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Preview: Morrissey @ The Anthem, 11/28/22


Morrissey (Photo by Jake Walters)

Trailblazing English singer-songwriter Morrissey is on tour once again, and he sings songs new and old at The Anthem on Monday, Nov. 28.

Preview: Della Mae and Sister Sadie @ The Birchmere, 11/20/22

Della Mae

Della Mae (Photo courtesy the band)

GRAMMY-nominated bands Della Mae and Sister Sadie are teaming up for a night of great bluegrass music at The Birchmere on Sunday, Nov. 20.

Live Review: Alvvays @ 9:30 Club — 11/11/22


Alvvays rocks a sold-out 9:30 Club on Nov. 11, 2022. (Photo by David LaMason)

The Canadian band Alvvays has been described over the years as indie pop, dream pop, shoegaze, but regardless of the labels Alvvays have — over three critically acclaimed albums — proven themselves to not only write beautifully crafted songs, full of that wool-blanket-on-a-cold-night canvas of sound, but also put on a spectacle of lights and projected images.

I hadn’t seen the band perform since years back on one of the first nights of their Antisocialites tour, but I recently was impressed at how this band has progressed at a sold-out night at 9:30 Club.

Live Review: Petey @ Union Stage — 11/9/22

Petey at Union Stage Washington DC November 9, 2022 Photo by Casey Ryan Vock

Peter Martin, who records, tours, and creates Tiktok content as the artist named Petey, performs at Union Stage on Nov. 9, 2022. (Photo by Casey Vock)

With a willful spirit at its core, recorded music can invigorate and infuse a winning attitude into the listener. And if songs can offer these benefits in the live setting, then they most certainly can set an ideal tone for connecting with fans.

Petey — a musician who also happens to be a Tiktok star with more than a million followers — recently brought his refreshing and unbeatable sonic workout to the nation’s capital, playing a wildly entertaining sold-out show at Union Stage and demonstrating the charm and reward in the songs that put him on a path for success even before he grew famous on social media.

Live Review: Travis @ 9:30 Club — 11/9/22


Travis performs at the 9:30 Club. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson / @kgustafson)

Travis played the 9:30 Club recently, bringing to a close a short, five-date US tour celebrating the belated 20th anniversary of their third album, The Invisible Band.

Live Review: AFI @ 9:30 Club — 11/7/22


AFI performs at 9:30 Club on Nov. 7, 2022. (Photo by Rashad Polk)

Touring in support of their latest album, Bodies, East Bay punk legends AFI recently gifted the DC area two consecutive sold-out shows at the 9:30 Club.

Preview: Bartees Strange @ 9:30 Club, 11/19/22

Bartees Strange

Bartees Strange (Photo courtesy 4AD)

DC’s Bartees Strange released his sophomore full-length album, Farm to Table, recently, and he’s set to headline 9:30 Club on Saturday, Nov. 19!

Preview: The London Suede and Manic Street Preachers @ The Fillmore Silver Spring, 11/18/22


The London Suede (Photo by Dean Chalkey)

Britpoppers know them as simply Suede, but in the United States Brett Anderson and company are often known as The London Suede. The iconic outfit, often credited as being the first “Britpop band,” released a new album, Autofiction, via BMG in September.

And now Suede have teamed with Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers for a co-headlining tour that stops at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Friday, Nov. 18!

Live Review: Lissie w/ Cat Clyde @ 9:30 Club — 11/6/22

Lissie performs at 9:30 Club, Nov. 6, 2022

Lissie performs at 9:30 Club on Nov. 6, 2022. (Photo by Casey Vock)

“I grew up on the Mississippi River,” said Lissie, a native of Rock Island, Illinois, recently to the audience at the 9:30 Club. “I didn’t necessarily think that was interesting, but as I moved away and the years passed,” she came to see that it was. Lisse, for example, wrote an interesting song, “Oh, Mississippi,” while living in Los Angeles, where she had moved to pursue her music career, achieving success at first placing songs in TV shows and movies (such as House, Veronica Mars, and The OC).

It’s understandable Lissie wasn’t crazy about her hometown growing up. She was expelled from high school as a senior, something also happened the great Lucinda Williams).

Snapshots: Winter and Peel Dream Magazine @ Comet Ping Pong — 11/3/22


Brazilian singer-songwriter Samira Winter leads her band, Winter, in a performance at Comet Ping Pong on Nov. 3, 2022. (Photo by Casey Vock)

With so many venues in the DMV, the area’s music listeners are to some degree spoiled by a plethora of options on a weekly basis as a stream of established and emerging artists make their way through for important appearances.

And with more and more musicians leveraging their network and traveling together with like-minded friends, it seems as though there’s been an uptick in double bills in or near the nation’s capital — in some cases, an irresistible temptation to be out enjoying live music locally.

This past week, Comet Ping Pong offered one of the more alluring tickets to come through the DC venue in some time as Winter and Peel Dream Magazine treated the small room to back-to-back sets of the uncommon, provocative music that has made both of these must-see, must-listen artists.