Live Review: Bloc Party @ The Anthem — 9/16/19

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Bloc Party performs at The Anthem on Sept. 16, 2019. (Photos by Paivi Salonen; Words by Mickey McCarter)

Performing with little fanfare to an eager crowd at The Anthem recently, Bloc Party got down to business in a show celebrating the band’s debut studio album, Silent Alarm. Frontman Kele Okereke professionally yet casually got down to the business of laying down a groove that heightened anticipation in the set.

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Live Review: Hot Chip @ 9:30 Club — 9/7/19

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Alexis Taylor fronts Hot Chip at 9:30 Club on Sept. 7, 2019. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Synthpop collective Hot Chip hit the 9:30 Club recently in a sold-out show that fulfilled the collective dance dreams of house and disco fans of all stripes.

Unassuming frontman Alexis Taylor demonstrated once again that he’s got rhythm to spare in an engrossing set of sparkling tunes that accented the band’s maturity with new numbers from A Bath Full of Ecstasy (truly)!

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Snapshots: Florence and the Machine @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 6/3/19

florence&themachine5 Florence + The Machine performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion on June 3, 2019. (Photo by Katherine Gaines/AmbientEye.com)

Florence Welch took her chamber pop collective to Merriweather Post Pavilion recently, and so Florence and the Machine arrived in the DC metro area for another show in support of High as Hope, the band’s fourth studio album.Continue Reading

Live Review: Suzi Wu @ DC9 — 5/29/19

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Suzi Wu performs at DC9 on May 29, 2019. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath/ Instagram+Twitter: Insomnigraphic/GrillworksBen)

There’s something very reassuring about Suzi Wu, the rising UK grime artist who is currently touring through the United States for the first time. She wore an easy confidence, and although she is really quite young, she seemed really very certain of herself in an entertaining show at DC9 recently.

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Preview: Florence and the Machine @ Merriweather Post Pavillion, 6/3/19

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Florence + the Machine (Photo by Lillie Eiger)

South London’s Florence + the Machine, whose massively acclaimed fourth album High as Hope was released last year, continues on a world tour to perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Monday, June 3.

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