Live Review: Durand Jones and the Indications @ 9:30 Club — 9/11/21

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Durand Jones and the Indications play to a sold-out crowd at 9:30 Club on Sept. 11, 2021. (Photo by Casey Vock.)

The line stretched around the corner and down the block from 9:30 Club the night of Sept. 11, and for good reason, as Durand Jones and the Indications came to town for one of the first major shows at the nationally recognized club since it recently began hosting shows in earnest and with safety protocols in place.

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Song of the Day: “Forwards Beckon Rebound” by Adrianne Lenker

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Adrianne Lenker (Photo by Genesis Baez)

Last fall via 4AD, Big Thief’s Adrianne Lenker released two new albums, songs and instrumentals. The albums, which Pitchfork praised as “some of the most vivid songwriting of her career,” received an incredible reception, appearing on many year-end lists and propelling Lenker to make her solo television debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last week.

Today, she shares a new, self-directed video for “Forwards Beckon Rebound,” a track off of songs.

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Song of the Day: “Easter in Quarantine” by Umphrey’s McGee

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Umphrey’s McGee (Photo courtesy IVPR)

Not unlike the rest of the country and the world, improv-rock gurus Umphrey’s McGee have found themselves with an empty-for-now itinerary and, in isolation, the strange daily balance of making sense of it all and making use of the extra time. Today, UM released “Easter in Quarantine.”

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Live Review: John Hiatt @ The Birchmere — 11/12/19

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John Hiatt (Photo by Jim McGuire)

In a solo acoustic performance, John Hiatt used his substantial charm to engage the sold-out crowd at The Birchmere Tuesday. And, of course, the songs. John played songs that have been covered by Buddy Guy (“Feels Like Rain”), Bonnie Raitt (“Thing Called Love”), and I’m With Her (“Crossing Muddy Waters”).

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Live Review: The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band @ The Hamilton Live — 7/21/19

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The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (photo courtesy the Big Damn Band)

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band put on an authentic blues performance at The Hamilton Live recently. The good Reverend and his wife, who plays the washboard, and his drummer are “real people playing real instruments.” The Reverend derided the use of taped tracks, which, he said, even some blues bands have come to practice. Not only is it phoney, “it still sounds like shit,” he said.

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Ticket Giveaway: The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band @ The Hamilton Live, 7/21/19

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The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band with Rev’s Cadillac (Photo courtesy the band)

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band released Poor Until Payday, the band’s ninth studio album, last fall, and the trio has been on the road ever since. The Reverend and his bandmates perform at The Hamilton Live on Sunday, July 21, and you can win tickets to go with Parklife DC!

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Live Review: Freddie Gibbs @ U Street Music Hall — 11/27/18

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Freddie Gibbs performs at U Street Music Hall on Nov. 27, 2018. (Photo by Victoria Ford/Sneakshot Photography, www.sneakshot.net)

Pressure makes diamonds — and as far as hip-hop goes, Freddie Gibbs is a cut above the rest. The versatile emcee dug deep into his discography during a recent performance at DC’s U Street Music Hall. The Gary, Indiana rhymer’s performance catered to both his gangster rap fans and underground hip-hop aficionados.

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Music Park: Lauren Sanderson @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 11/17/18

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Twenty-two-year-old alternative hip-hop artist Lauren Sanderson performed to a room of exuberant young fans over the weekend at the Rock and Roll Hotel. She recently signed a record deal with Epic Records, and she is touring in support of her recent EP release, Don’t Panic.

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Music Park: Murder by Death @ 9:30 Club — 10/12/18

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Murder by Death performs in Ybor City, Florida, on March 10, 2011. (Photo by Nicole Kibert)

Normally, the 9:30 Club has the latest shows in town. On weekends, those shows go even later. Headliners regularly go on after 10. It was a lucky thing that I checked the showtime, because it turned that the Murder by Death concert was an early show!

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