Taylor Momsen fronts The Pretty Reckless at 9:30 Club on April 26, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)
Wow! It’s amazing to think Taylor Momsen, vocalist of The Pretty Reckless is only 23. Don’t get me wrong — the blonde former actress certainly appears vital and fresh, but her looks belie her voice. That voice is big and booming, and surprisingly weathered while still occasionally sliding into bluesy romance.
Taylor’s voice was on full display Wednesday in a very crowded show at 9:30 Club, where she demonstrated her vocal power. I was impressed by how no matter how loud her bandmates played their instruments, that strong voice remained out front, incapable of being drowned out by the din.
DMX (Photo courtesy The Howard Theatre)
Editor’s Update: DMX canceled this show due to health issues.
Earl Simmons, better known as DMX, debuted with his 5X Platinum album …And Then There Was X in 1999. The rapper last released a full album in 2012 with Undisputed, but he has been making new music recently. In January, DMX released a new song “Bain Iz Back,” and he is coming to the Howard Theatre for a show on Thursday, May 18.
Betty Who performs at 9:30 Club on Sunday, April 16, 2017.
Confident and carefree, Jessica Anne Newham, better known as Betty Who, sashayed onto stage at 9:30 Club on Sunday for a sold-out performance that showcased her sex appeal and poise.
Vérité (Photo by Chad Kamenshine)
Kelsey Byrne, aka Vérité, has released a string of EPs since her debut in 2014, and now she’s set to release her debut full-length album, Somewhere in Between, via Kobalt on June 23. On her way to her record release, Vérité stops at 9:30 Club to open for Betty Who on Sunday, April 16. The show is sold out, but get there early for Vérité if you already have tickets!
The Pretty Reckless (Photo courtesy the artist)
Last fall, The Pretty Reckless released their third studio album, Who You Selling For, via Razor & Tie, then they embarked on a big tour. They are touring some more, and they will visit 9:30 Club on Wednesday, April 26. You can win tickets to go!
Jess Dye fronts High Waisted at the Black Cat on April 17, 2016. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath /Instagram+Twitter: GrillworksBen)
Fabulous surf rockers High Waisted are visiting from New York to perform at DC9 on Sunday, April 2, and we strongly recommend you make plans to see them! The snappy quartet impressed us so much in their DC debut performance a little over a year ago that we named them one of our top 10 concerts of 2016.
Regina Spektor performs at DAR Constitution Hall on March 14, 2017. (Photo by Paivi)
Despite Tuesday’s bad weather, Regina Spektor arrived in town to play a nearly sold-out show at DAR Constitution Hall that night. She performed in support of her new album, Remember Us to Life, published by Sire Records last year.