Live Review: The Raconteurs @ The Anthem — 8/17/19

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The Raconteurs (Photo by Olivia Jean)

Whether or not rock ‘n’ roll needs a cheerleader, it certainly has one in Jack White. From days of the White Stripes to collaborations with luminaries like Loretta Lynn and bands like the Dead Weather and Raconteurs to his own solo material there’s a constellation of work that values the history and power of the art. There’s that and the fact that he, literally, pumps up a crowd like few I’ve witnessed. As a case in point, take the packed house at The Anthem Saturday night. 

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Live Review: Ritual Howls @ 9:30 Club — 8/3/19

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Ritual Howls perform at 9:30 Club on Aug. 3, 2019. (Photo by Paivi Salonen)

Ritual Howls stormed through an intoxicating rumble of post-punk gems when opening The Faint at 9:30 Club recently. The Detroit trio won many new admirers as they performed selections from Rendered Armor, the band’s fourth full-length album, released earlier this year via Felte.

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Live Review: Whitey Morgan and the 78’s @ Rams Head Live — 3/23/19

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Whitey Morgan (Photo by Marc Nader)

Whitey Morgan and the 78’s cut a distinctive appearance, one that could mislead audiences, such as those at the band’s recent concert at Rams Head Live. Many of the players in this talented modern-day honky tonk band look like ex-football players gone hippie — big, bulky bodies with long hair and bushy beards.

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Live Review: Greensky Bluegrass @ The Anthem — 2/1/19

GreenskyBluegrass- Greensky Bluegrass performs at The Anthem on Feb. 1, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

To paraphrase the old saying about fights in hockey… I went to a light show the other night and a bluegrass concert broke out. And so it went with Greensky Bluegrass at The Anthem on Feb. 1 for the first of two rowdy nights.

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