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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Preview: Steve Miller Band and Marty Stuart @ Wolf Trap, 7/31/19

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Steve Miller Band (Photo by David Woo)

The Steve Miller Band joins forces with Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives for a show dubbed “An Amazing Evening of Original American Music: Classic Rock Meets Classic Country” at Wolf Trap on Wednesday, July 31!

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Live Review: Yeasayer @ 9:30 Club — 7/12/19

Yeasayer 2 Chris Keating of Yeasayer performs at 9:30 Club on July 12, 2019. (Photo by Brenda Reyes

Hailing from Brooklyn, Yeasayer consists of Chris Keating, Ira Wolf Tuton, and Anand Wilder. The band took the stage at 9:30 Club recently under a simple, long, sequin fabric running from the ceiling to the floor, almost acting like a makeshift disco ball. Everyone set their instruments, and they were ready for the night to begin. 

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Live Review: Bat Fangs @ Apple Carnegie Library — 6/29/19

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Bat Fangs perform at the Apple Carnegie Library during an Apple StoryMakers Festival on June 29, 2019. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Last year, Betsy Wright (guitar) of Ex Hex and Laura King (drums) of Flesh Wounds found themselves with some downtime, and they put it to good use, recruiting Aaron Deal (bass) of Darkest Hour and forming side project Bat Fangs.

The tuff and tumble trio have been quiet this year, particularly as Ex Hex released an album and toured the world, but Bat Fangs popped into a recent Apple StoryMakers Festival in DC to play an opening set, and we took some pix.

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Live Review: Phish @ Merriweather Post Pavilion — 6/22/19

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Phish performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion on June 22, 2019. (Photo by Andy Jillson)

American jam band Phish performed to the utter delight of a stupified sold-out crowd at Merriweather Post Pavilion recently, and I was there taking photos and spacing-out to the music and getting into the groove.

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Live Review: Courtney Barnett @ The Anthem — 6/19/19

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

Courtney Barnett is the best friend everyone wishes they had — deadpan witty, desperately honest. Her songs grapple with the sorts of emotions familiar to the current generation, that balancing of self-doubt, anxiety, and the expectations for success in a world set against often overwhelming challenges.

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Live Review: Perry Farrell @ City Winery — 6/19/19

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Perry Farrell (right) and Etty Lau Farrell, along with the Kind Heaven Orchestra, turned City Winery DC into a festival on June 19, 2019. (Photo by Chris Smyth)

If the term eccentricity could be personified, Perry Farrell just may be that person. He has managed to do everything in his own unique manner over a musical career that spans more than 30 years, including two major bands — Jane’s Addiction and Porno for Pyros, a solo career, and the creation of the world famous concert festival, Lollapalooza.

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Ticket Giveaway: Yeasayer @ 9:30 Club, 7/12/19

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Just a few weeks ago, experimental rock trio Yeasayer released Erotic Reruns, the band’s fifth studio album. Roughly a few weeks from today, Yeasayer performs at 9:30 Club on Friday, July 12, and you can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.

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Preview: Phish @ Merriweather Post Pavilion, 6/22/19

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Phish (Photo by Brantley Gutierrez)

Phish hit the road for the summer on a 26-date tour that culminates with the band’s traditional Labor Day run of shows in Commerce City, Colorodo. Along the way, guitarist Trey Anastasio and company stop at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, June 22, and there are very few seats remaining!

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