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Live Review: The Church @ Lincoln Theatre — 6/22/24

The Church, the Australian psychedelic rock outfit famed for its dabbling in ’80s new wave, is doing some extraordinary work in recent years.

Fronted by the singular Steve Kilbey, who has tweaked the lineup yet again in recent years, The Church produced a pretty fantastic concept album, The Hypnogogue, in 2023, and the band toured it globally with mesmerizing shows. This spring, they dropped a continuation of the concept, Eros Zeta and the Perfumed Guitars, and so they recently dropped by the Lincoln Theatre in DC on a tour in support of it.

Live Review: Jhene Aiko @ Capital One Arena — 6/23/24


Jhene Aiko’s Magic Hour Tour was simply that — “Magic.” It was a place where you could get lost in your emotions while finding healing at the same time in her recent performance at Capital One Arena.

Live Review: Camera Obscura @ 9:30 Club — 6/19/24

Scottish dreampoppers Camera Obscura began a recent visit to 9:30 Club with a wonderfully chill new song, “Liberty Print.” The winsome song actually evoked some degree of regret over an apparent failed relationship, but it was sang so pleasantly by frontwoman Tracyanne Campbell.

You couldn’t help but smile and sway along to the melody.

Live Review: Out & About Festival @ Wolf Trap — 6/22/24


On the hottest day of the year (so far), dedicated music fans recently headed to Wolf Trap to celebrate Pride at the Out & About Festival. The music started at 3pm with Be Steadwell at the Meadow Stage, followed by NOVA guitar virtuoso Yasmin Williams and the Cuban-Canadian duo Okan. Things moved to the Woods Stage for a set by Tiny Desk Contest winner Quinn Christopher, then returned to the Meadow Stage for a high-energy set by the band Lawrence. 

Live Review: Reggae Rise Up 2024 @ West Covington Port, Baltimore, Md. — 6/21-6/23/24


Where to even begin. Let’s start with the heat. It was an unbearable weekend in Baltimore with heat indexes over 100 degrees. But even so, fans poured into the port on each day with refillable water bottles, fans, and everything else under the blazing sun to stay cool, ready for a weekend of amazing music just a few days ago. Highlighting local bands and large scale acts, Reggae Rise Up had a stacked line up of a good 70% of my favorite bands. 

Snapshots: Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls @ Rams Head Live! — 6/21/24

Acclaimed British singer-songwriter Frank Turner wrapped a first leg of USA shows, produced by Live Nation, and he’s set to return in August and September! The English folk musician recently appeared at Rams Head Live!, and Steve Satzberg was there to photograph the show.

Preview: New Wave Battle: The Cure vs. Depeche Mode vs. New Order vs. Duran Duran @ 9:30 Club, 6/28/24


DJ Craig Boarman, former co-owner of the Ottobar, returns to DC to present the New Wave Dance Party Battle at 9:30 Club on Friday, June 28.

Dance all night to the “Big 4” of New Wave…The Cure! Duran Duran! Depeche Mode! New Order! Plus, a special late-night closing set of all iconic ’80s New Wave classics!!

Live Review: The Hold Steady w/ The Paranoid Style @ 9:30 Club — 6/21/24


Chrissie Hynde was once described as a punk rocker with a classic rock heart. Similarly, The Hold Steady are an indie rock band with a classic rock heart. And, like Hynde, frontman Craig Finn hails from middle America, the Twin Cities in Minnesota, to be specific. The Hold Steady’s mix of anthemic, Springsteen-influenced rock, the beer-soaked bar band meanderings of the Replacements, and the punk energy of Husker Du, filtered through the Catholic-influenced storytelling of frontman Craig Finn, has attracted a dedicated following that sold out the 9:30 Club recently for the second of three DC shows on their Constructive Summer 2024 Tour.

It was their first appearance at the 9:30 Club since 2014.

Live Review: White Reaper @ The Atlantis — 6/21/24

“Do you wanna hear a punk song..?”

Rushing to The Atlantis on this balmy hot-as-Satan’s-gooch DC summer night, running a bit late to catch White Reaper, I was not expecting a punk show. Although the Louisville-based five-piece is rooted in rich garage punk history, their releases over the past 7 or 8 years have favored more complex, richly layered songs, anchored by hook-driven verses and gaze-y, pop-forward choruses.

So, as I hurried through security in the newest IMP property, I was pleasantly surprised to hear Mike, frontman for opening act Spiritual Cramp, utter those words…“Do you wanna hear a punk song?” 

Live Review: Nicotine Dolls @ Union Stage — 6/20/24


When you attend a concert, you expect to be entertained. Sometimes that means just hearing great music. Other times bands are a bit more engaging and you get to hear stories about the songs they are playing. Still other times you get shows like Nicotine Dolls at Union Stage. Not only did they recently play great music and engage the audience by telling stories, lead singer Sam Cieri entered active conversations with the audience.

Additionally, the crowd had the chance to choose part of the setlist in a live, online poll.