The Blasters perform at Hill Country Live in DC on Aug. 18, 2018. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath/Instagram+Twitter: Insomnigraphic/GrillworksBen)
Somewhere in a timeless haven, gents in jeans and jackets pump out stirring rock ’n’ roll, the sort of which forms the sturdy backbone of “American music.” And there in the crux of it, the feisty rockabilly quartet called The Blasters will forever sit, feeding the insatiable appetite for ageless, irresistible tunes that practically demand that you dance along.
The Blasters served up that music in a satisfying show at Hill Country Live on Saturday, and Ben Eisendrath photographed the band and their opener Lara Hope & the Ark Tones.
Dawes (Photo by Magdalena Wosinska)
L.A. folk quartet Dawes released Passwords, their sixth studio album, via HUB Records on June 22. The band has embarked on An Evening With DAWES: Passwords Tour, which will arrive locally at Wolf Trap on Thursday, Aug. 23.
Father John Misty performs at The Anthem on August 2, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)
Father John Misty by now needs little introduction. After four critically acclaimed albums in just under six years, Josh Tillman, whose stage moniker is known just as much for his off-stage words as his sarcastic and often self-deprecating lyrics, has made a name for himself. But with his latest album, God’s Favorite Customer, he focused on more personal matters. Delivered in that great Harry Nilsson meets Randy Newman style, the bite was still there, but it was more focused at The Anthem on Thursday.
FIDLAR (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)
California skate punks Fidlar are back with new singles! In January, the band released a cover of Nirvana’s “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle” and followed that up in April with “Alcohol.” Last month, they released the cheeky “Mason Ho’s Dream Wave.” Zac Carper and friends are ready to party at 9:30 Club on Tuesday, Sept. 18, and you can be there by winning tickets with Parklife DC.
Father John Misty (Photo by Emma Tillman)
Father John Misty released God’s Favorite Customer, his fourth studio album, via Subpop on June 1. And he’s coming to perform at The Anthem on Thursday, Aug. 2!
Drab Majesty performs at 9:30 Club on July 21, 2018. (Photo by Paivi)
Los Angeles dark wavers Drab Majesty, consisting of Deb Demure and Mona D, returned to DC on Saturday to open Deafheaven at 9:30 Club. Paivi was there to capture the action!
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo (Photo courtesy the artists)
Pat Benatar returned to Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart after an absence of 16 years in November with “Dancing Through the Wreckage,” a strong new song she recorded for Served Like a Girl, a documentary about female veterans returning to the United States after their military service.
It really is a great song, but we fully realize that you wanna hear all of the Benatar classics too — powerful and liberating numbers like “Love Is a Battlefield,” “Invincible,” and “We Belong.” Well, you can if you buy one of the few remaining tickets for a performance by Pat and Neil Giraldo at MGM National Harbor on Tuesday, July 24!