Preview: Drive-By Truckers @ 9:30 Club, 2/28 + 2/29/20

Drive-By Truckers
Drive-By Truckers (Photo by Andy Tenille)

Drive-By Truckers released The Unraveling via ATO Records on Jan. 31. This month, Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, and company are set to perform at 9:30 Club for two nights — Friday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, Feb. 29!

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Live Review: Amanda Shires @ Sixth & I — 2/16/20

Amanda Shires performs at Sixth & I, Feb. 16, 2020. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Amanda Shires’ Atmostphereless Tour rolled through DC recently for a sold-out show at Sixth & I in Chinatown. The self-described “singing, songwriting, fiddle-playing Texan” performed songs from her catalog of seven solo LPs and from The Highwomen, the all-female country supergroup she formed in 2019 with Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, and Maren Morris.

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Live Review: Rhett Miller @ Black Cat — 2/9/20

Rhett Miller (Photo courtesy Big Hassle)

Two things are immediately striking about Old 97’s frontman Rhett Miller. First, his youthful appearance: Despite being, at 49, my senior by 10 years, Rhett looks younger than me. The second is his energy: Rhett has a heart-on-his-sleeve, sincere exuberance. He plays vigorously and sings with power, and, both times I’ve seen him live, he really seemed to be having a good time.

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Preview: Calexico and Iron & Wine @ The Anthem, 2/7/20

Calexico and Iron & Wine
Calexico and Iron & Wine (Photo by Piper Ferguson)

Calexico and Iron & Wine first made an artistic connection with In the Reins, the 2005 EP that brought Sam Beam, Joey Burns, and John Convertino together. In 2019, the two acts collaborated again for Years to Burn, a full-length album. Calexico and Iron & Wine then launched a North American tour together, and they perform at The Anthem on Friday, Feb. 7.

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Live Review: Cowboy Junkies @ The Birchmere — 1/29/20

Cowboy Junkies (Photo by Heather Pollock)

Following their game plan from their previous visit to The Birchmere in July 2018, the Cowboy Junkies went with a proven format for their recent show there. They’d play two sets. The first, slightly shorter set, would mostly consist of songs from their latest album, All That Reckoning, while the second set would comb their extensive catalog from more than 30 years together.

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