Snapshots: 5 Seconds of Summer @ Capital One Arena — 10/15/19

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5 Seconds of Summer frontman Luke Hemmings on stage at Capital One Arena, Oct. 15, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS), the power-pop band from Australia that Rolling Stone calls “the biggest new rock act in the world,” played to a packed Capital One Arena crowd recently as they opened for The Chainsmokers on their World War Joy Tour.

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Live Review: Nick Cave @ Lincoln Theatre — 9/20/19

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Nick Cave (Photo by Kerry Brown)

“Things really changed after the death of my child in that respect. I saw people in a different way. This is what happens. You think you know who you are, and then everything changes,” Nick Cave said at a sold-out show at the Lincoln Theatre recently.

It wasn’t an out of the blue acknowledgement from the gothic rock musician; rather, he was hosting an open forum of conversation and music where folks could ask him anything, and a member of the audience essentially asked him why he’s been compelled to connect with us in such a manner.

“We’re in it together,” Nick declared, in describing the renewed bond he feels with other people after the passing of his son Arthur after an accident in 2015.

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Live Review: The Waifs @ The Birchmere — 8/15/2019

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The Waifs perform at The Birchmere on Aug. 15, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

“With every passing year, many of them watch as the other people their age achieve the predictable milestones of normal life — the car, the family, the house, the nest egg. Why? Because musicians and singers are willing to give their entire lives to a moment — to that melody, that lyric, that chord, or that interpretation that will stir the audience’s soul. Singers and Musicians are beings who have tasted life’s nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another’s heart. In that instant, they were as close to magic, God, and perfection as anyone could ever be. And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes.” — David Ackert, Los Angeles Times

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Live Review: Air Supply @ MGM National Harbor — 6/21/19

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Air Supply performs at MGM National Harbor on June 21, 2019. (Photos by Paivi Salonen; Words by Mickey McCarter)

It’s a tried-and-true formula: One man writes the songs, and one man sings them. But when those two men are Air Supply, the rock duo who took the global charts by storm in the early 1980s, the individual strengths become a powerful whole. Full of grace and gratitude, Air Supply played some of those hits at the Theater at MGM National Harbor recently.

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