Snapshots: The Shins @ The Anthem — 11/2/17

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James Mercer fronts The Shins at The Anthem on Nov. 2, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

The Shins made a highly anticipated return to DC with a show at The Anthem on Thursday, and Paivi caught some pix of the band’s performance.

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Interview: David Nicholas of Spectrums (@ We Fought the Big One — 11/3/17)

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What if guitarist Steve Kilbey of The Church decided his life wouldn’t be complete until he formed a band with Robin Guthrie?

“Robin, I’ve long admired your work and would love to play with you,” I imagine Steve saying. “There’s just one catch,” he would quickly stipulate. “No vocals. Oh, and let’s dial back on the reverb – we don’t need it.” At this point, I imagine Robin enthusiastically agreeing, with the talented Cocteau Twins guitarist pointing out he’s always wanted to demonstrate what he’s capable of without his armada of effects pedals.

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Don’t Miss: The Shins @ The Anthem — 11/2/17

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The Shins (Photo courtesy Columbia Records)

Beloved indie rockers The Shins returned with Heartworms, their fifth studio album, on Columbia Records in March. James Mercer and his bandmates are now touring to commemorate the new album with a stop at The Anthem on Thursday, Nov. 2.

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Music Park: Now, Now and Foreign Air @ All Things Go Fall Classic — 10/8/17

ATG_ForeignAir10 Foreign Air perform at All Things Go Fall Classic on Oct. 8, 2017.

It wasn’t only the headliners that impressed at All Things Go Fall Classic. Take the afternoon bands on the final day of Sunday, Oct. 8, for example. Great musical duos Now, Now and Foreign Air kept festival-goers entertained at Union Market and had us searching Spotify for their latest releases.

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Music Park: Alvvays @ Rock & Roll Hotel — 10/7/17

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Alvvays plays blissed out pop at the Rock & Roll Hotel on Oct. 7, 2017. (Photo by David LaMason)

Saturday night found Alvvays playing the first night of two sold-out shows at Rock & Roll Hotel. Even an hour before the doors opened, the line to the venue stretched down H Street NE, a testament to the band’s growing fanbase. And it’s certainly not hard to see why.

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Music Park: Jay Som @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 9/23/17

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Melina Duterte mesmerizes as the force behind Jay Som at the Rock & Roll Hotel on Sept. 23, 2017. (Photo by David LaMason)

Some bands simply exude fun and bring with them a visceral cool that infects those in the audience, and on this late-summer (it was still a balmy 90 degrees outside) Saturday night, Jay Som brought with them a much needed chill.

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