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Live Review: Soul & Blues: Music Maker Showcase @ National Gallery of Art — 2/26/23

Jeffrey Scott at National Gallery of Art

Jeffrey Scott performs at the Music Maker Foundation’s showcase at the National Gallery of Art on Feb. 26, 2023. (Photo by Timothy Duffy)

On Sunday afternoon, the National Gallery of Art hosted a series of four concerts sponsored by the Music Maker Foundation: blues guitarists Jeffrey Scott and Gail Caesar, sacred soul band The Dedicated Men of Zion, and blues vocalist Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen.

The concerts, which were free to the public, were well attended; at the first two, held on the mezzanine of the Gallery’s East building on the National Mall, the audience overflowed the available seating, with a number of folks sitting against the walls, and even just on the open floor.

Live Review: The Bad Plus @ Keystone Korner — 2/23/23

The Bad Plus at Keystone Korner Baltimore MD 02.23.23

The Bad Plus, recently morphed into a quartet, performs at Keystone Korner in Baltimore on Feb. 23, 2023. (Photo by Casey Vock)

Some projects are simply too good to be stopped, even if the name might suggest otherwise.

The Bad Plus came into being on a bit of a whim, and the extolled experimental jazz band from the Upper Midwest has been through a few permutations in its day. But with its current lineup and the release last fall of the band’s fifteenth studio album, the group has again redefined itself and at the same time managed to renew its place as one of the leading improvisational outfits making music today.

Live Review: Yelle @ 9:30 Club — 2/25/23

Yelle at 9:30 Club

Yelle performs at 9:30 Club on Feb. 25, 2023. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Julie Budet began her recent 9:30 Club show in the middle of the stage, clad in in a full-face glitter mask and a trench coat. As beams of light illuminated her, they struck her face in a disco-ball effect, giving Julie the air of an otherworldly and mysterious creature here to delight us with French electropop.

Julie, of course, is Yelle, the lead singer of the same-named European band, and she began their highly anticipated show at 9:30 Club with “Emancipense,” from the band’s 2020 album L’Ère du Verseau. That album did not receive a USA tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and so Yelle made up for lost time with a dazzling performance dominated by that fourth studio record.

Live Review: Junior Boys @ Black Cat — 2/24/23

Junior Boys

Jeremy Greenspan fronts Junior Boys at Black Cat on Feb. 24, 2023. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Junior Boys, a smooth Canadian synth outfit leading into R&B, recently returned to Black Cat after roughly seven years away with a new album, Waiting Game, to soothe our restless spirits.

Preview: Maya Hawke @ 9:30 Club, 3/15 + 3/16/23

Maya Hawke

Maya Hawke (Photo by Celine Sutter)

Actress Maya Hawke is also an accomplished folk musician with two full-length albums to her credit. She released her most recent album, Moss, last year via Mom + Pop. Now, Maya comes to the 9:30 Club for two shows — on Wednesday, March 15, and Thursday, March 16.

Live Review: Cory Wong w/ Victor Wooten @ 9:30 Club — 2/22/23

Cory Wong at 9:30 Club Washington DC 02.22.23 Photo by Casey Ryan Vock

Cory Wong leads his band in a performance at 9:30 Club on Feb. 22, 2023. (Photo by Casey Vock)

Some musicians can shimmer and strut with such a prestige that their recordings serve as a lure to their live performances and speak to their greater ambitions as an artist.

Anyone can see that Cory Wong has been prolific so far in his career, but a close listen to any of the projects he’s either led or been involved with will ultimately reveal an artist diligently and thoughtfully actualizing his vision for modern day funk music.

Preview: Clan of Xymox @ Baltimore Soundstage, 3/11/23


Clan of Xymox (Photo by M.M. Ller)

This week, Dutch dark wavers Clan of Xymox launch a USA East coast tour, and they perform at Baltimore Soundstage on Saturday, March 11.

Around Town: 21 Popular Washington, DC Neighborhoods by Redfin


DC9 (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Residential real estate brokerage Redfin published a new Washington, DC, neighborhood guide, and they quoted some popular blogs, including Parklife, on what to do in the city.

We pointed to the booming Shaw neighborhood and its prominent concert venues, particularly neighborhood gem DC9 as a place to go!

Preview: Depeche Mode @ Capital One Arena, 10/23/23

Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode (Photo by Anton Corbijn)

Following the rapturous reception to their new single “Ghosts Again,” Depeche Mode have added a new Fall leg of North American tour dates to the Memento Mori Tour, which will support Memento Mori, their forthcoming studio album due out March 24. With the addition of these 29 new shows, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2020 inductees will now set out on a colossal 75-date tour — their 19th tour and their first in over five years.

The Live Nation-presented tour includes a date at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC, on Monday, Oct. 23.

Preview: Betty Who @ The Anthem, 3/10/23

Betty Who

Betty Who (Photo courtesy BMG)

Pop mainstay Betty Who soon launches her BIG! North American headlining tour with support from RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars winner, Shea Couleé and Slayyyter. Betty performs at The Anthem in DC on Friday, March 10.