Live Review: Too Many Zooz @ 9:30 Club — 12/22/18

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Too Many Zooz amaze the crowd at the 9:30 Club on Dec. 23, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)

The New York City-based trio Too Many Zooz refer to their own music as “brass house,” which can be a bit hard to describe. Incorporating elements of up tempo ska, house, dub, and jazz, David “King of Sludge” Parks (drums/percussion), Leo Pellegrino (baritone sax), and Matt “Doe” Muirhead (trumpet/keys) have gone from busking the busy New York subway to playing alongside Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks at the 50th Annual CMA Awards in 2016.

And the trio took their brass house sound to 9:30 Club on Saturday.

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DJ Park: Virtual Self @ Echostage — 9/3/18

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Porter Robinson (Photo by Jasmine Safaeian)

Hello everyone, and welcome to a special edition as we review Porter Robinson and friends, as they performed under their new sound Virtual Self, at Echostage recently. Porter Robinson alone is already an extremely talented act to watch so we could only imagine what his new style and performance would show us on this crisp summer night!

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Music Park: Saint Etienne @ Union Stage — 9/7/18

StEtienne02 Sarah Cracknell fronts Saint Etienne at Union Stage on Sept. 7, 2018.

Sarah Cracknell is a picture-perfect Gen X diva. Wrapped in a feather boa and armed with a sultry smile, the Englishwoman brings wit and warmth to fronting synthpop outfit Saint Etienne, which dropped by Union Stage on Friday to mark the 20th anniversary of their fourth studio album, Good Humor.

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Music Park: New Order @ The Anthem — 8/28/18

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Bernard Sumner fronts New Order at The Anthem on Aug. 28, 2018. (Photos by Kyle Gustafson; Words by Mickey McCarter)

Songs about heartbreak are usually pretty straightforward. Boy meets girl, girl dumps boy, boy sulks. But “True Faith” by New Order fiercely subverts that paradigm. “A sudden sense of liberty,” unbidden, provides sweet perspective.

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DJ Park: Moonrise Festival @ Pimlico Race Course — 8/11-8/12/18

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Excision (Photo courtesy Circle Talent Agency)

The temperature was at its highest point of the August day, and the streets around the Pimlico Race Course were flooded. Thousands of eager festival-goers attended from across the world gathered to hear the sounds of their favorite artists at the Moonrise Festival, produced by Steez Promo. The two-day event kicked off in style with a slew of local artist setting the stages on fire. So grab onto your totem and tighten up your bandanna as we get ready to run through Pimlico to catch as many acts as possible!

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