Patterson Hood, who leads the Drive-By Truckers with Mike Cooley, started writing songs more than 45 years ago. He formed the predecessor to the Drive-By Truckers, Adam’s House Cat, more than 30 years ago, and the Truckers have been going strong for more than 20. In an amazing, sold-out solo acoustic show on Friday night, Patterson showed that he’s every bit in love with songs after all this time.
Named after lead singer Jesse Wells, Welles combines a mix of rock genres — classic, hard, and southern — into a musical style that brings a timelessness to their songs. Welles bundled that mix into part of Alt Nation’s Advanced Placement Tour at Union Stage recently.
British synthpop band Bastille will soon release its third album, Doom Days, but first it will headline the DC101 Office Party at The Anthem on Tuesday, Dec. 4! Sharing the bill with Bastille are Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Meg Myers, and The Glorious Sons.
Touring still on debut solo album Fake Sugar, Beth Ditto opened Florence and the Machine at The Anthem on Friday.
Los Angeles rock-n-rollers Valley Queen dropped by to open Social Distortion at The Fillmore Silver Spring recently, and Paivi was there to shoot the show. Led by singer Natalie Carol, the band’s short set drew from their debut album Supergiant, released in July via Roll Call Records.
Carolina natives NEEDTOBREATHE have a solid 10+ years creating and performing music, and their great songwriting and musical ability was on full display Friday. The band set off on a tour that stopped at The Anthem, and their six studio albums and years of performing were evident in the polished performance they delivered.