Live Review: Fruit Bats @ Union Craft Brewing — 11/23/19

FruitBats24 Fruit Bats rock Union Craft Brewing on Nov. 23, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)

There’s a comfort to the Fruit Bats’ music. Eric D. Johnson writes songs that seem to glide from over the hills from the West Coast to this year’s fantastic Gold Past Life on the band’s new label, Merge Records.

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Snapshots: Bob Mould @ 9:30 Club — 2/14/19

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Bob Mould performs at 9:30 Club on Feb. 14, 2019. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

Bob Mould was spot on in a very satisfying show at 9:30 Club recently, presenting songs from Sunshine Rock, his 13th solo album, released only weeks ago via Merge Records. Jason Nicholson snapped Bob in performance!

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Live Review: HC McEntire @ Jammin Java — 2/2/19

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HC McEntire at Jammin Java on Feb. 2, 2019. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)

I remember when I first saw HC McEntire play on a stage with Mount Moriah, knees shivering with the music, her voice echoing off the tin ceiling and walls of Boot and Saddle in Philly. Cavernous, passionate, and ultimately transformative, in many ways. I read my journal from around that show and it has a quote I think is worth sharing – “Shimmying, we are alive,” which is a reference to the song, “Hail, Lightning” from their eponymous album.

Her recent show at Jammin’ Java was equally transformative.

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Music Park: Superchunk @ Ottobar — 2/15/17

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Superchunk rocks a sold-out Ottobar on Feb. 15, 2018 (Photo by David LaMason)

Hailing from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Superchunk has been blazing punk riffs for just shy of 30 years. Although the band needs no introduction perhaps what is needed is a reintroduction. Superchunk — consisting of Mac McCaughan (vocals/guitar), Laura Balance (bass), Jim Wilbur (guitar), and Jon Wurster (drums) — just released their 11th studio album, What a Time to Be Alive, this past Friday. On the night before, they played to a sold-out crowd at Ottobar in Baltimore.

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