Live Review: Jon Spencer and The Hitmakers @ Black Cat — 1/12/19

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Although Jon Spencer has been involved in a host of bands since the early ’80s, 2018 saw his first LP released under his own name.  The album, Spencer Sings the Hits!, is packed with what makes Jon Spencer amazing — the garage punk, B-movie aesthetic, and rockabilly swagger he has perfected over 30 years of making music with bands like the DC-born Pussy Galore, Boss Hog, and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

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Live Review: The Brian Setzer Orchestra @ The Anthem — 11/30/18

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Brian Setzer performs at The Anthem on Nov. 30, 2018. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath/Instagram+Twitter: Insomnigraphic/GrillworksBen)

No offense to the National Symphony Orchestra, but The BSO has got way mo’ boogie than the NSO. The BSO, or The Brian Setzer Orchestra, was in town for their 15th Annual Christmas Rocks tour recently at The Anthem.

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Don’t Miss: The Brian Setzer Orchestra @ The Anthem, 11/30/18

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Brian Setzer (Photo by Suzie Kaplan)

Rockabilly crooner Brian Setzer will bring The Brian Setzer Orchestra to The Anthem for its 15th annual Christmas show on Friday, Nov. 30. What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than with great music and good fun with one of modern rock’s most accomplished frontmen?

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Music Park: Southern Culture on the Skids @ Gypsy Sally’s — 10/20/18

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Southern Culture on the Skids (Photo courtesy The Billions Corp.)

When I arrived at Gypsy Sally’s for Southern Culture on the Skids recently, all the tables had been taken. Finally, a friend and I found a couple of folding chairs and set ourselves up near the sound board. We thought that the venue couldn’t get any more crowded, but the legions of SCOTS fans just kept pouring into the venue.

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Snapshots: Johnny Marr @ The Fillmore Silver Spring — 10/17/18

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Johnny Marr performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

Johnny Marr blasted into The Fillmore Silver Spring recently, and Jason Nicholson shot the show! Johnny was in great form, and the former guitarist of The Smiths wasn’t shy about playing tunes from that band, including the likes of “Bigmouth Strikes Again,” “The Headmaster Ritual,” and “How Soon Is Now?,” among others.

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Music Park: Wayne Hancock @ City Winery — 9/5/18

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Wayne “The Train” Hancock live (Photo courtesy the artist)

If Hank Williams were alive today, he’d be 94 years old. It’s unlikely he’d still be making music, and, even if he were, he probably wouldn’t sound very much like the young Hank Williams. On Wednesday evening, the closest you could get to a vintage Hank Williams show was seeing Wayne “The Train” Hancock perform his style of traditional country at DC’s City Winery.

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