Live Review: Raphael Saadiq @ 9:30 Club — 2/9/20

RaphaelSaadiq1 Raphael Saddiq performs at 9:30 Club on Feb. 9, 2020. (Photo by David LaMason)

A few years ago, I was a commuter, making the trip from Baltimore to DC every day through rush hour traffic and some time on my hands while stuck in that bumper-to-bumper grind. My one saving grace was this album, “Stone Rollin'” that I became obsessed with. It felt old but in a new way — bright production with an old soul.

I knew of Raphael Saadiq’s group in the late 80’s, Tony! Toni! Toné! due to my brother’s R&B CDs (I was more of a punk rock youngster myself), but there was something about Saadiq’s solo work that clicked with me.

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Live Review: Cold War Kids @ 9:30 Club — 2/6/20

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Nathan Willet of Cold War Kids performs at the 9:30 Club on Feb 6, 2020. (Photo by Brenda Reyes)

Eager concert-goers sold out the 9:30 Club recently as Cold War Kids took the stage with support from Overcoats. Cold War Kids are no strangers to the 9:30 Club as they have played a handful of times over the years. The bar is set high for their set in D.C.

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Interview: Andy Frasco (@ 9:30 Club, 2/13/20)

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Andy Frasco (Photo courtesy Tell All Your Friends PR)

Andy Frasco releases his upcoming LP Keep On Keepin’ On via SideOneDummy Records on April 24. The album is a powerful musical snapshot of what’s going on with Andy, his band, and his fans. It’s hailed as a therapeutic helping of rock ‘n’ roll with powerful pop and Americana roots influences. You see, in writing the new album, Andy tackled his own depression and mental health.

Prior to the release, Andy Frasco and The UN appear at 9:30 Club for a show on Thursday, Feb. 13. Parklife DC Editor Mickey McCarter caught up with Andy via email to ask him about the approach to the new music and the healing power of performance.

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