Livestream Preview: M. Ward @ NPR Music Live Sessions, 4/8/20

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M. Ward (Photo by Wrenne Evans)

M. Ward was due to perform at U Street Music Hall this month, but the coronavirus epidemic canceled tours around the country. Now like many other artists, he’s livestreaming performances instead of visiting our city

Catch M. Ward with NPR Music Live Sessions on Wednesday, April 8, following the release of his new album Migration Stories via Anti Records today.

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Livestream Preview: Allison Moorer @ Facebook Live, 3/28/20

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Allison Moorer (Photo by Heidi Ross)

Singer-songwriter Allison Moorer released her autobiography Blood: A Memoir last year via Da Capo Press. She’s since been in the DC area a few times to chat about her book and play songs and to perform in a show with her husband Hayes Carll.

If you missed either of those concerts, you can catch her play a free livestream at Facebook Live on Saturday, March 28.

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Livestream Preview: Rhett Miller @ StageIt, 3/25/20

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Rhett Miller (Photo by Ebru Yildiz)

With more time at home, folks are flocking to broadcast avenues like Twitch and Zoom. While it’s not easy to replace the live concert experience, StageIt, another broadcast site gaining popularity, is giving it a go with remarkable results.

See for yourself by catching Old 97s frontman Rhett Miller in a solo show at StageIt on Wednesday, March 25.

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Live Review: Todd Snider @ Rams Head on Stage — 3/1/20

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Cautiously emerging from the dressing room, stepping wide-eyed onto the stage at the Rams Head on Stage recently, he seemed unsure if he was even supposed to be there. Or maybe he was given pause by the full venue, either way, the audience might have wondered for a second what was going on.

But as he settled into a couple notes on the guitar and began to blow the harmonica, if tears hadn’t already started to well in their eyes, attentive onlookers were already able to decipher the genius that is Todd Snider.

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Live Review: Wovenhand @ Black Cat — 3/2/20

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David Eugene Edwards is the creative force behind Wovenhand. After making his mark with the gothic sounding, alt-country band Sixteen Horsepower, David originally recorded his own solo work under the Wovenhand moniker. This has given him the opportunity to explore a variety of musical styles, but they are all connected by his inherent intensity.

His trademark fire and brimstone delivery was apparent in a recent show at Black Cat.

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Live Review: Trampled by Turtles @ Baltimore Soundstage — 2/22/20

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Trampled by Turtles performs at Baltimore Soundstage on Feb. 22, 2020. (Photo by Casey Vock)

What separates one band from the next might be the degree to which it challenges itself within the confines of whatever genre it is pigeonholed — and exercising creativity while respecting particular forms and traditions of your craft isn’t always easy.

For going on two decades, Duluth, Minnesota-based Trampled by Turtles has earned a reputation in the studio and on the road for testing the upper limits of bluegrass power and tempo while simultaneously honing the sweetest harmonies to ever come out of the Zenith City.

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Live Review: Drive-By Truckers @ 9:30 Club — 2/28/20

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Drive-By Truckers perform at Stubb’s BBQ on April 8, 2017. (Photo by Marshall Foster)

You might expect that Drive-By Truckers frontment Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, who are known for taking outspoken, forceful positions, would have a lot to say on stage. But on their first of two nights playing the 9:30 Club Friday, they mostly let their songs — 30 of them, a two-and-a-half-hour set — do the talking.

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