Live Review: J.I.D @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 5/3/19

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J.I.D performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on May 3, 2019. (Photo by Will Colbert)

East Atlanta rapper J.I.D recently kicked off the second leg of the Catch Me If You Can Tour. The latest member of J. Cole’s seemingly unstoppable Dreamville Records label performed for a sold-out audience at The Fillmore Silver Spring recently.

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Live Review: Combichrist @ Baltimore Soundstage — 4/22/19

Combichrist 12 Combichrist performs at Baltimore Soundstage on April 22, 2019. (Photo by Andy Jillson)

The powerful electro-industrial metal band Combichrist stopped at Baltimore Soundstage recently while on their  “One Fire World Tour,” and I was there taking photos and rocking out. Combichrist, led by Norwegian vocalist Andy LaPlegua, played an intense set of songs consisting of hard-hitting male aggro-infused industrial beats, electronic mastery, and plenty of punk rock attitude and nightmarish theatrics.

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Preview: Trippie Redd @ The Fillmore Silver Spring, 3/11/19

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Trippie Redd (Photo courtesy Caroline Records)

Michael Lamar White IV, better known as Trippie Redd, will perform at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Monday, March 11. The rapper rescheduled the show on his Life’s a Trip Tour after catching the flu last month! He’s hot off the release of his debut album, Life’s a Trip, and third mixtape, A Love Letter to You 3, both released last year via Caroline Records.

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Live Review: Sevendust @ Rams Head Live — 2/10/19

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Lajon Witherspoon fronts Sevendust at Rams Head Live on Feb. 10, 2019. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

It may look difficult to pull off a major stage show on the intimate confines of the Rams Head Live stage in Baltimore, but don’t try telling that to Sevendust, who put on a display that could counter any arena act. With exquisite lighting and smoke machines put to use with purpose, the guys in Sevendust brought a major stadium feeling into the club recently.

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Snapshots: Carly Burruss @ The Birchmere — 2/5/19

CitizenHeights- Carly Burruss performs at The Birchmere on Feb. 5, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

The devil went down to Georgia, but a sweet angel came to Alexandria from Atlanta recently in the form of singer-songwriter Carly Burruss.

Carly is currently touring with Kasey Chambers and provided a warm and energized opening set at The Birchmere on Tuesday.

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Live Review: Cat Power @ 9:30 Club — 12/16/18

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Cat Power performs in Victoria Park in London on June 2, 2018. (Photo by Raph_PH)

“She is in the zone tonight.”

You could truly say that of Cat Power at 9:30 Club on Sunday. But in the past, that wasn’t a comment one might expect to hear at her show. Although she’d long produced great work in the studio, indie rocker Chan (pronounced Shawn) Marshall’s live sets had a tendency to go off the rails. Before she got sober, alcohol compounded Chan’s stage fright, which she faced by taking the prescription anti-anxiety drug Xanax — the two do not mix especially well.

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