Live Review: Billy Idol @ Pearl Theater at Palms Casino Resort — 3/13/20

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Billy Idol performs at the Pearl Theater at Palms Casino Resort on March 13, 2020. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Billy Idol’s dad was a helluva salesman. He worked hard all of his life, and he never really seemed to have time for Billy’s music as his son shot up the charts in the early ’80s.

In 2014, Billy was working on Kings & Queens of the Underground, his eighth studio album, and he took a mix over to his parents to get their feedback. To Billy’s delight, his dad was not only very interested in the album, but he liked the songs quite well.

Soon after, Billy’s dad passed away at the age of 90. In his bed at the time, he was listening to Billy’s “Ghosts in My Guitar,” a song that Billy performed with considerable emotion at the Pearl Theatre at Palms Resort Casino recently.

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Interview: John Cooper of Skillet @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 3/8/20

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John Cooper fronts Skillet at The Fillmore Silver Spring on March 8, 2020. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

After rocking the city of Baltimore in the fall of 2019, Skillet returned to the area recently by playing to a jam-packed crowd at The Fillmore Silver Spring.

Mixing in hit songs “Feel Invincible,” “Hero,” and “Monster,” along with five tracks — “You Ain’t Ready,” “Legendary,” “Victorious,” “Save Me,” and “Anchor” — off their 2019 Album, Victorious, Skillet balanced a good mix of new and old music to keep the fans cheering throughout the show.

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Preview: Skillet @ The Fillmore Silver Spring, 3/8/20

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Skillet (Photo courtesy Atom Splitter PR)

Hard rockers Skillet released Victorious, the band’s 10th studio album, last year via Atlantic Records. The hard-touring band performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Sunday, March 8, and drummer Jen Ledger opens the show with her own project, Ledger.

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Preview: One Way Out @ Union Stage, 2/28/20

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One Way Out (Photo courtesy the band)

Make no mistake: young DC rockers One Way Out can fill a room. Not only can they pack a room full of fans but they can play like seasoned champs, filling a space with the sound of rock ‘n’ roll.

If that weren’t enough, the gents open for the incredible Cat Janice at Union Stage on Friday, Feb. 28, to celebrate the release of a new single, “Black Walls.”

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Snapshots: The Glorious Sons @ 9:30 Club — 1/24/20

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The Glorious Sons perform at 9:30 Club on Jan. 24, 2020. (Photo by Paivi Salonen)

Not long ago, The Glorious Sons, the groundbreaking Canadian rockers, rolled through 9:30 Club to open The Struts for a very wild show! On Friday, The Glorious Sons made a triumphant return to 9:30 Club as the headliner, and Paivi Salonen got all of the pix.

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Live Review: Richard Thompson @ The Birchmere — 1/22/20

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Richard Thompson (center) participates in A Winding Road: A Ramble with Richard Thompson on May 11, 2019, in Montclair, New Jersey. (Photo by Neil Grabowsky)

“So,” I asked after sitting down at The Birchmere recently, “how long have you been in the cult?”

Without asking what I meant, one of the men sitting across the table from me responded, “I was getting Richard and Linda Thompson import records from England in the 70s.”

“I came to it later,” said the other.

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Live Review: J. Roddy Walston and Palm Palm @ Ottobar — 1/19/20

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J. Roddy Walston and Palm Palm rock a sold-out Ottobar on Jan. 19, 2020. (Photo by David LaMason)

In October of last year, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, posted through social media that “after 14 years, four albums and 889 shows of being creatively betrothed solely to each other, now feels like the time to explore other possibilities…” After sold-out sets in Baltimore and Richmond, J. Roddy Walston and the Business and their raucous brand of Southern rock and Stones-inspired music was on an indefinite hiatus.

But the story doesn’t end there.

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