Live Review: Todd Snider @ The Birchmere — 3/18/19

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Todd Snider (Photo by Stacy Huckeba)

Todd Snider came to The Birchmere stage on Monday barefoot, accompanied by his adorable dog, Cowboy Jim, who also answers to “Bear.” As Cowboy Jim laid down, Todd said, “If you think he’s trained, just wait until he licks his balls.”

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Live Review: EYELIDS @ Comet Ping Pong — 2/11/19

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Chris Slusarenko of Eyelids performs at Comet Ping Pong on Feb. 11, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

How could anyone not like the music of Eyelids? Those bouncy songs reminiscent of Big Star and Badfinger, the infectious sense of fun, the sweet melodies and bummer vibes that infuse it with something more than your typical power pop. It was all there at Comet Ping Pong recently.

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Live Review: Japanese Breakfast @ Baltimore Soundstage — 1/19/19

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Japanese Breakfast rockets Baltimore Soundstage through the stratosphere on Jan. 19, 2019 (Photo courtesy of Matt Ruppert)

Michelle Zauner, who goes by the name Japanese Breakfast, has toured for what seems like forever, or at the least as endlessly as a musician can, since releasing Soft Sounds from Another Planet in 2017 (though she took a recent break in Bali to wind down (and hilariously glance askance at an influencer taking endless photos of food). She was back on stage, where she belongs, at Baltimore Soundstage recently.

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Preview: Japanese Breakfast @ Baltimore Soundstage, 1/19/19

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Japanese Breakfast (Photo by Joyce Jude)

Michelle Zauner, better known as Japanese Breakfast, has been touring constantly since the release of her last album, 2017’s Soft Sounds from Another Planet — and she’s not done yet! Catch Japanese Breakfast at Baltimore Soundstage on Saturday, Jan. 19!

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Live Review: Esperanza Spalding @ The Lincoln Theatre — 12/1/18

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Esperanza Spalding performs at the Lincoln Theatre on Dec. 1, 2018. (Photo by Will Colbert)

Esperanza Spalding put a spell on DC’s Lincoln Theatre recently — 12 spells to be exact. The four-time Grammy award-winning bassist and vocalist spent an evening weaving incantations from her recently released album, 12 Little Spells.

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Music Park: Laura Gibson @ DC9 — 11/26/18

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Laura Gibson (Photo by Parker Fitzgerald)

If you’ve ever seen an NPR Tiny Desk Concert, you owe a debt to Laura Gibson. In 2008, she performed on the initial episode of the series. NPR music critics Stephen Thompson and Bob Boilen had attended one of her shows, and were disappointed that they couldn’t hear her over the crowd. Bob decided to have Laura perform at his desk, and the Tiny Desk Concert was born.

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