Live Review: The Smashing Pumpkins @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 8/17/19

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The Smashing Pumpkins perform at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Aug. 17, 2019 (Photo by Chris Smyth)

“Making teenagers depressed is like shooting fish in a barrel.”- Bart Simpson, 1996.

In the 23 years since The Simpsons took their playful shot at The Smashing Pumpkins’ music, those “depressed teens” have grown into adults who now have a whole new list of issues causing their anxiety. Their worries about the SATs, school bullies, annoying parents, and a bleak view for the world’s future have become fears of paying bills, a government they don’t trust, kids who won’t listen, and a bleak view of the world as it is today.

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Preview: The Smashing Pumpkins and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds @ Merriweather Post Pavilion, 8/17/19

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The Smashing Pumpkins and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds hit the stage together at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, Aug. 17.

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Live Review: Rob Thomas @ The Anthem — 7/12/19

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Rob Thomas performs at The Anthem during his Chip Tooth Tour, July 12, 2019 (Photo by Ari Strauss/ aristrauss.com)

When Rob Thomas and his Chip Tooth Tour rolled into DC for a performance at The Anthem on a recent evening, perhaps no one in the building was more excited than Rob himself.

“I’m so excited to be here at The Anthem,” he told the audience, “This place is owned by the same people as the 9:30 Club [hello, IMP!], and there is a special place in my heart for the 9:30 Club. Every morning I wake up on my tour bus, I drink coffee from my prized 9:30 mug.”

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Live Review: Juliana Hatfield @ Union Stage — 6/26/19

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Juliana Hatfield rocks out at Union Stage on June 26, 2019.

“Feel better!” an audience member called out to Juliana Hatfield at the end of her show recently at Union Stage. When she returned for her encore, Juliana came out alone, and explained that she was having trouble projecting her voice because of chest congestion. The crowd was sympathetic and assured her that she still sounded great — and she did!

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Live Review: The Lemonheads @ 9:30 Club — 6/13/19

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The Lemonheads rock out at the 9:30 Club on June 13, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)

Evan Dando, the creative force and songwriter behind The Lemonheads, has written some brilliant songs. In fact, they are some of the most hook-laden creations ever put to vinyl from the late ’80’s to mid-90’s. And in 2003 his solo album, Baby I’m Bored, has one of my favorite songs, “Hard Drive,” that’s even more moving when you see him perform the song alone with only a guitar being the only accompaniment. He would do exactly that at a recent show at 9:30 Club.

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