Della Mae performs at The Hamilton Live on May 1, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)
Della Mae puts a fresh spin on bluegrass. In a genre traditionally characterized by a “high lonesome” sound, this Grammy-nominated lineup of all female dynamos is unlike anyone else. At The Hamilton Live recently, the band covered rock songs, like the Allman Brothers’ “Whipping Post,” with a boiling stew of strings, and they played string band music with the fervor and soul of blues rock.
Amanda Palmer performs at National Theatre in DC on April 5, 2019.
Amanda Palmer made a deal with her audience at the National Theatre on Friday. If ever anyone became too sad during the course of her music and conversation presentation, he or she could simply exclaim, “Amanda, I’m too sad!” and the artist would respond to brighten things up with the opening chords of “Coin-Operated Boy” by her band The Dresden Dolls.
By our count, she was called upon to play those chords at least five times, which might not be so bad for a 4.5 hour show.
Mary Gauthier performs at City Winery on March 24, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)
Grammy nominee Mary Gauthier joined her opening act and backup singer/guitarist, Austinite Jaimee Harris, to help her perform the title track of her debut album, Red Rescue. Instead of breaking for intermission, they moved right into Mary’s set at City Winery recently.
Rachael & Vilray perform at The Miracle Theatre in DC on Feb. 22, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)
One word constantly sifted through my mind recently while attending a Rachael & Vilray performance at The Miracle Theatre on Capitol Hill recently: vintage. The music, the gear from which it resonated, and the venue itself all exuded vintage qualities.
Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles perform at Jammin’ Java on Jan. 25, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
Sarah Borges’ third appearance in the DC Metro area in as many months is a clear indication of her thriving (some might say, rabid) fanbase in the region. Recently, Sarah tore through two one-hour sets consisting of tunes from throughout her career in a packed house at Jammin’ Java.
Guster performs at 9:30 Club on Jan. 25, 2019. (Photo by Paivi)
Guster breezed into the 9:30 Club in the follow of their latest album to make us forget “hard times” for two nights. Paivi Salonen was there for some cool pictures.
Guster (Photo by Alysse Gafkjen)
Boston rockers Guster perform at 9:30 Club on two nights, on the heels of releasing eighth studio album Look Alive. The second of those two nights is sold out, but you can still buy tickets for Guster at 9:30 Club on Friday, Jan. 25.