Dennis Lyxzén fronts Refused at 9:30 Club on Feb. 21, 2020. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
Until Friday, I never saw Refused, the Swedish hardcore punks. And I might never still have if a fellow blogger hadn’t missed the show due to a conflict.
I picked up the show at 9:30 Club on Feb. 21, and I was struck by the nuances of a band that I confess is a bit outside my wheelhouse. But what made the show for me was the dancing of frontman Dennis Lyxzén.
Refused (Photo courtesy Spinefarm Records)
Swedish hardcore punks Refused released War Music, the band’s fifth studio album, last fall. Refused have launched a North American tour, with a show at 9:30 Club on Friday, Feb. 21.
Tove Lo performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Feb. 7, 2020. (Photo by Paivi Salonen)
Swedish pop siren Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson, better known as Tove Lo, visited The Fillmore Silver Spring recently for a stop on her Sunshine Kitty Tour, and Paivi Salonen captured the show in pictures!
Little Dragon (Photo by Ellen Edmar)
Recently, Swedish electronic quartet Little Dragon released a new single, “Tongue Kissing,” and announced a big world tour! That tour includes a stop at 9:30 Club on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, and tickets went on sale today.
Avatar performs at The Anthem on Sept. 8, 2019. (Photo by Paivi Salonen)
Swedish heavy metal band Avatar dropped by The Anthem to open Babymetal recently! Paivi Salonen was there to take pictures.
The Hives perform at Franklin Music Hall in Philadelphia on May 18, 2019. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson)
Look, I don’t make the rules. But the rules clearly state that if THE BEST DAMN LIVE BAND ON THE PLANET decide not to play D.C. on their tour, but they are playing Philadelphia on a Saturday night, well you gas up the car and hit the road. So that’s what we did, trekking north to the City of Brotherly Love to catch Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist, Nicholaus Arson and the rest of The Hives on the opening night of their all too brief US tour.
José González & The String Theory performs at Lincoln Theatre on March 20, 2019. Photo by Brenda Reyes.
At sold-out Lincoln Theater recently, José González and The String Theory delivered an amazing performance. It was a real treat to have seen a full ensemble of instruments with the vocals of José González to give it magical touch.