The Afghan Whigs rock a packed Rams Head Live on April 27, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)
The Afghan Whigs have been playing their brand of rock channeled through a heavy dose of dark soul for over 30 years. In fact, 2018 saw the 30-year anniversary of their debut Big Top Halloween. So, it’s a testament to their longevity that last year they released one of their best albums, In Spades, in their extensive catalog. Maybe it’s due to the steadfast style Greg Dulli (vocals/guitar/keys) and company — which also includes John Curley (bass), Rick G. Nelson (guitar/keys/violin), Jon Skibic (guitar), and Patrick Keeler (drums) — haven’t tried to change that unique style.
In a great show at Rams Head Live in Baltimore on Friday, The Afghan Whigs gave that style its due.
Kevin Morby rocks a sold-out Ottobar on April 20, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)
Kevin Morby is troubadour who is cut from the same cloth as Lou Reed and Bob Dylan with a bit of Will Oldham or even Jason Molina (of whom Kevin and Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield covered recently). Last year, he released City Music on the Dead Oceans label. Last Friday, he performed to a sold-out Ottobar.
Hand Habits performs at the Ottobar on April 20, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)
Hand Habits, the musical monicker of LA-based / New York native Meg Duffy, is something special. Meg is an incredible guitarist who has played with Mega Bog and currently with Kevin Morby but over the past several years she has honed her songwriting craft in her own project, the debut full-length of which was last year’s Wildly Idle (Humble Before the Void), released on Woodsist Records.
Arctic Monkeys (Photo by Zackery Michael)
Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, and The Killers will headline the 2018 edition of the Firefly Music Festival, set in The Woodlands in Dover, Delaware, on June 14-17. This ever-expanding music festival makes for an easy weekend trip from DC while offering access to an all-star lineup of musical talent that also includes Odesza, Lil Wayne, Logic, Martin Garrix, SZA, Alt-J, Portugal. The Man, Foster the People, MGMT, Mike D (DJ set), and more.
General admission and VIP tickets are now onsale for the entire weekend, and daily passes recently became available as well.
LA Salami plays to a sold-out DC9 on April 7, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)
Lookman Adekunle Salami (who goes by the name LA Salami) is a poet and an artist that happens to make great music. He’s like a punk rock poet but even that doesn’t do what he does justice. In fact, trying to nail down who LA Salami is can be an exercise in futility. One thing is clear, however — LA Salami creates captivating art. He displayed some of that art in a sold-out show at DC9 on Saturday.
Missio perform at U Street Music Hall on March 2, 2018. (Photo by Isaiah Hattix)
Missio recently visited U Street Music Hall for a sold-out show on The Loner Tour, showcasing songs from the synthpop duo’s debut album of the same name, released last year on RCA Records.
Sam Harris fronts X Ambassadors at 9:30 Club on Feb. 19, 2018. (Photo by Paivi)
Indie rockers X Ambassadors will release Joyful, their new studio album, this spring on KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records. Meanwhile, the trio are wrapping up a US tour that included a stop at 9:30 Club on Monday, Feb. 19. Paivi captured the band in action.