Lift gets tricky when you’re breaking curses from another life… These words from the song, “Reproductive” off the new Shamir album, Heterosexuality, being released this week, are personal but after everything leading up to its release could be speaking of something more universal. Heterosexuality is an amazing record and really showcases Shamir’s immense talent — from the opening “Gay Agenda” with its distorted drums and a voice that cuts through to exclaim, “You’re just stuck in the box that was made for me / And you’re mad I got out and I’m living free” to the closer, the aforementioned, “Reproductive,” which Shamir opened with at the 9:30 Club recently, opening for Courtney Barnett.
The Killers return with their fastest No. 1 at Alternative Radio with hit single “Caution” via Island Records. “Caution” is from the band’s upcoming sixth studio album, Imploding the Mirage, scheduled for release on May 29.
Imagine Dragons performs at Jiffy Lube Live on July 2, 2018. (Photo by Nathan Payne)
Imagine Dragons released a new single, “Next to Me,” via KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records earlier this year, and then embarked on a summer tour celebrating their last album, Evolve, released in 2017. The Evolve Tour landed at Jiffy Lube Live on Monday, July 2, and Nathan Payne snapped some pictures!
Brandon Flowers fronts The Killers at The Anthem on Jan. 10, 2018. (Photo by Rob Loud)
In a sold-out show at The Anthem on Wednesday, The Killers reminded us that they hail from Las Vegas — and in Las Vegas, folks know how to put on a big, stupendous show. Frontman Brandon Flowers and company brought it all — great music, neon videos, and gold suits — in support of touring their fifth studio album, the aptly named Wonderful Wonderful.
Shamir heats up the U Street Music Hall Dec. 15, 2017 (Photo by David LaMason)
Over the past year, Shamir Bailey, who records and performs under his first name, produced two entire albums. The first was a self released 12-track album entitled Hope earlier in the year. It’s filled with raw pop, punk, and even country gems that, according to the Soundcloud description, was written and recorded in a weekend. The second, Revelations, released on Father/Daughter Records, was delivered a mere seven months later in November. Both records are a significant change from the slick production of Ratchet but are more potent both lyrically and sonically than that LP.
Falling in Reverse perform at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Jan. 29. 2017. (Photo by Paivi)
Post-hardcore band Falling in Reverse recently announced their next full-length album, Coming Home, to be released April 7 via Epitaph Records. Soon after the announcement, the band stopped by The Fillmore Silver Spring on Sunday to perform with Motionless in White.
Terri Nunn sings in Las Vegas on Saturday, August 6, 2016. (Photo by Paivi)
DefCon is a hacker conference in Las Vegas that takes place once a year during the first weekend of August. Headliners Terri Nunn and Berlin, along with the Information Society, performed at the conference this year for Def Con 24 on August 6.
Terri sounds as good as ever, and she is obviously having fun on stage. She chatted quite a bit between songs and dedicated “In Flames” to her son serving in the military.
Information Society perform in Las Vegas on Saturday, August 6, 2016. (Photo by Paivi)
DefCon is a hacker conference in Las Vegas that takes place once a year during the first weekend of August.
This year, Information Society and Berlin played the Saturday night party. Information Society in particular has been busy lately. Its original members Paul Robb, Kurt Harland Larson, and James Cassidy have reunited for tours and new albums, most recently publishing a collection of covers titled Orders of Magnitude in March.
On the upper floors of the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, visitors have left the mod bars and modest casino of the first level to explore restaurants and shops that lead upward to the hotel’s exclusive clubs.
But nestled atop the layers of restaurants comes a pleasant surprise to anyone visiting Vegas from DC: Jaleo. Yes, indeed, the same chain of tapas restaurants founded by Jose Andres in DC has spawned a sibling in the Cosmopolitan, where it actually has served guests for quite a few years now.
Paella cooking in Jaleo
Perhaps even more intriguing, another Jose Andres concept sits on another floor—the fusion restaurant China Poblano, which started serving noodles and tacos long before the similar concept China Chilcano united Peruvian, Chinese and Japanese food in downtown DC.
Direct from the introduction of the menu of China Poblano: “What brings Mexico and China together? You could start with the Spanish galleons that first sailed the Pacific in 1565 during the reign of King Philip II. Along with the lucrative trade in silk and silver, they brought Asian spices and fruit to Mexico, and New World peppers to the Middle Kingdom of China. They also brought the legend of an Asian girl kidnapped by pirates and shipped to Mexico, known as La China Poblana. These dishes continue a voyage, first dreamed by Christopher Columbus, that has connected East and West for the last five centuries.”
China Poblano offers Chinese and Mexican cuisine.
I was in Vegas last week for a conference, and I got to check out these familiar restaurants once again. So if ever you find yourself DC homesick while visiting Las Vegas, you at least have the option of sitting for a meal or drinks in a ThinkFoodGroup establishment while you consider how dishing food in Vegas may have affected the approaches taken by Mr. Andres and company back home.