Live Review: Interpol @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 9/5/19

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Paul Banks fronts Interpol at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sept. 5, 2019. (Photos by Jason Nicholson; Words by Mickey McCarter)

Interpol released a new album last year — Marauder, the band’s sixth studio record — and an EP, A Fine Mess, recently in the spring, but you wouldn’t have known that catching Paul Banks and company in action opening for Morrissey at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Thursday.

The well-dressed post-punks turned back the clock and unleashed a short set of very good Interpol classics that had the exact effect of amping the big crowd up for Moz.

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Preview: Richie Ramone @ Slash Run, 9/9/19

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Richie Ramone (Photo courtesy Bowery Electric)

Richie Ramone is the fastest, most powerful drummer who ever played with the legendary punk rock band the Ramones. He joined the Ramones in 1983 and first appeared with the band on their Subterranean Jungle Tour.

One of the few surviving Ramones today, Richie is on tour again with a show at Slash Run in DC on Monday, Sept. 9!

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Live Review: Vampire Weekend @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 8/29/19

VW25 Vampire Weekend performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Aug 29, 2019 (Photo by David LaMason)

Songs are a funny thing. Some songs you hear and then forget but then you strangely remember them, like in a dream, when you find yourself in situations or places where you may have caught that one riff or that line that reminds you of a place or a person you thought you had forgotten completely. Other songs end up becoming sort of like the soundtrack to your life. I’d have to say that Vampire Weekend over the last 10 years has ended up (willingly or not) creating much of that soundtrack for me.

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Live Review: Beast Coast @ MECU Pavillion — 8/25/19

_DSC9659Beast Coast performs at MECU Pavillion on Aug. 25, 2019. (Photo by @Waufflez – wauffleznotwaffles.com)

Beast Coasts’ Escape from New York Tour wrapped recently in Baltimore as tie-dye dipped fans plied into MECU Pavilion. The Beast Coast collective is a Voltron-style supergroup is made up by the members of three smaller groups all hailing from Flatbush Brooklyn: The Flatbush Zombies (Meechy Darko, Erick Arc Elliott & Jewice), The Underachievers (AK & Issa Gold), and Pro Era (Joey Bada$$, Nyck Caution, CJ Fly, Kirk Knight & Powers Pleasant). The 10-man army released their first project as a whole “Escape from New York” at the top of the summer and have been touring the country since.

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Preview: Vampire Weekend @ Merriweather Post Pavilion, 8/29/19

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Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend (Photo by Monika Mogi)

Vampire Weekend released Father of the Bride, the band’s fourth studio album, in May by Columbia Records, and it went straight to #1 on the Billboard 200. Frontman Ezra Koenig and his bandmates took to the road on The Father of the Bride Tour, and they appear at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Thursday, Aug. 29.

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Live Review: Sonic Youth: 30 Years of Daydream Nation @ 9:30 Club — 8/16/19

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Steve Shelley performs at Grauzone Festival on Feb. 9, 2019. (Photo by Rene Passet)

Marking the 30th anniversary of Sonic Youth’s landmark album Daydream Nation, drummer Steve Shelley appeared in a panel discussion with the band’s archivist, Aaron Mullan, and Fugazi percussionist Brendan Canty at 9:30 Club recently.

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