Live Review: The Black Crowes w/ Howlin’ Rain @ Wolf Trap — 6/23/22

Chris and Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes perform at Wolf Trap on June 23, 2022. (Photos by Kyle Gustafson)

Originally released in 1990, The Black Crowes debut album Shake Your Money Maker was an out of the blue hit rock record in an era of Vanilla Ice, Wilson Phillips, and Mariah Carey. It’s also the band’s strongest album and the band would tour the world on the back of these songs for decades. Last week’s show at The Filene Center at Wolf Trap was a part of a Covid-delayed 30th anniversary tour of that album.

This version of the band only features two original members, the brothers Robinson, but they’re the ones that count. Flanked by lead singer Chris and guitarist Rich were drummer Brian Griffin, keyboardist Joel Robinow, guitarists Isaiah Mitchell and Charlie Starr, and bassist Sven Pipien, who has been in and out of the band since 1997.

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Live Review: EarthGang @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 5/20/22

Olu of EarthGang performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on May 20, 2022. (Photo by Will Colbert)

The first law of thermodynamics states that energy cannot be created or destroyed, but it can be transferred. I’m no Einstein, but I’m confident that principle was proven during EarthGang’s recent performance at The Fillmore Silver Spring.

The Atlanta hip-hop duo, consisting of Olu (aka Johnny Venus) and WowGr8 (born Eian Parker), engaged fans in call-and-response — “when I say earth, you say, gang” — doused them with water guns and enthusiastically rhymed verses from their catalog. The charged-up audience returned their energy at every opportunity.

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Live Review: Brent Cobb @ City Winery — 2/10/22

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Brent Cobb (Photo by John Shearer)

The director John Waters once said, “be a stealth bomber for the counterculture.” That quote came to mind as I watched Brent Cobb at City Winery in DC recently. With his smooth, relaxed, easygoing demeanor and delivery, it’s easy to forget just how much range he has, and how much of a rebellious spirit is just underneath the calm exterior. As a performer, Brent is equally capable of sustaining an audience’s attention sitting on a stool, playing a solo acoustic set, fielding requests, as he is with a full band, going into territory that borders on Led Zeppelinesque heavy metal. And even when he’s delivering a mellow song, if you listen closely to the words, you realize that Brent is most definitely stirring the pot.

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Preview: Washed Out @ 9:30 Club, 2/9/22

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Washed Out (Photo by Blair Greene)

Washed Out is Atlanta-based producer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Ernest Greene. Over the course of three uniquely enchanting, critically-lauded albums and an EP, the music he makes has proved both transportive and visual, each new effort inviting listeners into immersive, self-contained universes.

With Purple Noon, his fourth album, and return to Sub Pop, he delivers the most accessible Washed Out creation to date. Travel with Washed Out in his performance at 9:30 Club on Wednesday, Feb. 9.

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Preview: Curtis Harding @ Black Cat, 1/19/22

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Curtis Harding (Photo courtesy ANTI- Records)

(Editor’s Note: This show is being postponed due to concerns related to COVID-19. Stay tuned for a new date!)

Atlanta psychedelic soul artist Curtis Harding recently released his new album If Words Were Flowers via ANTI- Records. On the heels of that release, Curtis performs at Black Cat on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

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Live Review: Robert Cray @ The Birchmere — 9/28/21

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Robert Cray (Photo by James L. Bass)

Robert Cray is the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful blues artist of his generation. He demonstrated exactly why that is when the Columbus, Georgia native appeared with his band — Richard Cousins on the bass, Les Falconer on drums, and Dover Whitecliffe-Swinbourne on keys — at The Birchmere recently.  In front of a hot, packed crowd, and backed by a tight band, Cray showed off his considerable skill on the guitar and his incredible voice.

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Livestream Preview: CeeLo Green @ Sessions, 2/13/21

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CeeLo Green (Photo courtesy Magnum PR)

The one and only CeeLo Green (Goodie Mob, Gnarls Barkley) performs in a rare, intimate livestream performance for what promises to be the coziest Valentine’s Day Eve special exclusively at Sessions on Saturday, Feb. 13.

The performance will last 60 minutes and be followed by a VIP Meet and Greet lasting 30 minutes.

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Song of the Day: “I Wonder What You Got for Me” by Leah Belle Faser

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Leah Belle Faser (Photo courtesy Michael J. Media Group)

Back in October, Atlanta singer-songwriter Leah Belle Faser impressed with her debut EP, Crossing Hermi’s Bridge. She now returns with “I Wonder What You Got for Me,” a charming country pop slice of Christmas wrapped neatly for your listening pleasure.

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