Preview: That Big 80’s NYE Party @ Union Stage, 12/31/19

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Looking for a simple, fun night on the town for New Year’s Eve? Union Stage and DJ Marco have you covered with That Big 80’s NYE Part at Union Stage on Tuesday, Dec. 31.

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Live Review: Son Little @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 11/30/19

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Son Little performs at Rock and Roll Hotel on Nov. 30, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)

Philadelphia artist Son Little (the alias of Aaron Livingston), a sometime collaborator with The Roots and alternative hip-hop artist Rjd2, combines blues, soul, and hip-hop in his unique singer-songwriter style. Playing solo on acoustic and electric guitar, Son Little entertained a post-Thanksgiving crowd of music lovers at the Rock and Roll Hotel on Saturday.

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Snapshots: Kim Petras @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 11/20/19

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Kim Petras performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Nov. 20, 2019. (Photo by Paivi Salonen)

Kim Petras visited The Fillmore Silver Spring on a second round of North American dates for her Clarity Tour, named for the album she released in June via BunHead. Since then, Kim released Turn Off the Light Vol. 2 in October as a follow-up to her first mixtape.

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Live Review: Hozier @ The Anthem — 11/18/19

Hozier Hozier performs at The Anthem on Nov. 18, 2019. (Photo by Matt Ruppert)

Something happens in the mind when music washes over us, replete with that familiar sense of a life lived — of politics, of being a human, a lover, part of a family — balanced with the urge to dance and lose ourselves, if only for a moment. It feels like something real and honest, yet still somehow something almost frivolous.

I am reminded well of something Hozier’s music has long done — it treads the tenuous line between the sacred and the profane. The crowd singing along, and if I close my eyes, I can smell the scent of incense, see the stained-glass smiles of saints. Is this so different? Are the people on the rails not worthy of sainthood? Aren’t we all, in our ways, very nearly worthy? At the very least, do the sacrifices demanded of so many not reach into martyrdom? Not so much in the theistic sense, but the realistic one.

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Snapshots: Lil Durk @ The Filmore Silver Spring — 11/17/19


Fans reach for Lil Durk at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Nov. 17, 2019. (Photo by Chris Castillo)

Innovative master artist Lil Durk dropped by The Fillmore Silver Spring recently, after dropping a new hit album, Love Songs 4 The Streets 2, and Chris Castillo shot the show.

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