David Byrne (Photo by Jody Rogac)
David Byrne, former frontman for the Talking Heads, remains one of the most remarkable and fascinating musicians making music today. David released American Utopia, his 11th studio album, in March via Todo Mundo and Nonesuch Records. It was his first solo album since 2004, and it hit a career-high #3 in the Billboard Top 200 upon its release.
The legendary performer holds court in a sold-out show at The Anthem on May 12, but tickets are still available for another performance at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, July 28.
Third Eye Blind perform at The Anthem on April 6, 2018. (Photo by Chris R. Smyth)
Though not even on tour, Third Eye Blind came to The Anthem to headline the DC 101 Blossom Bash. (Editor: Chris Smyth snapped the band in action during the sold-out show! Bush headlined; check out our Parklife DC review of Bush.)
Gavin Rossdale fronts Bush at The Anthem on April 6, 2018. (Photo by Chris R. Smyth)
From the start, it felt as if Bush lead singer Gavin Rossdale wanted to get as close to the audience as possible. He stalked around the stage like a caged animal who wanted out.
When the band played the number “Greedy Fly” — from second album Razorblade Suitcase, Gavin climbed down from the stage and jumped up on the security barrier so that he could play right in front of the crowd. But that was just a precursor for what was to come at a sold-out show at The Anthem on Friday.
The Decemberists (Photo courtesy Capitol Records)
The Decemberists released I’ll Be Your Girl, their eighth studio album, on March 16 via Capitol Records. The chamber pop ensemble are now on their Your Girl/Your Ghost 2018 Tour, and they will perform in DC at The Anthem on Saturday, April 21.
Glen Hansard listens to the audience at The Anthem on March 24, 2018. (Photo by David LaMason)
Glen Hansard recalled an abandoned car in his neighborhood and how it sat neglected for quite some time. Finally, one day, he peered inside, spotted a cassette deck, and found a cassette in it.
The folk rocker took the cassette and listened to it, delighted to discover it was a mixtape of rocksteady songs from ’60s Jamaica. One song particularly struck him: A number apparently by Ken Boothe that contained the line, “Love is going to find you.”
Cam (Photo courtesy BB Gun PR)
An estimated 800,000 activists marched to call for gun control laws in DC Saturday, and quite a few turned out the previous night to flood The Anthem with a night of music and messages with Stay Amped: A Concert to End Gun Violence, in a concert presented by IMP on Friday. The artists performing at The Anthem proved as diverse as those young activists.
Bush (Photo courtesy BWR Public Relations)
Last year, British post-grunge quartet Bush released Black and White Rainbows, their seventh studio album, through Zuma Rock Records and The End Records. Frontman Gavin Rossdale and company will play songs new and old, surely including ‘90s hit “Glycerine,” as headliner for the Blossom Bash at The Anthem on Friday, April 6.