Live Review: Tove Styrke @ The Anthem — 2/24/22

Tove Styrke peforms at The Anthem on Feb. 24, 2022. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Swedish singer Tove Stryke was conversataional and casual, and she easily chatted with the audience between songs at The Anthem recently.

“I fell in love with my best friend recently,” Tove said, matter of factly, “and I did something I never did before: I wrote her a song.” Tove then sang that song, “Show Me Love,” near the end of a short opening set for Marina during their shared concert performance in DC.

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Live Review: Marina @ The Anthem — 2/24/22

Marina performs at The Anthem on Feb. 24, 2022. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Marina may have stepped out onto the stage under the cover of darkness to being her show at The Anthem in DC recently, but she stood with unyielding confidence and conviction as she launched into “Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land” to celebrate the album of the same name. Her smoky voice rang clear over the aggressive beats of the number and she began swing in sway as if to call her words down from the sky and channel them into the audience when the lights came up.

Although she no longer calls herself Marina *and The Diamonds,* she truly sparkled nonetheless.

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Live Review: Billie Eilish @ Capital One Arena — 2/9/22

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Billie Eilish performs at Capital One Arena on Feb. 9, 2022. (Photos by Matty Vogel)

In the span of just a handful of years, Billie Eilish has gone from selling out clubs, like the Black Cat in 2018, to huge arena shows like her recent Capital One Arena concert. A testament to not only her incredible stage presence but also the songs that connect to her audience on an almost physical level.

Starting the show off with thunderous drums by brother and collaborator, Finneas, and her long-time drummer, Andrew Marshall, until the opening lines of “bury a friend” as the crowd exploded into applause, singing along to every word. And it wasn’t long before Billie danced her way down the long walkway to sing to fans quite literally face-to-face. One thing that I kept coming back to was how no matter how large the crowd gets, Billie Eilish does make it about the fans and the experience of feeling some connection, even in a room that spans an entire city block.

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Preview: Marina @ The Anthem, 2/24/22

Marina (Photo courtesy Atlantic Records)

In 2021, indie pop diva Marina released Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land, her fifth studio album, via Neo Gold/ Atlantic Records. This month, Marina undertakes a global tour that brings her to The Anthem in DC on Thursday, Feb. 24.

The Anthem has issued a low-ticket alert for this show!

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