Music Park: Fleet Foxes @ The Anthem — 5/18/18

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Fleet Foxes captivates at The Anthem on May 18, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)

Fleet Foxes made its return last year with the release and subsequent tour for Crack-Up (Nonesuch Records). The record is filled with the same self-reflective lyrics, swelling music, and gorgeous harmonies as the band’s previous two records, but it seems like a more focused record. After six years between Helplessness Blues and the new LP, it’s a refreshed welcome home for this band whose debut album turns 10 years old as of this writing.

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Snapshots: Gracie and Rachel @ 9:30 Club — 5/5/18

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Gracie and Rachel captivate at the 9:30 Club on May 5, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)

Gracie Coates (piano/keyboards, vocals) and Rachel Ruggles (violin, vocals) create a what they’ve called “orchestral pop.” Their music ebbed and flowed in dark swirls while at the same time seemed to move forward in performance at 9:30 Club on Saturday, opening Ani DiFranco.

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Music Park: Loma @ DC9 — 5/2/18

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Loma captivates at DC9 on May 2, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)

Back in December 2016, I went to see one of Shearwater’s last shows of the Jet Plane and Oxbow tour at the Ottobar in Baltimore. It was a cold night, and the stage was festooned with large lights as part of Shearwater’s stage set up. The opener that night was a duo called Cross Record. Primarily using keyboards and guitars, the band — made up of Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski — created beautiful landscapes of sound.

So it was a joy to hear that over the past year Emily and Dan had started making a record with Jonathan Meiberg of Shearwater in a band that eventually became Loma. Loma performed at DC9 on Wednesday.

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Don’t Miss: Quiet Slang @ Rock and Roll Hotel, 7/12/18

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Quiet Slang (Photo by Charlie Lowe)

Editors Note: This show was originally scheduled for May 19.

James Alex of Beach Slang releases an album under the banner of Quiet Slang on May 18. Quiet Slang then launches a tour in June, presenting some of the new songs from Everything Matters But No One Is Listening, to be published by Polyvinyl Record Co., with a stop at Rock and Roll Hotel on Thursday, July 12.

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Music Park: The Decemberists @ The Anthem — 4/21/18

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Fun was the word of the day as The Decemberists delivered it to a packed house at The Anthem with a Saturday stop on their Your Girl/Your Ghost World Tour. Playing songs old and new, the indie rock mainstays treated the crowd to an evening of their quirky charms, complete with obscure historical references, audience participation, and a giant floating whale.

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Music Park: Broken Social Scene @ Rams Head Live — 4/6/18

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Broken Social Scene performs at Rams Head Live on April 6, 2018. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson)

Is there a worse feeling than this?

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Don’t Miss: The Decemberists @ The Anthem, 4/21/18

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The Decemberists (Photo courtesy Capitol Records)

The Decemberists released I’ll Be Your Girl, their eighth studio album, on March 16 via Capitol Records. The chamber pop ensemble are now on their Your Girl/Your Ghost 2018 Tour, and they will perform in DC at The Anthem on Saturday, April 21.

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