Preview: Guided by Voices @ Black Cat, 12/7/19

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Guided by Voices (Photo courtesy Tell All Your Friends PR)

About a month ago, Guided by Voices released Sweating the Plague, the band’s third (!) new album this year. To say that frontman Robert Pollard and company are on a roll is an understatement, so catch the new stuff live and see for yourself when Guided By Voices play the Black Cat on Saturday, Dec. 7.

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Live Review: Stalley @ Smith Public Trust — 11/19/19

_AVA4031 Stalley performs at Smith Public Trust on Nov. 19, 2019. (Photo by @Waufflez – wauffleznotwaffles.com)

Stalley’s The Head Trip Tour made its DC stop at Smith Public Trust recently for an intimate show for a room full of long-time fans in support of his latest project, Reflection of Self: The Head Trip. Since his separation from Rick Ross’s Maybach Music Group in 2015-16, Stalley has been able to re-establish himself as an independent artist and started to accumulate his own roster of artists, with openers Gerald Walker and Life Dutchie being the first under his own Blue Collar Gang label.

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Live Review: The Black Keys @ The Anthem — 10/12/19

BlackKeys_AnthemThe Black Keys drummer Dan Auerbach performs to a sold-out audience at The Anthem, Oct. 12, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Grammy Award-winning rock duo The Black Keys performed to a sold-out audience at DC’s premier live music venue The Anthem recently. The Oct. 12 performance was part of the band’s Let’s Rock North American tour. When tickets for this concert went on sale, they sold out so fast, The Anthem, which holds in excess of 6,000 people, quickly added a second date on Oct. 16.

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Live Review: The National @ The Anthem — 6/19/19

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The National performs at The Anthem on June 19, 2019. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)

We grow up with the music we love. Maybe that’s the funniest, the best, and/or maybe the very most tragic thing about music and getting older, and maybe that’s why we sometimes stop loving the things we used to love.

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Live Review: Over the Rhine @ City Winery — 4/18/19

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Over the Rhine performs live. (Photo courtesy Blind Ambition Management)

The band Over the Rhine takes its name from one of America’s largest intact urban historic districts. Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, it’s a working-class neighborhood built German immigrants in the mid-19th century. When Karin Bergquist and Linford Dettweiler formed their band in 1989, the makeup of Over-the-Rhine had changed and it had fallen on hard times. All of that came together in their show at City Winery recently.

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Live Review: Walk the Moon @ Rams Head Live — 2/4/19

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Walk the Moon performs at Rams Head Live on Feb. 4, 2019. (Photo by Shantel Breen)

On Monday, Walk the Moon successfully delivered a performance that made everyone at Rams Head Live forget that the week had only just started! Fans did not waste any time getting to the show either as the venue filled in nicely very shortly after the doors opened. The vibe was like that of a weekend show — and by the time Walk the Moon took the stage, the show had sold-out.

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Live Review: Joseph Arthur @ City Winery — 12/29/18

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Joseph Arthur performs at City Winery on Dec. 29, 2018 (Photo by David LaMason)

Joseph Arthur is one of those songwriters that seems to have an unlimited tap of creativity.  He’s an artist both visually in terms of his paintings and also in terms of his poetry and song craft.  Oh, and he’s created more than 20 albums with the likes of T-Bone Burnett, Peter Gabriel, Peter Buck, Ben Harper (seriously, I could go on for some time here) and there’s no hint of him slowing anytime soon. He gave us a taste of his new work at DC’s City Winery on Saturday.

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