Live Review: Jorja Smith @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 12/11/18

Jorja Smith 9 Jorja Smith performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Dec. 11, 2018. (Photo by Brenda Reyes)

Jorja Smith blessed the DC area with her beautiful set on Tuesday night to a sold-out crowd at The Fillmore Silver Spring. When I left the photo pit and bumped into a fellow photographer, we both felt that we were gazing at a goddess the entire time. Jorja was exceptionally amazing that night.

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Live Review: China Crisis @ City Winery — 12/6/18

ChinaCrisis03 China Crisis performs at City Winery in DC on Dec. 6, 2018.

UK new wave outfit China Crisis dropped by City Winery recently for their first DC show in more than 30 years, and the band and a small crowd shared a simply marvelous time together.

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Preview: China Crisis @ City Winery, 12/6/18

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China Crisis (Photo courtesy the artist)

UK sophistipop duo China Crisis has made fantastic music, much of which I personally relate to the English New Romantics and their passionate style of forward-looking lyrics with rousing synthpop.

While they’ve been consistently active since their days on the charts, the band’s visits to the United States have been rare until recently. And now, China Crisis performs at City Winery on Thursday, Dec. 6.

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Music Park: Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening (JBLZE) @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 11/25/18

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Jason Bonham performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Nov. 25, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

“This is the most fun anyone could have fully clothed standing in front of an audience.”

That was Jason Bonham describing Sunday night at The Fillmore Silver Spring as he led his band, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening (JBLZE) in a revival (not a tribute) of the 1970’s preeminent rock band. The music project he refers to as the “band I play in for fun” performed over two hours of Zeppelin’s music to a faithful and adoring sold-out audience.

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Music Park: The Struts @ Rams Head Live — 11/18/18

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Luke Spiller fronts The Struts at Rams Head Live on Nov. 18, 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

When introducing a new song by The Struts at Rams Head Live recently, frontman Luke Spiller confessed he made the mistake of reading the comments to the song’s video on YouTube.

“The Struts should stick to what they know,” read one disgruntled comment on the song “Bulletproof Baby.”

Undeterred, the charismatic singer declared, “Fuck them. The Struts do what they want!”

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Music Park: Pale Waves @ U Street Music Hall — 11/10/18

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Pale Waves perform at U Street Music Hall on Nov. 10, 2018.

Heather Baron-Gracie swayed onto stage from the opening notes of “Television Romance” by her band Pale Waves, presenting a vision of a modern pop songstress lightly flavored in a vaguely goth trapping.

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