Live Review: Kathleen Edwards @ The Birchmere — 9/20/22

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Kathleen Edwards (Photo courtesy High Road Touring)

At The Birchmere recently, Kathleen Edwards struggled to deny that one gig can make a career. Twenty years ago this month, she released her debut album, Failer, in her native Canada. That was six months prior to its American release on an independent label based in Austin, Rounder Records. A few months after that release in 2003, she appeared on Letterman, with his bandleader, Paul Schafer sitting in with her and her crew as they played “Six O’ Clock News.”

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Live Review: Peaches @ 9:30 Club — 8/24/22

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Peaches (Photo by George Pitt)

A NSFW warning on Peaches photos is a bit redundant, but there it is anyway. There are plenty of photos of Peaches’ recent performance at 9:30 Club below, and we ask that you click through to see them inside.

Celebrating 20 years of The Teaches of Peaches, Merrill Nisker aka Peaches hobbled out on stage with a walker and vulva hat. Mocking agist criticism, porn granny was still going to give us a show.
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Snapshots: The Weeknd @ FedEx Field — 7/30/22

The Weeknd performs at FedEx Field on July 30, 2022. (Photo by Shedrick Pelt)

Few artists have the star power to pack out an 82,000 stadium seat venue like Canadian-born masked singer-songwriter The Weeknd. With all of his feels and theatrics in tow, he’s made a super successful career on a bigger than life persona. 

Abel Makkonen Tesfaye (The Weeknd) burst onto the music scene with a slew of popular mixtapes that helped him quickly gain a loyal, unwavering fan base. His enigmatic records can best be described as romantic and dark often inspired by his own personal experiences. A journey that has led him to numerous accolades, including four Grammy Awards and 20 Billboard Music Awards,… and now to FedEx field for a concert spectacular!

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Snapshots: Purity Ring @ 9:30 Club — 6/29/22

Purity RingPurity Ring performs at 9:30 Club on June 29, 2022. (Photo by Katherine Gaines)

Canadian dream poppers Purity Ring released Graves, a new EP, earlier this month, then zipped into DC on their USA tour for two dates at 9:30 Club this past week! Katherine Gaines shot the first of the two nights — it was a sold-out show.

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Live Review: The Bros. Landreth w/ Mariel Buckley @ City Winery — 6/15/22

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The Bros. Landreth (Photo by BnB Studios)

One of my favorite singer-songwriters, Texas legend Ray Wylie Hubbard, likes to say, “The problem with irony is that not everybody gets it.” That’s a damn shame, because irony is all around us. Star Wars posited an invisible Force that surrounds all life and binds it together. Maybe it’s some Ashkenazic connection to Kafka motivating this statement, but I’m partial to the notion that the driving force of the universe might be irony.

One of those ironies surrounds the term “Americana” as a genre of music. You might think, given the word, that it’s specifically to, well, America. But that’s, at the very least, an oversimplification. The Band, who were, with the exception of Arkansas’s Levon Helm, all Canadian, are often considered the founders of Americana. That conversation could also include, reasonably, Bob Dylan, Gram Parsons, and Neil Young, who is also Canadian. 

Canada has a thriving Americana scene, and when the roots-rock duo The Bros. Landreth appeared at City Winery in DC recently, we get to see some of that in the states.

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Preview: Purity Ring @ 9:30 Club — 6/30/22

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Purity Ring (Photo courtesy Grandstand Media)

Purity Ring released a new EP, graves, on June 3, marking the first official release via the band’s own label The Fellowship.

The Canadian electronic duo has been on tour and soon visit 9:30 Club for two dates. The first date is sold out but you can still grab tickets for the second show at 9:30 Club on Thursday, June 30!

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Live Review: Daniel Romano’s Outfit @ DC9 — 6/2/22

Daniel Romano’s Outfit (Photo courtesy the band)

Prolific Canadian singer-songwriter Daniel Romano has one of the most interesting, eclectic careers in the music business. Although he’s not yet even 40 years old, he already tackled more styles and genres than most musicians have over the courses of their career. Between his frequent solo releases and his side projects, getting a complete, accurate picture of his extensive discography can prove difficult. (It took no small amount of time to research his setlist after his recent show at DC9.)

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Ticket Giveaway: Arkells @ 9:30 Club, 5/20/22

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Arkells (Photo by Nathan Nash)

Alt-rock band Arkells last year released Blink Once, a seventh full-length album, on Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company and released in partnership with Virgin Music Label & Artist Services US. The Arkells plan to release a new album, Blink Twice, later this year!

Meanwhile, the Arkells visit 9:30 Club on Friday, May 20, for their Blink Once Tour!

You can win a pair of tickets to go with Parklife DC.

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