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.
Courtney Barnett performs at The Anthem on June 19, 2019. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)
Courtney Barnett is the best friend everyone wishes they had — deadpan witty, desperately honest. Her songs grapple with the sorts of emotions familiar to the current generation, that balancing of self-doubt, anxiety, and the expectations for success in a world set against often overwhelming challenges.
Air Supply (Photo courtesy LUCK Media and Marketing Inc.)
Rock duo Air Supply celebrated the band’s 40th anniversary recently, and the gents continue the celebration tour with a show at MGM National Harbor on Friday, June 21.
Wolfmother performs at 9:30 Club on June 12, 2019. (Photo by Chris Smyth)
Wolfmother must have been worried about the extra baggage fees when flying to the USA, because with the exception of the band’s instruments, the 9:30 Club stage was left completely bare upon the band’s entrance recently.
Wolfmother (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)
Wolfmother wishes you a “Happy Wolfmothers Day” (actually the name of the band’s most recent single) as they drop by 9:30 Club for a welcome concert performance on Wednesday, June 12.
San Cisco (Photo by Olivia Senior)
Aussie quartet San Cisco have released a new song as they prepare to release another album next year, but meanwhile the band performs at Black Cat on Tuesday, June 18. You can win ticket to see San Cisco with Parklife DC.
Tal Wilkenfeld (Photo by Kory Thibeault)
In support of her new album, Love Remains, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heartseekers chart, Tal Wilkenfeld will perform at City Winery DC on Friday, June 7.
Mark Lanegan Band performs at Ottobar on May 11, 2019. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)
Rocker Mark Lanegan announced he will release Somebody’s Knocking, his 11th studio album, on Oct. 18 via Heavenly Recordings. Meanwhile, he’s on the road with Aussie post-punk Simon Bonney, and the show arrived at Ottobar on Saturday. Jason Nicholson got some pictures of both acts.
Julia Jacklin performs at the Rock and Roll Hotel on April 30, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)
As in America, vast spaces and haunting, uninhabited vistas define the face of the Australian continent. Perhaps it lies in the nation’s geography and its history of colonization, a pioneer spirit shared with the United States, that explains the disproportionate thriving of country music half a world away from its Appalachian and Delta roots. Broad enough to encompass the country pop of Keith Urban and the Americana of Kasey Chambers, it also includes the singer-songwriter oriented, confessional alternative country rock of Julia Jacklin, who brought her music to Rock and Roll Hotel recently.
Steve Kilbey fronts The Church at The Birchmere on April 18, 2019. (Photos by Jason Nicholson; Words by Mickey McCarter)
Steve Kilbey paused and invited the audience to imagine flipping over a record. Of course, he told The Birchmere, you would have to walk over to it, gently lift it from the turntable, wipe the static away, turn the record over, wipe that pesky static some more, and carefully place your vinyl just so.
In this case, the reward is “Spark,” the first song on Side 2 of Starfish, the hit album by The Church, which Steve has fronted for nearly 40 years. And so, Steve, guitarist Peter Koppes, and the rest of The Church performed Starfish in its entirety for an appreciative sold-out room at The Birchmere recently.