Music Park: Loi Loi and Mundy @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 4/28/18

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Loi Loi performs at Rock and Roll Hotel on April 28, 2018. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)

Loi Loi headlined a birthday show in honor of frontwoman Kristie Di Lascio at Rock and Roll Hotel Saturday. An enthusiastic crowd turned up for Loi Loi, Mundy, Nihiloceros, and Time Is Fire! We arrived in time to surf some new wave melodies with Loi Loi and Mundy, both buoyed by high spirits and awash in cool tunes.

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Music Park: The Afghan Whigs @ Rams Head Live — 4/27/18

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The Afghan Whigs rock a packed Rams Head Live on April 27, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)

The Afghan Whigs have been playing their brand of rock channeled through a heavy dose of dark soul for over 30 years. In fact, 2018 saw the 30-year anniversary of their debut Big Top Halloween. So, it’s a testament to their longevity that last year they released one of their best albums, In Spades, in their extensive catalog. Maybe it’s due to the steadfast style Greg Dulli (vocals/guitar/keys) and company — which also includes John Curley (bass), Rick G. Nelson (guitar/keys/violin), Jon Skibic (guitar), and Patrick Keeler (drums) — haven’t tried to change that unique style.

In a great show at Rams Head Live in Baltimore on Friday, The Afghan Whigs gave that style its due.

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Music Park: Meshell Ndegeocello @ The Kennedy Center — 4/26/18

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Meshell Ndegeocello performs at the Kennedy Center on April 26, 2018. (Photo by Will Colbert)

DC’s own Meshell Ndegeocello returned to the city Thursday night to perform a pair of back-to-back shows at the Kennedy Center. A near-capacity multicultural, multigenerational audience showed up for the multifaceted artist.

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Snapshots: NoMBe @ Union Stage — 4/13/18

NoMBe NoMBe performs at Union Stage on April 13, 2018. (Photo by Will Colbert)

Electric soul wizard NoMBe performed at Union Stage last week as part of SiriusXM’s Alt Nation Advanced Placement 18-date tour alongside Mikky Ekko and Mansionair. Will Colbert got some shots of the performance by NoMBe, born Noah McBeth. (See our shots of Mikky Ekko and Mansionair too!)

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Music Park: Andy Grammer @ 9:30 Club — 4/10/18

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Andy Grammer performs at 9:30 Club on April 10, 2018. (Photo by Chris R. Smyth)

If Tuesday night is not supposed to be a night to party, don’t tell that to everyone at the Andy Grammer concert. The 9:30 Club was packed full of people who were ready to dance, sing, and party all night long with Andy, and he was ready to entertain. Kicking the show off with his hit song “Good to Be Alive,” a sentiment felt by everyone who erupted when the first notes were played, the tone was set from the get go.

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Don’t Miss: Brian Fallon @ 9:30 Club, 4/28/18

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Brian Fallon (Photo by Drew Gurian)

Brian Fallon, singer and guitarist of The Gaslight Anthem, released his second solo album, Sleepwalking, via Island Records in February. Brian is bringing his backing band, The Howling Weather, around to 9:30 Club for a sold-out show on Saturday, April 28.

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