Live Review: Jonny Grave w/ Maryjo Mattea and Pleasure Train @ Black Cat — 6/15/19

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Jonny Grave performs at Black Cat on June 15, 2019. (Photo by Mark Caicedo)

At the Black Cat recently, Jonny Grave’s IMPALA EP release show demonstrated how musical diversity in reality (as Neil Young once said) “is all one song.”

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Live Review: Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes @ The Birchmere — 6/15/19

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Southside Johnny sings (Photo by John Cavanaugh)

One of The Birchmere’s charms is that you can really see the relationships artists have with their fans. Most artists interact with the audience; some have relationships with their fans. When Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes played The Birchmere recently, the rhythm was plenty blue, and the rock had lots of roll, but it was the relationship between the band’s charismatic frontman and the audience that made night special.

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Live Review: Ibeyi @ 9:30 Club — 6/9/19

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Ibeyi performs at 9:30 Club on June 9, 2019. (Photo by Will Colbert)

In a modern world, it may be easy to overlook our ancestry, but often these influences cannot be denied — they beat louder than a drum. French-Cuban duo Ibeyi weaved their Afro-Caribbean heritage with hip-hop, electronic music, and soul during a recent show at DC’s 9:30 Club.

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Live Review: Jamila Woods @ Union Stage — 6/4/19

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Jamila Woods performs at Union Stage on June 4, 2019. (Photo by Will Colbert)

“What will your legacy be,” poet Margaret Burroughs asked in her poem of the same name. It’s a lofty question, but one not lost on Chicago singer, songwriter, activist, and award-winning poet Jamila Woods during a recent sold-out show at DC’s Union Stage.

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Live Review: Glen Hansard @ Lincoln Theatre — 6/3/19

GlenH27 Glen Hansard performs at the Lincoln Theatre on June 3, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)

When I listen to Glen Hansard’s music — especially songs from the new album, This Wild Willing — I can picture a man who has two feet planted firmly in the past but is stretching out across this temporal divide to grasp the future. His music often straddles the line separating old folk tradition and modern tones and feeling.

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