Preview: Blondie w/ The Damned @ The Anthem, 8/21/22

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Blondie (Photo by Guy Furrow)

On Aug. 26, punk innovators Blondie release Blondie: Against the Odds, an archival box set of remastered music encapsulating the band’s career from 1974-1982.

In the dates leading up to the release, Blondie have hit the run for a North American Tour, which includes a date at The Anthem on Sunday, Aug. 21, with special guests The Damned!

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Snapshots: Beach House @ The Anthem — 7/24/22

Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand of Beach House perform at The Anthem on July 24, 2022. (Photos by Kyle Gustafson)

When I first saw Beach House in 2007 in an alley in Baltimore with about 50 other people, I never would have imagined they would be headlining a show to an *extremely* packed venue of 6,000 people. I would have said the same thing about the band from Greenville, North Carolina, that opened for them by the name of Future Islands but that’s another story. Shoutout to Whartscape.

Beach House’s slow and steady rise is well deserved though, releasing album after album of dreamy, atmospheric indie pop. Their latest, Once, Twice Melody, a double album released earlier this year, might just be their best and the resulting tour brought the band to The Anthem on the hottest day of the year.

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Snapshots: The Cult w/ Black Rebel Motorcycle Club @ The Anthem — 7/19/22

Ian Astbury of The Cult performs at The Anthem on July 19, 2022. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson)

I guess hearing The Cult bang out classics like “Fire Woman” and “Sun King” got someone a little too fired up at the band’s performance last week at The Anthem because lead singer Ian Astbury took it upon himself to jump into the crowd and break up a scuffle near the front row while the band performed “Rain” late in the set. Of course, there’s video.

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Snapshots: Wallows @ The Anthem — 6/21/22

Wallows 7Wallows performs at The Anthem on June 21, 2022. (Photo by Katie Child)

California power poppers Wallows published their sophomore album, Tell Me That It’s Over, back in March, and they have been on the road in support of it. Wallows recently played a sold-out show at The Anthem in DC, and Katie Child was there to photograph the show.

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Around Town: SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience @ The Anthem — 6/24/22

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SAVOR welcomed 110 independent craft breweries to The Anthem in DC on June 24.

SAVOR this year was full of surprises. Yes, it was still the preeminent gathering of craft brewers serving up beers in a large conference-style format. But this year, SAVOR was held at The Anthem, DC’s 6,000-person music venue, and it decidedly felt more like a nightclub event and less like a curated exhibit.

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Live Review: Phoebe Bridgers @ The Anthem — 6/11/22

Phoebe Bridgers performs at The Anthem on June 11, 2022. (Photo by Katie Child)

Phoebe Bridgers has become Generation Z’s favorite emotional and musical translator.

L.A.-based indie-pop singer/songwriter Phoebe Bridgers mended the gap between indescribable, depersonalizing thoughts and a beautifully crafted blend of lyrics and melody, joining the two in her immaculate discography, in a thrilling performance at The Anthem in DC recently.

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Ticket Giveaway: Flogging Molly and The Interrupters @ The Anthem, 6/22/22

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Flogging Molly (Photo by Katie Hovland)

Legendary Celtic punk band Flogging Molly return with their first new album in five years, Anthem (Sept. 9, Rise Records), a collection that finds the raucous Los Angeles-by-way-of-Dublin outfit reunited with Swagger and Drunken Lullabies engineer Steve Albini. In support of the album Anthem, Flogging Molly perform with The Interrupters at The Anthem on Wednesday, June 22!

You can win tickets to go to the show with Parklife DC.

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Live Review: Sigur Rós @ The Anthem — 6/6/22

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Sigur Rós performs at The Anthem on June 6, 2022. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)

An emotional journey through a breathtaking musical soundscape.

Sigur Rós appeared on the stage at The Anthem recently, taking their audience on a 21-song two-set spiritual journey and a roller coaster of emotions entwined in a musical soundscape complimented by stunning lighting. The show was dark, brilliant, moody, joyful, inspirational, just a few of the adjectives that match the tableau of their homeland Iceland.

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