Bob Mould rocks the City Winery on Sept. 26, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)
My introduction to Bob Mould came years ago after picking up a cut-out cassette of Hüsker Dü’s final LP, Warehouse: Songs and Stories. One of the first records I owned myself, I felt I had something special no one knew about. “There’s this record by this band and this guy’s voice is so cool!”
That guy’s voice, by the way, was Bob Mould. I hadn’t heard anyone sing like that before. Of course, I had been listening to mostly U2 and hair metal bands at that point, but that record was clearly different — and in a good way. It was melodic but loud, punk but with hooks.
Dave Longstreth and Nat Baldwin of Dirty Projectors play at the 9:30 Club on Sept. 8, 2019. (Photo by Brenda Reyes)
Dirty Projectors‘ joint tour with Deerhunter finally came to the 9:30 Club for a fulfilling night recently — both bands are no strangers to DC. Dirty Projectors had just played last summer 2018 for their latest album Lamp Lit Prose.
Phantogram (Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter) performs at The Anthem on Sept. 6, 2019. (Photo by Brenda Reyes)
One of my favorite bands to date came through The Anthem recently — and it was easily one of my favorite concerts of the year! Sarah Bartel and Josh Carter killed it together on stage as Phantogram.
Phantogram performs at Pearl Street Warehouse on Sept. 6, 2019. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
Dreampop duo Phantogram presented a free intimate show at Pearl Street Warehouse on Friday, in advance of a later big production at The Anthem, to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
At first, Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter seemed as if they might be motivated to raise awareness of the issue due to the suicide of Mark Linkous, former frontman of Virginia band Sparklehorse. But their connection to the issue turned out to be much deeper than I imagined.
Gretchen Peters (Photo by Gina Binkley)
When Gretchen Peters’ “Independence Day” came out, there were radio stations that wouldn’t play it because of its controversial subject matter: domestic violence. While the song takes place on July 4, it’s not about July 4.
Dirty Projectors (Photo by Jason Frank Rothberg)
Deerhunter released Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?, the band’s eighth studio album, earlier this year via 4AD. Dirty Projectors dropped Lamp Lit Prose on Domino Records last year. The two bands now join forces for a tour, and they visit 9:30 Club on Sunday, Sept. 8!
Phantogram (Photo courtesy Republic Records)
Trip hop duo Phantogram last released a studio album, Three, in 2016. But Josh Carter (vocals, guitar) and Sarah Barthel (vocals, keyboards) have been steadily dropping singles via Republic Records recently, and they drop by The Anthem on Friday, Sept. 6, during a stop on a 25-date touring trek.