Live Review: Cage the Elephant @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 8/22/19

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Cage the Elephant performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Aug. 22, 2019. (Photo by Rashad Polk)

The last time Cage the Elephant played the DC area was last fall at the DC Entertainment and Sports Arena. This time around, the six-piece band from Kentucky played Merriweather Post Pavilion at the DC stop of their co-headlining The Night Running Tour with Beck recently.

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Live Review: The Raconteurs @ The Anthem — 8/17/19

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The Raconteurs (Photo by Olivia Jean)

Whether or not rock ‘n’ roll needs a cheerleader, it certainly has one in Jack White. From days of the White Stripes to collaborations with luminaries like Loretta Lynn and bands like the Dead Weather and Raconteurs to his own solo material there’s a constellation of work that values the history and power of the art. There’s that and the fact that he, literally, pumps up a crowd like few I’ve witnessed. As a case in point, take the packed house at The Anthem Saturday night. 

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Preview: Cage the Elephant and Beck @ Merriweather Post Pavilion, 8/22/19

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Cage the Elephant (Photo by Neil Krug)

Cage the Elephant released their fifth studio album, Social Cues, in April via RCA Records. “Night Running,” a track on that new album, features Beck! So perhaps then it was natural that Cage the Elephant and Beck would team for The Night Running Tour, which arrives at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Thursday, Aug. 22!

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Live Review: The Hives and Refused @ Franklin Music Hall — 5/18/19

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The Hives perform at Franklin Music Hall in Philadelphia on May 18, 2019. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson)

Look, I don’t make the rules. But the rules clearly state that if THE BEST DAMN LIVE BAND ON THE PLANET decide not to play D.C. on their tour, but they are playing Philadelphia on a Saturday night, well you gas up the car and hit the road. So that’s what we did, trekking north to the City of Brotherly Love to catch Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist, Nicholaus Arson and the rest of The Hives on the opening night of their all too brief US tour.

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Live Review: Ex Hex @ 9:30 Club — 5/10/19

ExHex08 Mary Timony and Betsy Wright trade riffs at 9:30 Club on May 10, 2019. (Photos by Mickey McCarter; Words by Juliet Van Wagenen)

You know you’ve made it when you’ve got your own ice cream. But DC darling garage punk band Ex Hex’s signature ice cream “Another DiMINTsion” (of the mint-chocolate-chip variety, aptly named for their song “Another Dimension” and sampled for journalistic purposes, of course) wasn’t the only thing bringing chill, hometown flavor to the 9:30 Club this Friday.

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Live Review: Nick Lowe @ The Hamilton Live — 4/7/19

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Nick Lowe performs with Los Straightjackets at The Hamilton Live on April 7, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

I’d never seen The Hamilton as completely full as it was for Nick Lowe’s recent concert. It was completely sold out, seated and standing room alike. Nick Lowe deserved that reception.

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