Snapshots: Bob Mould @ 9:30 Club — 2/14/19

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Bob Mould performs at 9:30 Club on Feb. 14, 2019. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

Bob Mould was spot on in a very satisfying show at 9:30 Club recently, presenting songs from Sunshine Rock, his 13th solo album, released only weeks ago via Merge Records. Jason Nicholson snapped Bob in performance!

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Snapshots: Shannon McNally @ City Winery — 2/13/19

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Shannon McNally performs at City Winery on Feb. 13, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Diners heading to City Winery in Ivy City recently to see the last performance of Steve Earle’s winter residency were treated to a wonderful musical appetizer. Singer/songwriter Shannon McNally warmed up the capacity crowd with a tasty 45-minute solo set of acoustic tunes from her catalog.

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Live Review: Upstate @ Union Stage — 1/25/19

Upstate- Upstate performs at Union Stage on Jan. 25, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Upstate, the dynamic sextet from upstate New York (see what they did there…), performed at The Wharf’s Union Stage recently, serving up the opening act for The Lil Smokies. I met Upstate this past summer when they performed at Appaloosa Festival, where I was working as a photographer. Their infectious personalities caught my attention, and their unique sound, which blends folk, R&B, jazz, and gospel with killer vocal harmonies, blew me away.

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Preview: Upstate @ Union Stage, 1/25/19

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Upstate (Photo by Jennifer Elrod)

Upstate is a unique collective from Hudseon Valley, New York, with three female vocalists and guitarists — Melanie Glenn, Mary Kenney, and Allison Olender. On Feb. 8, Upstate will publish Healing, the band’s sophomore album, but first they will open for The Lil Smokies at Union Stage on Friday, Jan. 25.

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Music Park: Mikaela Davis @ DC9 — 10/15/18

Mikaela06 Mikaela Davis performs at DC9 on Oct. 15, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

After an absence from the DC metro area of nearly three years, Mikaela Davis stopped in at DC9 Monday night and performed a set that spanned musical genres from dream pop to country to straight ahead rock. Who would have thought that a harpist could be so versatile? With a voice that is strong and pure, and instrumental chops that rival any lead guitarist’s, Mikaela’s set wowed the faithful crowd.

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