Low wows a sold-out show at the Metro Gallery on Sept. 11, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)
It may seem strange talking about a band that hails from Duluth, Minnesota, but there’s a feeling I get when I see them perform that makes it feel like they’re from here — Baltimore, that is. Possibly the first time I saw them was right across the street from the Metro Gallery, where they performed to a sold-out crowd Wednesday night.
Nothing brings the noise at the Rock and Roll Hotel on Sept. 7, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)
Nothing, the Philadelphia-born band led by Domenic “Nicky” Palermo (former hardcore punk vocalist for Horror Show), is the story of a band and a man who has gone through a constant string of adversity but who perseveres in spite of (or perhaps because of) it. That perseverance was evident at the Rock and Roll Hotel on Friday.
Nothing (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)
Nothing released Dance on the Blacktop, their third studio album, on Aug. 24 via Relapse Records. They launch a tour at Rock and Roll Hotel in DC on Friday, Sept. 7.
Loma captivates at DC9 on May 2, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)
Back in December 2016, I went to see one of Shearwater’s last shows of the Jet Plane and Oxbow tour at the Ottobar in Baltimore. It was a cold night, and the stage was festooned with large lights as part of Shearwater’s stage set up. The opener that night was a duo called Cross Record. Primarily using keyboards and guitars, the band — made up of Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski — created beautiful landscapes of sound.
So it was a joy to hear that over the past year Emily and Dan had started making a record with Jonathan Meiberg of Shearwater in a band that eventually became Loma. Loma performed at DC9 on Wednesday.
Loma (Photo by Bryan C. Parker)
In 2016, Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski’s project, Cross Record, opened for Jonathan Meiburg’s band, Shearwater. They were inspired to form a band, and they did. Loma, the resulting band, recently released its self-titled debut album in February via Sub Pop and they perform at DC9 on Wednesday, May 2.
Greg Gonazalez fronts Cigarettes After Sex at 9:30 Club on April 2, 2018. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)
Materializing out of the mist and shadows on the 9:30 Club’s stage, the four members of Cigarettes After Sex eased into a set that at once soothed and excited the packed house. Muted lighting and an uncluttered stage produced the perfect atmosphere for what was to come for the next 75 minutes on Monday.
Snail Mail performs at the Ottobar on March 21, 2018. (Photo by Shantel Mitchell Breen)
Lindey Jordan returned to Baltimore with her band Snail Mail to play a sold-out show as the headlining act at the Ottobar Wednesday. Despite a March snowstorm that came through the area earlier in the day, the Ottobar was packed with fans who braved the weather to enjoy the show!
Cigarettes After Sex (Photo courtesy Tell All Your Friends PR)
The best things take time, and so nearly a decade after its founding, ambient pop band Cigarettes After Sex released its debut self-titled full-length album, last year via Partisan Records. Cigarettes After Sex launch a tour next week in Texas in support of the album, and the tour arrives locally at 9:30 Club on Monday, April 2.
Snail Mail (Photo courtesy Matador Records)
Brooklyn’s Lindsey Jordan is better known as Snail Mail, and she originally hails from Baltimore. She returns home to perform at Ottobar on Wednesday, March 21, in the buildup to the release of the debut full-length album.