Live Review: Nick Lowe @ The Hamilton Live — 4/7/19

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Nick Lowe performs with Los Straightjackets at The Hamilton Live on April 7, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

I’d never seen The Hamilton as completely full as it was for Nick Lowe’s recent concert. It was completely sold out, seated and standing room alike. Nick Lowe deserved that reception.

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Ticket Giveaway: The Flesh Eaters @ Union Stage, 3/16/19

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The Flesh Eaters, including Bill Bateman (The Blasters), Chris D. (frontman), John Doe (X), Dave Alvin, Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), and DJ Bonebrake (X) (Photo by Frank Lee Drennen)

The classic lineup of The Flesh Eaters — consisting of John Doe, DJ Bonebrake, Dave Alvin, Bill Bateman, Steve Berlin, and Chris D — has reunited and published a new album, I Used to Be Pretty, released in January via Yep Roc Records. And The Flesh Eaters are touring with a show at Union Stage on Saturday, March 16. You can win tickets to go with Parklife DC.

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Live Review: Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones @ Villain & Saint — 3/1/19

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Lara Hope fronts Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones at Hill Country DC on Aug. 18, 2018. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath/Instagram+Twitter: Insomnigraphic/GrillworksBen)

There’s Friday night music and Saturday night. Friday nights, I’m exhausted from a week at work. I need something low-key, not too aggressive. I got that last Friday with Rosanne Cash, who put on a wonderful evening of songs and stories. Saturday nights I can get rowdy, and Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones brought the party to Villain & Saint in Bethesda.

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

JonSpencerHM1Jon Spencer tears it up at the Black Cat on Jan. 12, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)

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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