The Raconteurs (Photo by Olivia Jean)
Whether or not rock ‘n’ roll needs a cheerleader, it certainly has one in Jack White. From days of the White Stripes to collaborations with luminaries like Loretta Lynn and bands like the Dead Weather and Raconteurs to his own solo material there’s a constellation of work that values the history and power of the art. There’s that and the fact that he, literally, pumps up a crowd like few I’ve witnessed. As a case in point, take the packed house at The Anthem Saturday night.
The Raconteurs (Photo by David James Swanson)
The Raconteurs reunited for a third album, releasing Help Us Stranger in June via Third Man Records! The skillful bards arrive at The Anthem to play songs new and old on Saturday, Aug. 17.
Ritual Howls perform at 9:30 Club on Aug. 3, 2019. (Photo by Paivi Salonen)
Ritual Howls stormed through an intoxicating rumble of post-punk gems when opening The Faint at 9:30 Club recently. The Detroit trio won many new admirers as they performed selections from Rendered Armor, the band’s fourth full-length album, released earlier this year via Felte.
Death performs at the Howard Theatre on April 25, 2019. (Photo by Andy Jillson)
The legendary proto-punk rock band Death stopped at the Howard Theatre in DC recently, and I cleared my calendar to catch these revolutionary rockers in action.
Nicola Kuperus fronts Adult. at Union Stage on March 5, 2019. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)
Adult. — the husband and wife synthpop team of Adam Lee Miller and Nicola Kuperus — opened Cold Cave Tuesday at Union Stage in a striking reminder of the tools they keep in their dancefloor arsenal.
Anita Baker (Photo courtesy Blue Note Records)
Anita Baker is one of few leading R&B acts to garner critical and musical acclaim with a husky ember tone and jazzy tempo, a pleasant contrast with many of her contemporaries. These traits afforded her a 30-year career, which is now its on farewell tour — a tour that visited MGM National Harbor recently.
Black Milk performs at Rock and Roll Hotel on Aug. 2, 2018. (Photo by Will Colbert)
Detroit rapper/producer Black Milk turned up the temperature in northeast DC’s Rock and Roll Hotel last week. The concert was part of the aptly named FEVER tour. DC-based band Nat Turner joined him on stage to add fuel to the flame.