First Aid Kit delivered a memorable, delightful performance at The Anthem on Monday. Going well beyond the usual practice of a band hanging a banner with their logo, a massive screen displayed images to accompany the breathtaking vocals of Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg. This intricately-planned, stunning mixed-media presentation grabbed the audience and held their attention throughout the band’s performance.
Mac DeMarco performs at The Anthem on Sept. 5, 2018. (Photo by Brenda Reyes)
I didn’t expect nothing less from Mac DeMarco at The Anthem on Wednesday night — minus the possibility of him climbing the balconies like he did at the 9:30 Club (for obvious safety reasons he did not). He did mention that he had the flu, so possibly he didn’t have the energy to scale those balconies at The Anthem, but he did have lots of energy for banter with his band members and crowd. By the end of the night, I completely forgot that he was sick because he played exactly like as if I was listening to him through my headphones at home.
The Punch Brothers, who released a new album, All Ashore, on July 20 via Nonesuch Records, visited The Anthem yesterday on the tail-end of an extensive US summer tour.
Don’t look now, but Miguel had himself a hell of a summer. Primetime slots on a number of festivals this summer — D.C.’s own Broccoli Fest, Coachella, Made in America, Afropunk, and this coming weekend’s Hopscotch Fest in Raleigh, North Carolina. In between all of that he made a stop at The Anthem earlier this week, bringing his electric live show to a rapt audience that crossed all osrts of gender and cultural boundaries.
Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit released Ruins, their fourth studio album, in January via Columbia Records. The Söderberg sisters have embarked on The Rebel Heart Tour in support of the album, and they perform at The Anthem on Monday, Sept. 10.