Live Review: Slaughter Beach, Dog @ Baltimore Soundstage — 2/8/20

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Slaughter Beach, Dog performs at Baltimore Soundstage on Feb. 8, 2020. (Photo by Casey Vock)

Musicians naturally morph over the course of their careers — their tastes evolve, they’re shaped by their experiences, influences can come and go.

That change tends to be gradual and isn’t easily identified or documented. You can dissect only what the artist offers up for public consumption.

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Live Review: The Bouncing Souls @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 12/18/19

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The Bouncing Souls (Photo by Danny Clinch)

“We live our life in our own way, never really listened to what they say.”

The Bouncing Souls electrified the large crowd at The Fillmore Silver Spring on a recent, blustery night as they swung through the DMV on the tail end of the band’s 30th anniversary tour.

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Live Review: Twin Peaks @ Black Cat — 12/11/19

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Twin Peaks (Photo by Cooper Fox)

“Nothing is forever, but don’t let it get you down”

Although surely accustomed to the cold, Chicago’s Twin Peaks received a fiercely warm welcome on this sub-30 degree night recently in our nation’s capital. The 5-piece rock band delighted the nearly sold-out room at Black Cat, showcasing a wide range of musical styles and catchy tunes, not to mention some heavy guitar petting.

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Book Talk: Debbie Harry @ Sixth & I — 12/4/19

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Debbie Harry and Chris Stein arrive at Sixth & I on Dec. 4, 2019. (Photos by Ari Strauss; Words by Mickey McCarter)

Debbie Harry had a memory to share of performing in DC, recalling that she was at the old 9:30 Club.

Prior to performing, Debbie left her small dog alone in the green room. She returned after her show to find the frightened dog perched upon the furniture, chased to higher ground by rats big enough to challenge her.

Debbie recounted the anecdote at Sixth & I on Wednesday while on a book talk tour to promote her memoir, Face It, which was published in October via Dey Street.

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Ticket Giveaway: The Pietasters @ 9:30 Club, 12/28/19

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The Pietasters (Photo courtesy the artist)

It’s the Annual Pie Party, and you’re invited! That’s right — ska collective The Pietasters take over 9:30 Club once a year, and this year, Stephen Jackson and company throw a big ol’ party on Saturday, Dec. 28. You can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.

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Live Review: Willie Nile @ Jammin’ Java — 11/24/19

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Willie Nile (Photo by Christina Arrigoni)

Some musicians find their desire to make art stifled. Following a contract dispute with his original record label, Willie Nile spent a couple decades working, as he said, “a day job.” But Willie, who comes from a family of musicians — his uncles worked in vaudeville — never gave up on his dreams. He kept writing songs, and would occasionally perform on the East Coast and in Europe.

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