Maggie Miles (Photo courtesy Big Hassle)
Maggie Miles recently released the single “Swim.” With it, the Virginia native, a favorite of DC’s Pearl Street Warehouse, wrote a tune that builds to a climax before spiraling out of control, commanding the listener’s attention with Maggie at the center of it all, struggling to stay afloat and find the strength to tread amongst the chaos of her own mind.
Tank and the Bangas performs at The Anthem on Feb. 29, 2020. (Photos by Casey Vock.)
There’s something invincible and miraculous about a musical act that never really fit into a specific genre and probably never will.
But it’s tough to understand where a record store clerk might slot albums from the Grammy-nominated Tank and the Bangas, an inexplicably fascinated posse of musicians who about eight years ago in the birthplace of jazz — the Algiers neighborhood of New Orleans — and have become one of the hottest acts on tour today.
Allen Stone performs at the 9:30 Club on Feb 25, 2020. (Photo by Brenda Reyes)
Allen Stone embraced the crowd with open arms and walked onto the stage with his five-piece band in a recent sold-out show at 9:30 Club, which had fans waiting for a night of soothing sounds from Stone.
Tank and the Bangas (Photo by Gus Bennett Jr.)
Last year, Tank and the Bangas made their major label studio debut with Green Balloon. The band quickly blew up, scoring a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. The R&B group is now on tour opening for The Revivalists, and you should arrive early to see them when they perform at The Anthem on Saturday, Feb. 29.
Michael Kiwanuka performs at the Lincoln Theatre on Feb. 12, 2020. (Photo by David LaMason)
To say that the music of Michael Kiwanuka is cinematic isn’t a stretch. The British songwriter and performer has been building on his song craft since his debut LP in 2012. Often compared to Bill Withers, Kiwanuka takes pop songs and creates layers, motifs, and repetition to build mood. Listening to the popular “Cold Little Heart” or “Solid Ground” or “Hero” and it’s hard to pull yourself away.
Raphael Saddiq performs at 9:30 Club on Feb. 9, 2020. (Photo by David LaMason)
A few years ago, I was a commuter, making the trip from Baltimore to DC every day through rush hour traffic and some time on my hands while stuck in that bumper-to-bumper grind. My one saving grace was this album, “Stone Rollin'” that I became obsessed with. It felt old but in a new way — bright production with an old soul.
I knew of Raphael Saadiq’s group in the late 80’s, Tony! Toni! Toné! due to my brother’s R&B CDs (I was more of a punk rock youngster myself), but there was something about Saadiq’s solo work that clicked with me.
Raphael Saadiq (Photo by Aaron Rapoport)
Raphael Saadiq released Jimmy Lee, his fifth studio album, last year, and he’s launched a winter tour in support of it. Raphael appears at 9:30 Club for two shows on Saturday, Feb. 8, and Sunday, Feb. 9. General admission for the Saturday show is sold out, but tickets are still available for Sunday!