Live Review: Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark @ The Fillmore Charlotte — 8/31/19

OMD_NC_47 OMD performs at The Fillmore Charlotte on Aug. 31, 2019. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

You could feel the “electricity” in the air long before you heard the song of the same name when Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, or OMD, played a headlining show at The Fillmore Charlotte recently. OMD thrilled the very full house to its core as the quintessential English synthpoppers hit the second of four solo shows in a break from opening for The B-52s.

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Snapshots: Sting @ Wolf Trap — 8/26/19

Sting-23_DSC00449 Sting performs at Wolf Trap on Aug. 26, 2019. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

In May, Sting released My Songs, his 14th studio album, reimagining some of his best-known hits from his solo career and his time with The Police. On tour now, Sting performed those songs at Wolf Trap recently, and Jason Nicholson captured the majesty and brawn of one of the world’s most thoughtful rockers on film.

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Live Review: Blondie @ The Anthem — 7/26/19

blondie-hero2 Clem Burke (third from right) with Blondie (Photo by Guy Furrow)

New wave legends Blondie dropped by The Anthem recently, and while it was great to see the entire band, it was especially satisfying to witness drummer Clem Burke in action.

At 64, Clem remains a drumming powerhouse, moving with precision and dynamics that surpass that of musicians half his age.

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Preview: The Faint @ 9:30 Club, 8/3/19

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The Faint (Photo by Bill Sitzmann)

The Faint returned with an 11-track deep-dive into themes on modern society, the internet, and ego — specifically social media and its dark effects, on their latest album Egowerk, released earlier this year via Saddle Creek. Now, The Faint appear at 9:30 Club on Saturday, Aug. 3, in support of the Egowerk 2019 Tour!

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Live Review: Operators @ U Street Music Hall — 7/13/19

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Dan Boeckner fronts Operators at the Mercury Lounge in New York City on April 5, 2017. (Photo by nevbrown)

Dan Boeckner is a compelling frontman. The high-spirited crooner danced and weaved his way through an excellent show by his band Operators at U Street Music Hall recently, doing it all as he sang, strummed, and synthed his way through 14 gorgeous songs.

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