Russian Circles performs at Union Stage on Oct. 29, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
Russian Circles, the Chicago-based and internationally known post-metal power trio, brought its muscular brand of “multi-dimensional dramatic instrumental narratives” (as noted on the band’s website) to Union Stage recenlty. The band is now back on the road supporting its most recent release, Blood Year (Sargent House Records).
Angel Olsen (Photo by Cameron McCool)
Angel Olsen released All Mirrors, her fourth studio album, via Jagjaguwar on Oct. 4. She’s performing at the Lincoln Theatre for two nights on Friday, Nov. 1, and Saturday, Nov. 2. The first night sold out fast, but tickets remain for Angel’s second show.
Patricia Barber performs at City Winery on Oct. 22, 2019. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)
Singer-pianist Patricia Barber recently released Higher, her first new album in six years, via ArtistShare. She performed songs new and familiar with the Patricia Barber Trio at City Winery recently, and Jason Nicholson was there to capture the show.
BJ the Chicago Kid performs at Baltimore Soundstage on Oct. 20, 2019. (Photo by Chris Castillo)
BJ the Chicago Kid released 1123, his third studio album, via Motown in July. He brough his soulful hip hop sound to Baltimore Soundstage recenlty, and Chris Castillo got some pictures.
Wilco rock a sold-out show at The Anthem on Oct. 15, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)
Wilco is one of those bands that continue to grow and evolve — which is part of why they continue to be an inspiration to other musicians and more importantly their fans. Although each album stands alone as a document of that particular point in time — they aren’t trying to redo what’s already been done — the great thing about watching a Wilco show is that you have that chance to hear some of those older songs alongside newer ones.
And even then things are never the same, as the performance like the band can evolve, too. I remember the first time I saw Wilco. It was back in 1997 or 1998 at a wedding hall, and each time since then it’s been different but each has been an amazing performance.
Andrew Bird plays violin at The Anthem on Sept. 14, 2019. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
Violinist Andrew Bird led an absorbing program of chamber pop at The Anthem recently in support of My Finest Work Yet, his 12th studio album.
The Way Down Wanderers (Photo by Keith Cotton)
Hailing from Peoria, Illinois, The Way Down Wanderers play bluegrass-inflected music that pulls also from classic rock influences. Following the release of sophomore album Illusions, the band performs at Jammin’ Java on Wednesday, Sept. 25.
Andrew Bird (Photo by Amanda Demme)
Indie rocker Andrew Bird released My Finest Work Yet, his 12th solo studio album, in March via Loma Vista. He arrives to perform his new music at The Anthem on Saturday, Sept. 14.
Stabbing Westward (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)
Stabbing Westward celebrated the 20th anniversary of their third studio album, Darkest Days, with a tour last year. The industrial rockers remain on the road, and now the quartet hit Union Stage on Sunday, Sept. 8. You can win tickets to see Stabbing Westward with Parklife DC!
The Smashing Pumpkins perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Aug. 17, 2019 (Photo by Chris Smyth)
“Making teenagers depressed is like shooting fish in a barrel.”- Bart Simpson, 1996.
In the 23 years since The Simpsons took their playful shot at The Smashing Pumpkins’ music, those “depressed teens” have grown into adults who now have a whole new list of issues causing their anxiety. Their worries about the SATs, school bullies, annoying parents, and a bleak view for the world’s future have become fears of paying bills, a government they don’t trust, kids who won’t listen, and a bleak view of the world as it is today.