Snapshots: Gaslight Anthem @ 9:30 Club — 5/27/18

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The Gaslight Anthem perform at 9:30 Club on May 27, 2018. (Photo by Paivi)

The Gaslight Anthem is going all out in celebration of the 10th anniversary their seminal album, The ’59 Sound. The gents will release The ’59 Sound sessions, a companion to their classic album with nine rare unreleased songs and a 60-page booklet on June 15 via via SideOneDummy Records on June 15.

Along the way, the Gaslight Anthem are performing shows in celebration of the album as well, including two sold-out nights at 9:30 Club. Paivi was there to shoot the first of the two on Sunday, May 27.

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Music Park: Patty Smyth and Scandal @ City Winery — 5/5/18

Scandal07 Patty Smyth and Keith Mack perform in Scandal at City Winery on May 5, 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Guitarist Zack Smith was looking to form a band in New York City in 1981, and he was persistent enough to track down vocalist Patty Smyth, who was working in a steakhouse at the time.

And so the band Scandal came together to record a self-titled EP and eventually a full album, Warrior, producing memorable ’80s hits like “Goodbye to You” and “The Warrior.” Patty sang those songs and more with a new configuration of Scandal, which still also includes original member Keith Mack on guitar, at City Winery on Saturday.

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Don’t Miss: Brian Fallon @ 9:30 Club, 4/28/18

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Brian Fallon (Photo by Drew Gurian)

Brian Fallon, singer and guitarist of The Gaslight Anthem, released his second solo album, Sleepwalking, via Island Records in February. Brian is bringing his backing band, The Howling Weather, around to 9:30 Club for a sold-out show on Saturday, April 28.

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Music Park: Alejandro Escovedo @ The Hamilton Live — 1/16/18

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Alejandro Escovedo performs at The Hamilton on Jan. 16, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

Alejandro Escovedo plays like his life depends on it. That most artists feel that existence-affirming drive to create is a given; for Escovedo the sentiment is literal. Alejandro opened the East coast leg of his “A Man Under the Influence/Think About the Link Tour, presented by Prevent Cancer Foundation” at The Hamilton Live on Jan. 16 to an enthusiastic and adoring crowd.

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Music Park: The Killers @ The Anthem — 1/10/18

D04_8630 Brandon Flowers fronts The Killers at The Anthem on Jan. 10, 2018. (Photo by Rob Loud)

In a sold-out show at The Anthem on Wednesday, The Killers reminded us that they hail from Las Vegas — and in Las Vegas, folks know how to put on a big, stupendous show. Frontman Brandon Flowers and company brought it all — great music, neon videos, and gold suits — in support of touring their fifth studio album, the aptly named Wonderful Wonderful.

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Music Park: Lucinda Williams @ Lincoln Theatre — 10/30/17

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Lucinda Williams (Photo by David McClister)

I suspect the inclusion of Lucinda Williams among my favorite artists stood out a little on my (now deleted) dating profile, buried as it was among a list that heavily favored new wave, electronic, and industrial artists.

The contrast in genres was apparently notable enough that visitors commented on it more than once. But then my appreciation for Lucinda’s music did in fact arise out of a specific set of circumstances, absent which I might not have discovered her at all.

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