Live Review: Rufus Wainwright @ The Anthem — 9/28/21

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Rufus Wainwright captivates at The Anthem on Sept. 28, 2021 (Photos by David LaMason)

Rufus Wainwright is back with new pop-oriented material with Unfollow the Rules and also a new tour, leading him to DC and The Anthem on a recently cooling early Autumn night.

This pop reinvention follows Wainwright’s work on an opera, Prima Donna (his second; the first being Hadrian) and an LP of songs based on the work of William Shakespeare. (Shakespeare and the opera play heavily throughout his body of work as far back as his debut and “Damned Ladies” — one to definitely check out!)

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Live Review: Bleachers @ The Anthem — 9/24/21

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Bleachers performs at The Anthem on Sept. 24, 2021. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

“There is no cynicism in live music,” declared Jack Antonoff, adding, “We fucking missed you.”

And a sold-out audience at The Anthem clearly missed Jack, embracing the sincere narratives of new songs by Bleachers from album Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night in a recent life-affirming performance.

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Preview: Rufus Wainwright and Jose Gonzalez @ The Anthem, 9/28/21

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Rufus Wainwright (Photo by Tony Hauser)

GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has announced plans for a U.S. co-headline tour alongside visionary singer-songwriter-guitarist José González. The tour named, “Unfollow The Rules in the Local Valley” arrives at The Anthem in DC on Tuesday, Sept. 28.

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Live Review: Modest Mouse @ The Anthem — 8/17/21

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Modest Mouse brings the house down at The Anthem on Aug. 17, 2021. (Photo by David LaMason)

I have a foggy recollection of the last time I saw Modest Mouse before they took the stage Wednesday night at The Anthem. The time before the last time was back in 1996 at the now defunct Fletchers in Baltimore. Back then the band had released their debut LP, This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About — a three-piece performing on a small stage — and to see where the band started to now has been incredible!

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Preview: Modest Mouse @ The Anthem, 8/17/21

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Modest Mouse (Photo by James Joiner)

In June, Modest Mouse returned with their first new album in six years. Their anxiously awaited seventh full-length, The Golden Casket, is out via Epic Records.

Modest Mouse has embarked on a tour to support the new album, and the band performs at The Anthem in DC on Tuesday, Aug. 17.

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Livestream Preview: Joe Ciccarello @ Songbyrd Music House, 2/19/21

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Joe Ciccarello (Photo courtesy Eventbrite)

DC musician Joe Ciccarello writes and performs songs with voice, guitar, bass, drums, violin, mandolin, saxophone, and more! He recently released his debut album, New Life, available on Bandcamp and Spotify.

Songbyrd Presents Joe in a livestream from Songbyrd Music House on Friday, Feb. 19!

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Song of the Day: “Better Angels” by Tori Amos

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Tori Amos (Photo by Desmond Murray)

Tori Amos releases her brand new Christmastide EP, a special collection of four original tracks to celebrate the holiday season with her fans, Dec. 4 on Decca Records. In what has been an incredibly unexpected, turbulent and for many, a very divisive year, Tori wanted to create a safe space for her fans to reflect on the challenges the world has had to face.

Today, she has revealed a new song “Better Angels,” perfectly timed to lift you up and keep you warm during this unusual holiday season.

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Song of the Day: “Instant Night” by Beauty Pill

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Chad Clark and Erin Nelson of Beauty Pill (Photo by Morgan Klein)

DC-based band Beauty Pill is pleased to present their new single and accompanying video for “Instant Night.” It is the band’s third record of 2020 and Beauty Pill’s first song without drums.

“Instant Night” is also the band’s most strikingly orchestral release, highlighting the woodwind quartet that fused with the band in 2018 which features Sarah Hughes, a young, respected DC jazz luminary.

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Livestream Preview: Perfume Genius @ Veeps, 9/19/20

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Perfume Genius (Photo by Camille Vivier)

Perfume Genius (born Mike Hadreas) released his fifth studio album, Set My Heart On Fire Immediately, via Matador Records back in May. Perfume Genius next streams live from the Palace Theater in Los Angeles via Veeps on Saturday, Sept. 19.

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