/19

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Peter Frampton performs at The Anthem on Sept. 11, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

Reliving one’s youth isn’t always a good idea, but sometimes the past can return in the sweetest way, transporting us to a cherished place and time. I was reminded of my years in high school when Frampton Comes Alive! was all over the radio, car stereo players, and weekend parties, as I watched Mr. Frampton perform at The Anthem recently, nearly 6,000 of us singing in unison, “Do you feel like we do!”

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Live Review: Banks @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 9/11/19

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Jillian Banks performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Sept. 11, 2019 (Photo by Brenda Reyes) 

The last time I saw BANKS in DC was during her Goddess era, just five years ago. She arrived again recently to greet her loyal fanbase at The Fillmore Silver Spring, promoting her just-released third studio album III. I had a lot of catching up to do!

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Snapshots: Battle Beast @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 9/10/19

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Battle Beast performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Sept. 10, 2019. (Photo by Paivi Salonen)

Battle Beast released No More Hollywood Endings in March through Nuclear Blast Records. The Finn party power metal band romped through The Fillmore Silver Spring recently to open Kamelot, and fellow Finn Paivi Salonen was there to capture all of the action.
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Snapshots: Sonata Arctica @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 9/10/19

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Sonata Arctica performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Sept. 10, 2019. (Photo by Paivi Salonen)

Only days ago, Finnish melodic metal titans Sonata Arctica released Talviyö (“Winter Night”), the band’s 10th studio album. Sonata Arctica then appeared at The Fillmore Silver Spring to open Kamelot, and Paivi Salonen has the pix to prove it!

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