Music Park: Wussy @ Black Cat — 7/14/18

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Wussy performs at Black Cat on July 14, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

On a limited US tour to support its new album, What Heaven Is Like, Wussy stopped at DC’s Black Cat for a show that delighted long-time area fans and surely made a few more. Running through an energetic 15-song set tilted toward the new album but also included a few early gems on Saturday, Wussy surely lived up to the high bar rock critic Robert Christgau set when, back in 2005, he called Wussy “the best band in America.”

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Don’t Miss: Wussy @ Black Cat — 7/14/18

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Wussy (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)

Wussy released What Heaven Is Like, the band’s seventh studio album, via Shake It! in May, and they soon will embark on a short tour that includes a stop at Black Cat on Saturday, July 14.

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Music Park: The Afghan Whigs @ Rams Head Live — 4/27/18

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The Afghan Whigs rock a packed Rams Head Live on April 27, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)

The Afghan Whigs have been playing their brand of rock channeled through a heavy dose of dark soul for over 30 years. In fact, 2018 saw the 30-year anniversary of their debut Big Top Halloween. So, it’s a testament to their longevity that last year they released one of their best albums, In Spades, in their extensive catalog. Maybe it’s due to the steadfast style Greg Dulli (vocals/guitar/keys) and company — which also includes John Curley (bass), Rick G. Nelson (guitar/keys/violin), Jon Skibic (guitar), and Patrick Keeler (drums) — haven’t tried to change that unique style.

In a great show at Rams Head Live in Baltimore on Friday, The Afghan Whigs gave that style its due.

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Snapshots: The National @ The Anthem — 12/5/17

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Matt Berninger fronts The National at The Anthem on Dec. 5, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

The National stormed The Anthem on Tuesday in a sold-out show on a tour coinciding with the release of Sleep Well Beast, their seventh studio album, published in September via 4AD. Paivi caught frontman Matt Berninger and company in action.

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