Preview: STS9 @ State Theatre, 9/26-9/28/19

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STS9 (Photo courtesy the band)

For the first time ever, STS9 brings their acoustic Axe the Cables show to DC metro! The instrumental psychedelic funk band performs for three nights at the State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia, on Thursday, Sept. 26, Friday, Sept. 27, and Saturday, Sept. 28, dedicating the first evening of the residency to Axe the Cables. All three nights are available at one special price.

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Preview: Black Pumas @ U Street Music Hall, 9/12/19

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Black Pumas (Photo by Greg Giannukos)

Austin duo Black Pumas released their self-titled debut on ATO Records in June. Busker-turned-frontman Eric Burton and Grammy-winning guitarist/ producer Adrian Quesada continue their journey from local phenomenon to full touring force with a stop at U Street Music Hall on Thursday, Sept. 12.

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Live Review: Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band @ Wolf Trap — 8/10/19

Ringo Starr 1 Ringo Starr and friends perform at Wolf Trap on Aug. 10, 2019. (Photo by Andy Jillson)

Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band stopped to play a magical whirlwind of hits at Wolf Trap recenlty. I was once again fortunate enough to be there taking pictures and having my mind blown.

The former Beatles drummer and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is out on the road with his All-Starr Band to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the concept.

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Live Review: The Flaming Lips @ The Stone Pony Summer Stage — 7/28/19

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The Flaming Lips perform at The Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park, New Jersey, on July 28, 2019. (Photo by Andy Jillson)

The Flaming Lips have embarked on a short psychedelic summer tour with The Claypool Lennon Delirium, and I was able to obtain a photo pass and attend their show at The Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park, New Jersey, recently. A long drive, but well worth it! This band never disappoints.

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The Best Japanese Bands to Ever Play in Washington DC

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Acid Mothers Temple (Photo courtesy Space Agency)

Washington DC and Japan have a long and colorful history of cultural exchange.

In 1912, Tokyo mayor Yukio Ozaki gifted DC with Japanese cherry trees. Since then, several cultural exchange programs and initiatives have been institutionalized. This solidifying friendship is commemorated yearly via the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Japanese bands have also been performing in the US capital, with some of the country’s best bands performing here. From Japanese rock and heavy metal to the more contemporary Japanese pop or J-pop, Washington DC has bore witness to the changing trends and patterns of Japan’s eclectic music industry. Here are four of the best Japanese bands that already graced the city’s venues.

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