Live Review: The Smashing Pumpkins @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 8/17/19

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The Smashing Pumpkins perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Aug. 17, 2019 (Photo by Chris Smyth)

“Making teenagers depressed is like shooting fish in a barrel.”- Bart Simpson, 1996.

In the 23 years since The Simpsons took their playful shot at The Smashing Pumpkins’ music, those “depressed teens” have grown into adults who now have a whole new list of issues causing their anxiety. Their worries about the SATs, school bullies, annoying parents, and a bleak view for the world’s future have become fears of paying bills, a government they don’t trust, kids who won’t listen, and a bleak view of the world as it is today.

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Live Review: Jamila Woods @ Union Stage — 6/4/19

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Jamila Woods performs at Union Stage on June 4, 2019. (Photo by Will Colbert)

“What will your legacy be,” poet Margaret Burroughs asked in her poem of the same name. It’s a lofty question, but one not lost on Chicago singer, songwriter, activist, and award-winning poet Jamila Woods during a recent sold-out show at DC’s Union Stage.

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Snapshots: Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 4/23/19

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Laura Jane Grace performs at the Rock and Roll Hotel on April 23, 2019. (Photo by Paivi Salonen)

Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers released Bought to Rot, the band’s debut full-length record, last year via Bloodshot Records. The band visited the Rock and Roll Hotel recently to play those songs, and Paivi was there to shoot the show.

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Live Review: Ministry @ Music Hall of Williamsburg — 4/15/19

Ministry 1 Ministry performs at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 15, 2019. (Photo by Andy Jillson)

Ministry found themselves in Brooklyn recently to celebrate the Chicago-based independent record store/label Wax Trax! Records — and to celebrate the release of the documentary film about the store/label, Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records.

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Preview: Ministry Plays Wax Trax! Set @ Music Hall of Williamsburg, 4/15/19

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Al Jourgensen fronts Ministry on stage. (Photo by Andy Jillson)

“Holy shit!!! What the fuck is this?!? Some kind of funky electronic heavy metal punk rock? This is the strangest music I have ever heard. I either hate this shit or this is my new favorite band. And what the hell is on the cover of the album?!?.”

You can ask yourself the same questions that 12-year-old me asked when you see Ministry perform their classic material at a Wax Trax! reunion show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Monday, April 15.

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