Live Review: The Black Crowes w/ Howlin’ Rain @ Wolf Trap — 6/23/22

Chris and Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes perform at Wolf Trap on June 23, 2022. (Photos by Kyle Gustafson)

Originally released in 1990, The Black Crowes debut album Shake Your Money Maker was an out of the blue hit rock record in an era of Vanilla Ice, Wilson Phillips, and Mariah Carey. It’s also the band’s strongest album and the band would tour the world on the back of these songs for decades. Last week’s show at The Filene Center at Wolf Trap was a part of a Covid-delayed 30th anniversary tour of that album.

This version of the band only features two original members, the brothers Robinson, but they’re the ones that count. Flanked by lead singer Chris and guitarist Rich were drummer Brian Griffin, keyboardist Joel Robinow, guitarists Isaiah Mitchell and Charlie Starr, and bassist Sven Pipien, who has been in and out of the band since 1997.

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Live Review: EarthGang @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 5/20/22

Olu of EarthGang performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on May 20, 2022. (Photo by Will Colbert)

The first law of thermodynamics states that energy cannot be created or destroyed, but it can be transferred. I’m no Einstein, but I’m confident that principle was proven during EarthGang’s recent performance at The Fillmore Silver Spring.

The Atlanta hip-hop duo, consisting of Olu (aka Johnny Venus) and WowGr8 (born Eian Parker), engaged fans in call-and-response — “when I say earth, you say, gang” — doused them with water guns and enthusiastically rhymed verses from their catalog. The charged-up audience returned their energy at every opportunity.

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Preview: Washed Out @ 9:30 Club, 2/9/22

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Washed Out (Photo by Blair Greene)

Washed Out is Atlanta-based producer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Ernest Greene. Over the course of three uniquely enchanting, critically-lauded albums and an EP, the music he makes has proved both transportive and visual, each new effort inviting listeners into immersive, self-contained universes.

With Purple Noon, his fourth album, and return to Sub Pop, he delivers the most accessible Washed Out creation to date. Travel with Washed Out in his performance at 9:30 Club on Wednesday, Feb. 9.

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Preview: Curtis Harding @ Black Cat, 1/19/22

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Curtis Harding (Photo courtesy ANTI- Records)

(Editor’s Note: This show is being postponed due to concerns related to COVID-19. Stay tuned for a new date!)

Atlanta psychedelic soul artist Curtis Harding recently released his new album If Words Were Flowers via ANTI- Records. On the heels of that release, Curtis performs at Black Cat on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

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Live Review: 2 Chainz @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 11/30/21

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2 Chainz turn’t up at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Nov. 30, 2021. (Photo by AJ Waugh)

Fall 2011, I was a sophomore at Virginia State University and 2 Chainz T.R.U REALigion mixtape could be heard blasting out of every dorm room on campus, it was basically the soundtrack for the semester. Flash forward to today and I was instantly transported back in time as 2 Chainz wrapped up the T.R.U REALigion 10th Anniversary tour at packed The Fillmore Silver Spring.

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Livestream Preview: CeeLo Green @ Sessions, 2/13/21

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CeeLo Green (Photo courtesy Magnum PR)

The one and only CeeLo Green (Goodie Mob, Gnarls Barkley) performs in a rare, intimate livestream performance for what promises to be the coziest Valentine’s Day Eve special exclusively at Sessions on Saturday, Feb. 13.

The performance will last 60 minutes and be followed by a VIP Meet and Greet lasting 30 minutes.

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Song of the Day: “I Wonder What You Got for Me” by Leah Belle Faser

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Leah Belle Faser (Photo courtesy Michael J. Media Group)

Back in October, Atlanta singer-songwriter Leah Belle Faser impressed with her debut EP, Crossing Hermi’s Bridge. She now returns with “I Wonder What You Got for Me,” a charming country pop slice of Christmas wrapped neatly for your listening pleasure.

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Snapshots: Trippie Redd feat. Kodie Shane and BlocBoy JB @ Echostage — 2/16/20


Trippie Redd performs at Echostage on Feb. 16, 2020. (Photo by Chris Castillo)

Atlanta rapper Kodie Shane joined Trippie Redd on a tour stop at Echostage recently on the heels of releasing a new single, “No Rap Kap,” featuring Trippie. Chris Castillo was there to shoot the show, which also featured BlocBoy JB!

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Ticket Giveaway: Algiers @ Black Cat, 3/12/20

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Algiers (Photo by Christian Högstedt)

Post-punk meets gospel? You don’t need faith to believe, my friends, as we have the living proof with Atlanta quartet Algiers! Frontman Franklin James Fisher and company return to their favorite place to perform in DC, the Black Cat, on Thursday, March 12!

You can win a pair of tickets to see the show with Parklife DC.

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