Snapshots: The Cult w/ Black Rebel Motorcycle Club @ The Anthem — 7/19/22

Ian Astbury of The Cult performs at The Anthem on July 19, 2022. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson)

I guess hearing The Cult bang out classics like “Fire Woman” and “Sun King” got someone a little too fired up at the band’s performance last week at The Anthem because lead singer Ian Astbury took it upon himself to jump into the crowd and break up a scuffle near the front row while the band performed “Rain” late in the set. Of course, there’s video.

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Snapshots: Billy Howerdel @ Baltimore Soundstage — 7/9/22

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Billy Howerdel performs at Baltimore Soundstage on July 9, 2022. (Photo by Katherine Gaines)

Billy Howerdel of A Perfect Circle released his debut solo album, What Normal Was, in June via Alchemy Recordings/Rise Records/BMG. He’s on tour, and Katherine Gaines photographed his show at Baltimore Soundstage recently!

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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: Midnight Oil @ MGM National Harbor — 6/25/22

Midnight Oil turns in a blistering performance at MGM National Harbor on June 25, 2022. (Photo by David LaMason)

“This means a great deal to us, and there’s quite a lot of emotion in the room for us, so we’ll let the music do it for us,” Peter Garrett, frontperson for “The Oils,” as their fans call them, said before the last encore of the last performance Midnight Oil would give in the States.

“The first time we jumped in one of those big planes with the kangaroo on the tail with a stop in Honolulu on the way we got up to San Fransisco — I think we played a sketchy club to about 400 people; 300 people didn’t know what we were singing about, didn’t have any idea,” Peter added. But at the MGM National Harbor theater Saturday night, in front of a sold-out audience, everyone knew what this band — who started out nearly 50 years ago — was singing about. Singing with an urgency that remains as vital now as it did back then.

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Live Review: One Way Out @ DC9 — 6/4/22

One Way Out performs at DC9 on June 4, 2022. (Photos by Mark Caicedo; Words by Mickey McCarter)

It’s not every day that you encounter a band that’s not old enough to drink but has more love for Led Zeppelin than they do Machine Gun Kelly.

But hearing is believing in this case! The young members of One Way Out rocked hard at DC9 recently for a hometown stop on their Music and Euphoria Summer Tour.

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Live Review: The Who @ Capital One Arena — 5/23/22

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The Who perform at Capital One Arena on May 23, 2022. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

The Who were in top form at the Capital One Arena in DC, capturing some of their best-known hits spanning their nearly 60-year career during their The Who Hits Back! Tour.

On Monday, the storied English band opened with the Overture from the rock opera Tommy and finished with the magnum opus “Baba O’Riley” from Who’s Next.

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Live Review: Zepparella @ City Winery — 5/12/22

Zepparella Lead singer Anna Kristina (left) and guitarist Gretchen Menn (right) on stage during a Zepparella performance at City Winery DC, May 12, 2022. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Air drums and air guitars were prominent among a crowd of nostalgic Led Zeppelin fans at DC’s City Winery recently as Zepparella, an all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band, played its first show at the Ivy City venue in over three years due a forced break in touring during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Snapshots: Poppy @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 4/3/22

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Poppy performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on April 3, 2022. (Photo by Katherine Gaines)

Last fall, crossover media star Poppy released Flux, her fourth studio album, via Sumerian Records. She recently embarked on the Flux Tour, which saw her visit The Fillmore Silver Spring. Katherine Gaines was there to document the show.

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Live Review: Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs @ The Birchmere — 3/28/22

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Mike Campbell performs at The Birchmere on March 28, 2022. (Photo by Marc Caicedo)

“I was born to play guitar and I sure do love my job!”

One might think that a Monday night is a time for quiet reflection and preparation for the week ahead: planning dinners, work schedules, going to bed early. But this time was a little different. Mike Campbell & The Dirty Knobs recently rolled into town and delivered a performance that, for nearly three hours, rocked from beginning to end at The Birchmere. No quiet reflection or getting to bed early this night!

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