Live Review: Stiff Little Fingers w/ The Avengers @ Black Cat — 10/23/19

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Stiff Little Fingers perform at Black Cat on Oct. 23, 2019. (Photos by Chester Simpson; Words by Mickey McCarter)

Belfast punk legends Stiff Little Fingers visited the Black Cat recently to play through their debut album Inflammable Material and to celebrate 40 years of publishing music. And the Irishmen brought along with them California punks The Avengers for a rousing good evening of rock.

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Snapshots: Sleater-Kinney @ The Anthem — 10/25/19

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Sleater-Kinney performs at The Anthem on Oct. 25, 2019. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

Sleater-Kinney — now the duo of Corin Tucker (vocals and guitar) and Carrie Brownstein (guitar and vocals) — dove right into business in a big show at The Anthem recently, rocking through 11 tracks of the new album, The Center Won’t Hold, and more, beginning with the latest title track. Jason Nicholson was there to document the evening in photos.

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Preview: Stiff Little Fingers @ Black Cat, 10/23/19

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Stiff Little Fingers (left to right): Ian McCallum, Steve Grantley, Jake Burns, Ali McMordie. (Photo by Bernie Mcallister)

Belfast punk legends Stiff Little Fingers formed in 1977, and the band released their first album, Inflammable Material, in 1979. To celebrate 40 years of Inflammable Material, Stiff Little Fingers mounted an anniversary tour, which plays locally to the Black Cat on Wednesday, Oct. 23.

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Live Review: Mudhoney @ Baltimore Soundstage — 10/18/19

Mudhoney9Mudhoney blew the doors off the Baltimore Soundstage on Oct. 18, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)

Thirty years is a long time for anything, but for being in a band it can be a lifetime. That often means beating the odds and then some. But that’s just how long Mudhoney has been making some of the best garage rock ever put to plastic. The band took some of that great music to the stage at Baltimore Soundstage on Friday.

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Live Review: Plague Vendor w/ No Parents @ DC9 — 10/11/19

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Plague Vendor (Photo by Robert Hickerson)

“This urgency, it just won’t quit”

Plague Vendor’s recent show at DC9 was an early one, and as I raced to catch my yellow line train I could feel a mounting sense of urgency, driven by the seeping, intoxicating thrill of seeing two Los Angeles-based bands who have earned a reputation for putting on wildly entertaining live shows.

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Live Review: Agnostic Front @ Cafe 611 — 10/3/19

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Agnostic Front performs at Cafe 611 on Oct. 3, 2019. (Photo by Rashad Polk)

The Godfathers of hardcore, Agnostic Front, recently graced the stage at Cafe 611 in Frederick, Maryland, during a DC-area stop of their tour celebrating the 35th anniversary of their debut studio album Victim in Pain. Throughout the years since their first release, the New York Hardcore legends’ sound has evolved while still retaining the essential elements that have cemented their status as a band whose style is so often emulated.

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