Live Review: Sevendust @ Rams Head Live — 2/10/19

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Lajon Witherspoon fronts Sevendust at Rams Head Live on Feb. 10, 2019. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

It may look difficult to pull off a major stage show on the intimate confines of the Rams Head Live stage in Baltimore, but don’t try telling that to Sevendust, who put on a display that could counter any arena act. With exquisite lighting and smoke machines put to use with purpose, the guys in Sevendust brought a major stadium feeling into the club recently.

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Live Review: Drive-By Truckers @ The Anthem — 2/8/19

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Drive-By Truckers perform at The Anthem on Feb. 8, 2019. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)

Full disclosure: The songs of Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley have guided me through some of the best and hardest years of my adulthood. From the first discovery of Southern Rock Opera during my college years to the most recent American Band, I can write with confidence that their songs hold persistent meaning to me.

So, I will not be objective about the recent performance of Drive-By Truckers at The Anthem. Consider this your warning.

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Snapshots: Carly Burruss @ The Birchmere — 2/5/19

CitizenHeights- Carly Burruss performs at The Birchmere on Feb. 5, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

The devil went down to Georgia, but a sweet angel came to Alexandria from Atlanta recently in the form of singer-songwriter Carly Burruss.

Carly is currently touring with Kasey Chambers and provided a warm and energized opening set at The Birchmere on Tuesday.

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Live Review: Cat Power @ 9:30 Club — 12/16/18

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Cat Power performs in Victoria Park in London on June 2, 2018. (Photo by Raph_PH)

“She is in the zone tonight.”

You could truly say that of Cat Power at 9:30 Club on Sunday. But in the past, that wasn’t a comment one might expect to hear at her show. Although she’d long produced great work in the studio, indie rocker Chan (pronounced Shawn) Marshall’s live sets had a tendency to go off the rails. Before she got sober, alcohol compounded Chan’s stage fright, which she faced by taking the prescription anti-anxiety drug Xanax — the two do not mix especially well.

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Live Review: Patterson Hood @ Pearl Street Warehouse — 12/7/18

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Patterson Hood performs at Pearl Street Warehouse on Dec. 7, 2018. (Photo by Paivi)

Patterson Hood, who leads the Drive-By Truckers with Mike Cooley, started writing songs more than 45 years ago. He formed the predecessor to the Drive-By Truckers, Adam’s House Cat, more than 30 years ago, and the Truckers have been going strong for more than 20. In an amazing, sold-out solo acoustic show on Friday night, Patterson showed that he’s every bit in love with songs after all this time.

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