Preview: Brittany Howard @ 9:30 Club, 8/23 + 8/24/19

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Brittany Howard (Photo courtesy Red Light Management)

Brittany Howard, lead vocalist for the Alabama Shakes, soon will release her debut solo record, Jaime, via ATO Records. But about a month prior to that release, Brittany performs two shows at 9:30 Club on Friday, Aug. 23, and Saturday, Aug. 24!

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Preview: Kentucky Avenue with Special Guest Justin Trawick @ Villain and Saint — 8/16/19

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Kentucky Avenue’s Stella Schindler and Dave Ries perform at The Birchmere, July 27, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Local alt-country band Kentucky Avenue debuts its quartet lineup when original members Dave Ries (lead guitar/vocals) and Stella Schindler (lead vocals/guitar) are joined by fiddler Michael Taylor and bassist Greg Watkins for performance at Villain & Saint on Friday, Aug. 16.

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Live Review: BJ Barham @ City Winery — 8/10/19

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BJ Barham (Photo by Jillian Clark)

BJ Barham, lead singer and lyricist of the band American Aquarium, played a solo acoustic show at City Winery recently. He more than delivered on his promise to “continuously punch you in your feelings for the next 90 minutes,” entertaining the crowd with songs and stories for two hours.

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Live Review: Drivin’ N Cryin’ @ City Winery — 8/7/19

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Drivin’ N’ Cryn’ perform at City Winery on Aug. 7, 2019. (Photo by Rik Goldman)

Georgia rockers Drivin’ N Cryin’ invaded City Winery recently, celebrating the release of their new album, Live the Love Beautiful. Their first full album since 2009, Live the Love Beautiful follows a series of four EPs released between 2012 and 2014.

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Live Review: Dawes @ Lincoln Theatre — 8/6/19

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Dawes performs at Lincoln Theatre on Aug. 6, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)

Dawes treated a full house at the Lincoln Theatre to an evening of pure rock ’n’ roll magic recently. Their muscular grooves and tender lyrics echoed vestiges of the great Americana and folk-rock tradition, bringing to mind Crosby, Stills, and Nash, The Band, and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.

As Dawes jammed out, traces of the Grateful Dead colored their sonic palette. When bassist Wylie Gelber crossed his ankles and almost leaned into his monitor, his lithe frame and wide shoulders resembled the figure of the Dead’s Phil Lesh.

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Live Review: Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles @ Jammin’ Java — 8/4/19

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Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles perform at Jammin’ Java on Aug. 4, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

Oh, the things we do for love… and I do love Sarah Borges’s music. Last Sunday, she and her band, the Broken Singles, made their way to Jammin’ Java in Vienna, Virginia on her current east coast run. Though my predicament may not have been worthy of a Game of Thrones plotline, I nonetheless felt a sense of desperation, as I raced the clock, and New Jersey Turnpike, attempting to make the 6+ hour trip from Connecticut to Virginia in five hours.

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