Live Review: Bright Eyes w/ Christian Lee Hudson @ The Anthem — 4/9/22

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Bright Eyes performs at The Anthem on April 9, 2022. (Photo by David LaMason)

Introducing “Mariana Trench,” Conor Oberst, the lyricist/vocalist for Omaha-bred indie folk band Bright Eyes said, “There’s been a lot more ups than downs these last few years.”  “Mariana Trench” is the fourth track on the band’s newest album, Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was, and it was also the fourth song played by the band in their recent set at The Anthem.

Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was was released after a long hiatus — it had been nine years since the release of their previous album, 2011’s The People’s Key — in 2020. As Conor drolly pointed out, it did not go particularly well. They were only now getting to tour behind that album.

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Live Review: Mitski @ The Anthem — 3/28/22

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Mitski performs on night two of two-sold out shows at The Anthem on March 28, 2022. (Photo by David LaMason)

Back in 2019 after two successive tours following a massive LP, Be The Cowboy, Mitski took a step back from touring to focus on her own self. But time and distance has a way of changing perspective, and soon songs started to work their way back out again. With a global pandemic that put the brakes on touring, that focus ended up creating the brilliant Laurel Hell, with its name taken from thickets of rhododendron bushes that sprout white fragrant blossoms in the summer heat but are toxic. And that mirrors the complexity on the album of the same name.

Over the break between albums and touring, Mitski also found herself in the strange world of TikTok and videos that have highlighted works like “Washing Machine” and “Nobody” from Be The Cowboy, creating a groundswell of new fans that sing along to every word. And this was no more evident than at the second of two sold-out performances at The Anthem Monday night.

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Ticket Giveaway: Bright Eyes @ The Anthem, 4/9/22

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Bright Eyes (Photo by Shawn Brackbill)

Indie rock darlings Bright Eyes returned in 2020 after a nine-year hiatus, and this year the Omaha, Nebraska band is on tour to promote their lastest album, Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was, available now via Dead Oceans! Bright Eyes perform at The Anthem in DC on Saturday, April 9.

Parklife DC is giving away a pair of tickets for you to see the show!

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Live Review: Mother Mother @ 9:30 Club — 2/4/22

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Mother Mother perform at 9:30 Club on Feb. 4, 2022. (Photo by Marc Shea)

Like a lot of people, it’s been awhile since I’ve seen a live show. I was more than ready to get my rear end to a concert. It didn’t even really matter what it was. So, to that end, Mother Mother was not a band I was familiar with at all. But I knew a few people who were going to the show, so I figured I would go with them. It had been several months since I had been to a concert and I thought it would be fun.

I checked out some of their music ahead of time and enjoyed it. But none of that prepared me for Mother Mother live at 9:30 Club recently.

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Live Review: Alkaline Trio and Bad Religion @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 10/30/21

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Alkaline Trio performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Oct. 30, 2021. (Photos by Shedrick Pelt)

On Saturday, a weekend of ghoulish guests and things that go bump in the night, rock music took center stage at The Fillmore in Silver Spring during a jointly-headlined tour stop with Bad Religion and Alkaline Trio, two forefathers of the punk rock revival of the early-to-mid 90s. 

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Song of the Day: “Stuck” by Rosie Cima & What She Dreamed

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Rosie Cima & What She Dreamed (Photo courtesy Transmission Publicity)

A killer new band out of DC, Rosie Cima & What She Dreamed, fronted by Rosie Cima, will release their new album Realm of the Warring Gods on March 12 via This Could Go Boom!

Recently, they’ve released the album’s angsty, visceral lead single, “Stuck.”

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Live Review: GothBoiClique @ MilkBoy ArtHouse — 8/31/19

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Fish Narc performs at MilkBoy ArtHouse on Aug. 31, 2019. (Photo by Shedrick Pelt)

The days of the Bone Thugs, Hot Boys, and Triple Six Mafias are long gone, and it’s left a gaping hole in our culture. Today, the search for individual success too often trumps the all-important gang. When did we forget about “all for one and one for all!?” And can we even find our way back? As I reflect on the legacies of these crews, I find hope in three letters: GBC. GothBoiClique gave me that hope in their sold-out show at Milkboy ArtHouse recently.

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