Preview: Temples @ U Street Music Hall, 1/20/20

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Temples (Photo by Matt Clarke)

English psychedelic rock band Temples released Hot Motion, the band’s third studio album, in September. Temples appears in support of the record at U Street Music Hall on Monday, Jan. 20.

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Live Review: Yola @ 9:30 Club — 1/10/20

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Yola sings at Americanafest on Aug. 10, 2019. (Photo by Steven Pisano)

Several years ago, country-soul songwriter Yola was testing a Christmas gift that involved a live flame. Unbeknownst to her, the accelerant she used leaked onto her dress, and, when she went to light it, she caught fire.

To her surprise, Yola responded by breaking into laughter, as she realized she was bizarrely happy at this turn of events. That says a lot about where she was at the time, Yola told a sold-out 9:30 Club audience recently.

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Snapshots: The Cult @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 12/8/19

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The Cult performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Dec. 8, 2019. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

Are they bright light hard rockers or dark light goth rockers? The Cult don’t care, so long as they look good and play loud. And they did both at The Fillmore Silver Spring recently. Jason Nicholson’s got the photos to prove it.

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Live Review: The Fixx @ The Birchmere — 12/3/19

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The Fixx performs at The Birchmere on Dec. 3, 2019. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

The Fixx is a band with gravity. As you watch them, the fellows pull you in through a combination of skilled performance and intellectual weight. Honed through roughly 40 years of performance, The Fixx is a band that knows how to put on a show, but they also have something to say, as evidenced at The Birchmere recently.

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Preview: The Cult @ The Fillmore Silver Spring, 12/8/19

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The Cult (Photo by Tim Cadiente)

As The Cult celebrates the 30th anniversary of their seminal Sonic Temple album, the British group — led by vocalist Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy — plays The Fillmore Silver Spring on Sunday, Dec. 8. The tour date follows the September release of The Cult: Sonic Temple 30 by Beggars Arkive to mark the anniversary of the seminal album by The Cult.

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Snapshots: Killing Joke @ Capital One Arena — 11/25/19

Killing Joke 7Killing Joke performs at Capital One Arena on Nov. 25, 2019. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

Tool burned through DC recently to close the band’s Fear Inoculum Tour in spectacular fashion, and to our surprise the prog rockers brought along perhaps the best possible opening act — English post-punks Killing Joke.

The gothic quartet even shared a bow with Tool at the end of the stage. Given that this was quite a combination, Chris Smyth took some photos of Killing Joke performing at Capital One Arena to open Tool recently.

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