Music Park: The Reflex @ Cathedral Commons — 8/4/17

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JR Russell fronts The Reflex in a show at Cathdral Commons on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017.

“In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum-security stockade to the Los Angeles underground.

Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire…” “THE REFLEX!”

So goes the audio track introducing the DC area’s tuffest ’80s cover band — The Reflex. In all seriousness, The Reflex, who usually perform as a quintet, deliver terrific carefree fun, mixing every single one of your favorite songs from the ’80s into a kitsch-laden show sure to please — as they proved in a Friday evening performance at Cathedral Commons in DC.

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Snapshots: Valient Thorr @ Vans Warped Tour (Merriweather Post Pavilion) — 7/16/17

Valient Thorr @ Vans Warped Tour, Columbia, MD 07/16/2017 Valient Thorr performs at VANS Warped Tour in Columbia, Maryland on July 16, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

Valient Thorr summoned the storm for a run with VANS Warped Tour, stopping by Merriweather Post Pavilion with a host of other bands on Sunday, July 16. Paivi was there to catch the resulting deluge of photo opportunities.

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Don’t Miss: VANS Warped Tour @ Merriweather Post Pavilion, 7/16/17

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We’re looking ahead to next month and to VANS Warped Tour, which is bringing quite an eclectic mix of metal acts particularly to Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sunday, July 16.

Here are three acts to consider checking out while you’re there — including hardcore shockmasters GWAR!

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Music Park: Gov’t Mule @ Warner Theatre — 5/20/17

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Warren Haynes performs with a supergroup at MGM National Harbor on Feb. 4, 2017.

As soon as I walked into Warner Theatre on Saturday, it was clear that Gov’t Mule has a very passionate following. It’s no surprise, considering they have been around since 1994 and were formed as a side project from The Allman Brothers. It was also clear that there is a pretty specific audience that this music appeals to.

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Music Park: The Pretty Reckless @ 9:30 Club — 4/26/17

The Pretty Reckless @930Club, Washington DC, 04/26/2017 Taylor Momsen fronts The Pretty Reckless at 9:30 Club on April 26, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

Wow! It’s amazing to think Taylor Momsen, vocalist of The Pretty Reckless is only 23. Don’t get me wrong — the blonde former actress certainly appears vital and fresh, but her looks belie her voice. That voice is big and booming, and surprisingly weathered while still occasionally sliding into bluesy romance.

Taylor’s voice was on full display Wednesday in a very crowded show at 9:30 Club, where she demonstrated her vocal power. I was impressed by how no matter how loud her bandmates played their instruments, that strong voice remained out front, incapable of being drowned out by the din.

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Snapshots: Alter Bridge @ Fillmore Silver Spring — 2/10/17

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Alter Bridge perform at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Feb. 10, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

Heavy metal band Alter Bridge released their fifth full-length album The Last Hero via Napalm Records last fall, and they stopped at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Friday on a tour to promote the album.

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