Snapshots: HIM @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 11/9/17

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HIM perform at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Nov. 9, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)

Self-proclaimed Finnish “love metal” band HIM are on a farewell tour, and vocalist Ville Valo and company performed at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Thursday. Paivi captured the show in pictures.

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Music Park: The Struts @ The Anthem — 10/12/17

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The Struts perform at The Anthem on Oct. 12, 2017. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Luke Spiller is a natural-born frontman. As vocalist for The Struts, Luke shook and shimmied his way across the stage to a sold-out crowd for the opening night of The Anthem on Thursday, serving roughly 6,000 people a desperately needed shot of rock ‘n’ roll.

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Music Park: The Magpie Salute @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 8/12/17

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The Magpie Salute (Photo by Shervin Lainez)

If you are a fan of the Black Crowes, the Magpie Salute put on the show for you, as they demonstrated in a recent visit to The Fillmore Silver Spring on Aug. 12. Indeed, the Magpie Salute’s setlist consisted mainly of Black Crowes covers with a few other songs sprinkled into it.

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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

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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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