Live Review: The Smithereens @ State Theatre — 1/17/20

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The Smithereens perform at the State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia, on Jan. 17, 2020. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

“In sickness and in health.”

Those words are normally reserved for particularly solemn occasions, but those same moments can be joyous, life-affirming and festive… much like a Smithereens concert, come to think of it. Friday night was just one of those instances with the New Jersey-based Smithereens making their 20th appearance at the State Theatre in Falls Church. For many of us battling colds, flu, and various other ailments, The Smithereens energetic, exuberant, and healing music was just the right medicine.

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Preview: J. Roddy Walston @ Ottobar, 1/19/20

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J. Roddy Walston (Photo courtesy Eventbrite)

For nearly two decades he’s been the “J. Roddy Walston” of the “and the Business.” Now he’s just J. Roddy, and a whole rack of songs… and a moving truck full of synths, pianos, tape machines, and sequencers. Catch him in a solo live show at Ottobar on Sunday, Jan 19!

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Snapshots: Clutch @ 9:30 Club — 12/29/19

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Clutch frontman Neil Fallon engages fans at DC’s 9:30 Club, Dec. 29, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Clutch kicked off ClutchMas, the band’s annual run of shows between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, with a blistering set at 9:30 Club. The show in DC on Sunday preceded shows at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey, on Dec. 30 and a New Year’s Eve show at Union Transfer in Philadelphia on Dec. 31.
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Best of the Year: Top 10 Photos of 2019 by Chris

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Judas Priest made the list of Chris Smyth’s Top 10 photos of the Year (but not this particular one). (Photo by Chris Smyth)

Editor’s Note: This year, we asked our bloggers to name their Top 10 shows of 2019 or choose their Top 10 photos of the year. We will run them over the course of mid-December as our Best of the Year posts.

It is an odd feeling when you love and hate something simultaneously. The emotions don’t make sense, yet it’s fully real. That is how I feel each time I am tasked with creating this year-end list. I love looking through my old photographs and remembering each concert that I was fortunate enough to attend, and reliving each show through the images that I was able to capture along the way.

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Snapshots: The Cult @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 12/8/19

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The Cult performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Dec. 8, 2019. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

Are they bright light hard rockers or dark light goth rockers? The Cult don’t care, so long as they look good and play loud. And they did both at The Fillmore Silver Spring recently. Jason Nicholson’s got the photos to prove it.

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