The Motet rolled into DC recently and put in a two-hour funk show that turned into a dance party at the 9:30 Club.
Denver-based funk collective The Motet released Death or Devotion, the band’s ninth studio album, via their own label in January. The Motet are on tour with a stop at 9:30 Club on Saturday, March 9.
When Nathaniel Rateliff took the stage at The Anthem, his eyes widened as he surveyed the vastness of DC’s newest and largest music venue at The Wharf.
“I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t know we were playing here when we got to DC; I never heard of The Anthem,” Nathaniel confided to the audience. “This place is huge, and I can’t believe ya’ll filled it up!” The 6,000-plus sell-out crowd responded with a roar of appreciation last week.
Husband and wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley started their band Tennis after a sailing expedition down the Eastern Atlantic Seaboard. Fittingly, they have recorded part of their latest album at sea during a sailing trip through the Sea of Cortez.
Drop anchor at 9:30 Club on March 19 and catch Tennis on their tour celebrating their fourth album, Yours Conditionally, out March 10 on Mutually Detrimental via Thirty Tigers.
I had the pleasure of going to see The Fray at the Fillmore Silver Spring last week. Many of us probably first came upon them when they just couldn’t get the Grey’s Anatomy theme song out of their head (“How to Save a Life,” see video below). Some probably heard them on the radio.
Regardless of how you found out about this band, it’s pretty clear after going to see them that they have reached a wide variety of people with their music.
Denver rock band The Fray will always be beloved for their mid-aughties singles “Over My Head (Cable Car)” and “How To Save A Life” from their debut album.
If you didn’t get acquainted with the rest of their output, The Fray have made it easy for you to catch up, as last Friday they released a compilation package, Through the Years: The Best of The Fray, via Epic Records.
Through the Years contains 12 tracks covering greatest hits in chronological order, but then also delivers the treat of three new songs from the soulful rockers.
Listen to “Singing Low,” one of the new songs from Through the Years, by The Fray via YouTube:
Isaac Slade (vocals, piano), Joe King (guitar, vocals), Ben Wysocki (drums), and David Welsh (guitar) are touring in support of the greatest hits package, and they arrive locally at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Tuesday, Nov. 15.
The Fray have released all four of their studio albums via Epic Records, including their latest Helios in 2014. (On that album, they worked with one of my favorite producers ever — Stuart Price, who has done great work with Madonna and The Killers.)
You may also recall hits from The Fray like “You Found Me” and “Never Say Never” from their second album. Needless to say, this will be an “epic” night of power ballads and soul searching, and you’re sure to sing your heart out as the band plays all of the songs you know and love from them.