Snapshots: Happy Birthday Elvis! @ Pearl Street Warehouse — 1/8/19

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A group of seasoned musicians threw a spirited celebration of Elvis Presley on The King’s birthday at Pearl Street Warehouse. Ben Eisendrath got rockin’ pictures of Vanilla Fudge, Buck Dharma of Blue Oyster Cult, and Mike Peters of The Alarm!

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Live Review: Los Lobos @ City Winery — 12/21/18

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Los Lobos performs at City Winery on Dec. 21, 2018. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath/Instagram+Twitter: Insomnigraphic/GrillworksBen)

Initially formed by singer and guitarist David Hidalgo and guitarist/percussionist Louie Perez in 1973, the lineup of East Los Angeles band Los Lobos hasn’t changed in more than three decades. They know each other’s playing really, really well. And even though they scored a #1 hit with their cover of Ritchie Valens’s arrangement of the traditional song “La Bamba” on the soundtrack to the 1987 film of the same name, Los Lobos have never stopped being a blue-collar band in the very best sense: hardworking and professional about their performances — including one such performance at DC’s City Winery recently.

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Snapshots: Phosphorescent @ 9:30 Club — 12/11/18

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American singer-songwriter Matthew Houck, better known as Phosphorescent, performed new songs at 9:30 Club recently, touring his latest album, C’est La Vie, which was released in October via Dead Oceans. Ben Eisendrath nabbed some photos of the show!

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Snapshots: The Blasters @ Hill Country Live — 8/18/18

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The Blasters perform at Hill Country Live in DC on Aug. 18, 2018. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath/Instagram+Twitter: Insomnigraphic/GrillworksBen)

Somewhere in a timeless haven, gents in jeans and jackets pump out stirring rock ’n’ roll, the sort of which forms the sturdy backbone of “American music.” And there in the crux of it, the feisty rockabilly quartet called The Blasters will forever sit, feeding the insatiable appetite for ageless, irresistible tunes that practically demand that you dance along.

The Blasters served up that music in a satisfying show at Hill Country Live on Saturday, and Ben Eisendrath photographed the band and their opener Lara Hope & the Ark Tones.

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Music Park: Olden Yolk @ DC9 — 5/11/18

oldeyolk-2 Olden Yolk performs at DC9 on May 11, 2018. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath /Instagram+Twitter: Insomnigraphic/GrillworksBen)

Shane Butler (of Quilt) and Caity Shaffer formed Olden Yolk and released their self-titled debut album in February via Trouble in Mind. The band are on tour to promote the new album (with stops in Philadelphia and New York City this weekend!), and they visited DC9 on Friday, when Ben Eisendrath snapped some pictures of them in action.

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Snapshots: High Waisted @ DC9 — 3/3/18

highwaistedDC9_18-5 Jessica Louise Dye (right) fronts High Waisted at DC9 on Saturday. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath /Instagram+Twitter: Insomnigraphic/GrillworksBen)

New York surf rockers High Waisted visited DC9 on Saturday, surprising concert-goers like me with a new line-up! Apparently, the new band made its first public performances only recently, and Jessica Louise Dye (vocals/guitar), Jono Bernstein (drums), Andrea Scanniello (bass), and Megan Talay (guitar) dropped by DC to rock in one of the reconfigured band’s first performances!

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