Mikaela Davis performs at Songbyrd Music House on Nov. 11, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
A true professional is one who approaches her or his craft with singleness of purpose, the ability to ignore the surrounding noise, and the will to power through when roadblocks and obstacles are blaring “stop, go back, give up!”
Life on the road for a working musician is tough enough without the unexpected breakdowns, illnesses, and logistical headaches. Thus when harpist/singer-songwriter extraordinaire Mikaela Davis and Southern Star stopped into the Songbyrd Music House and Record Café recently, they had already overcome several hurdles, including Mikaela losing her voice prior to the previous night’s gig that forced her first ever cancellation.
Lil Tecca performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Nov. 9, 2019. (Photo by @Waufflez – wauffleznotwaffles.com)
The Breakout star of the summer, Lil Tecca and his We Love You Tecca Tour smashed through the Fillmore Silver Spring this past weekend with assistance from opening act Pi’erre Bourne.
Joe Bonamassa (Photo courtesy Big Hassle)
Blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa released Joe Bonamassa Live at The Sydney Opera House on Oct. 25, and he’s heading to MGM National Harbor for a show on Saturday, Nov. 9.
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.