Music Park: Charlie Parr @ The Black Cat – 10/11/17

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Charlie Parr performs at the Winnipeg Folk Festival on July 8, 2011. (Photo by Josh More)

Charlie Parr strolled onto the stage at the Black Cat and promptly sat down, plugged in his guitar, and started playing. What followed was a fantastic and intimate performance that I will never forget.

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Music Park: Wire @ Black Cat — 9/25/17

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Colin Newman performs with Wire at Les Guess Who Festival in Utrecht on Nov. 22, 2014. (Photo by Rene Passet)

Crisp waves of psychedelic guitar washed over the audience as Colin Newman, guitarist and vocalist for legendary English band Wire, peered out from under a ballcap. In his soothing accent, Colin sings the cryptic words of “Silver/Wire,” which could perhaps be about making choices for moving ahead (silver) or being weighted down by your past (lead) maybe.

Whichever interpretation, Wire is a band that certainly continues to move ahead *while also* embracing its significant past. And the small but intensely loyal crowd at Black Cat on Monday night wanted it all — silver and lead.

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Snapshots: Big Thief @ Black Cat — 9/9/17

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Adrienne Lenker of Big Thief pulls all the heartstrings at the Black Cat on Sept. 9, 2017. (Photo by David LaMason)

Big Thief have recently released Capacity, their second full-length LP, on Saddle Creek, but the songs on the album belie a maturity and songcraft light years into the future. On Saturday, Big Thief played many of these new tunes to a sold-out crowd at the Black Cat.

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Don’t Miss: Ted Leo @ Black Cat, 9/15-9/16/17

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Ted Leo (Photo by Matias Corral)

Ted Leo is well known to us in DC, as he formed Ted Leo and the Pharmacists here in 1999. Wherever Ted goes, he always comes back to DC, and such is the case next week! On Friday, Sept. 8, Ted Leo releases The Hanged Man, his 13th studio album overall but his first under solely his name. Then one week later, he drops by Black Cat to play two headlining shows on Friday, Sept. 15, and Saturday, Sept. 16.

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Music Park: Sheer Mag @ Black Cat — 8/23/17

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Sheer Mag perform at Mohawk Place in Buffalo, New York, on April 3, 2016. (Photo by Brendan O’Connor)

If you didn’t know that Sheer Mag had only formed in 2014, and you heard their music, you might well think they were a classic rock band! If DC didn’t yet know Sheer Mag, the band introduced themselves in a matchless show at the Black Cat on Wednesday.

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