Live Review: Nitzer Ebb w/ Aertex and Stoneburner @ Baltimore Soundstage — 11/20/21

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Bon Harris of Nitzer Ebb performs at Baltimore Soundstage on Nov. 20, 2021. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

“The tour must go on”…

Nitzer Ebb lead singer and cofounder Doug McCarthy was “being admitted to hospital [the previous night in Florida] and is now stable and undergoing continued treatment and observation suffering from complications from a pre-existing, non-Covid medical condition,” according to a press release.

“Doug expressed his wish that the tour continue with Bon [Harris] stepping in to perform lead vocals,” said the release — and that Bon did! Despite Doug’s absence, Nitzer Ebb amazed at Baltimore Soundstage recently.

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Song of the Day: “Total Total Damage” by ADULT.

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ADULT. (Photo courtesy Grandstand Media & Management)

Prolific electronic duo ADULT. continue to mine their own unique sound on their triumphant and chilling new album, Perception is/as/of Deception, which sees its release next Friday on Dais.

Today, April 2, Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller released a new single, “Total Total Damage,” and it’s our song of the day!

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Live Review: Aesthetic Perfection @ Pie Shop — 9/26/19

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Aesthetic Perfection performs at the Pie Shop on Sept. 26, 2019. (Photos by Paivi Salonen; Words by Mickey McCarter)

Daniel Graves took his industrial pop outfit Aesthetic Perfection to the Pie Shop for a sold-out performance recently, and he put on one hell of a performance.

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Snapshots: Nitzer Ebb @ Baltimore Soundstage — 5/15/19

nitzer_ebb-6_DS307810 Nitzer Ebb performs at Baltimore Soundstage on May 15, 2019. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

The Baltimore Soundstage swelled to near capacity recently as Nitzer Ebb prepared to take the stage. And the crowd throbbed in time to the angry industrial dance that propelled Nitzer Ebb to the spotlight in the ‘80s and continues to sustain them.

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Music Park: The Soft Moon @ DC9 — 4/29/18

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Luis Vasquez aka The Soft Moon performs at DC9 on April 29, 2018. (Photo by Paivi)

In his recordings, Oakland, California’s The Soft Moon, aka Luis Vasquez, sounds distant and submerged, stitching together a mosaic of murky shapes on frameless canvasses. Amidst a backdrop of ominous tones and layered guitars, the heavily treated vocal parts often seem to emerge from the vortex of sound like leaves in an updraft. It’s the kind of technique that works well in the studio, but can be difficult to present live. So as I awaited their set Sunday night at DC9, I was curious to see how it translated to the stage.

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Snapshots: Covenant @ Ivy City Smokehouse — 4/15/18

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Covenant perform at Ivy City Smokehouse Tavern on April 15, 2018. (Photo by Paivi)

Swedish futurepop band Covenant released The Blinding Dark, their ninth full-length album, in 2016 via Dependent Records. Fronted as ever by Eskil Simonsson, the band is now on The Blinding Dark USA Tour, which included a stop at Ivy City Smokehouse Tavern on Sunday. Paivi was there to capture the show.

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