Son Little performs at Rock and Roll Hotel on Nov. 30, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)
Philadelphia artist Son Little (the alias of Aaron Livingston), a sometime collaborator with The Roots and alternative hip-hop artist Rjd2, combines blues, soul, and hip-hop in his unique singer-songwriter style. Playing solo on acoustic and electric guitar, Son Little entertained a post-Thanksgiving crowd of music lovers at the Rock and Roll Hotel on Saturday.
David Bromberg (Photo by Joe del Tufo)
Noted roots artist David Bromberg appeared in a big band format at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue recently. His band included a horn section—trumpet, trombone, and sax — and strings — fiddle and banjo. But David honored his roots in the blues — he’s a protégé of the Rev. Gary Davis — growling and howling through numbers like his opener, which I think, was Robert Johnson’s “Walkin’ Blues.”
Meek Mill and Future perform at Jiffy Lube Live, Sept. 17, 2019. (Photo by Shedrick Pelt)
“Legends are made, not born.” Enter Meek Mill and Future — two of hip hop’s most powerful artists, crisscrossing the nation on a 20+ stop summer tour, that could only be done justice under the banner of Legendary Nights.
Kurt Vile and The Violators rock a sold-out Ottobar on July 23, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)
There’s something about Kurt Vile that’s hard to pin down, but maybe that’s the point. Listen to any of his solo work that’s been released over the past 10 years and you might see what I mean. Although he has put out several albums over the past decade under both his own name and with various other artists, including Courtney Barnett, Dinosaur Jr’s J Mascis — and he is a frequent collaborator with the band The War on Drugs — Kurt creates the kind of rambling but layered music that’s hard to pull yourself away from (if you ever wanted to in the first place).
Santigold (Photo by Craig Wetherby)
In commemoration of the recent 10th anniversary of her self-titled debut album, Santigold will come to The Fillmore Silver Spring on Monday, May 6, on her 10 Years Golder Tour. She’ll perform her debut album in its entirety, along with songs from throughout her career, including off her latest mixtape-style album I Don’t Want: The Gold Fire Sessions.
Strand of Oaks performs for KEXP on April 16, 2016. (Photo by Dan)
Strand of Oaks, the project of singer-songwriter Timothy Showalter, opened its set with “Weird Ways,” the lead cut from the recently released album Eraserland. Addressing the crowd at U Street Music Hall, Tim stumbled into a joke: “That’s my brilliant commentary: good to play music. Line up that Pulitzer.”
Strand of Oaks (Photo by Alysse Gafkajen)
Strand of Oaks (aka Timothy Showalter) returns to DC with his sixth album, Eraserland, and a performance at U Street Music Hall on Thursday, Apr. 11.