Live Review: Peach Pit @ 9:30 Club — 4/2/22

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Christopher Vanderkooy shreds on the electric guitar during a Peach Pit performance at 9:30 Club  on April 2, 2022. (Photo by Casey Vock)

Though naturally some of a band’s recorded material is going to create some expectations of its in-person sound, a musical act doesn’t have to let its studio work define its live presentation.

But whether it’s by foresight or luck, the bulk of some artists’ songbooks turns out to be scalable thanks to either a set trajectory or built-in room for improvisation to expand and amplify the sound.

Peach Pit, a red-hot indie pop-rock outfit out of Vancouver, has experienced a rapid rise to popularity since its two founding members graduated high school. As students, Neil Smith and Christopher Vanderkooy teamed up in 2014 to create what began as a possible one-off music project.

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Live Review: Counting Crows w/ Frank Turner @ MGM National Harbor — 10/1/21

Counting Crows perform at MGM National Harbor on Oct. 1, 2021. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson)

A few months ago, I found myself in a discussion with singer-songwriter Kasey Anderson and music critic Craig Jenkins. The point was raised that many of the alternative acts in the late ’80s and early ’90s were, if not in the Americana genre, at least adjacent to it. The Counting Crows certainly fit this description, with influences that include that include the Byrds, The Band, and Van Morrison, in addition to REM. Their brand of alternative meets folk-rock created a sound that, by appealing not only to young audiences, who favored the grunge of the early ’90s, but also to fans of classic rock.

The Counting Crows certainly attracted legions of devoted fans, many of whom packed into the theater at MGM Harbor on Friday night to see them on their tour behind the new Butter Miracle Suite EP.

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Livestream Preview: Robyn Hitchcock with Emma Swift @ StageIt, 4/15/20

Robyn Hitchcock (Photo by Emma Swift)

Tune into the fifth quarantine show by Robyn Hitchcock and Emma Swift, who have been performing regularly since the emergency lockdown across the nation in their series, Live from Sweet Home Quarantine, where they livestream a 30-minute concert from their home in East Nashville.

Catch Robyn and Emma on StageIt on Wednesday, April 15.

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Live Review: Teenage Fanclub @ 9:30 Club — 3/16/19

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Teenage Fanclub performs at 9:30 Club on March 16, 2019. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson)

It seems wrong to start a concert review by mentioning the one guy that wasn’t there, but we might as well address the elephant in the room first thing. Last fall, Gerry Love, bassist and founding member of Teenage Fanclub, announced he would leave the group after their winter run of shows in the UK.

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