Live Review: Wilco @ The Anthem — 10/15/19

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Wilco is one of those bands that continue to grow and evolve — which is part of why they continue to be an inspiration to other musicians and more importantly their fans. Although each album stands alone as a document of that particular point in time — they aren’t trying to redo what’s already been done — the great thing about watching a Wilco show is that you have that chance to hear some of those older songs alongside newer ones.

And even then things are never the same, as the performance like the band can evolve, too. I remember the first time I saw Wilco. It was back in 1997 or 1998 at a wedding hall, and each time since then it’s been different but each has been an amazing performance.

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Don’t Miss: The Long Run: Experience the Eagles @ Hollywood Casino (Charles Town, WV), 5/27/18

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The Long Run: Experience The Eagles (Photo by Jesse James Salucci)

We don’t often cover tribute bands here, but when we do, it’s because they are worth it. Since their debut in 2000, The Long Run: Experience the Eagles has become known as one of the finest tribute acts of all time, repeatedly drawing large crowds to sold-out concerts all over the world — and they don’t seem to be stopping any time soon. From “Hotel California” to “Desperado,” these guys have every single one of the greatest hits nailed, so catching them at the Hollywood Casino on Sunday, May 27, should be high on any Eagles fan’s list of priorities!

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Music Park: Steve Gunn @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 1/20/17

Steve Gunn 05 Steve Gunn performs at the Rock and Roll Hotel on Jan. 20, 2017.

Steve Gunn came to DC with Lee Renaldo on Friday mostly to mourn the results of the election. He began his set with “Old Strange,” a song from his 2013 album Time Off, which was about the surprise death of a friend.

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Don’t Miss: Dungen @ DC9, 3/17/17

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Dungen (Photo by Frank Aschberg)

Swedish psychedelic rock band Dungen have won quite a following since their 2001 self-titled debut album, and it’s easy to hear why in my opinion with the gripping guitar of Reine Fiske.

Reine, Gustav Ejstes, Johan Holmegard, and Mattias Gustavsson recently embarked on a different kind of project, creating their first-ever instrumental album, and Dungen have scheduled an accompanying tour that stops at DC9 on Friday, March 17.

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Don’t Miss: The Last Waltz 40 Tour @ MGM National Harbor, 2/4/17

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The Last Waltz 40 band with Michael McDonald (left) performing at Jazz Fest in New Orleans on April 30, 2016. (Photo by Joshua Timmermans)

The Band performed its farewell show on Nov. 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. Levon Helm, Robbie Robertson, and company had worked with Bob Dylan, and Dylan and other special guests appeared during that final concert to jam along with The Band.

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Music Park: The Head and the Heart @ DAR Constitution Hall — 10/22/16

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“We have Capri Sun backstage.” With that provocative come on, The Head and the Heart wooed the packed crowd at DAR Constitution Hall.

Moving amidst a stage peppered with potted plants and festooned with hanging white balls acting as lights, a homey setting that might have been an ode to their latest album cover, the band members clapped and stomped through their best songs for the eager spectators.

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Don’t Miss: The Bangles @ 9:30 Club, 8/21/16

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The Bangles at the start of their career (Photo by Karen Filter)

If you were alive and watching television in 1986, and you previously did not know of The Bangles, MTV introduced them to a wider world with the music video for their hit “Walk Like an Egyptian,” which features a famously “sexy stare” from guitarist and co-vocalist Susanna Hoffs. In particular, if you were a young man of a certain age, those eyes were forever seared into your brain (in a good way).

Revisit the moment in the official music video for “Walk Like An Egyptian” (with famed stare around 2:45 mark):

The Bangles formed as a quartet in Los Angeles and released their debut album in 1984, hooking many of us with their famous cover of “Going Down to Liverpool” by Katrina and the Waves. Embracing the psych-folk of the Paisley Underground, the ladies burned up the radio with other hits like “Manic Monday,” “Eternal Flame” and “A Hazy Shade of Winter,” a terrific cover of the Simon & Garfunkel number recorded for the film Less Than Zero.

Today, sisters Vicki Peterson and Debbi Peterson, along with Susanna, are revisiting their early days of the band with a collection, titled Ladies and Gentlemen… The Bangles! The album is a 16-track collection of remastered ’80s-era rarities, demos, live recordings, and more, including The Bangles’ debut single and all of the tracks from their self-titled EP (which has been unavailable since its initial release on vinyl in 1982).

Watch a cool trailer for the album!

To celebrate the June 24 release of the album on CD via Omnivore Recordings, The Bangles have hit the road once again as a trio, and they will visit the 9:30 Club on Sunday, August 21, to play songs from across their amazing catalog.

Said Susanna of the new compilation: “I feel a very special connection to our early recordings. The garage of my parents’ house was our musical laboratory, and we took all the flavors of our favorite bands and mixed up a concoction of jangly guitars, McCartney-inspired bass parts, grooves powered by punk energy, and harmonies galore! These songs and recordings were our musical manifesto — all that mattered and inspired us, fueled by youthful energy, hope and blind ambition.”

L.A. rock trio Cardiac open for The Bangles. Tickets are available online.

The Bangles
w/ Cardiac
9:30 Club
Sunday, August 21
Doors @7pm
$35
All ages