Live Review: Esperanza Spalding @ The Lincoln Theatre — 12/1/18

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Esperanza Spalding performs at the Lincoln Theatre on Dec. 1, 2018. (Photo by Will Colbert)

Esperanza Spalding put a spell on DC’s Lincoln Theatre recently — 12 spells to be exact. The four-time Grammy award-winning bassist and vocalist spent an evening weaving incantations from her recently released album, 12 Little Spells.

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Don’t Miss: The Internet @ The Fillmore Silver Spring, 12/3/18

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The Internet (Photo by Jabari Jacobs)

The Internet released Hive Mind, the band’s fourth studio record, on Columbia Records over the summer. The quintet are on the Hive Mind Tour, which visits The Fillmore Silver Spring on Monday, Dec. 3. (A second show on Tuesday, Dec. 4, is sold out!)

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Don’t Miss: Esperanza Spalding @ Lincoln Theatre, 12/1/18

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Esperanza Spalding (Photo by Carmen Daneshmandi)

Esperanza Spalding released 12 Little Spells, her seventh studio album, via Concord Records in October. She appears at the Lincoln Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 1 for the accompanying 12 Little Spells Tour.

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Music Park: Phony Ppl @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 11/21/18

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Phony Ppl performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Nov. 21, 2018. (Photo by Will Colbert)

Can abstract soul and hardcore hip hop exist in the same space? It did for a night when the two opposing aesthetics were paired for a show at The Fillmore Silver Spring. Brooklyn hip-hop soul band Phony Ppl opened for gangster rapper Pusha T on Nov. 21, allowing Phony Ppl to capitalize on the buzz from their latest album mō’zā-ik (2018) and expand their fan base.

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Snapshots: Masego @ U Street Music Hall — 10/18/18

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Masego performs at U Street Music Hall on Oct. 18, 2018. (Photo by Brenda Reyes)

Masego played two sold-out shows recently at U Street Music Hall, and now you know why you saw massive lines streaming down U Street on Thursday. The Newport News native’s debut album, Lady Lady, was released in early September, and it is a blend of jazz, R&B, and EDM-trap music.

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Music Park: Kali Uchis @ 9:30 Club — 10/9/18


Kali Uchis performs at 9:30 Club on Oct. 9, 2018. (Photo by Brenda Reyes)

Kali Uchis played two nights at the 9:30 Club this week. Originally from Northern Virginia, Kali moved to LA after high school to pursue her career. She mentioned to the crowd that her first concert ever attended was at the 9:30 Club. So, her journey in the music came full circle this week as she sold out the club on Tuesday night.

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Music Park: Maxwell @ The MGM National Harbor — 10/4/18

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Maxwell performs at MGM National Harbor on Oct. 4, 2018. (Photo by Will Colbert)

Grammy award-winning R&B singer-songwriter Maxwell made a recent stop at The Theater at MGM National Harbor as part of the 50 Intimate Nights Live Tour. It has been over 20 years since the release of his debut album, Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite (1996), but the silky soul singer showed that he’s still got it!

Maxwell, along with artists like Erykah Badu and D’Angelo, have been credited as the originators of neo-soul. The genre that dominated the late ‘90s and early aughts incorporated jazz, funk, and hip-hop into a contemporary R&B sound.

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