Live Review: Near Northeast @ Comet Pizza Ping Pong — 1/9/20

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Near Northeast performs at Comet Ping Pong on Jan. 9, 2020. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

Watching and hearing Near Northeast’s evolution has been a wonderful musical journey. Since 2016, when I first became acquainted with this DC-based quartet, I’ve become a devoted fan of their extraordinarily crafted music.

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Snapshots: Jónsi and Alex @ Lincoln Theatre — 10/28/19

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Jónsi and Alex perform at the Lincoln Theatre on Oct. 28, 2019. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

Ten years ago, Jónsi of Sigur Rós partnered with musician Alex Somers to record an ambient album, Riceboy Sleeps. This year, Jónsi and Alex celebrated a decade of Riceboy Sleeps by taking it on the road with an orchestra in a tour that stopped at the Lincoln Theatre in DC recently. Jason Nicholson shot the show.

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Preview: Riceboy Sleeps (Jónsi & Alex) @ Lincoln Theatre, 10/28/19

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Jónsi & Alex (Photo by Lilja Birgisdottir3)

Ambient duo Jónsi & Alex — that is to say, Jónsi from Sigur Rós and his partner, renowned film composer Alex Somers — performs at the Lincoln Theatre on Monday, Oct. 28, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the act’s debut album, Riceboy Sleeps.

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Live Review: Rick Wakeman @ The Birchmere — 9/25/19

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Rick Wakeman performs at The Birchmere on Sept. 25, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

Rick Wakeman’s Grumpy Old Rock Star tour featured a man who is anything but. Rather, we got a wonderfully intimate, hilarious, and jaw-dropping performance from the former Strawbs, on-again off-again YES, and unparalleled session keyboardist recently at The Birchmere. Not a grumpy soul in the room, least of all Mr. Wakeman himself.

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