Live Review: Brent Cobb @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 9/18/19

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Brent Cobb (Photo by Don Van Cleave)

Grammy Award nominee Brent Cobb understands how to put a show together. Southern rap played him onto the stage at the Rock & Rock Hotel recently, ending with a flourish of horns. Strumming a few notes on his acoustic guitar, Brent conversationally told the audience he was going to “ease you on in.” He started his set with the beautiful “Keep ’Em on Their Toes,” about “the best thing you can do when the ignorance shows.” He stopped to acknowledge an especially gorgeous riff by his bushy-bearded lead guitarist, remarking, “Isn’t that pretty?”

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Live Review: God Is an Astronaut @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 9/14/19

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God Is an Astronaut performs at Rock and Roll Hotel on Sept. 14, 2019. (Photo by Marc Caicedo)

“Buying records cheers me up…whenever I feel low, I buy some new records.” Peanuts by Charles M. Schultz

The ability of music to lift us from pain born of tragedy is one of its enduring qualities. Recently, God Is an Astronaut (GIAA) showed us how despair and grief can be relieved — if only temporarily — with soaring melodies, a huge backbeat, and the sort of musical intimacy between player and listener that gives solace at the Rock and Roll Hotel.

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Preview: Brent Cobb @ Rock and Roll Hotel, 9/18/19

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Brent Cobb (Photo by John Shearer)

Grammy-nominated musician Brent Cobb has released “Providence Canyon,” the final video in a three-part series filmed and recorded live in his native South Georgia, titled “Come Home Soon.” Brent and his band visit the Rock and Roll Hotel on Wednesday, Sept. 18 for his Sucker for a Good Time Tour.

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Live Review: Sick Of It All @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 6/6/19

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Sick of It All performs at Rock and Roll Hotel on June 6, 2019. (Photo by Jamie Langley)

Recently gracing DC, New York hardcore legends Sick of It All performed at the Rock and Roll Hotel. Upon entering the venue, you could sense the excitement of the day-one fans that filled out the dimly lit room. Sporting leagues of tattoos on their arms, necks, and legs dressed in hardcore shirts left and right, you could tell these fans were meant to be here.

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Live Review: My Brightest Diamond @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 5/16/19

MyBrightestDiamond2My Brightest Diamond dances the night away at the Rock and Roll Hotel on May 16, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)

My Brightest Diamond, the creative vehicle for artist Shara Nova, has constantly evolved over the past decade. The evolution continued at Rock and Roll Hotel recently.

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Live Review: Fontaines D.C. @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 5/11/19

FontainesRNR12 Fontaines D.C. is a force at the Rock and Roll Hotel on May 11, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)

Fontaines D.C., the Dublin-based (the D.C. in the name reflects Dublin City) band melds poetry and punk — a sense of immediacy with hooks that are hard to shake. Grian Chatten, frontman of the group, sang/spoke in what can feel like a conversation and a call to arms in the same breath at the Rock and Roll Hotel recently. 

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