Live Review: The Hives and Refused @ Franklin Music Hall — 5/18/19

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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.

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Snapshots: José González & The String Theory @ Lincoln Theater — 3/20/19

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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.

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Music Park: Tallest Man On Earth @ Lincoln Theater — 11/9/18

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The Tallest Man On Earth amazes at the Lincoln Theater on Nov. 9, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)

Kristian Matsson, who goes by the stage name The Tallest Man On Earth, has been creating and performing for more than 10 years. He’s been compared at times to Bob Dylan, but beyond the folk veneer is a growing body of work that is expanding both lyrically and musically. He explored that exceptional at the Lincoln Theatre on Friday.

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Music Park: Little Dragon @ Rock and Roll Hotel — 10/17/18

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Little Dragon performs at Rock and Roll Hotel on Oct. 17, 2018. (Photo by Will Colbert)

Swedish electropop band Little Dragon was in town recently for a two-night stint at the Rock and Roll Hotel. The avant-garde group, known for blending a wide range of electronic influences into their music, delivered an energetic performance at the intimate venue.

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Snapshots: Lykke Li @ Lincoln Theater — 10/5/18

Lykke Li performs at the Lincoln Theater in Washington, D.C.
Lykke Li performs at the Lincoln Theatre on Oct. 5, 2018. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson)

Swedish chanteuse Lykke Li released her excellent album, So Sad So Sexy, in June and after a summer of performing at festivals all over Europe, began her US tour Friday night at the Lincoln Theater. The show understandably focused on her most recent work, with nine of the album’s 10 songs performed over the evening.

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