Live Review: Roxy Music w/ St. Vincent @ Capital One Arena — 9/9/22

Guitarist Phil Manzanera, Drummer Paul Thompson, and vocalist Bryan Ferry perform as Roxy Music at Capital One Arena on Sept. 9, 2022. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Fifty years ago, glam rockers Roxy Music released their self-titled debut album, shifting the tide of pop music in the United Kingdom certainly and eventually elevating the sophistication of the modern musical conversation globally.

Never particularly chart toppers in the United States, Roxy Music nonetheless have embarked on an entirely spectacular if slightly surprising 50th-anniversary tour of our country. During the band’s recent performance at Capital One Arena, frontman Bryan Ferry referenced their longevity, saying it was challenging to sort songs from a long career when mounting a retrospective show.

“But we had to do this one from our first album,” Ferry said, introducing “If There Is Something.”

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Live Review: Spiritualized @ 9:30 Club — 9/8/22

Spiritualized perform at 9:30 Club on Sept. 8, 2022. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

The creation of art in an attempt to connect to people is the most primal urge in pop music, I think. Even those of us who don’t create but consume mill about in the mix, hoping to feel that connection with other folks thanks to the work of the artist. We hope some of that art will wash over us and provide relief in the form of connection.

Spiritualized, the wonderfully English psychedelic rock outfit fronted by Jason Pierce, deal with this phenomenon head-on in a beautiful new song called “Let It Bleed (for Iggy).” It was one of four new songs the space rockers presented in a recent show at 9:30 Club.

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Live Review: Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band @ Lyric Opera House — 9/6/22

Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band bring peace and love to the Lyric Opera House on Sept. 6, 2022. (Photo by David LaMason)

Peace and love and, well, rock ‘n roll. That is what was served up Tuesday night at the first night of two completely sold-out performances by Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band at the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore. After some pandemic-related postponements, the Beatle, drummer, singer, and showman, Ringo Starr arrived just in time to push away the rain clouds that gathered in the early evening and bring some sunshine to Charm City.

I hadn’t seen a rock performance at the Lyric before, so this was a new experience for me, but as fans poured into the hall the care that the opera house had put into making this a memorable event was apparent. From the concessions to the staff directing the the crowd, it made for a comfortable place.

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Snapshots: Sting w/ The Last Bandoleros and Joe Sumner @ Wolf Trap — 9/2/22

Sting performs at Wolf Trap on Sept. 2, 2022. (Photos by Jason Nicholson)

Sting, the famed musician born Gordon Sumner, recently played three nights at Wolf Trap on his 2022 My Songs Tour. Jason Nicholson was there to photograph the first of three nights.

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Preview: Spiritualized @ 9:30 Club, 9/8/22

Spiritualized (Photo by Sarah Piantadosi)

Following 2021’s acclaimed reissue of their classic first four albums, Spiritualized released their latest studio album, Everything Was Beautiful, earlier this year via Fat Possum.

In celebration, Spiritualized launched a North American tour that heads to the 9:30 Club on Thursday, Sept. 8.

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Live Review: Rod Stewart w/ Cheap Trick @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 8/27/22

Sir Rod Stewart wows a packed Merriweather Post Pavilion on Aug. 27, 2022. (Photo By David LaMason)

As the lights dimmed, the familiar bagpipe and drum march of “Scotland the Brave” recently rolled across Merriweather Post Pavilion, heralding the return of Sir Rod Stewart, and kicking off a great evening of classic Rod Stewart numbers and few covers that kept the crowd dancing in the aisles and on the lawn.

Having been postponed from the previous year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the double bill of Rod Stewart and the power pop kings Cheap Trick has been one of the most anticipated shows in the area for some time. So it was no surprise to see lines snaking around Merriweather in the hot summer evening, eventually turning to rows of folding armchairs packing the lawns of the pavilion.

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Snapshots: Peter Hook and The Light @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 8/25/22

Peter Hook performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Aug. 25, 2022. (Photos by Jason Nicholson)

Peter Hook, the former bassist of New Order and Joy Division, made a welcome return to the DC metro area for a concert with Peter Hook & The Light at The Fillmore Silver Spring recently. The focus of Hooky’s return was a performance through Joy Division albums Unknown Pleasures and Closer.

Parklife’s Jason Nicholson photographed the show!

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Live Review: Duran Duran w/ Nile Rodgers & CHIC @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 8/23/22

Simon LeBon fronts Duran Duran at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Aug. 23, 2022. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Calm, Cool, and Collected: A Show of Confidence from Duran Duran

Do you know that feeling of joy that springs from unbridled confidence? You can see everything coming together, and you’re calm, cool, and collected. You’re ready to win, and everything unfolds as it should.

A Duran Duran concert flawlessly captures that exact feeling every time.

In their recent appearance at Merriweather Post Pavilion, Duran Duran once again won the day with a show in conjunction with Future Past, the band’s 15th studio album (released not long ago by BMG), and they did so with support from their friend and mentor Nile Rodgers.

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Live Review: Elvis Costello & The Imposters w/ Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets @ Wolf Trap — 8/18/22

Elvis Costello (Photo by Mark Seliger)

At the end of his recent set with The Imposters at Wolf Trap, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Elvis Costello was joined by the man he called his hero, Nick Lowe, for the last two songs. Elvis wrote “Indoor Fireworks,” but Lowe was responsible for the show’s last number, “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding).”

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Preview: Roxy Music @ Capital One Arena, 9/9/22

Roxy Music in the 1970s (Photo by Brian Cooke)

Roxy Music, one of the most influential and exhilarating music acts in history, tours for the first time in more than a decade to mark the 50th year since their groundbreaking debut album.

Bryan Ferry, Andy Mackay, Phil Manzanera, and Paul Thompson also celebrate their 50th anniversary in a rare North American Tour, which includes a show at Capital One Arena in DC on Friday, Sept. 9!

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