Live Review: The Walkaways and Wicked Sycamore @ Pearl Street Warehouse — 6/26/21

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The Walkaways perform at Pearl Street Warehouse on June 26, 2021. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

The return to indoor live music continues to be an exhilarating experience! Last Saturday night at Pearl Street Warehouse with The Walkaways and Wicked Sycamore, a boisterous (and sweaty) crowd was showered with a musical deluge ending a long, and frustrating, drought.

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Song of the Day: “On the Way Downtown” by Dave Alvin

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Dave Alvin (Photo by Chip Duden)

Legendary troubadour Dave Alvin shares the Victor Krummenacher-directed video for “On the Way Downtown,” in memory of Gene Taylor, Chris Gaffney and Amy Farris.

The track appears on Dave’s The highly praised album, From An Old Guitar: Rare and Unreleased Recordings.

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Live Review: Grace Potter @ Frederick Fairgrounds — 10/21/20

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While performing musicians painfully prepare for what could be a long winter with limited options for reaching their fans in the flesh, some have made the trip to Maryland as of late to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the newly dubbed Showtime at the Drive In series of concerts being held at the Frederick County Fairgrounds.

Last week, Grace Potter made the trip down from her current home in the mountains of Vermont to take the stage for a solo performance organized by All Good Presents and Baltimore Soundstage.

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Preview: Grace Potter @ Frederick Fairgrounds, 10/21/20

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Grace Potter (Photo by Pamela Neal)

Last year, Grace Potter released her latest studio album, Daylight, and she toured the country earlier this year with a stop at The Anthem in DC. Soon after, COVID-19 shut the country down, and live touring stopped.

But Grace is among a number of pioneers bringing live performances back with drive-in shows where audiences experience a big concert from their car. Catch Grace Potter in Showtime at the Drive in locally at the Frederick Fairgrounds on Wednesday, Oct. 21, in a show presented by All Good Presents and Baltimore Soundstage.

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Song of the Day: “Whole New Mess” by Angel Olsen

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Angel Olsen (Photo by Cameron McCool)

Angel Olsen releases Whole New Mess, a new album to be released on Aug. 28 via Jagjaguwar. A super intimate and vulnerable emotional portrait that shows her grappling with a period of personal tumult, Whole New Mess presents Angel working through her open wounds and raw nerves with just a few guitars and some microphones, isolated in a century-old church in the Pacific Northwest.

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Required Reading: Welcome Back, Kathleen Edwards

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Kathleen Edwards performs at The Birchmere in 2013. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

Required Reading is Parklife DC’s essay series on music appreciation.

“The next time Kathleen plays here, we’ll be opening for her.”

Eric Brace of Last Train Home uttered those prophetic words at Arlington, Virginia’s Iota Club back in summer 2003. One of those NPR drive-way moments had put Kathleen Edwards on my radar when I heard one of her first interviews.

Her first album, Failer (Zoë Records), had just been released and when I heard its first single, “Six O’Clock News,” I was hooked.

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Livestream Preview: SUSTO @ StageIt, 6/10/20

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SUSTO (Photo by Sully Sullivan)

SUSTO recently released Ever Since I Lost my Mind, the project’s latest studio album, out now on Rounder Records. SUSTO, fronted by Justin Osborne, has been performing a series of five quarantine shows, and Justin presents the fourth in the series as a “Greatest Hits Happy Hour” via StageIt on Wednesday, June 10.

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Song of the Day: “Crazy Alone (Quarantine)” by Drunken Prayer

Morgan 2.5 (Copy) Morgan Geer of Drunken Prayer performs at Mum’s in Baltimore on May 17, 2019. (Photo by Marc Shea)

Drunken Prayer is the one-man band creation of Handsome Family and Freakwater guitarist Morgan Geer. Morgan has released a new single by Drunken Prayer called “Crazy Alone (Quarantine).”

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